A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the most magical, sweet wedding at The Smog Shoppe. I'd heard about and seen photos of the venue -- a 25 year old automotive shop converted to a green event space -- but I wasn't prepared for how inspired it was up close.
Every inch of the 6,500 square foot indoor/outdoor space is decorated with an impeccably curated (ugh, I hate that word) collection of vintage and reclaimed furniture and objects, many of which pay tribute to the venue's origins. It's Anthropologie flagship store meets grease monkey.
I kind of want to live there (I'll keep the DJ booth but ditch the noise from the buses and traffic), and I definitely want to replicate my favorite element of the space: the vertical succulent gardens that climb the interior and exterior walls.
As much as I'd love to plant a vertical garden to camouflage the awful grey cinder block walls that surround my current rental, it's a rental. So, in the meantime ,maybe I'll hang a giant oil painting of a splendid cat in my bathroom, just like at The Smog Shoppe.