Achieving the ‘California Casual’ Style: Accessories
Welcome to our last installment about the ever-trendy ‘California Casual’ look. I know that some of you will be sad, but wipe those tears with your washed linen and frayed napkins and move on because we have many more styles to do (like what?). I think at this point you get the style – it’s a lot of neutral colors, tones and textures, simple shapes but in refined finishes, organic objects that look ‘found’ and thrown together. And anything that looks like it must have been handmade – the wonkier the better.
While there is some ‘collecting’ happening it tends to be on the more “minimal” side of things.
SHHH. Everything is very, very quiet.
Pots are a big thing here and vessels of any kind are invited to stay (well, except for glass vessels or anything garish with too much metallics). It’s funny, about 15 years ago California coined and promoted Hollywood Regency revival and this feels completely the opposite. It’s like we had our share of decorative shiny and metallic finishes and shapes and are now leaning the opposite direction. It’s THIS close to Shabby chic and yes, we are into it (sans the faux-aging).
As far as styling these accessories go – you literally hold them all in your arms, close your eyes and then throw them up in the air. Wherever they land, they live! It’s super effortless and thrown together! Jk. You can layer them in front of each other with contrasting shapes, textures and very subtle patterns or line them up and take a the more minimalist approach.
The only part of this style that I’m not that into is the incense/crystal thing. I mean, I’ve bought them for shoots and I think they are pretty but it’s true that I don’t really get their powers (although I know people SWEAR by them).
We could have rounded up like 120 more of these, but we narrowed it down for you. Remember in CC land you can find a big rock, wrap some raffia tightly around it and set it on your coffee table – while many of the accessories can certainly be expensive, they don’t have to be. You could take dried leaves and create a mobile or put a collection of twigs underneath a cloche and tell your friends you got it at Nickey Kehoe 🙂
1. Firefly Rocks | 2. Albert Candle Holder | 3. Small Carved Bowl | 4. Basket Top Stone Bowl | 5. Peterman Ebonized Bowls | 6. Wood Bead Taper Holder | 7. Beechwood Plant Pedestals | 8. Small Glass Vase | 9. Oversized Wood Link Chain | 10. Woven Pumpkin Basket | 11. Trifoot Ceramic Bowl | 12. Black Rings Dish | 13. Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl | 14. Dried Cholla Cactus Segment | 15. Carved Hand | 16. Zura Floor Basket | 17. Modernica Case Study Hex with Walnut Stand | 18. Ceramic Bowl | 19. Judy Jackson Vase Set | 20. Petrified Wood Pyramid | 21. Round Wooden Cutting Board | 22. Lunar Ivory Vase | 23. Wire Gem Art | 24. Leather and Brass Bowl | 25. Yes Ceramic Small Pot | 26. Topanga Bamboo Hurricane | 27. Handmade Door Stop | 28. Wooden Large Bowl | 29. Small Speckled Gray Planter | 30. Soapstone Pillar Candleholder Set | 31. Wooden Spoon | 32. Kunya Tray | 33. Fladis Basket
So what style is next? We’d love it to be something on the horizon, and not too general (not like Bo-ho) because I think that those already exist and any site could do them. Honestly so many of the pieces that we have put in our round-up (especially the furniture) could work in so many trendy or classic styles right now, but it’s fun to create a new character.
I’m thinking ‘Pacific Northwest Urbanite Who Misses The Mountains’ OR how about ‘Formerly Wealthy Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat who Loves Nice Things But Has No Money Because She Married A Not-Yet-Successful Artist’.