We have officially moved to Seattle! It's been 2 months now and we are settling in, getting lay of the land and I've still got 20 boxes in the garage to unpack (bah!). On my next post coming up, I'll show you what I've done with our place so far. It's so fun to see the style switch up here. In the meantime, remember, the Long Beach shop is STILL open. I travel back and forth a lot to give the shop some love, so I hope to see you whenever I'm in town :) Will write soon!
From Long Beach to Seattle
Wish you were here...
For the past couple of months on social media, I've been announcing my family's upcoming move to Seattle, WA. We have a great opportunity up there and honestly, it's not a bad place to relocate. Not to mention a fantastic reason to spread 6th+D's wings to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
As soon as we made the big decision to move, we had to have an epic send off. My birthday was around this time and it was a great excuse to gussy up The Rancho and have one of our famous house parties.
We had amazing food by my dear friend Shirley's Catering, party drinks and there was not 1...., not 2, but FOUR DJ's in full effect throughout the night. We danced, laughed and celebrated just the way we always do. Only this time, there was a feeling of finality to the night. Our people could feel it too. We were celebrating the beginning of something new. At the same time, no one wanted to admit, that we were saying goodbye to a part of our lives that would be filed under "Glory Days".
Long Beach is where our lives started. Where we planted our hearts. We built our family here. Yet, what I've discovered in these past few months is that wherever Husband, Hammer and Heavy D are - that's where my real home is. While Long Beach has a big piece of our history, Seattle has a part of our future. And for that, we are excited.
The shop is staying open and will continue to give me a reason to come back to Long Beach (and escape all the rain that people talk about). I am excited to bring 6th And Detroit to Seattle, WA. From the feedback that I've received, Seattle is ready to see how 6th And Detroit will come into play. I'm so excited to see how this will pan out in the near future.
Meanwhile, the amazing 6th And Detroit Dream Team, will be handling the day to day at the shop. Keeping the merchandise styled out, our shop windows on point and posting my incredible finds on Instagram - you don't want to miss an opportunity to say hi if you're in downtown LBC, they are simply the best.
Stay cool, Long Beach. I'll be back in a flash. xo
Photography by Rob Gonzalez
Event Planning by Audrey, Grace, Roanna
Catering by Shirley, Jen, Angela
Music by DJ Quatre Cinq, DJ Chris, DJ Mark Hellcat, DJ Tuan Digglz
2018 Color of the Year: The Green Hour
When we first purchased our Cliff May home, there was so much neon color on the walls, my eyes went into instant shock and I immediately went into my "hurry up and paint these walls white!" mode. For years, I continued using pieces of color in the accessories and furniture inside our home, all the while living with a blank slate of color for our walls. My childhood was in an all white house, white carpet, white walls. I kept telling myself, "White is classic. White is clean. White is safe."
Earlier this season, Dunn-Edwards, approached me about 6th And Detroit getting a makeover. With color. WHAT? As in, on the walls?? They asked if I would partner up with them in the announcement of their "2018 Color of The Year" by allowing The 6th And Detroit Rancho to participate. When Dunn Edwards told me what the color palate was - it wasn't hard to convince me. They found my weak spot.
GREEN. If you have followed me at all for any amount of time, you will see that I have a penchant for all things green. Plants are an obsession of mine. Large, uniquely shaped, stately leaves that fill my store with all the beauty that they can possess. When I shop for the store, finding the emerald glassware I love is equivalent to finding the Wizard of Oz.
Looking at the all the variations of my favorite color as options for the store, as well as my home, my designer mind began to swirl. An entirely new door inside my left brain rushed open. I can't even explain what happened once the color actually went on the walls.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. I can't wait to show you what happened next. Just wait.
Dunn-Edwards showed me swatches of paint. Initially, I had a mini heart attack. Going from white to rich green was a huge move. It's one thing to choose from eggshell or brilliant white. That choice had little consequence. We were talking C-O-L-O-R.
