California Dreamin’: Juxtaposition Home

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One of the highlights from my trip to Southern California last week was the fact that I was finally able to visit Juxtaposition Home. I was one of the first people to blog about the store a couple of years ago and had been dying to see it in person ever since. Let me tell you folks, it did not disappoint! First of all, the owner, Michele and her colleagues, Ellen and Lynn could not have been more delightful. They were so gracious and sweet and made us feel right at home. Let’s just say that my friend and I were in the store for two hours, if that gives you any idea of how well we got along with the wonderful Juxtapostion team.

Aside from the amazing hospitality, the store is an absolute feast for the eyes! Each vignette is more stunning and inspiring than the last. The store is filled with unique furnishings, textiles, and accessories. They have everything from gorgeous bedding and beautiful lighting to vintage artwork and one of a kind casegoods. Part of Juxtaposition’s mission is to offer authentic, unique pieces that add character and sentimental value to one’s home and they have truly succeeded in doing so. There were so many things that I wanted to take home with me, but alas, I wouldn’t have been able to fit it all in my suitcase. I did, however, score some Hicks’ La Fiorentina fabric for an amazing price ($31/yard)! Juxtaposition is the type of store that we should all be supporting. Not only for their wonderful merchandise, but because of the passion Michele and her team feel for good, unique design in a world that sometimes lacks originality. While you’ll have to pay a visit to the Newport Coast, California store for some of their textiles and smaller goods (it’s worth the trip, trust me!), you can find some of Juxtaposition’s more substantial pieces on 1st Dibs now.

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{London Calling}

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{So Many Lovely Details}

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{I love the bed, mirrors, lamp, and bedspread in this beautiful vignette.}

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{Juxtaposition is at once chic and eclectic.}

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{Fun Accessories: Vintage Letters, Coralie Bickford-designed Penguin Classics Books, and Tin Can Candles}

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{I love the group of portraits on the wall here. I was with my friend, Jeni all of last week and we kept seeing these Ficus Lyrata trees everywhere and were soon obsessed with them. Does anyone know if they would work in Houston’s climate?}

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{The whitewashed color of this bed is so striking against the soothing grey wall. I am also in love with that convex mirror. It is such a fabulous size!}

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{An Assortment of Fabrics Available by the Yard}

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{Juxtaposition is home to a wonderful selection of design books.}

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{John Derian}

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{This series of portraits from Amsterdam was even more amazing in person. They are each so charming. I also love the Visual Comfort lamps.}

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{A Lovely Array of Accessories and Books}


For more information on Juxtaposition, please visit their website.


{All Images by Paloma Contreras. Please do not use images without written consent.}

19 thoughts on “California Dreamin’: Juxtaposition Home

  1. Paloma, Thank you for the post! And you made the store look great. I so loved meeting you. Please come visit anytime and we love your creativity and blog.
    Michele Graham

  2. These are GREAT pics! I was so busy wandering and chatting I’m loving browsing these and getting a second chance to look through things.

    I second that the team @ Juxtaposition was nothing but wonderful to spend time with- they were incredibly helpful… even if Ellen made me cry when I read that book “I Can’t Wait.” 😉 I went back after Paloma had to fly out, and they were so helpful with fabric samples.

    So glad we got a chance to meeet Michele and hear about her passion for the store and how she got started. Truly the highlight of that day spending time with the people who have created such an amazing space. I’ve always loved the store, but on so much more of a personal level now. To everyone that has the opportunity- GO THERE ASAP!!

  3. Okay, I am ready to book a flight. I think I could spend the whole day in there just rolling around on the pretty furniture and fabrics by the yard, oh my! Thanks for the great post, as always!

  4. i think that plant will work in houston. there’s a store “Tall Plants, etc” on 10 at voss (?) that carries great house plants.

  5. The tree you have in your pics is actually a fiddle leaf fig tree. They do work in Houston…I have one and I’m a Houstonian. I first fell in love with the tree when I saw one at Mecox in Highland Village. Their price was something like $350, but I bought mine at Cornelius Nursery on Voss between Westheimer and Woodway.
    Hope this helps!
    Your blog is awesome by they way!

  6. Dear Paloma, I love your blog. I am in Southern California and Juxtaposition is one of my favorite stores. I am in love with their new paint color. Does anyone have any suggestions? It’s a beautiful light gray, very neutral, does not go to purple.

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