Picture a typical Santa Barbara home. If you walked inside, what would you see? White plaster walls? Terracotta floors? Maybe some accents of cobalt blue?
Santa Barbara homes are often designed with Spanish style interiors. Graceful, arched openings contrast with the heavy, dark wood beams that line the ceiling. Leafy plants and ornate, hand-painted tiles can often be found throughout the house. Wrought iron railings and light fixtures are common choices for Spanish homes, while hand-knotted rugs and throw pillows with vibrant patterns liven up the space.
Take a look at the photos below for some Spanish inspiration!
Last month, we finally had a chance to travel out to High Point, North Carolina for the 2017 Fall Market, and OH MAN… It’s like Disneyland for interior designers. So much good stuff in such a small town! The showrooms are huge, the food is delicious, and the parties are wild. Forget Vegas, what happens in High Point should stay there!
But we’d be selfish to keep all of our finds to ourselves, so we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 finds from the trip (some oldies but goodies and some new discoveries). Take a look!
Although we’d heard of them before, this was the first time we’ve really taken a good look at Sunpan’s products. The showroom’s mix of contemporary and glam pieces convinced us to find a new Art Deco project to work on!
This vendor is an old favorite, but the High Point showroom had a playful vibrance that we couldn’t help but notice. The new vibe is on-trend, and we can’t wait to keep using Dovetail pieces in many projects to come!
Another go-to for the RWD team, Noir and CFC are always hard to beat. Even though we’ve seen many of the pieces in person before, the huge, brick showroom in North Carolina managed to show off the pieces in a way that’s pretty indescribable.
In case anyone was wondering, the new bohemian pillow collection from Justina Blakeney is to-die-for! As always, Loloi’s entire showroom was beautifully inviting, but the new collections from Justina and Ellen DeGeneres were the real show-stoppers this time around.
While we’re not exactly strangers to this brand, it’s been a while since we’ve sourced light fixtures from them. But you can bet we’re going to be searching hard for projects to use their product in from now on! Absolutely stunning fixtures, and a moody, glamorous showroom to boot.
Surya’s been a long-time favorite of ours for rugs and pillows, but in the last year or two they’ve really stepped up their game in the light fixture and accessories department! We were a little blown away by the awesome selection of vases and decorative objects they had to offer.
We pretty much gush about Four Hands every time we get the chance to visit one of their showrooms, but HOLY COW. We’ve NEVER seen a showroom as amazing as the one at High Point. Nothing in particular stood out from the rest, because the whole thing was swoon-worthy.
Walking into this showroom, we had a moment of “where has this vendor been all our lives, and why have we never heard of it??” It’s the perfect balance of contemporary, glam, and midcentury, which means it’s the happy medium between the styles of RWD’s two designers. We were singing Nuevo’s praises all the way home, and can’t wait to set up an account to start using their product!
If you’re interested in any of these product lines, and would like to purchase some furniture or accessories, please feel free to contact us!
Trends will always come and go. The era of carpeted bathrooms is long gone (hopefully never to return), and the obsession with brushed gold hardware and black accents is just barely getting started. However, there is something to be said for the timelessness of a well-traveled look.
Bohemian style – essentially the opposite of minimalism – oozes vibrant colors, cozy textures, and layers upon layers of pattern (Turkish rugs, anyone?). It’s almost as if the spaces are saying, “I don’t care what’s trendy, I just want to be comfortable.” Knickknacks from travels around the world often line the shelves of bohemian interiors, while antiques, flea market finds, and an abundance of plants fill in the empty spaces.
Take a look at these photos and see why this style has us swooning lately:
Have you ever been homesick for a place you’ve only visited once?
This summer, part of our team took a two-week trip to Greece – and promptly fell in love with it. There’s just something about standing in the town square where Socrates used to stroll and climbing the rock where the Apostle Paul preached that captures your imagination in an irresistible way. And when we saw those crystal clear waters for the first time? Forget about it. We were goners. Someone take us back now, please??
Have we convinced you to start planning your own trip yet? Check out our list of must-visit Greek destinations, and see why we’re so head-over-heels!
1. Kythira, Ionian Island
Kythira (also spelled Kythera) is one of the lesser-known Greek islands, but it was by far our favorite stop of the entire trip. Like Santorini, it boasts white-washed houses and sea views, but it has more of a wild beauty that’s sort of indescribable. The sound of cicadas chirping serves as the perfect background music to a short roadtrip across the island. It also has the most beautiful swimming beaches we’ve ever seen, most notably Kaladi, Avlemonas, and Kapsali. If you add Kythira to your list of stops, don’t forget to wander the main street of Chora (the capitol – pictured above), eat at Toxoti in the town of Livadi, and visit the Potamos market on Sunday.
2. Athens, Mainland Greece
Standing on top of the Acropolis, looking at the Parthenon, is – for lack of a better word – overwhelming. Its history alone is enough to inspire awe, let alone the fact that it (along with all of the other buildings on the Acropolis) was built in a span of 30 years. The view from the top of Mars Hill is also stunning, with a clear shot all the way to the port of Piraeus. For the best gyros and souvlaki, head to a side street of Monastiraki Square nicknamed “Souvlaki Row.” If you order to-go, you can walk through the nearby flea market and the Ancient Agora while you eat!
3. Monemvasia, Peloponnese Region
Though small, Monemvasia makes a big impact, even from a few miles away. The town is essentially a rock jutting out of the sea, connected to the rest of Greece via a small land bridge. Several hundred years ago, the town would have been white-washed, but since it’s now mostly deserted (aside from tourists), the plaster on the houses has faded to show the red brick underneath. Wandering the streets at dusk is a magical experience, but don’t forget to climb to the top of the rock for breathtaking views (if it’s too hot to make the climb, there are a few rooftop bars in the lower town).
4. Nafplio, Peloponnese Region
The first capitol of Greece after its War of Independence, Nafplio has a multi-cultural history, having been controlled at different times by the Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, and Ottomans. The photo above shows the stunning view from the Palamidi Fortress, a Venetian structure that sits high on a hill above the town – one of three such fortresses in the area. Elsewhere in the town, you’ll find Greek Orthodox cathedrals and Turkish mosques within a few blocks from each other. The town also has a gorgeous little swimming beach, and plenty of delicious seafood.
5. Mystras, Peloponnese Region
Mystras is a small town just outside of Sparta in the Peloponnese (peninsula) region of Greece. It’s made up almost entirely of monasteries, which were constructed out of the ruins of Ancient Sparta, after its destruction. But the structures, while impressive, were not the star of the show. Our senses were completely overwhelmed by the Tuscany-like views and the nearly deafening song of the cicadas. While there, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported to a different time. Be sure to stop at the little taverna on your way back down the mountain for some mouthwateringly good food.
6. Santorini, Cycladic Island
You probably knew this place just from the photo. Santorini is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Greece, and with good reason. It’s so unbelievably beautiful that it’s impossible to take a bad photo here. The entire time we were on the island, we just kept asking, “Is this real?” Oia (pictured above) is the best spot for views of the caldera during the daytime, and you should probably see the sunset from here at least once on your trip (it’s crowded every day, so go an hour early). However, we’d argue that the sunset in Fira is even more beautiful, because of the way the houses reflect the colors of the sky! Grab a reservation at Noussa early in the day, for dinner around sunset time. Kamari beach is also a must for anyone who has “black sand beach” on their bucket list.
The field of Interior Design has always felt like a natural fit for me. Even before acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, I was designing rooms for friends and family. I developed this passion througheducation, trained my skills through in the field experience with internships, and after graduating, I began my career as and interior designer in a Sacramento firm and never looked back.