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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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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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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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