"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Shop: Colcha

Colcha is tastemaker Sue Cowie's very personal interpretation of what style means in Los Angeles. In the shop she opened on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach in 2009, Cowie riffs on the city's "uniquely casual lifestyle and eclectic yet sophisticated aesthetic." 

I found the shop on a Saturday stroll down the trendy boulevard and was lured (moth to a flame) by the colorful displays and the loft-like airy space.

Once inside, the attraction continued.
With an emphasis on the well-crafted and the worldly, Cowie's collections are edited to suit the sun-drenched California lifestyle and the people who love it. 

Cowie says Colcha (which means "quilt" in Spanish) represents the way she envisions people living with the pieces in their homes --and if you need help with that vision, interior design consultations are available.

 "Colcha is certainly my home away from home, so I use it in the same way.  [For instance] the store front antique farmhouse dining table set with Alex Marshall ceramics and Casa Midy opera chairs is home to dinner parties; the glass and mirrored Symi tray tables and lanterns are employed for casual gatherings at art showings; and the luxurious leather Cowie Club Chairs featured with a selection of Jamie Young lamps create the ambiance..."  

Personally, I was enamoured with the colorful collection of bowls spilling out of a brightly colored potato basket on the entry way table...tempting, very tempting...I mean bowls are a necessity, right? We need bowls...

Stay tuned. Will she or won't she succumb to her bowl fetish. Will the family eat happily ever after from the cutest little bowls you ever did see? A cliff hanger for sure.

In the meantime, stay inspired! xo

To visit Colcha in person, head to 1416 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice Beach, California, or check out Cowies blog here.

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