My ‘Hood: Apt2B Founder Mat Herman Shares His Favorite LA Haunts


As the founder of local LA’s Mat Herman knows the best local spots for finding awesome home finds. As curator, buyer, and tastemaker of his own brand he lets us in on some places that most inspire him. ”I realize that Apt2B can’t be all things to all people, plus that would just be boring. I love to mix and a match with my own décor at home,” he says. Check out all of his favorite LA spots. Plus! Tell us the must-go spots in your neighborhood!

1. Not Neutral: Two words: Sidewalk Sale. Most people, even Angelenos, don’t realize that Not Neutral has a small retail space in Larchmont Village on the corner of Melrose/Larchmont. Do yourself a favor and sign-up for their email to be alerted of their quarterly sidewalk sample sales. The prices are ridiculous as they are practically giving the stuff away. 639 Larchmont Blvd., LA

2. These Hurricane lanterns come in four sizes and six colors and starting as low as $28. They’re one of my favorite finds from Not Neutral.  Hurrican Lanterns (starting at $28 for two small lanterns at Not Neutral)

3. Fred Segal Home Department: Fred Segal has always been the trend setter in apparel in Los Angeles, but people are always shocked to learn that they even have a home boutique. Just walk right through the café and you will be surprised at the wonderful and unique selection of home décor and housewares from coffee table books, vases, picture frames, and throws. They are far more affordable than you would imagine. As the best place to get a gift in the city you can do no wrong by walking into a wedding shower or birthday party with a wrapped gift in their iconic Fred Segal box. Currently I am loving these Rex Ray lacquered boxes and trays. 500 Broadway, Santa Monica

4. Jonathan Adler: Directly across the street from Fred Segal is the Grand Daddy of them all. Seriously, Jonathan Adler is my higher power. There isn’t anybody in the game that even comes close to the fun, kitschy, and unique looks that JA continues to introduce season after season. Who else could get away with this new needlepoint covered flask for $98?

5. The Barkeeeper: This Silver Lake store is filled with barware spanning every decade. Check out their boutique selection of vintage or new glassware, gadgets, coasters, and just about anything you can think of pertaining to the bar. Oh, and as a bonus they all sell rare label small production booze there as well. I just saw this vintage 8-piece glass set with a brass caddy for just $56. 3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake

6. TINI: Mixing vintage with modern is so sexy to me. TINI provides a great place at their flagship Fairfax location to find that WOW piece to compliment your everyday decor. I personally nabbed this Telechron clock in a Lucite case last spring for a great price and it actually works! 515 S. Fairfax Ave., LA

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