Tag Archives: Kimba Hills

  • SpeedDesign on Good Morning America!

    I’m just catching my breath from my latest SpeedDesign, which I’m honored and excited to have done on Good Morning America! The show offered me a challenge: turn a ho-hum Airbnb space into a wow—with a week-or-less timeline and a $500 budget. Love before-and-afters? Read on…

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  • Fantasy + Buster Store – Making the world a more beautiful place

    Known as the preeminent spot to find the finest, most distinctive lamps and custom lighting creations in Los Angeles, Fantasy Lighting, located just west of La Brea on Melrose Avenue, has been lighting up the Golden State for over 50 years. Want to turn a vintage Italian vase into a lamp or repair your beloved …

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Don’t fear using our favorite color in the powder room! Orange is a flattering, warm hue, complementing all skin tones, and isn’t that what we all want in a powder room? We also love the idea of salon-style hanging small works of art in a cozy little loo, as it lends great fun and sophistication. …

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  • How the pros do the Rose Bowl Flea

    Want to know how the major players in the design industry (dealers, shop owners, designers, and collectors alike) take on the 2,500 vendors at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? Check out my tried-and-true personal tips (as well as pearls of wisdom from the likes of Scott Jarrell of Hammer & Spear and Bianca Chen of …

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Goodbye, October! Hello, November! In honor of this last FCF of the month of October, we’re featuring an orange-obsessed collage from Beth Hoeckel’s CHROMA series. Carrots and candles and bowties and more… Happy weekending, everyone!

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    This installment of Favorite Color Friday brings you an uber white apartment in Goteborg, Sweden, spotted on freshome.com. The bright orange runner in the kitchen is absolutely perfect! (in full disclosure, we’ve used similar runners in a client’s home before!) Hope you’re getting ready for a wonderful weekend!

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  • D I G I T A L opens at rumba on October 18th

    We’re thrilled to present D I G I T A L, an exhibition featuring the abstract work of artists Max Estenger and Steven Van Nort. The opening reception at rumba is on October 18th, from 5-8 PM and this show will be on view until December 12th. D I G I T A L combines …

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Happy Favorite Color Friday! We’re celebrating our favorite color with this awesome vintage screen-printed linen Springboard fabric by Lucienne Day (b.1917) for Heal’s. UK, 1954.

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Another exquisite shot from Montreal photographer Ali Inay. A misty morning in the White Mountains featuring our favorite color in the woods and, better still, reflected in a beautiful pond. Happy Friday!

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Indeed, Francis. Indeed. Happy Friday, y’all!

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  • Welcome to Sunset Park, Minnie T’s!

    When I opened rumba ten years ago, I knew this Sunset Park neighborhood held a special kind of charm and, since I live in the neighborhood, as well, I feel strongly about championing my vibrant, thriving community. In recent years, Ocean Park Boulevard has become a Westside destination for shopping, strolling, eating, and enjoying, so …

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  • Vintage Piece of the Week

    Our Vintage Piece of the Week is actually a PAIR of exquisite beauties! Two metal frame chairs and ottomans, upholstered with a French linen. The word “stunning” does not suffice. These will be up on our site soon! But if you need them now, just give us a shout — info@kimbahills.com and 310.392.3103

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    How magnificent is this orange in a palatial building in Mexico? (source: Flickr)

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    Nature makes an insane range of incredible and wonderful oranges, doesn’t it? Loving this collection of cut flowers from Floret, (a family-run “flower farm” and floral design company based out of Skagit Valley, Washington, they’re worth checking out Wishing you all a safe and lovely weekend!

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  • Favorite Color Friday

    How can you not adore this combination of wonderful shapes and versions of orange in this old school and classic punch buggy in Lubeck, Germany? Photo credit: Vancouver Sun

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  • Mixing it up at the rumba showroom

      If you know us at all, you can rely on our inevitable, inescapable desire to switch out our showroom space every couple of weeks. We love moving things around in the store, as well as the annex, and tend to reconfigure both spaces entirely within the course of a day, almost like a mini-SpeedDesign™. …

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  • Concepts and Colorways

    Thanks to Concepts and Colorways for including Kimba Hills Design as a “how-to” in their “Color of the Day” feature! Honoring Benjamin Moore’s Cotton Balls (BM OC-122), one of our favorite neutral, wonderfully creamy whites to use in our design projects, they share a photo from our SpeedDesign™ at the historic Sovereign in Santa Monica. …

