California, Trina Turk-Style

No designer embodies the California lifestyle quite like Trina Turk, whose splashy prints, bold colors, and laid back silhouettes speak to the chic world she’s created at her homes in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs. To get our own little slice of West Coast cool, we asked the designer to share her favorite spots in both cities. Read on, then shop her collection today on Gilt!


– Strolling Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice for the eclectic mix of boutiques–last time I found a vintage chunky ring–and great food, like Gjelina and Abbot’s Pizza.

– LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)—they have Matisse’s ceramic La Gerbe which is so beautiful and incredible special exhibits, such as the current retrospective of James Turrell’s unique light installations.

– Ammo Cafe—Love the chic, modernist interior, and the central location makes it a perfect place to meet up with friends from the west side (I’m an east-sider).

– The Rose Bowl Flea Market—always go left! The bargains and the vintage shoes and accessories are way, way to the left.


– Norma’s at the Parker has a terrific rock lobster and mango salad, but please note, it’s not a cheap lunch!

– I love shopping for vintage at Bon Vivant. They have mainly decorative accessories for the home along with cool hippie and modernist jewelry.

– I’m very inspired by the annual Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund home tours–usually in November. We’ve been going on the tours for 10+ years.

– Albert Frey’s second house in Palm Springs is a jewel box of a bachelor pad nestled up among the rocks.

– Cheeky’s for breakfast, if you can get there early or don’t mind waiting. They have the best steel cut oatmeal with berries.

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