Store Visit: Zelen Home
Last week, I was in Los Angeles for meetings with various production companies about a possible TV show I’m thinking about doing. Yes, it’s very “Hollywood,” but I’m still a Pennsylvania boy at heart when I’m traveling in LA. I tend to fly in and fly out as quickly as possible, so I can get back home to the bucolic woods of my Pennsylvania home.
But there are highlights and favorite spots that I do love. One of them is Zelen Home (8055 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048). It’s owned and operated by Dan Zelen, who has a philosophy that his store only stock items you can’t find anywhere else. Lots of one-of-a-kind pieces, a mix of vintage and new, just available at one store, in one state, in one city: Los Angeles.
The store is stocked with styling and decorating ideas, too. Like taking a collection of paperback books and just simply tearing off the cover to reveal stacks of white books. Stacked on a wall, it feels very Anthropologie meets library. Sure, it works better in a store environment, but it does remind you that the best ideas don’t have to cost a lot. It all comes down to the execution.
Here’s another idea. Silverleafed pinecones. I wish I could find that blog post I did years ago where I took shells, branches and other found objects in nature and silver leafed them. I wanted to do it as a project for the now defunt Country Home magazine, but my colleagues passed on the idea. Was I ahead of my time?
I was excited to see these ceramic peanut shell containers. At a junk store a few months ago, I found one half of these peanut shells and wondered what on earth it was. So, they DO have a matching top and they DO contain two “peanuts” on the inside. If you can find these in your junk store adventures, pick ‘em up. One of these is $80.
And I snapped this pic because, well, I just liked it. It demonstrates Dan’s creative skills at putting a hodge podge of items together into a cohesive collection. I talk all the time how I like to “curate” a home when I’m putting it together, picking and editing through everything and trying to make random objects just work together. This is a great example of that. Artwork…metal tools…random faux deer heads.