According to design maven Isabelle Dahlin
C INSIDER: ISABELLE DAHLIN
For all things Ojai, just ask Isabelle Dahlin—interior designer, landscaper and owner of the city’s design destination deKor & Co. (dekorandco.com), a store sought out for its eclectic mix of Californian and European pieces and worldly textiles, both new and vintage. The Swedish expat, who calls Upper Ojai and L.A. home (where she also owns a newly reopened sister shop, deKor in Atwater Village), is quick to point out what she loves about Ojai in April: “The orange blossoms—they make the whole town smell amazing! With all this rain it’s going to be one of the most beautiful springs.” Here, her top spots: • Farmer and the Cook Their chai is amazing—homemade with almond milk and a slight kick in it to start my morning. farmerandcook.com. • In the Field A beautifully curated store that carries one of my favorite designers, Pietsie Campbell’s eponymous line. They also have a lot of cool stuff for guys, which is great. inthefieldojai.com. • EarthTonics Spa I’m really into microcurrent therapy, so I’ve been doing the Kansa energy facial with microcurrent. I also love their frankincense blossom body butter. earthtonicsskincare.com. • Matilija Hot Springs It’s lovely up there and afterward you feel so rejuvenated. There are lots of great minerals in the water and there is also a cold spring to jump into. • Chief’s Peak at Ojai Rancho Inn A great place to have a drink before or after dinner; you can bring your own vinyl and they’ll play it. ojairanchoinn.com.
Edited by LINDSAY KINDELON.