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  • MIXXCENTURY features Kimba Hills as a MixxMaster

    I sat down earlier this month with Holly Palance, co-founder of MIXXCENTURY an online marketplace of wonderful vintage pieces from all over the world, for a little Q+A feature as a MixxMaster. We chatted about my first vintage purchase, my favorite vintage shopping hotspots, my “more idiosyncratic inspirations,” what makes a piece collectible, and much …

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  • Apartment #8 Makeover

    Last week, my son Jackson returned to Bard for his junior year. He was moving from his Tivoli, New York Apartment #3 in the former gymnasium to Apartment #8. I did a bit of research before arriving in New York, looking at some photos of the space online, and I’d seen his friend’s Sam’s apartment …

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  • Visiting Nashville: Part Two

    The second leg of my Nashville adventures brought me to abstract artist Jimmy Abegg’s studio in the May Hosiery Mill, the oldest sock mill in the South (founded in 1908), now called The Chestnut Square studios by its artist studio and entrepreneurial tenants. We’ve shown Jimmy’s work at rumba for the past couple of years, …

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  • Visiting Nashville: Part One

    Truman Capote once said, “Southerners always go home. Even if it’s in a pine box.” Having just spent a week in Nashville, surrounded by dear friends and family, great art and music and food, I get it. And while I love my Santa Monica life, I am still a Southern girl at heart. Within the …

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  • rumba in Angeleno Magazine

    I was one of Pressed Juicery‘s first customers when co-founder Carly Brien launched her vision of bringing health and nutrients back into our daily diets through juicing. Renowned for its delicious citrus, root, and green combinations and innovative cleanses, the shop has quickly become a success and opened locations throughout Los Angeles. I met Carly …

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  • Culver City SpeedDesign

    Just last week, what seemed like moments before our summer WAREHOUSE SALE was beginning, we finished a SpeedDesign™ job for a fantastic client in Culver City. The original meeting and floor plan was for the client’s Santa Monica Canyon home, but she relocated to this Culver City house, won over by its gorgeous outdoor space …

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  • Round Top, Texas (Part Three)

    Hitting the show pretty early, we immediately headed for Jimmy’s tent in the Excess field, excited for the much-ballyhooed unveiling of the new container. Upon arrival, we immediately sensed we were completely outnumbered. Not only was the owner of this particular entire field poised at the parked truck’s edge, hauling off leather club chairs and …

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  • Round Top, Texas (Part Two)

    We were somewhat dubious about reaching Wellspring Retreat in the dark, given that the owner, Linda, had been out when we called for address confirmation and her sweet husband, Bob, answered the phone, momentarily unsure as to the bed and breakfast’s address. But with Tom Tom in hand and the power of the iPhone, we …

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  • Photos from the PS Modernism Show

    At long last, and with some goading and requests from friends and rumba lovers, we’re finally posting a handful of photos taken at the recent Palm Springs Modernism show! Many thanks to my friend Annie Pressman, who provided some serious comic relief, as well as being our resident photographer. Enjoy.

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  • Tim Clarke’s local favorite

    Interior designer Tim Clarke, the go-to man for clients like Sally Field, James Spader, and Ben Stiller, just gave rumba a huge thumbs-up on Racked LA’s Shopping Confidential! Here’s an excerpt: When designing homes, I’m always searching for unique finds that are as original as each space I create. rumba is my local favorite when …

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  • Art Los Angeles Contemporary

    Last weekend, from January 24-27, the fourth annual Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair took place at Barker Hangar. We managed to sneak in a few hours on its very last day to check out the goods. Not only was it especially enlivening to see such a great collection of contemporary art from all over the …

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  • landscaping ingenuity

    For the new year, I aimed to accomplish a massive overhaul and complete redesign of my Hill Street home’s landscaping. While I’ve had long-term tenants for several years, I had a small window of time in between tenants – the last week in October and the first two weeks in November before the new tenants …

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  • rumba in the Huffington Post

    We are so thrilled to be included on the Huffington post. Here’s a snippet from the piece: “One hell of a live wire is Kimba Hills, a gal who is making a career out of embracing change. While — forgive the generalization — many of us run from change, cringe under the covers trying to …

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