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Basket Love

DIANI Living Baskets

It’s no secret I love baskets. Being born and brought up in Kenya, there were locally made baskets everywhere. They feel very familiar to me and I can’t imagine a room without at least one. In every nook and cranny of our jewel box store you’ll find a beautiful hand crafted basket. Each basket is unique in design and made out of natural fibers. Every curated item at DIANI Living tells a story and our baskets are no exception. Most are made in various countries in Africa where the art of basket weaving is passed down from generation to generation.

Not only do baskets tell a great story and are always one of a kind, but they’re also a fun way to decorate your home as wall art, like the recent project I designed above, an objet d’art on a shelf or as functional items like lamps and tables. They add warmth and texture to a room as well as offering a chic solution for storage. Shop our newest baskets now at DIANI Living.

Image above – A DIANI Living client project. Similar baskets always available.

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A recent DIANI Living design project. Lamp available, table SOLD.

 

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Basket lamp shop $250 here

Nesting Peace Baskets $175 here

Basket lamp base with shade in second to last photo $395 here

More available in store. Call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiliving.com for info on the whole selection.

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How to Decorate your Bedroom with Blush Tones in time for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we couldn’t help but fall in love with soft and romantic blush tones. The subtle rose colored hues beg to be brought into your bedroom, a sanctuary, and a space for peace and nurturing. Here’s a little help to create a look with some of our favorite picks at DIANI Living. We love adding a touch of femininity with our gorgeous bed linens. Our sheets are 100% linen and pre-washed for a relaxed, European look. Add one of our beautiful vintage textiles draped over the end of your bed for luxurious texture. And lastly, a favorite book on the nightstand and a one-of-a-kind lamp completes the room. To get the look your Valentine would approve of, visit us at DIANI Living in store or online. For help and any questions, email us at customercare@dianiliving.com.

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Vintage Textiles starting at $275. Call DIANI Living at 805 770 7043 or email customercare@diainliving.com for available fabrics (a best seller and inventory often changes)

Large Serving Bowl $170 here

Queen Linen Sheet Set in Floss (also available in white) Starting at $309 here

Vintage Woven Basket Lamp (including shade) $395 here

A Wilder Life book. Reorder coming this week. Call 805 770 7043 or email customercare@diainliving.com to pre-order.

(Top Image via Honestly WTF)

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Recreate the Look – Neutrals and Texture

 

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At DIANI Living, we love texture and juxtaposition. Mixing smooth and grainy, dark and light, new and old are simple ways to make a space feel dynamic and inviting. When I go out on buying travels, I always have this in mind and, to give a sense of how some of our finds work together, we’re starting a series of posts that recreate a look we love from our inspiration sources like Pinterest. I’m drawn to the character that bold stripes infuse and, with all the neutral textures in this setting above, it inspired me to pull the look together with a few pieces from our store.

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All pieces are available in our store and on our website:

Small Basket Lamp. $250 here

Zulu African basket. $210 here

Black and White Striped Cushion. $120 here

Handmade pitchers starting at $150 here

Vintage foot stool starting at $55 here

For more information, call 1 877 342 6474 or email customercare@dianiliving.com

(top image via Style Files)

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A Few Easy Pieces to Refresh Your Home After the Holidays

We just returned from an inspiring trip to England and visited many old haunts that reminded me that home really is where the heart is. Home is also where special memories and pieces are collected and that is a philosophy that rules my design decisions when collaborating with clients on their homes and curating DIANI Living. With the holidays over and New Year’s resolutions set, it’s the perfect environment to inspire creativity and new beginnings. Here are a few easy pieces to get the ball rolling. And, if you need on-site help, we now offer in-home consults. For more information, email customercare@dianiliving.com.

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Bring in some new pillows to add texture and pattern. Vintage African pom pom pillow ($450) or our French linen pillow ($140).

Hang some new artwork. We love our local Santa Barbara prints by DIANI Living’s Jeffrey Doornbos (starting at $35).

We’ve got you covered when it comes to your health as well. Come in and grab Frank Lipman’s latest book, The New Health Rules ($19.95) and our best selling Ayurvedic copper water bottles ($40).

Our wood sugar molds make a great objet d’art or a handy holder for silverware or herbs ($150).

Bring the outdoors in with some fresh succulents. We love planting a small arrangement in our handmade ceramic pot. ($35). Available in store and online and our table centerpieces available in various sizes and prices in-store.

Please call the store at 805 770 7043 for more information or about our design services.

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The Day We Celebrated A Mama-To-Be DIANI Girl

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It’s always fun to celebrate life changing experiences with your co-workers, and we especially enjoyed showering our VP of Web and  Mama-to-be, Whitney last summer.

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The baby shower was safari themed and set up in our back garden with seating on low cushions under Indian print umbrellas to keep it casual and intimate. We served English finger sandwiches and scones and Enjoy cupcakes. Our favorite succulent arrangement designers, Dalla Vita helped us pull everything together with delicate napkin rings, juicy centerpieces, fun paint dipped votive party favors and cake decorations to top off our African wildlife ornament adorned cake.

DIANI Living Baby Shower

 In the end, as often is the case, it was the tiny details that made welcoming Whitney’s little one into the world!

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DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

 

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

DIANI Living Baby Shower

Dalla Vita succulent arrangements are available every day at DIANI Living. 1324 State Street Santa Barbara 93101 or visit them online at www.dallavita.com.

Photos Dalla Vita

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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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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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Entered The Chill Zone

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Gone Vacationing! Be back soon!

Caroline xo

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Tree House

I love this as another Fall inspiration. As the focus shifts from the outdoor living of Summer, to the indoor nesting of a cooler climate, this modern, yet rustic home, must help maintain a beautiful sense of living in nature. Keeping a cozy sense of balance, and simplicity. Love!

Photo Credit: Elle Decoration

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What I’m Wearing

What I'm Wearing

Alkemie Bangles – $100.00/ea
Red jeans – “Vintage Isabel Marant”
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