when i moved to los angeles, i knew i wanted my new home to have kind of a modern beach vibe (very much inspired by my recent trip to tulum, mexico and coqui coqui). even though i’m all the way over here on the east side, it’s still warm and sunny and we angelenos spend a lot more time living outside, especially in the evenings — much more so than i did in san francisco. it’s great to consider my backyard as an extension of my house, and essentially, my outdoor dining area is a whole other room. i love a beachy vibe and the fact that it makes me feel a little like i’m on permanent vacation — if i pad around barefoot in caftans, it solidifies the fantasy. adding touches of rattan and bamboo, indoor plants and muted pastels really helps create that laid back beach vibe, too. here’s some looks i love.
i love all things japanese — from sushi to vintage kimonos, and especially graphic design and packaging. i used to spend hours at Kinokuniya bookstore in san francisco’s japantown (i just found out there’s an L.A. location, too!). and i can’t read a word of them — all written in japanese, but i love paumes design books, too. i find the japanese aesthetic to be both simple and elegant, but also somewhat whimsical at times. they seem to have a keen sense of humor, or what some might call kawaii — lovable and cute. there’s a certain contradiction between say, the seriousness of their decor — like japanese tatami beds, paper lanterns and shoji screens which are so spare and practical, and then their packaging design which can be really colorful, playful and fun. regardless, i love it all and would love to visit japan one day. in the meantime, i continue to be inspired by their wonderful culture.