Shop the block: The art of living at Maude Woods

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This home furnishings and decor boutique is a superlative model for how to arrange living spaces and to successfully blend different aesthetics into one glorious array.

For owner Carrie Davich, the passion for mixing contemporary furnishings with vintage pieces ignited when she was decorating her Pasadena home.
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With an extensive background in fashion and a natural eye for design, Davich in 2009 opened Maude Woods, named for her great-grandmother, also an artiste.
At once glamorous and comfortable, the space Davich has fashioned features informal rooms without walls, each displaying a desirable selection of art and objects for living room, dining room and kitchen. The Maude Woods signature is “artful living,” and it is, indeed, enchanting.
55 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (626) 577-3400, maudewoods.com
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Treasures under a Majestical Roof in Pasadena

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A hidden treasure in Pasadena, The Majestical Roof is not easy to find: Follow a sign off Fair Oaks Avenue, down a brick-road tunnel and into a quiet courtyard, where the boutique is tucked away on one side.

The boutique sells an eclectic mix of products, from handmade soaps to vintage wear to mix media art pieces. There are cutesy, awkward mutant doll from The Cinnamon Roll Gang collection and children’s toy boxes, alongside vintage jewelry pieces, like chandelier earrings revamped into cocktail rings.
The Majestical Roof has also become a venue for more than 100 artists to build their reputation and sell their work.
Read more by reporter Stacey Wang in Rose Magazine.
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Shop the Block: Old Focals, 45 W. Green St.


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Remember when your eyewear routine consisted of a trip to LensCrafters? (The horror!)
And then you discovered Old Focals, one of those Old Pasadena gems that’s so shiny and treasured even the L.A. crowd considers it worth the trip.
Owner Russell Campbell is a master of vintage frames, and he has a knack for matching his clients to a perfect pair of frames. (Kinda like an aura reading, but with glasses.)
Remember the last time you got an unsolicited compliment on your glasses? Well, you better get on that.
45 W. Green St., 626-793-7073, oldfocals.com


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(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pop-up retro shop featuring Elisa B. and Wasabi jewelry disappears Jan. 10

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Fashion maven Elisa Bruley — that’s Elisa B., of course — teamed up with jewelry designer Jill Pearson to transform a 1,400-square-foot space into a retro winter pop-up shop.

The temporary store features new looks from Wasabi (Pearson’s line), repurposed vintage jewelry, collectibles and accessory lines. Some items are one-of-a-kind.

Pearson combines vintage costume jewelry with semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold-filled chains.

More than two dozen pieces from her collection, culled from items at estate sales, thrift stores and the Rose Bowl Flea Market, are up for sale at the annex. (No word on how many are left.)

Pearson calls the space mid-century modern meets thrift-store chic.

24 Smith Alley, off One Colorado courtyard. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Through Jan. 10. (626) 793-7584


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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Local artist lands cover of BL!SSS magazine

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Local artist Nathan Spoor, who was featured in Rose Magazine’s summer edition, has landed the August cover of BL!SSS Magazine.

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View the cover in all its glory here.

We’ve also spotted the Los Angeles-based artist, alongside fellow visual genius Lola, at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, where the pair said they have a favorite dealer for vintage frames (of the picture variety — not eye wear).

Spoor’s work with GelaSkins, at bottom right, was spotlighted in our recent shopping spread. (See more of his GelaSkins.)

Visit his blog for upcoming exhibition details.

(Top photo courtesy of Nathan Spoor. Photos at right courtesy of GelaSkins.)