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Tour of the New DIANI Design Studio

It has been an exciting week since we showcased our new DIANI Design Studio with Sam of Could I Have That. We had been collaborating on a custom floor cushion for her daughter’s reading tent in her bedroom and it was the perfect occasion to give her a tour of the new studio.
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DIANI Design Studio came about after a series of design requests at our home store, DIANI Living. With the space being so limited, I was craving and envisioned a space where I could work with a client, spread out fabrics, play with cushions on couches and daybeds and show newest arrivals of vintage finds and furniture. Fast forward about a year and the perfect spot became available downtown in Santa Barbara, not far from our retail stores.

DIANI Design Studio is a project-driven studio offering custom design, interior and art services. We can work with interior concepts in hotels, commercial spaces, residential homes, restaurants and retail. We also design custom furniture, cushions, artwork and collect vintage items.

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Having a mezzanine in the studio allows for a quiet work place upstairs and creative “free” studio with large drafting and cutting table on the ground level.

To enquire about a studio appointment or design work, email caroline@dianiliving.com.

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Sam’s beautiful daughter, Elin in her special reading tent with her new DIANI Living floor cushion.

All photos by Arna Bee

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DIANI Living Now Open!

 

 

After months of preparation, DIANI Living is now open! We are a unique concept store, offering up a shopping experience filled with inspiration for your home, garden and healthy living. We have, and will continue to search far and wide to find everyday items that embody beauty and functionality. In our small jewel box of a space, you’ll find everything from our own furniture designs to Moroccan towels to Japanese home & garden scissors to carefully curated one-off vintage finds. We’ve also partnered with Santa Barbara locals, Dalla Vita who offers insanely gorgeous succulent designs. And of course, all of this comes with the kind of customer service you’ve come to expect from our other boutiques. We think we’ve thought of everything, but we’re sure we’ll come up with more! Come by and visit us, and stay tuned for our Grand Opening Party!

We’re located in the same Plaza as DIANI and DIANI Shoes at 1324 State Street next door to Renaud’s Bakery. We’re open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm (6pm on Sundays and Mondays). To contact us, call 805.770.7043. See you there!

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From Where We Cook

We were honored recently when our kitchen was featured on a fab site called thekitchn. The site conducts virtual kitchen tours for their readers, and reveals the owner’s favorite recipes, cooking methods, utensils, remodel details etc. Cool, right? They sent over the amazing Leela Cyd to shoot the pictures, and ask all the questions. To read the full article click here! As a bonus, my husband shared his favorite kitchen cookbooks. Click here to read the story.

 

Photos Leela Cyd

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Remodelista Design 2014 Finalist!

I’m back! It’s been a very busy several weeks since returning from the chill zone in the West Indies, and I have some very exciting news to share regarding the future of DIANI… and I’ll share that soon. But, in advance of that, I’m very honored to have been selected as a finalist out of more than 1000 submissions in two design categories for two of my favorite design sites Remodelista and Gardenista. The two categories are Best Kitchen  – Amateur, and Best Garden – Amateur. The winner will be chosen by popular vote, and I’d love for you to vote for us. Voting is open until August 8th, and you can vote every day… so feel free! There are also sharing tools located at the top of each Remodelista or Gardenista voting page (Facebook and Twitter).  Thank you for all of your support… and stay tuned for more DIANI news!

To vote for me in the BEST KITCHEN SPACE – AMATEUR

1. Click on the green button below.
2. Select “Best Kitchen Space – Amateur” category from the drop down menu.
3. Click on the circle next to the picture for DIANI Living kitchen.
4. Click VOTE

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To vote for me in the BEST GARDEN – AMATEUR

1. Click on the brown button below. It will take you directly to the Amateur category.
2. Click on the circle next to the picture for DIANI Living garden.
3. Click VOTE

diani living garden   Images featured on the Remodelista and Gardenista sites are by the lovely Leela Cyd

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Our Home Feature in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine

 

We were so thrilled to have our Mission Canyon home featured in this summer’s issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine and be able to share our love of design. Everything in our home has either been inherited or hunted for on travels or flea market trips around the world. Since my husband is an actor and writer, he loves the story telling behind each piece and the stories that go along with remodel projects that we’ve tackled together or collaborated on with Giffin and Crane. And, the best part is, our story is just beginning!

Special thanks to the Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine team, photographer, Leela Cyd and writer, Judy Foreman.

All photos Leela Cyd

 

 

 

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Memorial Day Shred

Goldsign Shred Jeans

I dipped my toe in the water with a little knee shredding on my denim last season and we’ve all noticed that designers have taken the look a lot further this season. I love contrasting super casual worn in jeans with a crisp white top or a silk blouse. For a comfortable higher waisted, relaxed hip shredded jean, try GoldSign’s Stevie. Just arrived at DIANI!

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A.P.C Brode cotton top here. GoldSign Stevie jeans. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information. Loeffler Randall Ceci pumps here. Emporio Armani clutch (old). Similar here.

Happy Memorial Day! Caroline xoxo

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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A Tale of Two White Shirts and a Denim Skirt

Mother Patchie Skirt

I think we can all agree that you can never have too many white shirts. They kind of fall into the jeans camp where different looks call for different cuts. Sometimes you need a high neck, sometimes a short sleeve, and sometimes the kind of fabric is what’s integral to making an outfit work. As we move into summer, I’ve started clearing out some older styles and restocking my wardrobe with white tops. These two by Mother and IRO have already been in steady rotation. And, I’ve found the perfect pencil skirt. And, it’s denim! And, that means I’ll be wearing it a lot!

