Designs for Living
Diane Keaton has harbored a passion for California’s Spanish colonial past since she was a child. Her first book, California Romantica, was a tribute to the Spanish colonial heritage of her home state. Inspired by Diane’s two books (signed copies of which are available for purchase here) this exclusive sale celebrates the essence of both, and includes key pieces from her personal collection.
A Cozy Fireside Seat
The warmth of wood meets stark white walls in this sitting room, a contrast Keaton adores. “Maybe what’s so appealing about the imperfect world of the California Spanish home is its startling juxtapositions,” she says. The mismatched armchairs are part of Keaton’s huge collection of Monterey furniture, a uniquely rustic style produced in California in the 1930s and ‘40s.
Catch the Spirit:
“Inside” and “outside” tend to be fluid concepts in Spanish-style homes, and Keaton embraced this by using outdoor sconces inside. This floating-lantern look is a fresh take on indoor lighting.
A Library to Linger in
Keaton’s library is packed with shelf after shelf of photography, art, and design books, and it reflects her passion for and knowledge of the Spanish colonial style pervasive throughout her home. “I wanted to focus on details: a fountain, a staircase, a doorway,” she says. “I wanted to highlight the genre’s disjointed symmetry and informal abstract appeal.”
Catch the Spirit:
Use an interplay of books and decorative objects, such as Keaton’s early California pottery, to create a bookcase that feels layered and lends personality to the space.
A Consummate Collector’s Kitchen
Keaton counts vintage Bauer and Catalina pottery, both historically significant styles that originated in California, among the pieces she obsessively collects. As she has said in the past, “I take pride in being a part of saving our history.”
Catch the Spirit Vintage dinnerware can transform an ordinary shelf into a work of art. Take a cue from Keaton and group your pieces by color to create an eye-catching display.