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….
Like a professional hula hooper…
A hamster stuck on its wheel….
Or like a person who is comfortable in her own backyard (and by backyard, I mean a 20 mile radius, not my actual backyard).
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.
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.
So, of course, I took pictures of everything interesting that we saw–so I could share it with you!
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.)
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.
Kravet had this neat wallpaper in their entry.
But MPLA had this terrazzo floor in their bathroom.
How about you? Have you been discovering sometimes you have to go outside your own backyard to find the grass that’s greener?