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Ojai Life

A few weeks ago the Mr. and I had the chance to disappear up to Ojai for the weekend. From So Cal it's quick little jaunt. Ojai is such a magical place. The pace is slow, the scenery is gorgeous, and the shopping and food are to die for!


Here we are taking in the views from Meditation Mountain, a beautiful spot for a picnic or just to take in the gorgeous scenery!


This photo and the one below, are from a really unique new spot in Ojai. It's called Caravan Outpost. This is such a cool concept. This little compound offers you the option to rent your very own decked out airstream trailer complete with luxury perks. Relax in your trailer or shop in the fabulous store located on the property. Sit around the fire or borrow a bike to head into town. I couldn't help but think that this would be a perfect location for a family reunion or to rent out all of the trailers with a group of friends. This is glamping at it's finest!

Rent an Airstream trailer with air-conditioning and a flat screen tv.  Mosey  on over to the store and buy a few locally made goodies. Now, this is my idea of camping!

We stayed at very cool, eclectic little place called the Ojai Rancho Inn. It's a funky little motor inn with a pool, it's own bar, and beautiful grounds. Having stayed at Ojai Valley Inn in the past, we wanted to do something different this time and this little hippie chic motel did not disappoint!

Quiet and quaint and definitely a budget choice!

We had drinks every night at the Chief Peak Bar on the property. The locals flock to this place for happy hour. They spin vinyl and serve beer and wine in a really eclectic setting that has a view of the pool. Super fun!


We took a jeep tour with Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours and it was a great way to get an insiders view of things to do in Ojai. This pic is from Shelf Road Trail, a spot our wonderful tour guide knew about.

We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Suzanne's. The food and atmosphere here never disappoint! Definitely a must if you haven't had the pleasure. 

If you're looking for a great weekend get away, I definitely recommend some chill time in Ojai!

Cozy • Stylish • Chic

I had so much fun visiting Cozy Stylish Chic, this past weekend. This beautiful shop is owned by my friend, designer Jeanne Chung. Located in a gorgeous brick building in Old Town Pasadena, this design boutique is a must see! 

This gorgeous gold and white Kelly Wearstler wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for any room.

Stop in after lunch and Jeanne will make you a cappuccino to enjoy while you browse! Peruse the amazing selection of vintage accessories showcased alongside original artwork. There really is something for everyone.

Create your own wallpaper like the one pictured above. Digital design allows you to customize a wallpaper specific to your particular project!

Cozy Stylish Chic is really a full service design center offering flooring, appliances, wallpaper, and fabric. Jeanne provides an amazing opportunity to meet all of your design needs under one roof. This is the perfect place to cast a vision for all of your design-build or remodeling projects. Be sure to stop in the next time you're in Pasadena or make it a destination for your next design inspiration.

Wood Bead Chandelier

I am ever amazed at the offerings from Target that fall into their on-line only category. 
This chandelier is so gorgeous and current that you might think it was from Serena & Lily or Pottery Barn, but it is indeed from Target!  The wooden beads and burnished metal are so on point! At only $556.00, I consider it a steal!

Along the same lines, I love The Malibu Chandelier from S&L, but a bit pricier at $1,195.00 

How about the Evelyn Turned Wood Chandelier from Pottery Barn is also a value, on sale now for $350.

Modern Farmhouse Style

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of sitting in as one of my projects was photographed for publication. It was such an honor to be chosen for American Farmhouse Style's October edition!

Here are just a few sneak peeks from the shoot. Everything was styled for Fall even though it's May! 

Love this shot of the homeowner's dog enjoying the new space!

A simple rustic table feels just right in this home that is filled with reclaimed wood!

This Queen of Spain wallpaper is a personal favorite. The irregular black and white pattern makes it feel hand done. The piano is a family heirloom, but the sheepskin covered bench makes it feel so current.

This swing in the family room gets plenty of use in a house filled with 2 little girls!

Look for the October Edition of American Farmhouse Style on news stands in September!


Mindy Laven

Just a simple mid-western girl with a love for making things lovely. I create inspired, personalized, interiors on a budget. It's a beautiful life! Let me help you decorate it.

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