For my birthday this year my boyfriend, Jeff, booked us a trip to California. Jeff is so supportive of my interest in design and even planned an entire trip around it, which is up there for the nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me.
We almost always prefer to stay in an Airbnb when we travel (as opposed to a hotel) and this trip was no exception. If you're not familiar with Airbnb, they do not curate their listings. In addition to being able to cook and having a more personal experience while traveling, I like Airbnbs because they allow me to see new interiors, get design inspiration, and practice interior photography.
I hadn't been to LA since I was little, so this visit was a real treat for me. We stayed in the neighborhood of Venice, which I was only familiar with by following Whitney Leigh Morris of Tiny Canal Cottage. Venice was the perfect low-key neighborhood for us to call home while staying in LA and Jeff found an amazing Airbnb. I hope you look through the full gallery, but here are some highlights of the space below.
This entire vacation was inspired by a trip that Jeff took to California solo a few years ago right when we first started dating. On that trip he went to Abbot Kinney, thought that I would love it, and wanted to take me there. It really is a design paradise and we had a great time exploring.
Abbot Kinney was the first stop on our trip and took up most of the first day. We were so tired from traveling that we didn't do a lot the first day and tried to relax. As you will read, we made up for it with very busy days for the rest of the trip!
We woke up on our second day in LA and our first stop was a spin class in Santa Monica. The views of the beach were spectacular and we stopped to take some photos!
We then drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (which was a highlight of the trip!) to check out Malibu and the Sport Fishing Pier. The views were incredible as you can see in the gallery below.
After the drive, we enjoyed a nice glass of wine by the water and checked out the shops on the pier. Pretty much a perfect morning. It was the beginning of December and I kept forgetting that is was winter!
In the afternoon after Malibu I was dying to check out the canals Venice beach. I love this sign that greets you in Venice.
The canals were SO BEAUTIFUL. I can see why people love this area and all of the houses were stunning and covered in greenery. One thing that particularly impressed me was all of the outdoor entertaining spaces along the canals that people had made. Jeff and I took a ton of photos along the canals and then headed down to Muscle Beach, which was a big contrast to Historic Venice.
More Venice views. The flowers and plants all over Venice were such a treat for me. It would be such a dream to have honeysuckle growing all over my doorway like this.
We also grabbed a snack at Tocoya Organica, which as A+. I've never thought to put pomegranate seeds in guacamole, but definitely want to try this!