Here at Falling Waters Landscape we call San Diego our home. San Diego is in a rare and unique geographical location because it is surrounded by major cultural hubs that contribute to the blended lifestyle that the city contains. From the North we have Los Angeles, the city of stars, the city of “opportunity,” from the South we have Mexico, a deeper cultural heritage, from the East we have the desert, and from the West we are graced by the ocean. This dynamism gives San Diego its unique charm.
Designing towards a cultural significance creates a genius loci: sense/spirit of place. The Southern California style has grabbed the effects of beach, desert, Spanish, and LA’s sophistication to, in my opinion, identify as Bohemian Chic. The term itself is contradictory because it combines “Bohemia”, a casual laid-back frugal style, with “Chic,” a high-end and expensive style, but San Diego has its contradictory tendencies as well (Design Style: Bohemian Chic). This trend has started as early as the 1960s when the hippie was born, but has now evolved into a full blown design style that contributes to much of the build of the San Diego landscape. Intricate design, vibrant colors, and attention to detail encapsulates what this style promotes. In landscape design we have the unique opportunity to display this trend in the plants we choose and the materials that compliment them. It is a comfortable yet put-together style that is inviting and familiar to the community of San Diego.
The images below are from the Summer 2018 Anthropology Outdoor Living Collection. This style perfectly reflects the tones and details that are described above. We encourage you to bring this unique style into your own backyard by adding bold colors and rustic undertones that really develop your sense of place in Southern California.
Most of this blog is influenced by the blog “Design Style: Bohemian Chic” written By Marc Schenker on Oct 1, 2018 in Design Trends. https://creativemarket.com/blog/design-style-bohemian-chic