As the white slowly disappeared, I could feel this mood move through me. I can't explain it, it felt like I was looking at my house through a different lens. A new version of my home. The more white that disappeared, the greater my brain worked thinking of new ways to tie in fresh decor into my home.
Stephanie, from Peacock & Co., installed a new magnificent cactus to tie in the hue of my couch. Green on green. It was killer. That planter had been stale for so long and she helped find exactly what it needed.
Just look at how the The Green Hour hits our dining room with such an impact. I freshened up the wall with new artwork, a new dining table and chairs, and a warm rug from my own shop.
Changed the entire feel of the room.
The Green Hour continued throughout the guest room and into the master bedroom. The nuances of the paint were subtle when applied to my bedroom, but worked well to bring new life to the space complimenting my beloved bamboo wallpaper.
The transformation that happened in Hamilton's room was surprising. EVERYTHING in his room looked fresh. The color is called, Royal Palm, and royal it is. When Hamilton came into his room, his face just lit up like I had bought him a brand new Lego set! Little brother, Davis, was just as excited and immediately claimed that the two of them were now to be roommates. I didn't even have to try. Thank you, Dunn-Edwards for that win!
Bringing color into our home brought newness and fresh ideas. The excitement that my boys had for their "new" room was exactly how I wanted to react. And maybe I did just that holding a cheshire grin throughout the halls.
Grateful for the team at Dunn-Edwards that so professionally executed the transformation of our home. The laughs, the behind the scene antics, they were so encouraging that it made the transition fun. Which is something that I needed to be reminded of in this season of our life. Transition can be hard, but with the right people around, it can also bring a little bit of fun.
Photography by Bethany Nauert
"Oh, Mexico, it sounds so simple, I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home, guess I'll have to go now." - James Taylor, Mexico
July. We were traveling to Mexico in July. Everyone told us that it would be too hot but I figured, how hot can it be? After all, I crave the heat. And heat we got. Good for my soul.
We touched down in Cabo San Lucas, grabbed a rental car and took the toll road about an hour north. Once we hit town, we were told to find a bright red wall and take a right at the fork in the road. Directions only made in Mexico. We had arrived in Todos Santos.
Bright red bougainvillea covered the entrance while the lush green palms and trees surrounded the property. Right away I wanted a tour of both homes on the property because this special place has not just one, but TWO different Airbnb's you can choose to book. A gorgeous quiet place to plan an escape or a retreat with another family or a group of friends.
The entire second story is outdoor living where you will find yourself having a hard time leaving. The views of the ocean and the property acreage went as far as the eye could see. Tastefully furnished with traditional Mexican furniture, the space could easily host a great dinner or cocktail reception. Mexican equipales decorated the space, creating inviting and relaxing conversational nooks for guests to enjoy.
We continued through the house in pure discovery mode touring the main house first. The blast of cold air that greeted us through the door was better than a champagne reception. Thank goodness for good air conditioning and ceiling fans. Remember that heat everyone told me about? Oh it was hot alright. Muy caliente. But I looooved it.
The architectural details were stunning. From the clean lines of the furniture to the stunning arches and white background in the room, the home was magnificent. It was as if modern met traditional and had a collaboration in Mexico. The curved lines coupled with the textures of the thatched roofs made for beautiful backdrops in a rural setting.
I learned that the owner purchased the 33 acre property in the 1970's and had the house custom built to her desires. They built the house in sections with each building it's own entity. The kitchen was separated from the home to protect the main living from potential fire. Wood burning stoves and authentic kitchen styled in the Mexican way, one had to guard against potential fires.
The interior was equally as stunning with the continued integration of traditional furnishings and tile. The multiple uses of glass to bring the exterior, inside, was a lovely source of natural light throughout the home.
