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The new Madewell boutique—San Diego’s first!—opens May 7 at Fashion Valley mall. We love this NYC-based company’s relaxed, bohemian designs and great-fitting jeans. Also look for covetable collections from labels like See by Chloé, Rachel Antonoff, Elizabeth and James, and more. To celebrate its grand opening, the store will be giving away a polka-dot clutch with every purchase, while supplies last.

—Kimberly Cunningham


TRENDS: Here’s what we’re loving month

San Diego Hardware
Brian Malarkey isn’t the only one capitalizing on the fabric industry. These door handles by Sun Valley Bronze are made of metal imprinted with burlap. Buy at San Diego Hardware. 5710 Kearny Villa Road, Kearny Mesa

Spruce Up 2013
Now through the end of May, get expert advice from professional interior designers at a discounted rate of $85 per hour, during ASID’s Spruce Up 2013. 858-274-3345

Bo Concept +  smart car
Modern furniture retailer BoConcept has partnered with smart to create the smart fortwo BoConcept signature style car—a sleeker, leather-fied version of the super-teeny, eco-friendly car. 1550 Front Street, Little Italy

Larry Anhorn and Jerry Parent


Larry Anhorn and Jerry Parent, formerly of FloraStyle, are bringing new creative talent to Adelaide’s La Jolla

What’s new at Adelaide’s?
Our Friday Flower market, a no-fuss way to buy bunches of flowers at wholesale pricing; our new interior with new displays including a “do it yourself” potting station for succulents; a new counter at the front door that makes the purchase of stem flowers easier; and a newly designed website.

Three ways to spruce up your home for spring?
1. Add a succulent wall-piece (or entire wall) to your patio.
2. Use permanent botanical orchid arrangements that look incredibly real but require no sunlight or water. Place them in the same room or area with real orchids and flowers, and they will fool the eye.
3. Mound one type of fresh seasonal flower, such as tulips, together in a vase.

Floral faux pas?
Avoid mixing natural and permanent botanicals together in the same container—unless you really know what you’re doing!

Colors of the moment?
On-trend right now, especially for beach areas, are: yellows, whites, and various bright and muted greens. 

Floral trends you’re loving?
Simplicity is key. Less is more. The amazing array of flowers and colors available speak for themselves. No need for extravagantly styled arrangements when a bunch or two of the same type of flower in a vase is perfection.


More News

Congrats to SD native Rebecca Minkoff, who will be honored as Designer of the Year at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s 35th annual American Image Awards on May 16.

Cecilia Boutique has new owners and a new name—Emma Jane. 928 Fort Stockton Drive, Mission Hills

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