Laurie Gorelick Interiors


California Dreamin'

I've been traveling. In the last two weeks, I've been to Los Angeles for the Design Bloggers Conference and to Hickory, North Carolina to attend Hickory Chair University. I love road trips. Maybe because I don't have to travel for business much. So when I do, it feels like a luxury. Air travel can be a drag. But as a mom, I enjoy the solitude of flying alone, without marshalling children and baggage. I catch up on my design magazines, enjoy a local brew, and for a couple of hours, evade phone calls and emails.

We've been battered with heavy snows this winter where I live in Massachusetts. So when I arrived in L.A. on March 1st to a temperature of 80 degrees, I didn't care where I went as long as it was outside. I wound up at the beach in Santa Monica.

The bright sunshine and ocean were a sight for my sore New England eyes. Across the street was Shutters on the Beach, a hotel I had heard much about.

The interior surprised me. It looked so East Coast . . . so traditional. The last design I would expect. I thought I'd see sprawling off-white furniture a la Michael Taylor. After all, I was in California. But then I realized that East Coast Traditional is novel for California. If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was in Cape Cod.

                                               Shutters on the Beach lobby (photo courtesy of

Low ceilings; a nautical palette; multiple fireplaces; mahogany tea tables. Not my idea of a beachfront hotel in Santa Monica. But maybe that's the attraction.

I let it go. After all, I was in California. And it was 80 sunny, hot and beautiful degrees.

More California to come . . . shopping on Melrose and highlights of the Design Bloggers Conference.