What is the most sentimental piece in your home?
It’s my outdoor iron furniture. I have two sets, each from a Grandmother. Both sets are over 50 years old. I unsentimentally painted them blue but I painted the blue of my dad’s shaping room — so that makes up for it.
What are your favorite stores to shop for items for your home?
A handful of antique stores in the neighborhood. They all know me by name. Casa Victoria, Daisy’s Market and some others I can only name by site.
What inspired you to start your first RTW Collection in 2007?
My mom and I made my wedding dress together and at the wedding a friend told me I was wasting my life and needed to be making dresses. Two months after I was married I was in school to learn to sew and make patterns. I started the collection the week after I graduated.
Your Spring 2012 Collection is an absolute dream. What influenced the bright color palette?
I wanted the brights to reflect my ideas and the glamour of pro surfing in the eighties, juxtaposed with the kind of organic earthy childhood I had growing up in Carpinteria. It was a type of love story.
How do you add sparkle to your life and home?
I like to have people I love around all the time doing nothing. I love to have them at home, I love to have them in the studio, I love to go up north to see them. Family and laughter. And if times are sad, more family, more laughter.