03 October 2012

JONATHAN'S SOLANA BEACH PAD





















































Where do I even start with the super talented Jonathan Lo? He's been a huge inspiration for me. Part of the reason why I started blogging was from perusing his wonderful blog, Happy Mundane! There weren't (and still aren't) many male design bloggers out there, so his blog spoke to me. He does many fun DIY projects. He's not afraid of color and loves vintage just as much as I do. And on top of all that awesomeness, he was an editor for Apartment Therapy, and he has a massive following on Pinterest. He now runs his multidisciplinary design studio + consultancy called J3 Productions which they just released their new issue for At Your Leisure. He's a super fun, creative creature that I strive to be when I grow up! (I'm kidding, Jon! We're like the same age, which makes me even more jealous!) Anyway, today, I wanna share with you all his beautiful home in Solana Beach, CA. I got the chance to hang out with Jon and his cutiepooch, Pepe. And yes, I went apeshizzle with my camera. It's such a soothing space to shoot. I also included a couple crazy vibrant photos from the beach. I mean, it wouldn't be a beach pad without beach photos, right?! Anyway, here's a little story from my fellow vintage vulture. Take it away, Jon!

I've always dreamed of living by the ocean. So when I had the unexpected opportunity to rent a place in Solana Beach. I was thrilled to be able to actually live the fantasy! For those of you unfamiliar, Solana Beach is a quaint coastal town located just a little north of San Diego, nestled in between the cities of Del Mar and Encinitas.

Figuring out where to start when it came to decor actually was a little daunting. There was so many directions I could have gone. At some point I remembered that I had a vintage painting of a blonde girl with a red skirt that I've kept in storage for years. I always wanted to put it somewhere but never had any place appropriate- until now! The skirt in the painting has all these amazing tones to pull from, and with that as a starting point, everything else came together pretty quickly. I had a lot of fun mixing in bits of red, black and gold- which I know are colors not typically associated with a "beach house"- but just felt right for this place.

However, when it came to the master bedroom, I couldn't resist using lots of ocean blues, and I even found an awesome carved whale that watches over everything. For the guest bedroom, I went in the opposite direction and was inspired by warm sunsets, as well as sandy desert tones.

I actually ended up doing quite a few DIY projects, including the headboard, nightstands, and some "contact paper magic" on some shelving and a desk. If you're interested, you can read more about them here. I feel extremely lucky to be able to spend time in this ocean side community. If you ever find yourself going down south to San Diego, make sure you swing through Solana Beach (and don't miss a stroll through the shops on Cedros Avenue!

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13 Comments so far

  1. I sure hope you're planning on putting together a book of all those lovely interior shots you've been making. I'm drooling over all of those photos and all the wonderful pieces Jonathan has in him house.

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  2. these look great dabito! jon's place is awesome – so glad i was able to check it out.

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  3. Whoa, I know Jon was super-talented, but this space is BEYOND. And great pics! There are so many things about it I absolutely love, from the string art to the glass wave to metallic abstract forms. Major inspiration!

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  4. Love Jonathan. Love the photography. Love the pad. Love everything about this post. Made my day. Thank you, Dabito!

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  5. ugh...so much to love here!! the light is incred! and love all his tchochkes (duh!)

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  6. Jon is such a great guy - super talented AND super friendly. I love how you've captured his beach place, esp. the wall art, knockout wooden headboard and a great shot of J himself chillin' out!

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  7. That cute little doggy is the perfect accessory.

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  8. This post is totally dreamy. Thanks for all the eye candy!

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  9. Gorgeous photos Dabito, of such a great space. I love it when 2 bloggers I follow collaborate to make something fab, like these snaps! Jon (and you) even managed to make popcorn ceilings look snazzy..that's some skill!

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  10. Love his space! Such unique pieces... and beautifully styled. Thank you for the inspiration today!

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  11. just.... wow!! flawless & serene. love how pepe is in the shots too!

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  12. I came searching through your blog for this post (which I saw almost a year ago)... I am looking for plant stands similar to the wooden one in the 2nd to last picture... where can I find something like that? Thanks so much! love your blog!

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  13. I came searching through your blog for this post (which I saw almost a year ago)... I am looking for plant stands similar to the wooden one in the 2nd to last picture... where can I find something like that? Thanks so much! love your blog!

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