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Tips for Decorating with African Baskets

My love for African baskets is deeply rooted in my upbringing. I was born and raised in Kenya, where locally made baskets can be found everywhere. These beautiful, handcrafted works of art are made from natural fibers and are often the primary source of income for many skilled artisans in the area. I’m...
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Winter Design Inspiration

This time of year has me turning inward, reflecting on future projects and spending more time indoors. The cooler temperatures, stormy weather and shorter days inspire me to gather inspiration from moody spaces, where I dream of retreating for a long weekend. From grey-toned walls and printed wallpaper...
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Looking Back on 2018

With the start of a New Year, we can’t help but look back fondly on all of our favorite memories of 2018. We had some monumental moments, from the launch of our Pillow Talk series to The New York Times feature on our very own Hudson Valley farm house. We also spent time in the kitchen, played...
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Les Illuminations: La Mamma Creative + DIANI Living

After the tragic Thomas Fires last December, the city of Santa Barbara needed a little extra shine this holiday season. Luxe Interiors + Design and Cearnal Collective Architecture + Interior Design collaborated for the first annual Santa Barbara Shines Window Walk, a luxury design and community building...
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Pillow Talk with Peter Horjus

I recently spent some time at the Santa Barbara home of local designer and illustrator Peter Horjus. Appropriately dubbed the “tree house,” Peter’s space is a hideaway of sorts, filled with a collection of antique bits and bobs, a dreamy window-lined artist’s studio, family heirlooms...
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5 Tips for Hosting Overnight Guests

‘Tis the season for welcoming friends and family into your home. When it comes to hosting overnight guests, I like to treat the guest room as if it were my own. By adding a few thoughtful touches throughout, it can instantly freshen up the space and make it feel warm and welcoming. It’s...
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Caroline Diani’s Holiday Wish List

This time of year I find myself coveting a collection of favorites that make up my annual holiday wish list (hint, hint Jeffrey). I’ve had my eye on many of these special pieces since my buying trips earlier in the year and when they arrive in the store, they’re even better than I remembered.
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Setting the Table with Caroline Diani

‘Tis the season for gathering around the table, enjoying a delicious and nourishing meal and spending time with family and friends. If you’re playing host this year, we know how much goes into coordinating a dinner party, from menu planning to festive decorations and table setting details.
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Home Tour with Samantha Wennerstrom of Could I Have That

Vintage Wood Bench Santa Barbara-based style blogger, Samantha Wennerstrom of Could I Have That recently purchased a 1950’s style home and just finished a complete renovation of the interior. She revealed her gorgeous new digs in partnership with online wellness publication Well+Good. We are excited...
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Pillow Talk with Shuheng Ji of Athabold Flowers

In a world where most people are known for being either left-brained or right-brained, Shuheng Ji is an anomaly. Shuheng has a masters degree in mathematics and over 10 years of experience in floral design. Earlier this year she opened the brick and mortar Athabold Flowers, where she crafts some of...
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5 Essentials for your Home this Halloween

There is something about the shorter days, cooler nights and rustling leaves that gets us in the spooky spirit. Halloween is only a few days away and we are pulling out all of our favorite festive decor, from skull embossed candles and golden snuffers to gothic shot glasses and spooky stemware.  Besides...
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DIANI Living Succulent Guide

With the holiday season drawing near, now is the perfect time to start sprucing up your home. A  succulent arrangement can instantly freshen up any space around your house, from a guest bedroom to an outdoor dining table. Plus, their low maintenance lifestyle is perfect during the busy months ahead. We...
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Pillow Talk with Caroline Diani

Just a few weeks ago Caroline Diani celebrated 16 years of business. A true trailblazer, Caroline continues to inspire customers all over the globe with her aesthetic, while maintaining a vision for the future of the DIANI brand. What better way to honor this incredible businesswoman than to feature...
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DIANI Living Guide to Zero Waste

As we transition into the fall season, it’s a great time to clean, organize and make some simple changes around your home. It can be easy to accumulate excess clutter, but moving towards a zero waste lifestyle isn’t as hard as you may think. With some simple swaps, you can easily forego...
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Pillow Talk with Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter

Holistic wellness and non-medicated approaches to health and healing have always been an interest of mine. The first person I turn to when I need some guidance is Dr. Kristi Wrightson-Harter of Nest Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kristi offers a mind, body, spirit approach to healing and her facility provides...
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Your Guide to Buying a DIANI Living Rug

Authentic vintage rugs are coveted for their quality and craftsmanship. The intricate weaving and beautiful dyes create a true work of art. When it comes to choosing the right rug for your space, it can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider like size, shape, color and fabric. I’ve...
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Pillow Talk with Beth Kuttner

A true trailblazer, Beth Kuttner has created her own path in life and her career. This powerhouse business woman and mother-of-two is the founder of craft fair Homespun, director of development for local non-profit African Women Rising and has a new venture in off-road vans in the works. I first...
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Floral Arrangement Tips with Caroline Diani

Fresh flowers around the house is one of life’s most simple pleasures. They instantly brighten up any room and are a lovely touch for when you have house guests. Creating the perfect floral arrangement can be daunting, which is why I like to keep it simple. Whether you’re picking up a bouquet...
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Pillow Talk with Colette Cosentino

At DIANI Living, we know that a single home piece has the ability to transform a room. But decorative artist and muralist Colette Cosentino takes this to the next level. From ornate ceiling paintings to whimsical wall murals, Colette has been enhancing home interiors with her stunning decorative art...
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Caroline’s Go-To Summer Recipe

In the summer after work, Jeffrey and I want to be outside enjoying the weather as much as possible. So when it comes to meals at home, we like to keep it fresh and simple.  For those of you who don’t know us well, we’ve been experimenting with a mostly vegan diet, which involves exploring...
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