An evening filled with friends, fun, and of course, lots of design talk. It was such a pleasure partnering with the Pacific Design Center to bring to life this year’s Westweek opening night event. Connecting with old friends, reflecting on the challenging year past, and hearing from industry icons – the night will go down in our history books!

Guests were treated to designer cocktail (a riff on a traditional Paloma) mixology lessons by interior designer Janice Barta with some mint garnish to top it off by Steven Ehrlich. César Giraldo shared his silver lining over swigs and the team at XTEN Architecture toasted from their newly-designed kitchen. All hosted by Snyder Diamond and greeted by Galerie Magazine’s Managing Editor, Jill Sieracki.

Kaitlin Petersen, Editor in Chief of Business of Home, gave an insightful interview with Breegan Jane. Erika Heet sat down with the iconic Roger Thomas from his new home in Venice, Italy. We played trivia games hosted by our friends Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield of Save Iconic Architecture and Sea Zeda of 11 Ravens. Luxe Magazine’s Lisa Bingham Dewart took questions from the audience in an “Ask the Editor” segment.  Kneedler Fauchere President, Gina DeWitt, and UCLA chapter ASID Board President, Lissette Meza, voiced a heartfelt tribute to those we lost this past year, including Rocky LaFleur and Jeff Sampson; accompanied by a breathtaking acapella performance by Ines Belayouni.

Here is what we learned in our breakout rooms:

Spontaneous interactions are very much still alive and provided soup for our souls!

Crestron presented the latest inventive design technology with HomeTime live-streaming. A game-changer for Zoom meetings, events, and learning!

Samuel & Sons launched a collection of luxurious trims with the Roger Thomas Collection.

Hartmann&Forbes unveiled their latest wall coverings and textiles by Houston-based interior designer,  J.Randall Powers.

Snyder Diamond gave us a tour of their ever so sleek Van Nuys showroom location, opening soon!

& a special thanks to all of our event sponsors Crestron,11 Ravens,Snyder Diamond,Hartmann&Forbes,Samuel & Sons, and Dedon.


The theme of the evening? Reflecting on the Silver Linings of the challenging year past. Hear from Circaphiles founder Genevieve Trousdale, designer Margaret Ash and Toma Clark Haines as they share their Silver Linings below! 

The key to a future of silver linings? What we saw from Crestron is a game changer!  We were so impressed by their new HomeTime technology for enhanced virtual communication, we asked them to create this video to share with you…since our clients are asking for this more and more!