Visit DIANI Living for fresh succulents, great gifts and chic home goods — Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives
This little jewel box of a shop is packed to the gills with absolute gems, from hand-hewn stools and striking flatware to locally printed stationery and Japanese gardening shears.
Owner Caroline Diani opened DIANI Living as a home and lifestyle concept store, filling it with everything that inspires joyous living. She's searched search far and wide to find everyday home and lifestyle items that embody both beauty and functionality, including enamel lamps, woven bedding and handmade baskets.
Here, you'll find Moroccan towels stacked on one-of-a-kind stools and benches made exclusively for this shop, as well as striking place settings and bar items.
Old and new mix with local and international on the shop's shelves. Caroline was born in Kenya and grew up in England before moving to Santa Barbara, where she has since opened multiple shops featuring finds from around the globe.
Carefully selected vintage pieces are displayed alongside custom-made aprons and reusable tote bags. Wherever you call home, there's something to adorn it with here.
This small Santa Barbara store is full of rare finds — Photo courtesy of Geneva Ives
As you know, fancy things usually come with fancy price tags, and that can certainly be the case at this boutique, but there are also a surprising number of affordable treasures at DIANI Living.
A recent visit turned up beautifully handmade straw hats under $50, as well as handsomely constructed pine boxes for toting around cakes and pies. They also stock a wonderful selection of stationery and desk essentials, like elegant pens and chic paper clips. (Yes, they exist!) If you need a card for a celebration or to express your gratitude, you will find one here.
DIANI Living also has a wide assortment of succulents, pots, twine, shears and other gardening tools. Anyone with a green thumb will find something they just have to take home with them. The fresh plants and planters make nice hostess gifts. Pair one or two small plants with a fragrant candle for a welcoming, Santa Barbara-themed centerpiece.
If you're feeling peckish after all that perusing, pop into Renaud's next door for one of the best chocolate croissants you've ever had in your life, or check out this list of the best restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara.