T+L Reports: California Cool
"Paris, London, Milan," says Evan Cole, rhapsodizing about world-class shopping locales. "And now—Culver City." The cofounder of New York furniture emporium ABC Carpet & Home is, of course, only half serious. But his latest venture, H. D. Buttercup (3225 Helms Ave.; 310/558-8900; www.hdbuttercup.com), inside the 1930's Egyptian Deco Helms Bakery, has already begun to transform this Los Angeles suburb into a design destination. The 100,000-square-foot, solar-powered world bazaar comprises more than 50 high-end furniture and accessory manufacturers. Celebrities known for their savvy style and eco-friendly disposition (Cameron Diaz, Susan Sarandon) have already developed a taste for the exotic imports, which include Asian ceramics, Brazilian hardwood tables, afghan rugs, Italian linens, and Indian silks. —DAVID A. KEEPS
Located in Culver City's old Helms Bakery building (1931), this spacious warehouse is home to the largest furniture collection in L.A. and has contributed to a number of TV and film sets, including No Strings Attached and TLC's Mad About the House. Inside, you’ll find thousands of hand-picked furniture pieces as well as books, art, lighting, and fashion accessories on display. The inventory includes pricy accent pieces such as original Dior prints by René Gruau and Lillian Austin throw pillows, but you’ll also run across a few quirkier finds like vintage punching bags, Gothic-inspired chandeliers, and even sofas featuring the faces of the Fab Four.