I recently spent just over two weeks exploring Los Angeles for the first time. I've long had the Californian dream and whilst I plan to do a Cali road trip very soon to see more of the massive state I wanted to focus on LA this time as it has so much to offer.
Below are just a *few*photos from the trip! Highlights include Venice Beach sunsets, Silver Lake reservoir, interior and antique shops, Malibu's rustic beaches and incredible mountains, hiking up Runyon, Griffith and Temescal Canyons, street art, Abbot Kinney in Venice, Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake and the Richard Neutra's House in Silver Lake. I always planned to visit some of the amazing mid century architecture around LA and we only made it to the Neutra Residence but it was so informative and emotive. You can visit a lot of the Case Study houses (Lautner's 'Silvertop' Residence, the Eames House...) but some need booking way in advance. I highly recommend the tour by local architecture students of the Neutra residence which is drop in.
Suffice it to say the interiors (and exteriors!) in LA are something else and I now have an obsession with beachy, hippie, laid back sophisticated SoCal style! Macramé, mid-century furniture, rattan, an abundance of botanicals and layered rugs are all part of the look and antiques and artwork give an oomph of character. The architecture is also incredible wherever you go and what I found so unique to other cities is the pure individualism of each building compared to its neighbouring buildings. A clapboard cottage sits besides an oriental themed mansion and a mid century modern geometrical creation.
Here's some more Californiam interior design inspiration: