Bridal Designer Sets Up Shop in West Hollywood Castle

Couture bridal designer Claire Pettibone turned a castle into a workspace in the heart of West Hollywood. Peek into her romantic and vintage-inspired Atelier and Flagship Salon.
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Imagine strolling into work everyday in a castle-like building with history at every turn. Los Angeles-based bridal designer Claire Pettibone recently moved her flagship salon and atelier to a historic West Hollywood monument that’s a perfect location for her vintage-inspired bridal brand. After some TLC and restorations, the space truly echoes a romantic design aesthetic.

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What makes this location so special to Claire? “I have always loved this building since living in LA, and when it became available, I felt it was meant to be, given my devotion to history and appreciation for this period, but I am still pinching myself that we have moved into a castle!” she says. “It really is a dream come true, and the details of the building could not set a more perfect stage for our brides to experience the collection.

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The Romanesque and Late Gothic Revival-style monument was built in 1928 for muralist Anthony Heinsbergen by West Coast architects Curlett and Beelman. Some of the building’s most notable features include the cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the stone arch and a hand-painted, wood-beamed ceiling inside.

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Step inside Claire’s bridal salon and see how she’s helped restore the building to its former state by incorporating her own design style, inspired by a family of artists and years of antiquing treasures.

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In the main showroom, brides and their guests are greeted by Italian stone floors and French Empire antiques. The most stunning feature of the space is the 15-foot-tall mural of an 18th century oil on canvas by Welsh artist Richard Wilson.

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Claire says, “I love incorporating Old World details and craft, while contrasting with modern elements.”

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Adding to the extravagance and romantic atmosphere of the space, Claire displays mannequins on custom-built illuminated acrylic pedestals with floral arrangements encased within.

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On the far end of the showroom, brides can take the arch and gold-leaf mirrored doorway to the extravagant gown gallery filled with Claire’s complete collection of couture wedding gowns, accessories and veils.

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To learn about upcoming events at the Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon, check out Claire’s bridal blog.

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