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little italy.

this lady bug likes to hang out on my front lawn, especially after it rains.

today i went on a excursion to my favorite places in little italy, a small neighborhood slightly north of downtown san diego. an amazing amount of boutiques and art galleries reside here; i have to say, there is a handful of shops i wish i could spend all of my time and money in. their products are a source of inspiration.

2401 kettner blvd. san diego ca 92101
here you can find an array of skeleton keys, chandeliers, doorknobs, all sorts of period building materials. i love going in there and sifting through all of the keys, playing with the in-house cat, and looking at the assortment of chandelier crystals sitting in an antique bathtub. their selection if unparalleled - so next time you think about going to anthropolige to find that "antique" door-nob, please think twice.

chandelier at architectural salvage.

antiques on kettner
2400 kettner blvd. suite 106, san diego ca 92101
for retro to victorian, antique jewelry galore - and furniture, well, they had to buy the place next door (opening soon) just to fit all of the furniture. antique on kettner get new stock in everyday. many of their displays are color coordinated, a green isle, a blue isle, a pink isle (my favorite). others, are just jam packed with beautiful jewelry, mostly costume. the selection they have of ceramic figurines is also wonderful. i joked with the owner that i wish i could just take the whole store with me.

vintage toy display at antiques on kettner.

1907 columbia st. number one, san diego ca 92101
hidden of the main streets of little italy, it this small house, with a lovely window display (always seasonal and enticing). the only reason you would know to walk in is the obvious shop sign. welcome to india ink, a boutique paper shop, in my opinion the best in san diego. as soon as you walk in, the ribbons are to your left, as colorful and playful as can be. you walk up a pair of small steps just to find dozens of stamps, books, envelopes, notecards, anything a paper aficionado could ever desire. they also have a great selection of clutches, kate spade accessories, children's products, the list goes on - you wouldn't think it would all fit in such a small shop. regardless of the size, the entire place is organized to perfection, and every corner draws your eye. they also do personalized invitations, and work with the best letterpress companies in the country.

the ribbon collection at india ink papers.


Little Lovables said...

that sounds wonderful, I love that chandelier!

Dallas Shaw said...

i just adore your work and jut found your blog today. linked you to mine, hope you don't mind?

MissBliss said...

i have been to san diego only once, and loved it so much! these places are on my list for next time!