Awe, then aaah

Times Staff Writer

With undulating plaster walls, Jerusalem stone masonry, limestone sinks and tile, and Moroccan-style dome skylights, the new Spa Luce at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel blends ancient and modern, Mediterranean and Southern Californian. Kerry Joyce, known for his high-end residential design, shopped locally for the furnishings: The reception desk was crafted from a salvaged 300-year-old walnut tree by Pasadena woodworker William Stranger, and petrified wood stools from Indonesia came from Berbere Imports in Culver City. Though the architecture was costly, decorative accents bought online were not. Joyce added softness to the space with shaggy Greek wool throw rugs from He found woven rattan stools for $59 to $139 each at Crate & Barrel and added flickering LED candles with wax holders from Says Joyce: “I wanted to create a space that transports people to a state of tranquillity.” 1755 N. Highland Ave., Level 5, Los Angeles; (323) 491-1376;



A sense of time, a sense of lace

In response to homeowners looking for period-appropriate Arts and Crafts window treatments, Cooper’s Cottage Lace is offering newly woven curtains including the 1908 Hunter Rose pattern shown here, inspired by early 20th century Viennese design. The all-cotton lace was woven in Scotland and is available in three widths and lengths, from $49 to $179 per panel. They’re sold through HL Ranch in Monrovia, (626) 303-4899, and Craftsman Revival Home Furnishings in Solana Beach, (858) 259-5811. To view other designs or order online: (866) 579-5223 or



Illuminating links

Candelabra that sell for the price of a well-equipped Prius? Interior designer Kathy Taslitz’s sculpture-as-furniture collection with a natural bent includes Family Chain, a pair of limited-edition candleholders that require seven artisans nearly four months to complete. The glass chain alone takes three people to glue. “It is quite difficult to engineer and integrate inconsistent materials such as the bronze base, glass and stainless-steel candleholders into a piece with no exposed hardware,” Taslitz says of the pieces, which are about 17 inches high and 33 to 35 inches long. At $29,500 per pair, extreme care and dripless beeswax candles are highly recommended. Available at Limn Los Angeles, 169 N. La Brea Ave.; (323) 931-6500;



Panache blossoms

Seldom as fashionable as they are functional, self-watering pots have gone cute in the hands of Karim Rashid. His two-piece Grobal comes in six candy colors that can be matched or mixed. The bottom half contains a handy window for checking water levels; the top is equipped with a potting soil disk and food. The Baby Grobal, shown here, is nearly 5 inches tall and $12.75. A 7-inch version is $21.75. Both are available from www.delight .com. (Enter “Grobal” in the search field.)