SHOP TALK From sleek sofas to handcrafted wallpapers, these shops and showrooms represent the best California has to offer in luxe modern design. Get inspired, and start shopping! ORANGE COUNTY Royal Treatment Farrow & Ball, the acclaimed British brand known for its elegant, eco-friendly paints and handcrafted wallpapers will open its second California destination at O.C.’s SoCo Collection in late July. The 2,500-square-foot showroom features the full paint line and range of patterned wallpaper. “South Coast Collection is the only design center of its kind in the O.C. and a natural home for Farrow & Ball,” says company director Sarah Cole. “We look forward to inspiring the local community with color and decorating schemes for their homes.” In September, look for the wallpaper collection to expand with four new traditional Japanese-style designs ($225-$260 per roll). And of special note: Fashionistas will want to snatch up one of The Cambridge Satchel Company’s (cambridgesatchel.com) 200 limitededition Farrow & Ball handbags ($180-$230), available online only and bathed in the brand’s latest bespoke paint color, Stiffkey Blue. 323-C Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, us.farrow-ball.com –Wendy Bowman LOS ANGELES Modern Family Contemporary furniture devotees have been shopping BoConcept’s Santa Monica outpost for years, and now the Danish furniture-purveyor is bringing its minimalist modular designs to a new location in Hollywood. The 5,100-square-foot space will be overseen by Lasse Ærthøj-Jensen, the grandson of BoConcept’s founder, and will stock the brand’s full line of sleek contemporary offerings. Be sure to take a peek at BoConcept’s newly unveiled collaboration with Nendo, Japanese designer Oki Sato’s furniture line, which runs the gamut from bold rugs ($629) to sleek sofas (from $2,795). And, don’t worry—a team of in-store and in-home design consultants will be ready to help make those hard decisions. 434 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.591.0782, boconcept.com –Kelsi Maree Borland LOS ANGELES Kitchen Prep This May, revered German kitchen company Leicht opened its first L.A. showroom in the West Hollywood Design District. Celebrated for their sleek contemporary lines, precision styling and technological components (LED lighting, touch-free sensors and docking stations, for example), it’s no wonder they’re the choice of leading designers like Amit Apel and Guy Turner. Leicht kitchens feature quartz countertops by Caesarstone ($65- $85 per square foot) and are paired with equally top-notch appliances from Miele and Gaggenau. Dinner tastes better already. 8761 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.0390, leichtusa.com –Maile Pingel SAN DIEGO On the Surface Savvy remodelers know that when they flock to Pirch—the new kitchen, bath and outdoor depot at La Jolla’s Westfield UTC—they’re in for more than just shopping. To start, guests are greeted with complimentary espresso drinks and juices at the in-house Bliss Café. Then there’s the massive selection of fixtures and appliances, including covetable lines Bertazzoni, Rohl and Toto. The San Diegobased company—which now has five locations—brings a lifestyle experience to each store, and even employs full-time chefs for demos so shoppers can see the merch in action. Pirch hosts signature events—a kidfriendly movie night with chef pairings on the patio, and Sourcing Saturday, an adultsonly soiree. The emporium also has a chic boutique packed with luxe home decor and gift items. Buying a faucet has never been this glamorous. 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite E-1, San Diego, 858.966.3600, thepirch.com –AnnaMaria Stephens SAN FRANCISCO Treasure Trove Designer Brian Allen has worked with top-notch firms like Arthur McLaughlin & Associates, always delivering his signature mix of modern furniture and vintage objects. Now, he’s struck out on his own with S16 Home, an 800-square-foot boutique near the intersection of Sanchez and 16th streets in the Castro. Offering a harmonious selection of furniture, accessories and art, as well as consignment items from fellow design enthusiasts, the ever changing selection will be sure to surprise and delight. 286 Sanchez St., San Francisco, 415.596.0197, s16home.com –Sarah Virginia White SAN DIEGO Aesthetically Pleasing It didn’t take long for San Diego style guru Sean Barnes to expand his newly established empire. The man behind Little Italy’s Love & Aesthetics boutique—which opened this fall and stocks some of the hippest home accessories and hostess gifts in town—just launched a new men’s collaboration in North Park with Dave Reyes, formerly of Material, the popular now-shuttered clothing boutique. The duo christened their lifestyle-andfashion mashup Love & Aesthetics = Material. The name may be unwieldy, but the selection is razor-sharp. Barnes, a former design consultant for high-end hotels like the Andaz and The Grand Del Mar, brings his exacting mix of jewelry, coffee-table books, local art and unique must-haves—like woodsy Moonshine brand cologne ($80) and vintage pieces like a 1920s steal casket carrier ($2,800)—to the masculine mix. “There’s a juxtaposition of beauty in darkness,” says Barnes, who favors a touch of edge in his chic surroundings. “It’s where my buying eye comes from.” 2910 University Ave., San Diego, 619.487.9302, loveandaesthetics.com –AMS MONTECITO Busy as a Bee Interior designer Tamara Kaye-Honey, whose House of Honey has sweetened Pasadena homes with her impeccable mix of vintage pieces and choice contemporary offerings, aims to do the same for Santa Barbara, with the opening of her Mission Street shop in Montecito’s San Ysidro Village. The 600-square-foot store—complete with a traditional exterior that belies a moody interior—is anchored by Lindsey Adelman’s dramatic Agnes Cascade brass chandelier ($16,000) and a fireplace decorated in a mix of Heath Ceramics’ shiny and matte Museum Black tiles. The shop has the lock on lines from Tom Dixon, Missoni Home, Alexandra von Furstenberg and Kelly Wearstler, and will offer a rotating exhibition of photography co-curated by Kaye-Honey and L.A. gallery Fahey-Klein. For the native Canadian, Montecito seemed a natural fit: “My husband and I both had summer cottages on the water growing up, and we really wanted our kids to experience that. In fact, I’ve already enrolled them in sailing camp!” We see smooth waters ahead. 525 San Ysidro Road, Montecito, 805. 969.7444, houseofhoney.com –Abigail Stone
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