Mother Patchie Skirt

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

Loeffler Randall Ceci Pump

White Mother Frenchie shirt here. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Mother Patchie Skirt

IRO Jesse Top

IRO Vinton Belt

Dolce and Gabbana Nails

 IRO Kelsey top. Mother Patchie denim skirt here. IRO Vinton belt. Loeffler Randall Ceci heels here. All available at DIANI. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiboutique.com for more information.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

 

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Santa Barbara Magazine Loving

Caroline Diani Wedding

My husband and I were so excited to receive the latest issue of Santa Barbara Magazine. We were thrilled to find an article that featured our wedding amongst other beautiful celebrations. Thank you to Santa Barbara Magazine for helping us relive the day we said, “I do”. We’re honored to be a part of such a beautiful publication.

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Overall Overhaul

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

I resisted the return of overalls until I finally caved in and tried on Citizens of Humanity’s Quincey style. I have to say it doesn’t take more thought than throwing on your favorite pair of jeans. You can still wear them with tees, sweaters and leather jackets and, as I discovered the other night, dressed up with a blouse and heels.

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Citizens of Humanity Overalls

Reece Hudson Rider mini bag in taupe. New arrival at DIANI!

Overall Overhaul

Isabel Marant blouse (old) similar here and here. Citizens of Humanity Quincey overalls here. Reece Hudson Rider Mini bag. New arrival! Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Oliver Peoples Haley sunglasses. Call 1 877 342 6474. Zara pumps (old) similar here, here and here.

Photos Jeffrey Doornbos

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Scoops of Ice Cream and a Santa Barbara Sunset

While I trudge through the snow in NYC on Valentine’s Day (don’t feel too sorry for me, my husband just flew out), I’m remembering one of my favorite sessions with the brilliant Leela Cyd. She captured Jeffrey and me on a post dinner stroll along the pier in Santa Barbara. We grabbed dessert and watched the sunset over our beautiful hometown. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones! Caroline xoxo

Alice by Temperley Botanical lace dress here. Also available in ivory here. Diane Von Furstenberg camel coat. In store only. Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Zara heels (old). Similar here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Feature in C Weddings Magazine

Caroline Diani in C Weddings

One of my favorite magazines to flip through during the planning stages of our wedding was C Weddings, so it was a total honor when they featured our wedding in their latest spring issue. It brings back all the magic that happened that day and always puts a smile on my face. Thank you C Weddings for sharing our special day.

A favorite picture from our wedding. I’ll share more of my favorites in the coming weeks.

Photos Shannon Jayne

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Our Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

I am so honored to have our wedding featured on my favorite wedding blog, Style Me Pretty. I know this is long overdue, but I’m so thrilled to be able to finally share our special day with you all! Click here to see the post.

Special thanks to: Event Planner and Florist: TOAST Event and Design Studio | Photographer: Shannon Jayne Miller | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Shoes: Chanel | Rings: SN Queens | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: SBB Gourmet Catering | Make Up: Victoria Condgon | Hair: Kelly Trumble of Mishay Salon | Groom’s Shoes: Paul Smith | Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos | Antique Rug Runners for Chapel: The Tent Merchant | Car Service:Woody’s Classic Car Rental | Chapel: El Presidio Chapel | Event Planner and Florist: TOAST Event and Design Studio | Gospel Choir: Sylvia Saint James | Lighting and Reception Design: Ambient Event Design| Music: Gavin Roy | Orchestra: Aurora Ensemble

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On The Twelfth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas

On the twelfth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, an Alice by Temperley sequined dress for our New Year’s Eve party, and the wish for our loved ones to have a 2014 filled with health, happiness and the kind of love that makes you count your lucky stars and dream as big as the sea. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Twelfth Night of Christmas

Alice by Temperley Erte dress. Sold out in ivory, wine here Guess what? DIANI is most definitely in the mood for giving on the 12th day of a DIANI Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of dresses. For online, use dresses20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Eleventh Day of a DIANI Christmas

Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, two initial Lulu Frost Plaza Collection pendants, a stack of numeric rings to match and a fun snake chain blue pendant necklace for an upcoming holiday party.

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Lulu Frost Plaza initial necklace here. Any initial can be ordered (M, D, C, A in stock). Lulu Frost Code number ring here. Any number can be ordered (1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 in stock). Call 1 877 342 6474 for more information. Lulu Frost Snake necklace here.

Photos Leela Cyd

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On The Tenth Day of a DIANI Christmas

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of a DIANI Christmas, my true love gave to me, a boat trip out to the Islands, and to stay warm, a cozy faux fur collared Smythe coat and a hip flask filled with Hot Toddy. (Psst, keep reading below for a killer deal to help you with your holiday shopping).

Tenth Day of Christmas

Smythe coat (sold out). Shop more Smythe here. Guess what? DIANI is still in the mood for giving for the rest of the 12 days of Christmas! Today only, in-store and online here at DIANI, receive 20% off any purchase of ANY outerwear. For online, use outerwear20 at checkout.

Photos Leela Cyd

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Habitually Chic

This weekend, I was thrilled with the honor of being featured on the gorgeous lifestyle blog, Habitually Chic. In the article, blog author, Heather Clawson shows you around my beachy Santa Barbara pad. If you haven’t vistited her blog yet, click here. It’s uber chic (and a great place to get ideas for your own home)!

 

To see entire post, click here!

 

 

 

 

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A Day off in Ventura

A Day off in Ventura
A Day off in Ventura
A Day off in Ventura

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