I was born in Los Angeles and spent most of my early life, living in Silver Lake. We moved from California when I was 8 but I still have very distinct memories of the feel and aesthetics of the place. I have visited a few times when I've been in L. A. on business, to check out the fabulous mid-century architecture and the revitalized chi-chi grooviness of the small boutiques, antique stores and restuarants on Silverlake Blvd. and Rowena Ave.
Yesterday I found this fabulous book called Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake by the architect Barbara Bestor, and discovered lot's of aesthetic memories and some inspiring new inspirations. The book has a great mix of history, personal story (on Ms. Bestor's part), design inspiration and a rich picture of a particular place, all presented in a great format. The book binding feels like a text book and the paper is not slick or shiny, giving it a familiar and intimate feel as you flip through the pages. For me it's both nostalgic and totally new and surprising, just like Silverlake itself. And it helps me to understand some of the deep aesthetic preferences I've had my whole life, from mid-century modern architecture and interiors, to bohemian arts and crafts, to gardening as extended, outdoor living space. I really love this book.