For anyone traveling to sunny California – and even for those who think they know all about the Golden State – designer Nathan Turner’s book I Love California: Design and Entertaining the West Coast Way (Abrams, $40) is a must-read. Part cookbook, part travelogue, and part decor inspiration guide, the book, says Turner, “is a love letter to my home state.” Now that summer travel season has shifted into high gear, we sat down with the peripatetic tastemaker for the inside scoop on California dreaming.
Architectural Digest: We all know about Big Sur and Santa Barbara. What are some of the more picturesque but lesser-known destinations in California?
Nathan Turner: Two of them are childhood favorites: Tomales Bay, which almost feels like New England, and Hope Valley, which transports you back to the Wild West. There’s also Lone Pine in the Eastern Sierra. I always stop there on my drive from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe.
For a lunch in Sausalito, Turner used Ralph Lauren’s Nanking fabric as a tablecloth under Japanese Garden dinnerware from Williams Sonoma.