What I’m Pinning Lately: California Casual

Confession: the post I had originally scheduled for today was a dark & moody, monochrome-black-type of inspiration board. Very appropriate for winter, very cozy. However… sometimes I see a single image, and it resonates with me so much that I must go down the rabbit hole of exploring that spark of inspiration until it becomes a fully realized concept. This is what happened yesterday during a lazy Sunday morning Pinterest scroll.

And so I decided that since this is my corner of the internet, if dreaming of rattan furniture, dried palms, and linen pillows is what got me out bed this winter morning, then that’s what I’ll share. This blog is about sharing my inner design dialogue in the hopes it will inspire your own creativity. Screw SEO and seasonal trends! (And if you’re reading this thinking “but that dark & moody moment speaks to me! Let me read it!”, know that it has been rescheduled for a later week!).

A few things anchor this effortless, casual look. Furniture is low to the ground, encouraging max relaxation and lounge time. Nothing looks too stuffy or over-styled. The color palette is neutral, with layers of natural materials that are native to warm environments (think jute, rattan, linen, and cotton). Interest is created with just a few thoughtful items like a sculptural chair, a quirky side table, or a few collected objects.

Scroll on for inspiration and a roundup of my favorite California casual finds!

california casual bedroom design
Image source: Federico Cedrone
 california casual design
Image source: CO-LAB
california casual bedroom design
Image source: sf girl by bay
California casual style
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House Tour :: This Belgian Home Is The Perfect Cozy, Clean Slate for Winter
Image source: Peter Ivans
 The apartment by the line flag halyard chair
Image source: Apartment 34
rattan pendant light in a california casual dining room
Image source: Studio McGee
Villa Arjuna, Airbnb villa in Bali
Image source: My Paradissi
Sierra Chair by Croft House Design
Image source: Croft House Design
Rattan pendant lamp
Image source: style files
rattan baskets
Image source: Valentina Hoyos
Natural Home Decor Diy Dreams all natural home decor coffee tables.Natural Home Decor Rustic Furniture natural home decor bedroom beach houses.Natural Home Decor Modern
Image source: Zoco Home
tour of interior designer tom delavan's new york home. / sfgirlbybay
Image source: sf girl by bay

CB2 White Side Table* | Boheme Home Side Table | Jayson Home Side Table | CB2 Black Side Table | Barnaby Lane Leather Chair | Lulu & Georgia Rattan Chair* | CB2 White Leather Sling Chair | Etsy Rattan Pendant | Barnaby Lane Leather Pendant | Urban Outfitters Sconce* | The Citizenry Clay Pots | Etsy Mudcloth Pillow | IKEA Floor Seat | Urban Outfitters Bamboo Headboard*

See more of this vibe on my Pinterest board. Or, read about how I’m incorporating this style into my new apartment here!

This post includes affiliate links for some of the products, marked with a *, which means I earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. This does not sway my opinion, and I only post about things I truly love and believe in.


February 3, 2019

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