UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: A NEW SIDE OF JANICE
You probably think of Janice as one of your best friends at this point, as you’ve gotten to know her pretty well over the past couple months. You’ve learned her history with the company, design secrets, creative processes and more. So this time around, we’re getting a little more personal and giving you a peek into her everyday life outside of the office, proving she’s so much more than just our amazing VP of Design.
What is something people may not know about you?
I can’t really think of anything. I am a pretty open book, what you see is what you get.
What are you passionate about (other than designing of course)? How do you spend your free time?
My husband and I spend a lot of time outdoors with our dogs. We day trip to various parks and go hiking a lot. When the weather is just perfect we go to the Huntington Beach dog park. Our dogs love taking in the surf. Yoga is also a huge part of our lives. We have a local Yoga Studio in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles that we go to. We try to get there as often as we can.
What’s the one thing you never leave home without?
It would be my tape measure and my camera. You never know where you will find your next inspiration.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
It was from my Great Aunt Marge. She said if you want to live a long happy life don’t dwell on the bad moments and only remember the good. She lived to be 96 so I definitely consider these words to live by.
Tell us about some of your favorite travel spots.
I usually like to get off the beaten track. Some of my favorite travel spots are Hanoi, Vietnam, Hakone and Japan, where we stayed at an Onsen taking in the hot springs and hiking in the mountains. I also always love a trip to Kyoto and Tokyo. My husband was born in Eastern Europe so we love visiting cities such as Krakow, Budapest and Prague. One city I love for its nightlife is Berlin. We love to go for the weekend when in Europe. Bali was also a destination that we loved taking in; Ubud and the Gili islands. I love the unique style, aesthetic and zen atmosphere. It is a mystical place to rejuvenate and enjoy the wonderful spas over looking the rice fields.
Name five not-to-miss stores in LA? Paris? Japan?
LA – American Rag, Fred Segal, Rose Bowl Flea Market
PARIS – Killiwatch
TOKYO – Kapital
Best restaurant in Japan? Paris? Korea? New York?
JAPAN – I love getting up early to go to the Tusjuki Fish Market and eat at the Daiwa Market.
PARIS – There is a small Vietnamese restaurant I have been going to for years near Etienne Marcel. I can’t recall the name, but can always find my way there. For really amazing French food Au Petit Fer A Cheval in the Marais District.
KOREA – I am shopping the night markets so I usually eat street food.
NYC – St. Anslem in Williamsburg is one my favorite stops.
Do you cook? If so, what’s your go to recipe for dinner parties?
I cook a fair bit. Usually for dinner parties I will cook braised short ribs and make a polenta side dish. In the hotter months we eat a lot of seafood so seared Tuna, Poke, ceviche are always on the menu.
I don’t really drink cocktails. Red wine is my go-to drink. If I have a cocktail it will be an Eastern Standard.
What’s your décor style?
My décor style is a fusion of Mid Century Modern and eclectic. I mix antiques and different things that I find on my travels. I love textiles and have picked up hand woven and dyed textiles from Vietnam, Bali, Japan and China.