It's a new year and that means new art. While there are plenty of upcoming gallery and museums shows we're looking forward to (and phase II of Pacific Standard Time focused on performance and public art ), there are a number of great shows that may have slipped through the cracks during all the holiday cheer last month. Here are four shows closing this month worth a look before they're gone forever.

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a unique entertaining piece? Russian Hill home furnishings and accessories boutique Jak Home, owned by interior designer Kathleen Navarra, has just introduced a new line of beautifully designed tabletop ceramics from celebrated Los-Angeles-based artist Lesley Anton.

Some of our favorite lazy afternoons are spent browsing though the H.D. Buttercup store (they have locations in both San Francisco and Los Angeles), so you can imagine our excitment when we heard that their Half Yearly Sale starts Dec. 26 and lasts through Jan. 16.

Yesterday, we shared picks from some of our favorite San Francisco shops for scoring unqiue, fun gifts for the holidays and beyond. Today, we head south to Los Angeles. Check out one of these fabulous shops soon and avoid the last-minute gift-giving scramble!

It's not too late to do some holiday shopping for great design in Los Angeles. There are still plenty of pop-up shops, secret sales and open houses this weekend.

Opening its doors just over a week ago, Motif is already proving itself as a one-of-a-kind design destination.

Los Angeles is about to get another New York transplant. Haus Interior, owned by Nina Freudenberger and opened in Nolita in 2009, is launching its L.A. outpost this Wednesday, Dec. 14.

It's no secret we're fans of buying locally, or of great independent designers.

This may still be a couple of years off, but it's looking more and more likely thata hotel will finally rise on the corner of Selma and Cahuenga Boulevards.

Full of "pretty little things" for the home, Chic Shop by Hillary Thomas Designs is one of our SoCal faves for truly unique items. Interior designer Hillary Thomas scours flea markets, thrift stores and estate sales for classic furniture, Mad Men-esque barware, and kitschy odds and ends.

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