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The Good Shepherd Charity Design Project

20 Jul

 Finally, the day has come!  We are so proud to announce the Open House for the Good Shepherd Charity Design Project will be this weekend and we invite you to join us.  This has been an incredible undertaking – 30 designers took on the challenge of decorating 30 rooms dedicated to transitional housing, rooms that hadn’t been touched for 11 years.  

The project was exciting and so humbling and it felt so good to challenge ourselves while giving back.  Not only have we met some Extraordinary women (we even had the pleasure of meeting our tenant!) but we have also seen some Extraordinary rooms.  It is astounding what this group of talented designers did with the likes of a 10″ x 12″ space, just beautiful… I must admit, I loved flexing the decorating muscle again…it’s been years since decorating film sets and though Paul and I have enjoyed doing friends and family’s homes for years,  this project was very special and close to our hearts. We have never met a group of more inspiring and big-hearted women than the residents at the shelter and the excitement they had for the project had us in tears.

I’ll be posting more on it soon, with before and after photos and the whole nine yards once we get clearance.  But for now, hopefully you will join us and see the rooms in person.  Wait until you see the chandelier! 

 Please come and join us for our Show House in downtown LA as 30 interiors designers transform the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children into a beautiful space to benefit deserving area women and children. All 30 rooms will be open for viewing and each designer will be there to present their room. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

 Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24th  from 11-3pm


Hawkes Building
1650 Rockwood St.
Los Angeles CA 90026

PH 213 482 1834

Food and refreshments will be served.
Parking available on all side streets.

*No RSVP is necessary we look forward to seeing you!
*Please feel free to pass the invite along.



The mission of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children is to provide, with dignity and love, a continuum of care from homelessness to self-sufficiency for women and their children, through services offered by professional and volunteer staff. For over 25 years Good Shepherd Center has provided food, clothing, shelter and supportive services for homeless women and children. From mobile outreach to transitional shelter to long-term housing for mothers with disabilities, help is available every step of the way. Good Shepherd continues to serve more than 900 women and children a year through comprehensive programs, providing long-term solutions to poverty and homelessness.

Participating Interior Designers: Ames Ingham, Olivia Williams, Charmean Neithart, Dana Doumani, Erica Islas, Form LA, Heidi Bendetson, Hillary Thomas, Irene Lovett, Jenifer Porter, Jessica Pakzad Bennett, Jordan Cappella, Julie Thigpen, Kelly Edwards, Kelly Schandel, Kirsten Hanson-Press, Kristine Page Kamenstein, Lily Menjivar, Megan Janzen, William Schneider, Marcia Zia & Paul Priven, Laura Clayton Baker, Meg Joannides, Michele Alexandra Kay, Michelle Workman, Mollie Ranize, Nadia Geller, Sasha Emerson, Shirry Dolgin, Lisa Harper, Susie Ho, Tamara Kaye Honey, Typhanie Peterson, Vanessa De Vargas.

Zia-Priven, Inc.’s room was made possible by the generosity of:
Tucker Robbins, Smith+Noble, Atmosphere Interiors, Karastan, Glidden Paint, Against the Stream, Filmore Clark, Bungalow 5, Dwell Studio, Pacific Lighting & Electrical, Inc., Flooring America, Carpet Empire Plus, Alan & Cheryl Priven, Nancy Chavez, Zia-Priven, Inc., Paper Mosaic Studio, Sofa Club, Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker, Modern Chic Home, Mend Etc. and Liz’s Antique Hardware.

 All lighting supplied by Zia-Priven, Inc. Extraordinary Lighting

We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for making this a great success.
Photos of the project will be on our website this fall.


ZP featured on UK blog, Scarlet Opus

17 Sep

We are quite honored to be featured today on the UK design blog for Scarlet Opus! Scarlet Opus is a trend forecasting company specializing in the Interiors sector and led by the beautiful and talented Victoria Redshaw.  Their mission is to give practical and accurate insight into tomorrow’s design trends to a host of clients that include Product Designers, Interior Designers, Manufacturers, Retailers, and Buyers.  The information is quite refreshing and extensive, showcasing design from all over the world.

What I particularly enjoyed was the demonstration, through photos, of the impact a Zia-Priven fixture has once it’s been added to a setting.

Ingrid Pendant detail

Our Ingrid Pendant and Waterfall featured in Anastasia of Beverly Hills

Another shot in Anastasia of Beverly Hills

You can see the whole post complete with tons of photos at the Scarlet Opus site.  Thank you Victoria and Phil for including us!

Beautiful Blogger Award

15 Sep

We are thrilled and honored to have been presented The Beautiful Blogger Award by the lovely Sharon and Yvonne of Layers and Layers. Layers and Layers is a wonderful design resource showroom in Vancouver, BC, with a whole host of design services available. On top of that, they are simply refreshing, funny and excellent at what they do. Take a peek at their blog and Yvonne and Sharon on Twitter to see what I mean.

Now that the “Beautiful Blogger Award” has been presented to us, we must adhere to the requirements… We must reveal  “10 things you didn’t know about Zia-Priven”. We’ll try not to shock our gentle readers too much…lol, and save the juicy stuff for Vanity Fair (when they ask…), but for now here goes…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Zia-Priven

1. We are both originally from the movie business; Marcia was a Production Designer and Emmy-nominated Set Decorator and Paul was an Assistant Director who worked on some pretty big name films.  Some better than others…We met while working on one of Terrence Howard’s first films called–brace yourself–“Love Beat the Hell Outta Me.”  Yes, “Outta.”  Two t’s. I have to admit, the movie wasn’t too bad, and it was quite a thrill to watch Terrence work, but best of all this is where the “Zia” and the “Priven” first met.  Thanks, Terrence!
via IMDB

2. We absolutely love an adventure and traveling is one of our favorite ways to find one.  It can be across the world, country or street–finding the beauty in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary keeps our creativity flowing and our hearts happy.

via Zia-Priven

3. Paul is very talented and has played classical piano since he was 6 years old.via RayLuck

4. We thoroughly enjoy Interior Design and Decoration ourselves beyond  lighting and have done it for friends and family for years.  After all, set decorating was Marcia’s first love!  We’ve been working on our home since January with plans for before and after reveals on The Studio Luxe and possibly in a design publication (keep your fingers crossed!).  We’re considering branching out in the near future…

Jamie Drake Interior via apartment therapy

5. When we moved to NY to really launch our company, we had nothing but the contents of our 15 ft. U-Haul, $1500, our 2 cats and each other.  We drove across the country with kitties serenading us the whole way, to an apartment in Brooklyn we had never laid eyes on.  Once there, we hit the ground running, out of excitement, fear and, frankly, pure adrenaline. Now, that was an adventure and the reason why our hearts will always belong to NYC. The old adage is true, “If you can make it there…”

via thelovemagazineblog

6.  We enjoy cooking together when we get a chance.  We find it relaxing and it’s a different way to express our creativity…that’s delicious too!

via Luxist

7. We design lighting for other companies as well as our own, specifically Stonegate Designs and Robert Abbey, Inc. and were instrumental in helping to win the Arts Award (the most prestigious award in lighting design) for Stonegate with our Mercer Chandelier in 2009.  P.S. We’re also their top-selling designers and thrilled to hold the title!

Mercer Chandelier via Stonegate Designs

8. Marcia studied Fine Art in college, painted for many years and still does when she finds the time. She’s planning a huge, 10ft Rorshach for our living room after seeing Warhol’s version at MOMA. No, we’re not kidding.

via bluetravelguide

9. We LOVE Aretha Franklin and have for as long as I can remember. One of the best concerts we ever saw was Aretha at the Apollo Theatre, chill inducing and absolutely unforgettable!

via myhoustonmajic

10. This is something very dear to us and much more important than anything listed above.  After many years of wanting a child, we’ve started the process of adoption and are about to embark on finding the right match for us–we are thrilled and humbled by the thought of finally having a little one in our lives.

via flickr

So, that’s it, 10 things you may not have known about Zia-Priven… Now, in the spirit of the Beautiful Blogger Award, it is my duty and pleasure to pass it on. The award is presented to bring about awareness to blogs you may not already known of and these are some great ones. Let’s hope this talented group of ladies will have the time to share a few secrets of their own…

Barbara Segal of Noir Blanc Design
Erika Ward of BluLabel Bungalow
Karen Young of Hammocks and High Tea
Susan Hutchinson of Fleurishing

Enjoy and good reading!


New interview with Zia-Priven!

17 Aug

We’re happy to announce the new ZP interview with Paul and I and the fantastic Kathy Barlow, “Chief Design Junkie” of is up and live!
We had a lot of fun with this one, chatting about inspiration, our design process and sharing some of our favorite photos and best lighting tips, don’t miss it. 

