shop small: kerry cassill’s lala.
by victoria comment

8/3/21

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

one of the first and very favorite small shops i ever visited, before even moving to laguna beach, was designer kerry cassill’s utterly charming lala boutique located right on coast highway. and as you might expect in laguna, it is beachy, but with a very chic french vibe, carrying a collection of the softest, prettiest color palette of handmade block printed cotton designs for both body and home all designed in california by kerry and created by a family in india she works closely with. she carries the most beautiful bedding, including duvets, sheets, pillows, and quilts — and then to wear there are all kinds of comfy clothing including kaftans, blouses, dresses, robes and pj’s. and on top of all that, there’s some lovely table linens as well as some well-curated homeware collections such as glassware, trays, and baskets, too. so here’s a warning: it’s the kind of shop where you’ll want everything because while it’s mismatched it all pairs so perfectly together. and luckily for all of you that might not be visiting laguna soon, kerry cassill’s collections are available in her online shop, too, but do put it on your must-visit list because a visit to lala is just that memorable and special. follow along on instagram and pinterest for much more inspiration from kerry.

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

shop small: kerry cassill's lala laguna beach / sfgirlbybay

on trend: thonets.
by victoria comment

8/2/21

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

the thing about a thonet is that they’re always on trend. i never tire of a beautifully classic bentwood chair, or thonet as some are called. you can recognize the real thonets by signature steam-bent legs, backs and braces on the legs, and a mix of birdseye cane and wood seats, and some even still have their original paper labels, which are so ornate and quite wonderful. michael thonet created the first thonet chair with its curved, graceful shapes by forming the wood in hot steam. the first thonet, or “coffee shop chair no. 14” was made in 1859! i’ve got a few vintage beauties around my dining table and at my office desk and i like them best when mixed and matched. they also look great all by their lonesome, say next to a bed as a kind of night (or book) stand, or in any empty spot just longing for a gorgeous statement chair. here are a few looks i find most inspiring. i sometimes find these vintage chairs for super marché at the french flea markets but if you’re on the hunt, check elsie green — they’ve got a few of these rare beauties in stock right now.

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood chairs with faux fur throws. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

decorating with thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, l to r: hannah trickett; glitter guide; @wholesomelyliving; @femte.til.venstre; remodelista; rock n deco; @white__sage; thonet; nordic design;

inspiring dining table styled with mismatched vintage chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage thonet chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bathroom with vintage bentwood chair. / sfgirlbybay

vintage thonet chair as bedside reading table. / sfgirlbybay

matching bentwood dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

vintage bentwood dining chair. / sfgirlbybay

mismatched vintage dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood desk chair in whitewashed home office. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood or thonet dining chairs. / sfgirlbybay

modern loft kitchen with bentwood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

bentwood desk chair with cane seat. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: angie welsh; avenue design studio via remodelista; the modern house;@samiyla; TON #811 DINING CHAIRs from elsie green; alexander white; elle decoration; design studio nu; tine k home; rue; @samiyla; @un_fold_ed; @tintaluhrman; mason st. peter; fantastic frank; stadshem; the socialite family; our food stories; alexander white; claire delmar interiors.