Two “Design Lusts” in a row is uncommon for me, but I just returned from a whirlwind end of summer road trip in California, where I was visiting with friends and really lusting after the west coast lifestyle. When traveling around I am always very conscious of architecture, and I actually found Southern California to be a bit lacking in that department. It seems to me you either get the most charming house in the world for millions of dollars, or a boxy, windowless apartment building, and there isn’t too much in between. Side note: Has anyone else noticed how the closer you get to the beach in California the uglier the architecture gets? It’s like one big stucco prison nightmare!
My immediate instinct when returning home from any trip is always to download and edit the photos before anything else…including in this case shopping for food…and so I give you another design lust complete with the bright sun and vibrant color of the best coast.
Let’s start with the doorways, one of my favorite things about design in California. People in California seem to thrive on creating a personal space all their own and the doorways to hidden garden abodes, and mid-century mansions tell a story all their own.
With the overwhelming drought, and the fact that we were there in the middle of August, the drive up the coast was a little bit…brown. Don’t get me wrong, the beach was stunning, but it was a bit depressing to see grass-fed cows eating dead grass. The rich colors in these spaces, places, and items really brightened up the trip.
More to come on the California trip soon. Look out for a story of artisan chocolate coming your way shortly!