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A Farm House Update

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We spent most of last month in New York on a buying trip and I was commuting from our Farm House in the Hudson Valley into the city. As spring turns into summer in the Hudson Valley, the place has really come alive. From blossoming buds and green pastures to sweet baby goats and afternoon rain storms. Jeffrey and I split our time between restoration projects, interior updates and slowing way down for magic hour.

By far one of the most exciting parts of our trip was being interviewed and photographed by The New York Times. On Sunday they published a feature on our 1752 Dutch Colonial Farm House, detailing the journey that led us to find our historical Hudson Valley home. See the full article online here.

I took a few pics of how its looking this summer. Follow along on Insta @hudsonvalleyfarm for more!

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Vintage Pillows and Throws

We are in the process of sourcing brick and stone tile for our dining room floor. After that we’ll be moving on to restoring the walls and heating system in the living room.

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Flower arrangements by Athabold Flowers

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Sundown means tequila on the rocks in our house.

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Vintage Wood Bench and Linen Bedding, call to order

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Shop similar Grain Sack Pillows here

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From left to right, Greta and Gertrude on duty to clear poison ivy around the house and to snuggle with, of course.

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The best area of the house in the summer is outside. Just walking around the garden is so inspiring.

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We inherited a beautiful country garden, and many flowers. Snow drops, daffodils, bleeding hearts, peonies, iris, lilac bushes, spirea bushes, magnolia and this clematis vine growing up the side of our smokehouse.

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Shop the pillows, throws, bedding and wooden benches that you see in this story in-store or online at dianliving.com. If you have any questions, our customer care team would be happy to help! Call 877.342.6474 or email customercare@dianiliving.com.

 

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Vintage Blue Floral + Linen Pillow, Poms

Vintage Blue Floral + Linen Pillow with Poms, $295

Vintage Linen Pillow

Vintage Linen Pillow, $175

Dakhla Throw Blanket

Dakhla Throw Blanket, $375

Vintage Wood Bench

Vintage Wood Bench, starting at $265

Grain Sack Pillow, Triple Blue Stripe

Grain Sack Pillow, Triple Blue Stripe, $160

Flocca Duvet Cover, Floss

Flocca Duvet Cover in Floss, starting at $449, Call to Order

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Pillow Talk with Caitlin Flemming

DIANI Living is rooted in beautiful interiors and well-crafted home and lifestyle pieces (just take a look inside our store), but what really inspires us is connecting with fellow female entrepreneurs. To celebrate creative women and their talents, we are excited to announce our new Pillow Talk series, which features a fun and intimate Q&A with the women that inspire us.

To kick things off, we visited  Sacramento Street blogger and interior designer Caitlin Flemming inside her newly refreshed, DIANI Living-inspired bedroom, where we talked career success, work-life balance and sleep rituals.

When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?

As a little girl I dreamed of being a travel photographer. We traveled quite a bit for my dads work in conservation that took us to remote places around the world. Capturing the places we went to was how I was able to connect with each place. In college, I was drawn immediately to my entrepreneurship class. The fact that I could pave my own way and journey was intriguing.

What contributed to your goal of becoming the taste maker businesswoman that you are today?

Since a young age I’ve had this entrepreneurial spirit. My parents have always told me to follow my heart and do what I love. I remember them saying “you only live once, don’t waste it doing what you don’t love.”

What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success?

Hard work and a positive attitude.

What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?

Right now things are changing so quickly. In social media you have to be at the pulse of what is happening. In interior design it’s become more challenging because clients have access to everything via the internet.

Which female entrepreneurs do you admire?

We currently live in a time where women are taking initiative and paving their own way. What I love most about this day and age is the fact that we can create our own path. There have been many that had a huge influence on me – one that had the largest impact was Erica Tanov who I worked for in college and who mentored me. She truly brought out the creative spirit I now have.

How to you try to manage your work/life balance?

There is no right way to manage being a mom, a wife and a business owner. I’m constantly putting on many hats throughout the day. Some days are easy and others I feel like a hurricane is going off in my head and I’m not doing any role perfectly.

What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?

Honestly, an hour Pilates class or a long walk with a girlfriend or kids is all I need. Being in nature always helps me think about what’s truly important in life.

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?

Make my husband and I a cup of tea.

What’s the last thing you do before bed?

Go into each kid’s room to say goodnight even when they are sleeping.

Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?

Technology off at 9pm. It’s helped me unwind from a long day of work and life as a mom.

Handwoven Batik Pillow, SOLD, similar styles available here

What do you love most about your bed?

The layers. I love linens and pillows. I’m obsessed with switching up my bed linens each season for the different temperatures. In the summer we have to add layers because of our foggy nights!

How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?

It’s a serene space. I believe that your bedroom should be calming and quiet all the noise in your head. The neutral palate makes it feel like a little oasis from how hectic our days can be.

What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?

