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So You Think You Can Decorate -The Challenge


Thomas Lavin Design Challenge


We’d like to see how Zinc Textiles’ Runway Collection, featured in Elle Decor, inspires you! Create a Thomas Lavin Runway board on Pinterest with your ideas for an interior design scheme that incorporates 8 or more elements, at least 3 of them fabrics from the Runway Collection. So stretch your creative wings by visiting the Thomas Lavin Pinterest page to see our array of home furnishings (furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs, leather, wall coverings

and accessories).


The winning pinner will receive a collection of 4 Runway Collection pillows valued at $800.


Here’s how it works:


1) Join, and follow the Thomas Lavin showroom’s Pinterest boards.


2) Launch a new Pinterest board, and name it “Thomas Lavin – Runway”


3) Fill your board with at least 8 pins—a minimum of 3 must be pinned from the Runway Collection.


4) Tag all the pins on the board #ThomasLavin and #runwaytoroom


5) When you’re done, comment on this pin with a link to your “Thomas Lavin – Runway” board!


You must be a member of to enter, and you must follow Thomas Lavin’s Pinterest boards in order to participate. If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet, you can sign up for one here.


The contest begins Monday, June 24 at 12 p.m. PST and ends on Tuesday, July 9 at midnight PST. Once the contest winner is chosen by the judges, the winner will be notified by a Pinterest comment and the winning design will be posted on the Thomas Lavin showroom’s Facebook and Twitter.


See you on the Runway!

So You Think You Can Decorate – Contest

The Thomas Lavin showroom has a challenge for you …


Create an interior design scheme featuring select product from Thomas Lavin to be announced

and present it as a Pinterest board. Our judges will decide the winner, and we’ll award a prize.


Contest begins Monday, June 24, at noon and ends Monday, July 1, at noon.


Stay tuned for details, but in the meantime, meet our judges:




Jeff Andrews

( is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based interior designer whose work has been celebrated in books and magazines around the world including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Interiors and Traditional Home. Designing homes for celebrities, as well as young entrepreneurs and families, Jeff is one of the most sought-after interior designers in the industry. In 2012, he was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 25 Most Influential Designers in

Los Angeles.



Kelly Lee is a sought-after style expert and tastemaker. She shares ideas and inspiration for living a life of style and charm on the popular website, a sparkling guide for the modern-day Audrey Hepburns of the world. A former style editor and fashion columnist, she has appeared as a guest style expert on The Martha Stewart Show and the FAWN Network. She divides her time between Beverly Hills and Palm Springs and loves Audrey Hepburn, vintage shopping, bright colors and bold patterns.



Applauded for her sense of style in both fashion and interiors,

Dee Murphy stumbled upon her newest venture, interior design, while renovating her own home and discovering her love for all things vintage. Her aesthetic is glamorous yet eclectic, mixing modern and vintage with a flair. Not afraid to mix patterns and colors, she loves to style with a pop! You can find her fashion, decorating and lifestyle tips and tricks on her blog,

Thomas Lavin and Dakota Jackson Join Forces

Thomas Lavin and Dakota Jackson

Join Forces in Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, June 11, 2013) – Two powerhouses in contemporary home design, Thomas Lavin, owner of the nationally renowned luxury home furnishings showroom, and Dakota Jackson, high-end furniture designer and manufacturer, have decided to join forces in Los Angeles, with Thomas Lavin taking over the sales, marketing and management of Jackson’s representation in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.


“I recognized that the combined good will and integrity of our companies along with a shared passion for the highest standards in design and quality is the key to maintaining a dominant position in the home furnishing market across Southern California,” says Jackson. “Thomas, with his exquisite taste, vision, clear understanding of the needs of his clients and superb sales staff, is the perfect partner. My company, headquartered in New York City, has had a strong presence in Los Angeles since 1985. Thomas Lavin is the key to the future.”


The Dakota Jackson showroom is next to Thomas Lavin on the third floor of the Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building. As of June 3 the Lavin sales team has been performing a transformation of the Dakota Jackson showroom, retaining a mix of the latest and a selection of iconic pieces, like the Library Chair. Introduced in 1995, the chair is one of Jackson’s signature designs, installed in over 100 institutions worldwide, including Stanford University, the West Hollywood Public Library and the upcoming Queens University Library in Belfast, Ireland.


“We are marrying the look in the two showrooms,” says Lavin. “We’re going to ‘Lavin-ize’ the space by adding lamps, rugs, art and accessories. It will be stimulating for designers to see Dakota’s pieces in a different light, upholstered in fabrics from our lines.”


Desks will continue to be a mainstay at the Thomas Lavin-run Dakota Jackson showroom.  “Dakota’s desks are the Rolls-Royce, and we’re excited about that because we now have more options for our clients,” says Lavin. Not coincidentally, it was a desk that launched Jackson’s furniture-making career in the mid-1970s, when he designed one for Yoko Ono as a gift for John Lennon.


There is much new product on the way from the designer. Jackson has fired up his creative juices and this fall is set to introduce Executive Suite, which he describes as “featuring an interactive ‘tuned in CEO desk’ (a combination of furniture, machinery, system and style that anticipates the interconnectivity and adaptive needs of industry leaders.”  Accompanying pieces include the Executive Console, Credenza, Satellite, and Conference Center with each component housing a wireless interface.


A new product group entitled How We Hold and How We Keep will debut late fall. The collection includes table top accessories, chests and an étagère. Materials range from composites, wood, glass, metal and polychrome finishes.


A group of sustainable products is in development due for an early winter introduction. Entitled The Natural World and The Built World, the collections focus on natural fibers such as rugs, sustainable woods and binding materials sourced worldwide.


Dakota Jackson, a performer and professional dancer in the 1970s, began making innovative one-off furniture more than 25 years ago. Dakota Jackson, Inc. is design-driven, and the foundation of the company stands on artistic values, luxurious materials and solid craftsmanship. In 1998, Jackson commissioned the iconoclastic architect Peter Eisenman to design a showroom for him on the high-profile first floor of the Pacific Design Center.


Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, lighting and accessories to Los Angeles. Lavin’s collections include Christian Liaigre, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard furniture and fabrics, Madeline Stuart, Jiun Ho, Creation Baumann, Fuse, Erika Brunson, Gary Hutton, Magni Home, de Le Cuona, Christopher Farr¦Cloth , Zimmer + Rohde, JAB, McEwen Lighting, Rosemary Hallgarten, and Elson and Company.


High resolution images are available upon request.


Thomas Lavin

Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B310

Los Angeles, CA 90069



Dakota Jackson

Pacific Design Center

Suite B309


Media contact:

Tamar Mashigian P.R. & Marketing