Friday, December 31, 2010

Many Thanks




As we say good bye to 2010 I want to take the time and share with you the many things that I have been grateful for this past year.
 If you have been following my blog I have mentioned on several occasions that I have been extremely fortunate to have had consistent work through the recession and in my opinion have done some of my best work. I truly enjoy being an interior designer and love to share my work with everyone. DustyLu was able to help me make that happen in March with the launch of my blog. Most of the beautiful photographs you have seen on my blog this past year she has taken. She is so talented and incredibly hard working. It's nice to have someone like her on my team.
It was a milestone year for my son JD, not only did he turn 16 in October, being a sophomore he made the varsity basketball team!  Yay Go Eagles!  Everyday I feel blessed to be his mother, he truly is a remarkable son and an amazing basketball player.
I have a great passion for travel and this past year I was able to take some amazing trips, Paris being the best and most exciting.  With every year there are some highs and lows. I've had  a retail space at a local antique mart for the past two years and the retail side of business for me this past year has been a challenge so I have decided to put that on hold in 2011 and move on to some other types of retail adventures. I am still working on my esty shop and have a few other things up my sleeve.  I am a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens up.

Now lets talk about whats going on in these beautiful photographs!

A couple of my clients asked me to help them complete their table settings and to spruce them up for the holidays. I found the perfect store in Los Angeles to help make that happen!!  There's a store on Melrose Avenue called TableArt, the owners name is Walter Lowry and he is not only extremely talented, very helpful and has the best selection of everything that has to do with setting a magnificent table.

My client Carla asked me to help her set her table for Christmas using her existing china and the new pieces we purchased from TableArt .
All the linens were custom made to fit her table and to enhance her china we added the chargers and bread plates.

As you can see I am not very traditional when it comes to setting the table.
I threw in some of my favorite vintage cloisonne vases to add more color and to mix it up a little.
photos by Dustylu

Happy New Year to all of you and may all your dreams come true in 2011.
Janette Mallory

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hollywood Hills Project

One of my new projects for 2011 is a remodel of a 1970s style house in the Hollywood Hills.  My client purchased the house because of the 180 degree views of the Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles and on a clear day you can see the ocean!!!

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The house has a great floor plan; the whole back side of the house which is the view side and where the family room, kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom are located.  My client hired me to remodel the whole house inside and out.   We are breaking it up into three phases since they plan on living in the house while the work is being done.  The first phase of the project will start on  the view side of the house in the rooms I listed above.  I included a floor plan so you can get a sense of the layout.

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Included in the first phase will begin with replacing all the original exterior doors and windows with a product from Fleetwood located here in Southern California which is the top of the line for french doors and windows.  I chose the dark bronze aluminum finish without the mullions so there is no obstruction from the view. 

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Since the house was built in 1975 there has been hardly any upgrades so we are going to replace all the existing flooring materials with reclaimed hardwood throughout (finish TBD).  I am including some before pictures of the family room, living room and dining room to give you a sense of what the house looks like today.  I am planning on taking my followers through the process phase by phase so stay tuned!!!

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dolce Casa by Janette Mallory

Hello everyone!!

I am so excited to announce my new blog name Dolce Casa by Janette Mallory
and my new
blog layout, designed by Cathy over at Avalon Rose Designs.

I wanted to thank Cathy at Avalon Rose Designs for all
her hard work and for putting this together for me.
She is extremely talented and amazing to work with. I have a
love for peacocks and wanted to incorporate them into my new blog

design layout. She went above and beyond. I love how it turned out.
Thank you Cathy!

I also wanted to share a sneak peak into my upcoming
 posts for 2011.

First off a stunning Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad,
an interview with editor
Diane Lyle of  Westlake Malibu Lifestyle Magazine.
A drop dead gorgeous dining room make over,
and my obsession with Raoul Textiles and I how
I used them in a recent project in Calabasas.
I am also in the process of remolding my own kitchen and hope
to share that with you in January.
Plus much, much more.

Stay tuned!!


Janette Mallory








Monday, December 6, 2010

The Winner

Congratulations to Janet from

You are the winner of these gorgeous
Aidan Gray Candlesticks!



Thank you to all those who participated
in this giveaway and to Morning T for hosting it!
More fun giveaways to come...



Janette Mallory