We continued our tour onto the other house on the property, a smaller more quaint option for those not wanting to go as grande as the main house. The charming entrance was a reflection of the main house. A 2-bedroom, 2 bath sweet little house with a full kitchen and air conditioning throughout. Right outside of it is a new fire-pit to gather around and tell stories all through the night.
Step outside into the vast acreage and there are visual senses that will take days to absorb. Miles of trails that will guide you through orchards of mangoes, papayas and guavas that would make my Filipino family drool with envy. There were horse stables with a stable hand to assist you should you decide to take a beach stroll with these gentle beings. A small pond is home to ducks and fish. I even spotted some local chickens roaming around the land. Truly, while visiting, it's like you've reached the Baja life.
A secluded, private beach was a short two minute walk away. While it proved to be a very serene and romantic place to stroll along the shoreline, swimming is prohibited due to rough surf and strong currents but can be a nice relief to cool off your feet.
Todos Santos was a wonderful place to find my resting heart beat again. A place to slow things down and shift into the easy, Baja feeling. I can't wait to return and really gain the history of this magical place. Until next time, Huerta El Tecolote. Until next time.
Photography by Casey Liu
The Cricket Adobe
Having grown up in cookie cutter south Orange County, my early exposure to home design were track homes in monochromatic peach tones. Row after row after row of sameness.
I moved to Los Angeles right out of college and it was there that my horizons expanded. City living was nothing like my suburban youth. From apartments nestled inside high rises to studios created out of garages, I learned that the word "home" came in many different forms.
Part of my dream for 6th and Detroit is to help people make "home" real and tangible. Whether it's a personal intimate space, or if it's a family vacation home, 6th and Detroit can help foster those unique touches that really make your space, or your guests space, beautiful.
Recently, our team of style eyes, mine and the talented photographic lens eye, Casey Liu, were invited to stay at the historic Cricket Adobe in Montecito, California. The new owners of this beautiful property have a vision to share this space with anyone that needed a getaway, a place of renewal, or a matrimonial venue that would knock the socks off of guests. They spent the time in curating beautiful pieces of furniture that truly enhanced the beauty of the place. We were there for fresh eyes to see if we could bring some 6th&D into the space to help this property shine.
According to a recently written blog post, in 1947, the 3/4 acre land was purchased by newlyweds, Robert and Winifred (Winni) Bennett for $2000. It is here that they broke ground and built their home by hand. Several of the rooms housed hand-made tiles, made on premises by the Bennetts. I could see their love for their home through the thoughtfully placed designs in the entry and bedrooms, all the way to the color schemes unique to each area of their home.
In 2017, the new owners updated the property, taking great care to keep the integrity of the home's design and style. Tackling the important areas, such as kitchen and baths, the rest of the beauty remains within each room.
I mean, just look at the beauty of the light. The secret corners and lofts that make it lovely to explore and a child or even as an adult. What will the eye find behind a door or up a ladder of curiosity?
The property was more than enough for all of our kids to explore. With an enclosed courtyard and the U-Shaped house, the fact that we instantly lost the kids to the surroundings and allowed us to let them be the crazy pirates they wanted to be, is testament to the family home feel. Selfishly, it allowed me to roam in awe of the picture windows and the gaze at the mixture of textures of the furnishings and decor.
It was a pleasure for the senses. The enormous picture window of the outer courtyard was the natural artwork the room needed. It was bold. It was a space that I found myself staring at all weekend long, picturing pieces that we had and have yet to acquire for our client.
Keeping all of the elements of the original design set each room apart from another was a master design win. I absolutely fell in love with the green bathroom. It was everything.
Everything about this place was thoughtful and allowed true peace to felt - even with four crazy kids running around. The beach was within walking distance. The details were in everything - even to providing a wagon to haul all of our stuff down because if anyone knows beaching it with kids - shade and snacks make or break an outing.
I can't wait to get back here and get 6th&D represented in the nooks and crannies of this beautiful abode. And if I go missing for a while, check the curiosity ladders, I may have found a treasure trove of gold when the pirates captured me and took me hostage.
