Friday, December 13, 2013

Visit: Ojai Rancho Inn's Deck the Halls

Scenes from last weekend's 4th Annual Deck the Halls at Ojai Rancho Inn where the the entire inn is converted into a festive holiday pop-up shop with good vibes, good folks, rad makers, bakers, musicians and shop-owners. 

the amazing stained glass work of David Scheid (right)

Heather Levine Hanging, hanging in the lobby

"PALO SANTO means HOLY TREE in Spanish. It has been used as a spiritual remedy for purifying + cleansing since ancient times." - on the front desk.

Agnes Baddoo and her lovely goods | Eric Trine's airy sculpture for the lounge area

Room 17 had a lot of awesome in one room: Rachel Craven textiles (Rachel is also the co-founder of The Echo Park Craft Fair along with Beatrice Valenzuela, who had her wearable wares here, too) | Victoria Morris pottery | Heather Levine ceramics  

clockwise: Outdoor jams with Folk Steady | Kathleen Whitaker jewelry. This one is my personal favorite.  | April Napier ceramics

selections from Otherwild with co-owner Rachel Berks

BZippy and Company ceramic vases and necklaces, designed by artist Bari Ziperstein. I'm digging the hands wrapped around the vases and her necklace color combos.

a beautiful mosaic hearth from Full of Life Flatbread feeding good stuff for the folks here

Hushi Handmade embroidered textiles

JuJuMade's ceramic and leather jewelry came about as a way to be creatively free from the technical side of being an industrial designer. 

the exquisite, Black Crane by Momo Suzuki | Alexander Yamaguchi's equally thoughtful line. My photos do no justice to how lovely their clothes are, so please click on the links.

Kat and Roger's rad pottery

I'm in love with everything from Niki Livingston's textile collection, Lookout and Wonderland

Kieley Kimmel creates very chic, yet cozy knits as well as wovens that are light and fluid with cool silhouettes. 

clockwise: Clark and Madison handcrafted, sure-to-be-heirloom travel bags and accessories | Osei Duro's vibrant textiles and garments are made in LA and Ghana through traditional hand dyeing and weaving | Beads of Esiteti "is a fair-trade social business dedicated to empowering the Maasai community of Esiteti/Embarinkoi through the selling their traditional beadwork."

clockwise: Tranceessence wild-crafted and organic perfumes oils and absolutes | Kathryn Bentley's stunning jewelry, Dream Collective. I am really coveting the evil eye cuff (or evil eye ring or the quill necklace or ... )

clockwise: the nice folks from Rock Rose Provisions staying cozy as night falls | Hand Eye Pictures' fun photo booth - complete with under-the-mistletoe-set-ups | the scene near the pool with Erik Junker's painted artwork | Sama Sama's set up, making delicious baos (buns) out of a cute yellow trailer

KKIBO knits and hangings. The sweater on top is kid-sized (!) | Gravel & Gold's fantastic prints

I wish I was able to take photos of everyone and everything! But, I did have two rambunctious boys nearing bed time as we headed out through this magical exit. They had a blast: dancing to the bands, chasing each other through the meadow, doing 360 twist jumps off the platform, making friends with various dogs (hi Poochie, Frankie and Franz!) and popping into the rooms to check out the good stuff inside!

Thank you to all the artists, designers, shop-owners and chefs who were at this special event, letting me snap pics - and especially to Chris and Kenny from Shelter Social Club for bringing everyone together. As I'm new-ish to LA, it was so great meeting all the lovely people there.

p.s. Many of these artists and designers will be at various other events with the holidays quickly approaching. Their works are also available online through their site or stockists. So, no worries if you missed Deck the Halls this go-around. But, it's worth the trip for next year!

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