Hello there! Did you miss me? If you follow along on Instagram, then you know I was in southern California for a bit of a birthday getaway. My husband went earlier for business, and I decided I could use a little warm weather and a break from the everyday, so I flew down and met him.
We were so fortunate to have sunny skies and beautiful temperatures. My winter skin really needed it. If you’re from Canada, you know what I mean! And how can you beat the taste of fresh lemons picked right off the tree or the smell of lavender growing on the patio? Heavenly!
Aside from the usual shopping and eating, we toured around some new areas I’ve never been to in California, including Ojai or “oh hi” (remember Ojai Foods from the show Brothers & Sisters?) and Santa Barbara. What a lovely drive. Each area we visited had its own unique feel, but I was able to take away some common threads of decorating inspiration.
From hotels to restaurants to shops, patterned tile seemed to be everywhere. This coastal blue & white graphic tile at Raoul Textiles was a bit more modern, whereas the Spanish style tile found throughout our resort was traditional. The tiles added just the right amount of character and charm to each space.
Plants & Flowers
Being from Canada where there’s snow or grey (or somewhere in between in January), I definitely enjoyed looking through the garden shops. Plants and flowers, especially succulents, were prominent throughout the region. I couldn’t get over the size of some of the plants (check out those vines)! I guess that’s what happens when the growing season is longer than a few months, right?
We took full advantage when it came to spending time outside. Most places had doors that pushed right back or covered terraces with heaters for the cooler evenings. I definitely want to incorporate an element of this into our new home design to extend our very short outdoor living season.
White + Pops of Color
I loved the fresh white walls paired with colorful accents. In a place like sunny and warm California, I’m guessing this look would never feel cold. Think how easy it would be to change up decor seasonally.
Are there any aspects of California style you’d like to incorporate into your home? Any you’d definitely pass on?
Enjoy your day!