Tuesday, November 3, 2009
La Casa Del Camino is one of the places I always take friends who are visiting Laguna. Built in 1927 and dubbed "Casa Surf" in the 1920s, 30s and 40s by legendary guests that included Humphrey Bogart, Douglas Fairbanks, J. Paul Getty and Howard Hughes, it also houses one of the most charming 180 degree deck views of the pacific you could hope to find. The fact that you can have drinks and nosh on delicious snacks on this deck while the sun goes down makes it just about perfect, and obviously the most popular hangout in town.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of stopping by for a press preview to check out the Casa Surf Project, which paired ten major Orange County surf brands with ten interior designers, and you guessed it--they decorated ten rooms in the La Casa Del Camino. The hotel rooms vary wildly and I wish I had photos of all of them because there was something quite wonderful about each and every one.
I was most taken with the Billabong Women's Suite (not shown), which creates the atmospheric sense of being above and below the water throughout. An underwater art piece serves as a headboard and the hotel's 80 year old beams have been reclaimed and used to evoke the feeling of a pier. Mid-century furniture mixes organically with vintage beach chairs that can actually be taken down from the wall and right to the beach--now this is what I call ideal surf living...or at the very least it will give you the sense for a night or two of being in a surfer/poet's lair.
Since I arrived late in the afternoon, I was able to enjoy some time on the deck after my tour with my friend Sabina, who is the publicist for La Casa Del Camino's Casa Surf Project. As if this wasn't one of the best ways to end a day, I came home to find a package Jon Lo of Happy Mundane had sent me--check out his website, j3productions.com, to see more of his cool work. For those of you who haven't heard, Jon has launched a new zine called "At Your Leisure". I'm honored that he sent me one of the limited run of 250 copies. It's filled with the most wonderful eye candy, so I just have to share:
I was immediatelly drawn to the interview with Jim Olarte and his totally inspiring Laguna Beach home.
I guess the beach was the theme of the day. Hoping your Monday was a happy one! Tomorrow Berlin-based illustrator, Gisella Goppel, will be dropping by Trust Your Style to chat so hope to see you back here soon. In the meantime don't forget to enter this week's giveaways posted below.