C California Style

The C List: Ashley Yeates Lathrop’s Carmel

by C California Style

When this attorney and native Texan remodeled her Dallas home, her interior designer had an epiphany.

“He told me I had a gift,” says Yeates Lathrop. “At first, I laughed.” But by 2002, she set aside her legal career to found a design business, AYI & Associates (ayistyle.com). Though her projects range from Oklahoma to Colorado to Tahoe, her adopted hometown is where she finds inspiration: “Natural beauty, culture, community—Carmel has it all.”  

Burst & Bloom
Lolo, the owner, started by doing the flowers at the Post Ranch Inn. Her arrangements are like art—natural, rustic and organic. burstbloom.com.

Conway of Asia
You’ll find everything from an animal head to an opium bed at this amazing antiques store. Peterson Conway is the guy walking around with a macaw on his shoulder. conwayofasia.com.

Bistro Moulin
A tiny French place with an eclectic wine list in Monterey, off the beaten path. The locals love it. bistromoulin.com.

Point Lobos
Hiking trails, jade coves and a magical landscape. pointlobos.org.

Written and edited by Christine Lennon