Design Inspiration from La Jolla

 

My circumference is not that big. (No, I’m not talking about my waistline which, in preparation for fitting into a wedding dress in less than a month–yikes!–has been put on caloric restriction and is hopefully shrinking as we speak.) I mean, I tend to move in tiny circles.

 

 

Like a dog who’s chasing its tail….

 

 

 

 

MPLA doorDoor outside MPLA Associates in La Jolla, CA.

 

 

Like a professional hula hooper…

 

 

 

A hamster stuck on its wheel….

 

 

 

 

Kravet Monkey wallpaperMonkey wallpaper (and free Nespresso!) at Kravet Fabric in La Jolla, CA.

 

 

 

Or like a person who is comfortable in her own backyard (and by backyard, I mean a 20 mile radius, not my actual backyard).

 

 

 

 

Abstract painting two chairsAre you noticing modern art everywhere, too? I think the red glow of the single, dangling interrogation-style bulb just adds a little sumpthin-sumpthin, no?

 

 

 

For instance, I live in Santa Barbara which is only 1.5 hours from LA (times two if you hit rush hour traffic), yet I almost never go there.

 

 

 

I just circle and repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract art flowersAh modern art. Sometimes you work (see closeup agave leaf painting to the right) and sometimes you don’t (see–flowers?–scaling the wall to the left).

 

 

 

 

But not lately. Lately I have moved outside my maze and boy does it feel good. The other week I was lucky enough to attend the Las Vegas Design Market (for a refresher, please click here).  And I recently had the pleasure of traveling to La Jolla (5 hours away–woop woop!) with another designer to begin the interior design of a house we’re collaborating on.

 

 

 

 

Abstract flowers at MPLAWoo wee: more abstract flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

So, of course, I took pictures of everything interesting that we saw–so I could share it with you!

 

 

 

Side of flower sculptureWorkin’ the side angle.

 

 

The best thing, by far, was this store entrance that had the most whimsical and wacky wall treatment. (Note: somebody did this–so you could, too! It’s just grey paint with white loopy chalk circles drawn on top. I’d suggest sealing the swirls with a clear aerosol spray paint–unless you want them to rub off so you can adjust them from time to time.)

 

 

 

Chalkboard wallMPLA Design Associates, La Jolla, CA.

 

 

 

Here’s a closeup so you can see the design was kind of like a Calder mobile goes 2D. Note the actual mobile in the far right hand corner.

 

 

 

 

Chalkboard swirls

 

 

 

 

Kravet had this neat wallpaper in their entry.

 

 

 

 

Kravet Wallpaper

 

 

 

But MPLA had this terrazzo floor in their bathroom.

 

 

 

 

Terrazzo floorThis floor had me thinking this might be a neat alternative to tile for a residential bathroom.  No grout = kinda brilliant!

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Bon OttomanAnd we couldn’t leave before ordering one of these poufs for our clients. The poufs are 100% wool, they can roll across the floor and they’re named “Bon Bons”–we were defenseless.

 

 

 

How about you? Have you been discovering sometimes you have to go outside your own backyard to find the grass that’s greener?

 

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2 Comments on Design Inspiration from La Jolla

  1. Mom
    August 25, 2014 at 7:18 PM (4 years ago)

    I love that lily pad wallpaper design!

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