The Solano Pendant is quite a special design community, as Kathy describes it.  One feature I love is the weekly HomeWorkshop Challenge.  Every Wednesday, you’ll read an invitation to participate in that week’s Challenge—a home design/decorating project.  An  inspiration project will be posted and you’ll have 4 – 8 weeks to design, create and post your entry.  Some Challenges will be simple and quick, others will be more involved.  All will be motivating.  Weekly Challenges are not competitions, but rather an avenue where ideas are shared and everyone can learn great ideas from one another.  Once in a while there will be a Prize Challenge. And each quarter, you’ll be able to work together on a Community Service Challenge, to aid worthy causes.  Sounds like good stuff to me!

Custom fixtures for Social Hollywood,  Los Angeles

Hope you enjoy the interview and take a peek around, I think you’ll find it to be a wonderful design community, something we all need a little more of- design AND community. 

P.S. We have some great designer interviews coming up, so watch for them. 

We are also looking for some great shots of Zia-Priven lighting in a beautiful interior settings- If you are an interior designer and would like to feature your work that shows off our lighting, we would love to feature your photos and show off your work! Contact us at

Designer Tag Sale-July 31!

22 Jul

This is an event NOT to be missed! If you are in L.A., an interior designer, a design enthusiast, a collector, or simply love gorgeous furnishings at spectacular prices you MUST make your way down to the 3rd Interior Designer Tag Sale located in Brentwood, CA  July 31st, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is not your ordinary tag sale- it is presented by the two remarkable women from Vanessa Squared Productions (interior designer Vanessa De Vargas and design editor Vanessa Kogevinas) and  hosted by Fyndes and Little Castle Productions and let me tell you, these people know how to put on an event!  

The Designer Tag Sale is an upscale interior designer yard/tag sale that will feature over thirty of Los Angeles’ top interior designers and stores/vendors selling items including small furniture such as side-tables, lamps, rugs, pillows, art, accessories and more at incredibly low prices—from $5-$200 only!

And even better… Zia-Priven will be participating in it!  As many of you know, Paul and I have a passion for much more than lighting – we love interiors, decorating and collecting beautiful things. And frankly, we may collect just a bit too much! So here is our perfect chance to share some of our great finds with you, enjoy a great event and meet some wonderful people. The past two events have been wildly successful and we are so excited to be part of it. We may even bring some of our lighting pieces as a mini sample sale – a great opportunity to discover a great bargain! Here’s a little taste of our offerings…

A vintage chest, a 1950’s abstract (newly framed), one of a pair of Regency style urns and a rare trio of vintage carved Lucite decorative pieces.

A cushy arm chair and ottoman (brand new), decorative pillows and a fantastic Lucite chair we picked up at ICFF from a London dealer. Many more items will be available!

As I mentioned before this is an incredible event – a few more reasons why…

 A book signing by celebrity chef, caterer and lifestyle expert Lulu Powers of her new top selling book “Lulu Powers from Food to Flowers.”

Mini-consultations and appraisals by designers including Rachel Winokur, Stephanie Visser, Erin Marie Fernandez, Alicia Garey, Elizabeth Bomberger, Charlotte Nielsen and Jessica Brende.

Gift bags are offered to the first thirty attendees including gift certificates, coupons, and other fun items. Any left-over designer inventory will be donated to a local charity.

The designer tag sale also features: A silent auction, a raffle and entertainment including complimentary refreshments, light bites and a DJ.

We hope to see you there, I already have my eye on a few things!
Entry fee is $10. Cash only; designers will not have credit card capabilities.

Enter The Zia-Priven/Design Milk Give-A-Way!

21 Jun

In celebration of the launch of our New website and the addition of the Zia-Priven design blog, “The Studio Luxe“, we are thrilled to give away our most popular pendant – The Emma to one lucky winner!
Simply go to the Design Milk
  blog and answer one question: “What is your favorite Zia-Priven chandelier, pendant, sconce or lamp and WHY?” You will be automatically entered.  

The Emma features a hand-made Ivory Silk Pongee shade, polished nickel accents, acrylic diffuser and a hand cut and polished, solid 40mm Czech crystal ball finial. She measures 20″ in diameter x 12″ high from the top of the shade to the bottom of the finial. The overall height of the fixture is adjustable and it can accommodate up to a 150 watt bulb. Emma is available to the winner with their choice of either a custom, adjustable polished nickel rod kit and canopy or a white 15 ft plug-in cord set, whichever the winner prefers. The Design Milk Give-A-Way is limited to the U.S. and Canada only. The winner will be chosen by random selection and The Emma Pendant will be shipped directly to him/her.  Any other additional rules can be found on Design Milk. 


interior and photo credit: Antonacci Designs


Good Luck!

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