Writing a book. It’s been a lifelong dream to work with my mom on writing a book. We are currently photographing homes around the world and I can’t wait to show everyone the final product!

What is something you’ve accomplished personally or professionally that you never dreamed possible for yourself?

This book. We went through years of what to write about and I was always worried that a publisher wouldn’t understand our vision. Luckily one did!

Thank you Caitlin, we wish you all the best in your new endeavors!

 

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Grain Sack Pillow, Double Blue Stripe, $150

African Batik Blue Pillow, $165

Dark Grey Batik Pillow, 22×22, $175

Dark Grey Batik Pillow, 18×18, $150

Dakhla Throw Blanket, $375

Kesh Bed Cover with Large Pompoms, $350

Drapey V Sweater, $370

The Stunner Zip Ankle Step Fray, $210

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At Home Summer Spa Essentials

 

While summer has its perks – blue skies, beach days and poolside lounging – it can easily become one of the busiest times of the year. Unwind your mind and relax your body by transforming your bathroom into a spa-worthy space. From plush organic towels to an exfoliating body scrub, we have gathered our favorite at-home spa essentials that will keep you rejuvenated all summer long.

 

 

A fresh take on bathroom textiles, the Marine Body Towel features terry cloth inside, fabric outside for a comfortable feel and elegant look that is well suited for the pool, the gym and your home. Crafted from 100% cotton, our super soft, highly absorbent Organic Turkish Towels are the perfect bathroom staple. Choose from a variety of sizes, from a wash cloth to a body towel or opt for the entire set!

For a true at-home spa experience, drape yourself in our super plush Organic Bath Robe. This post-shower essential is both eco and skin friendly and is made in Turkey using 100% organic cotton.

 

 

Start your morning or end your day with the ultra rejuvenating Wellfit Bath Brush. Known to tighten the skin, stimulate circulation, and strengthen the nervous system, body brushing is one of our favorite at-home rituals. Follow it up with the Coffee & Mint Body Scrub, made with organic, fair trade, hand ground coffee beans packed full of antioxidants to revive and firm the skin’s appearance.

While you might think moisturizing is important during the colder months, it’s even more important during the summer, when the sun leaves the skin dry and damaged. For an all natural body moisturizer in a bar, The Daily Stone works wonders. For a deeper, more regenerative approach, opt for Susanne Kaufmann’s Body Oil. The combination of precious oils supports the skin in retaining moisture and saves against damaging environmental influences.

 

Shop all of our favorite at-home spa essentials, plus more towels and apothecary products in-store or online at DIANI Living!

 

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Meyzer Tassels Hand Towel, $35

Marine Body Towel, $100

Organic Contrast Bathrobe, $235

Organic Turkish Towel, starting at $15

Wellfit Bath Brush, $25

Coffee + Mint Body Scrub, $30

Body Oil, $44

The Daily Stone, $45

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Our DIANI Living Refresh for Sacramento Street

 

Known for her impeccable style and eye for interior design, Caitlin Flemming is one of our favorites when it comes to creating inspiring spaces. Hailing from San Francisco’s city streets, Caitlin travels around the world looking for her latest source of inspiration.

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara’s shoreline, Caitlin stopped into DIANI Living and discovered the perfect home pieces for a living room refresh. This week she featured her new and improved space on her lifestyle blog Sacramento Street, where she posts on interiors, style, travel and photography.

Here’s a peek inside Caitlin’s light and airy living room, where she has layered her space with DIANI Living pillows, baskets and more!

 

 

Caitlin layered our custom made African Mudcloth Tribal Print Pillow, Dotted Line Pillow and Dark Grey Batik & Brown Poms Pillow on her sofa as accent pieces. Crafted from vintage handmade fabrics, these pillows feature a soft French linen backing. The grey and light blue hues add a beautiful contrast to her bright white space.

 

 

With little ones running around, this mother of two needed a stylish, yet efficient space to store toys that get scattered around the house. Not only is the extra large Woven Reed Basket practical, it also serves as a beautiful textural piece for her living room.

We love how Caitlin included two of her own amazing rugs to keep with the light blue and grey color story. DIANI Living carries a similar handwoven Raw Jute Rug and a variety of one-of-a-kind vintage Turkish rugs in store and online. Layering them up is a great way to tie a room together, while making the space comfortable and cozy.

 

Thais Sandal by Ancient Greek Sandals

Thank you Caitlin! We can’t wait to see your bedroom refresh on Monday!

Stop by DIANI Living in-store or shop our products online.

Photos By Andreas Posadas

 

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African Mud Cloth Tribal Print Pillow, $130

Dotted Line Pillow, $150

 

Dark Grey Batik & Brown Poms Pillow, $350

Woven Reed Basket, $450

 

100% Raw Jute Rug, $195

Thais Sandal, $320

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Basket Love

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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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Inspo via Pinterest

 

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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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