Until next time, Cricket Adobe.
Girl Bossing one day will be known strictly as Bossing. Until that day, collaborations with other kick-ass women will be how we get to that place.
6th and Detroit recently partnered with Dazey L.A. and Reel Rad Films, to shoot and promote Dazey L.A.'s new line titled, Summer of Self-Love. The combination of our style and the vintage feel of the artistic design was a perfect backdrop for both the film and print visions.
Artist, designer and entrepreneur, Dani Nagel, is the creative behind her company, Dazey L.A. Her passion for empowerment and feminism shows through her art and her clothing designs. Each piece is made to order supporting and encouraging the important process of slow fashion.
Take a look at the video and see for yourself how well our signature pieces enhanced the fashion. From the peacock chairs to the greenery, it shows how important the frame can be to the artwork. Much love goes to the other bad boss ladies who were here to take it next level: Montazami Brand, Julz Junkie Jewelry, The Little Avocado Shop, and Tim & Co.
Oh, and for fun, see if you can spot me doing my girl-bossing in the background. Cuz I'm never not hustling.
Meeting new people through the store is hands down the best part about having a storefront. You never know who will come through our front door. That's how I met photographer, Melissa Rey. Hilariously relatable story. She was super pregnant and in a mad rush to find a public restroom (my mamas know what I'm talking about). I had instant empathy and let her use our private restroom and we've been friends ever since.
When she told me she had an upcoming styled wedding elopement shoot for Junebug Weddings, I immediately felt the vibe she wanted to create. Romantic, bohemian love. From inventory in the store and using our rental pieces, she curated a look that was perfect. It's the details that make the shoot. From our vintage books to unique art deco wedding rings, she made the scene feel alive. And the models...well, hellllooooo. You have to read about their story in full here. If that isn't a meet-cute, I don't know what is.
"Dude." "Duuuuude" were the only words that we kept saying back and forth to each other when we pulled up to the Timber Cove Resort. The fact that we flew into the wrong airport (San Francisco instead of Santa Rosa Sonoma), therefore increasing our drive time by four hours, was erased by the beauty of the coastal property in front of us. Truth be told, the drive was actually incredibly beautiful and scenic, easing the travel stresses one coastal view at a time. By the time we arrived, the magic hour of sunset only increased our instant love for this cliff-side boutique hotel.
As per our usual, food and drink were our main focus. We found our way to the property restaurant, Coast Kitchen, where we had specialty drinks, salt roasted pei mussels and a charcuterie board to start our evening. Say it with me: "shahr-koo-tuh-ree". It's a fancy name for a meat and cheese board and accoutrements. Again, say it with me: "uh-koo-ter-muh nt". Fancy name for side of crackers. Fancy lesson over.
I can't begin to tell you the magic of being bathed in golden sunlight as the sun lowered itself over the ocean, having delicious food and drink while laughing with some of my very favorite people. Casey was able to capture some of that warmth through her camera lens. As for myself, I was able to slow down for the first time in a very long while. It was a perfect backdrop for forgetting my never ending to do list. One more martini and I was ready to secure myself in my room lest I not be able to find it later.
Let me just say this about our room: I.COULD.LIVE.THERE. Seriously. The aesthetic was on point. Wrap around windows, sunlight streaming through every sill. Ocean everywhere we could see. It was ethereal. We opened our slider to the deck while the guys decided on which album to play on the record player. I'm telling you, the details did not go unappreciated. A vintage cone fireplace in the center of living area looked incredibly at home in the space as did the natural tree pillars that seemed to grow through to the rooftop.
Timber Cove was as magical as it was mystical. The natural ecological habitat that surrounded the cliffs almost tricked me into thinking that I was in Scotland instead of the Sonoma Coast. I half expected fairies to show up at the downing of the sun. The slowness of time, the commune of humanness and nature was truly embodied in the being of the property. It's worth your time. You almost need to make yourself stop and chuck the to-do list out the window for a weekend visit to this place. Just don't chuck the list before you make the reservation. Cross that off the list and then throw the stress out the door. Do it. Now. You won't regret it.
