What a great little getaway I had visiting my friend Janet in San Clemente. I just had to share some of the fun places she took me to!
One of our first stops was the town of Orange. Orange has so many antique shops and collectives that you really have to plan on spending a whole day there. We were on our way to another destination, so we couldn’t go to many shops, but stumbled upon this darling cupcake shop, The Perfect Circle. I couldn’t help myself!
Laguna Beach is pure heaven. A gorgeous coastside community with amazing boutiques and restaurants. Janet had told me so much about the Montage, that we made a trip over. Incredible. The property is breathtaking, and the ocean view speaks for itself.
But of course, I couldn't escape the Montage without purchasing some goodies from their Spa gift shop. I bought this robe, but in hot pink. Definitely perks up those foggy San Francisco days!
This Voluspa candle is custom made for the Montage. It smells like a heavenly spa. I purchased one, but have a feeling I'll be buying more!
Next stop was to visit Lucy & Tony Torres of The Paris Flea Market. If you don't know Lucy, she is one incredible woman. One of the gurus of the Shabby Chic & cottage look...and fab French finds. It's always great to see them and peruse all of Lucy's fabulous treasures nestled in their ocean view home. What a treat!
I just love the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solona Beach. There are great little restaurants, boutiques and antique shops. Definitely worth making a trip if you're in the area.
This shop Solo is an upscale collective showcasing the collections of eight creative sellers, each with their own distinct style.
You can't take a trip to Southern California without stopping in San Diego. Ocean Beach has about 6 antique shops/collectives including the charming Vignettes, owned by Lori Chandler. Yes, some goodies in there!
Okay, now we get to a sad part of the trip. Janet had been eying these amazing chairs for some time now...ready to put them in her dining room. I nearly flipped when I saw them in the window of this antique shop. They were from the Parisian shop of the late, great French interior decorator, Madeleine Castaing. Most likely dating to the 50's or 60's.
These gorgeous chairs have satin upholstery...well, you can see how stunning they are. Not to mention a set of 6! And from Castaing's shop...it was a no-brainer. Janet put them on hold, got home to find out that another person had purchased them earlier that day. What are the odds? Needless to say, some lucky person owns this set of 6 gorgeous chairs and it's not my friend Janet. Sad.
I have to share my Janet's (& husband Larry's) lovely home. Warm and cozy, decorated with whites and creams, natural elements, shells, chandeliers. It's amazing.
One of my favorite spots in her kitchen...hotelware from the Meurice in Paris.
Their beautiful courtyard where Janet and I spent mornings and evenings having long chats. So relaxing...
This is Janet's work room where she gets inspiration and creates some of her whimsical pieces. I could spend hours in this room looking through all of her treasures. Each one has a special meaning.
I also had fun looking through all of their books and the fun little things nestled among them.
Thanks for joining me on my post Southern California trip. Janet and Larry were the best hosts and I had a glorious time. Now, back to the grindstone. Thanks Janet for an AMAZING four-day holiday!