First Impressions

I have always loved front doors.  I am not sure if it's the intrigue of what’s inside, the power of a first impression or simply a design element that always seems to catch my eye.  
On a recent trip to Tulum, I came across a charming Hotel and Italian Restaurant, Posada Margherita .  I fell in love with it’s eclectic design and especially the colorful doors that lined the walkway up to the open air restaurant set on the beach.   

What does your front door say about you?

photo by Me/OneNine Design, Posada Margherita

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Stephanie is the owner and creative director of OneNine Design, a creative agency in Venice, California. This blog is a collection of her work, events, travels, designs and all things that inspire her.

She grew up in a small town in Ohio and credits her work ethic, strong sense of community and her amazing parents for her success today. After graduating college, Stephanie was determined to move to a big city and after a call from a friend who needed a roommate, she packed up 3 suitcases and headed to LA with no job or connections.  It didn’t take long for one of the 100s of resumes she sent out to land her a job at Twentieth Century Fox supporting the President of Theatrical Marketing. This was but one of the many exciting positions she held in the marketing and creative field prior to starting her own company, OneNine Design. Stephanie's diverse background and creative aesthetic have led her to work for and partner with clients such as Lady Gaga, Team One, Lexus, DirecTV, ABC, Herbalife, as well as numerous private clients. 

A strong believer in giving back, Stephanie is proud to sit on the Otis Scholarship Committee as well as for her work producing several charitable events that have raised millions of dollars. Among these are fundraisers for the L.A. GLC Homeless Youth Center and the Cambodian Children's Fund, hosted by Hollywood director Roland Emmerich.

When Stephanie isn't working she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, entertaining with friends, cheese, skiing and her 14 year old golden retriever. 



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The Serious Stuff:

All design elements presented on this blog were created specifically as content for this blog. If you pull, share, or post any of our work please credit us appropriately.
We believe in giving credit where credit is due, and do our very best to always recognize others work. Do not hesitate to send us a quick note if you find anything improperly credited and we will update the information immediately.

Hostess Gifts

Summer Hostess Gift

With summer in full swing so are our social calenders.  
Here is an easy inexpensive gift you can have on hand for your favorite hostess. 

 Curated by OneNine Design

 We are big fans of airplants.  
They are low maintenance, affordable  and don’t require soil to grow.  
All they need is moderate light and a good soak every week.

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Support a local artisan chocolatemaker.  
Our favorite is BAR AU CHOCOLAT out of Manhattan Beach, California.  
Produced from single origin dark chocolate from the finest sourced cacao and cane sugar. 

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  No gift is complete without a thank you note.  

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Gold Knuckles

For those mornings when you need that extra punch! 

What better way to drink my morning espressos.  This 14-karat gold handle and ceramic drink safe mug was designed by local design duo Thomas Roberston of Ripple Design & Eli Bonerz, a founder and art director of the XLarge street-wear brand. 

Found on Design Milk love this site if you don't follow you should!!!! You can purchase these beauties at one of my favorite local shops in Venice A + R 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice CA .

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Buy the Bay

Out and about town....

As a Venice local and beach lover, I was honored to donate an ocean inspired installation at the "BUY THE BAY" launch party hosted at  FLOR  in Santa Monica.  It was a  fabulous evening complete with stunning art and an amazing performance by A Fine Frenzy.

Buy the Bay works and collaborates with many of the best local artists, designers, musicians and writers to reframe our favorite beach experiences as limited-edition products. All of the proceeds help benefit Heal the Bay's continued effort to preserve our L.A. beaches.  

Support this great cause it's just a click away Buy the Bay Heal the Bay

Ocean Inspired 

Message in a bottle