Words cannot describe the love and gratitude I feel for everyone that has gotten me through this past year. It has been quite the roller coaster but we made it! On this day, we celebrated with friends, family, talented vendors all day and danced the night away with husband & friends spinning my favorites. It was a day/night to remember forever. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart...I love you all for YOU make this possible! xoxo Michelle
When the lovely Madelynn asked to use our home as the backdrop to her next film, we couldn't wait to see what magic she would cook up! Maddie shares lifestyle, beauty and fashion tips on her vlog, La Madelynn, in such a lovely way. See how she ushers in the spring season around our home. For shoot inquiries at our rancho home, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This March, we took our very first 6th and Detroit "work" trip! We had such an incredible time exploring the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon. From the amazing shopping and delicious eats to our stay at the absolutely stunning airbnb/home of Liz Kamurul, this trip did not disappoint. I'm already itching to get back! But until then, here are some of my favorite highlights from this weekend.
Photography: Casey Liu
I was invited by West Elm to join Peacock & Co to pop up for a day. West Elm LA and OC have been known to support local small businesses. And although it was an immense amount of preparation and long nights, I'm still so happy I did it.
On the day of, we ran into a few hiccups, but Casey and I managed to push through and make it happen. We were lucky to have help from our Peacock & Co. friends to help carry all the furniture up and down the freight elevator and wiggle through the back room. If it weren't for them helping, we would have never been set up in time and never would've gotten out of there at a decent hour.
We chatted up lovely customers stopping to hear what we were all about, who we were and what we do. Even a wonderful handful of my dearest friends made it a point to visit and show support. My mom showed up with a turkey sandwich trying to feed me (as any typical Filipino mother would).
I am grateful for Stephanie of Peacock & Co. for allowing me to be there with her team and use their muscles to help me load and unload furniture. I am grateful for my right hand Casey, whom I am constantly reminding that none of this is possible without her since day one. And most of all, I am grateful for West Elm for following my shop and extending the invitation to share my personal found treasures with theirs.
Let the adventure continue...
Ok , so it's not exactly Thursday, it's Monday, so it doesn't call for a "throwback". But I just can't help but post the amazing video of our Grand Opening by Reel Rad Films! The video they did of our Live After 5 event got me all excited to show you what other magic they have done for me. So here it is. In case you missed it, my Grand Opening was June 5, 2016 and it was EPIC. Tigers In The Sky played, catering by Tantalum Restaurant and Company of Khanh, desserts by Frosted Cupcakery, balloon installation by Wild Child Party, and the handsome devil of a DJ is the hubby DJ PlusOne. Check it out! :)
I'm so excited to get this footage of Live After 5 from earlier this month! I was so honored to be asked by the Downtown Long Beach Associates to host their monthly free live music event. Live After 5 is a community event they throw all over the city to be able to bring together the locals and show some of the wonderful spaces Long Beach has to offer with live music. Of course, I had to have my girl Casey's band, Tigers In The Sky, perform because they are insanely amazing. I called on my balloon installation genius Jolie of Wild Child Party to do her magic. And to make sure that I would never forget this special event, I turned to Reel Rad Films to document the true spirit of it. Check it out and get a peep of what it was all about!
If you are interested in throwing an event at the shop, please email Michelle at email@example.com
My. Very. First. Blog. Entry. Forgive me if I have no idea what I'm doing.
I figured this was a good spot I can share some thoughts with you, get a sneak peak into my home decor world and ride along this crazy journey of mine trying to run a storefront by trial and error lol.
First up! A wonderful write up by Found & Kept. I'm so happy to share how the lovely Emily has beautifully photographed the shop in a way I've never seen before and expressed such kindness!