Welcome to a new series on our blog, In the Spotlight, featuring some of our favorite retailers! This week, we’d like to introduce you to mother-daughter team Alexis Burns and Tritia Gustine of Beach Bungalow Designs in Del Mar, California.
What inspired you to open your own children’s store? My love for design and children combined together. I knew it would be an environment that I could have flexibility to work and raise my kids.
Why children’s furnishings? It’s the most whimsical place in your home. You can break a lot of rules and use LOTS of color! I love color! Also, it is a special time in a client’s life that you can share with them.
What is your design philosophy? What inspires you? Design with your child in mind. I like to design for my client’s style, not mine—it’s not about me. I am inspired by my clients!
What sets your store apart from other similar retailers? We are totally custom. We can make or do anything. We offer a one-stop shop for your whole room.
What is your favorite aspect about owning your own business? My kids come to work with me three days a week. It puts a lot of new clients at ease for them to see that I am just a mom, too.
What is your favorite Newport Cottages piece or collection and why? The Celine Collection is my very favorite. I used it for my little girl’s room. I think it is a classic style that can be paired with a variety of looks. It’s beautiful!
What is your favorite color palette? I love greys, blues and yellows for boys right now. For girls, I’m loving greys and pinks with a touch of yellow.
What magazines or blogs do you read on a regular basis? Coastal Living, Dwell, InStyle. Blogs I read are Nursery Notations and Project Nursery.
Who is your dream client and why? I love to work with someone who is willing to step outside the box, someone who trusts me to do the whole room, including styling!
And a few, just for fun:
Dream vacation? Italy! I would love to drink wine, eat Italian food and ride in a gondola.
Favorite design tool? Tape measure. LOL!
Can’t live without? My iPhone.
What are you reading now? The Help and Bittersweet Devotional
If you are in the San Diego area, visit Beach Bungalow Designs at 2670 Via de la Valle, Suite A130, Del Mar, California 92014 or call (858)793-7782 for more information.