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Best Decor Destination
Le Dimora 

Best New Furniture Line
Gulla Jonsdottir

 

Best One Stop Shop
Lido Marina Village 

Best Tile & Surfaces
Famosa Tile 

READERS' CHOICE
Best Store Expansion
Anthem 

Best of Design: Products & Pieces

From San Francisco to San Diego and everywhere in between, California is teeming with undeniable design talent. Here, we pay homage to the Golden State’s brightest stars. 

Best Decor Destination
Le Dimora
When it comes to luxury interior design in San Diego, Le Dimora sets the standard. So when designer Maria Barry opened a second showroom, at the Village at Pacific Highland Ranch in Carmel Valley, it came as no surprise. A favorite among the Rancho Santa Fe set, the 12,000-square-foot outpost skews more modern than Le Dimora’s original store, and stocks high-end home lines like Marge Carson, Rene Cazares (RC), Century and Bernhardt. “We still have our more traditional customers, but we’re also looking to attract a younger, contemporary audience,” says Barry, whose A-list clientele includes business elites and pro athletes. Over the years, Barry has become a leading local expert at creating beautifully bespoke interiors for San Diego’s many Tuscan-inflected luxury homes. “We were kind of in a box,” she says. “It’s hard to make Southern California adjust to the new, modern style when there are so many Old World homes.” Even at her previous showroom five minutes away, Barry had been pushing an impeccably chic transitional style. “Many clients feel they need to do on the inside what the house looks like on the outside,” she explains. “We are convincing them to lighten and brighten and modernize. They’ve been very perceptive.” And with a fresh new space to showcase Le Dimora’s wide-appeal aesthetic, clients won’t need any cajoling at all. 13470 Highlands Place, San Diego, 858.759.2709

Best New Furniture Line
Gulla Jonsdottir
L.A.-based architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir—the visionary behind hot spots from Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Hollywood to Cleo restaurant at the SLS Lux Baha Mar, Bahamas—is bringing her striking style home with a new bespoke furniture line inspired by her native Iceland. Named Heimaland (after the word for homeland in Icelandic), the handcarved and handmolded collection is flush with marble, mixed metals and pressed leather to emulate the distinct landscapes of her home country. “Imagine yourself on a black beach sitting in a hot spring next to a white glacier,” she says. “Iceland has these opposites of nature that I like to play with.” The Lava side table ($11,000) is the perfect example of that dichotomy. The glacier-colored leg stands in as a volcano, while sleek steel pours out as glistening lava. Jonsdottir’s favorite is the impressive Crater table ($45,000), with its streaked marble and brass accents, but every piece—including the Cuff chair ($5,450, seen at left)—shines in the full collection of chairs, tables, rugs, mirrors and a chaise lounge—all made in Los Angeles. “People don’t want to have things that are the same as everyone else; they want to have unique pieces that are special,” she adds. This new collection certainly hits the spot. From $2,500

Best One Stop Shop 
Lido Marina Village
Newport Beach’s Lido Marina Village made a major splash when it opened last year, and since then, the Hamptons-style shopping center has expanded to include a new set of lustworthy spots. Now, it’s not only an ideal place to shop for clothes or dine (Nobu, anyone?), but a treasure trove for covetable decor as well. Jenni Kayne boasts an expertly edited selection of minimalist accessories, including custom vases by Victoria Morris (from $315, seen here). At Alchemy Works, Chris Earl’s handmade wood furniture complements a laid-back selection of luxe clothing and decor. And Serena & Lily’s nautical goods seem right at home in the seaside setting. Other standouts, such as Steven Alan, Clare V., Le Labo and Elyse Walker, make this the perfect place to peruse designer goods in the California sun. 3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach

Best Tile & Surfaces
Famosa Tile
Famosa’s 5,000-square-foot showroom in the SoCo Design Center is an environment-driven tile and stone experience, complete with a brand-new indoor slab studio (slated to open March 1) inspired by a recent trip to Italy that will be unlike any other in O.C. Created to inspire clients from interior designers to savvy homeowners to create the extraordinary, Famosa offers globally sourced bespoke materials and equally spectacular ready-made ones from exclusive brands such as Petra Antiqua, Artistic Tile, SICIS, New Ravenna and Oceanside Glasstile. 3323 Hyland Ave., Ste. H, Costa Mesa, 714.800.1642

READERS' CHOICE 
Best Store Expansion

Anthem
Janelle Loevner is planting a design flag on the Peninsula. Following up on her two San Francisco stores—Anthem and Anthem Bed & Bath, situated a few doors from each other on Sacramento Street—this spring, she’s unveiling Anthem Menlo Park. According to Loevner, in addition to stocking similar merchandise as her city boutiques—furniture, accessories, loungewear and gifts—the new shop will feature alfresco decor (think poolside furniture and indoor-outdoor rugs), with interior design services and custom ordering available too. This is shaping up to be a big year for Anthem: In January, it launched a private label—a tightly curated collection including rugs, paints and wallcoverings—that shoppers can find in the San Francisco outposts now and at the Menlo Park store upon opening. 889 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 415.440.6500

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