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From expertly curated boutiques to chic contemporary furniture outposts, the Golden State’s latest crop of design-focused retailers will make decorating a breeze.

At A+R’s new DTLA location (the La Brea shop is shown here), dynamic Danish furniture mingles with streamlined lighting and rich textiles.

Gold Finger
“My dream was always to have my own shop,” says Sonya Kemp, the owner of the new high-end general store, Gold Leaf. Sonya, who has an art degree from Point Loma Nazarene, worked at the design collective Solo in Solana Beach for 14 years prior to opening Gold Leaf with her husband, Kevin, this past spring. Inspired by the concept of Zakka, a Japanese and Scandinavian movement that elevates everyday items, the Kemps seek to bring beauty to the mundane. “It’s this idea that everything we use and surround ourselves with should bring joy and pleasure to our lives,” Sonya explains. Within the 1,300-square-foot space, expect to find mouth-blown Baladi glass cluster lamps ($265 to $325); Mexican-made furnishings by Four Studio, including a midcentury-inspired sectional ($2,050); and decorative finds from auctions and estate sales. “Many people do all vintage or all new, but our style is not that strict; we’re a bit more eclectic,” says Sonya. That idea also relates to the urban-rustic space, which has concrete floors and exposed wood-beam ceilings. “Gold Leaf feels like an extension of our home. I wanted to invite people into a space where they can explore and get inspired,” says Sonya. 2225 30th St., San Diego, 619.738.8120 –Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

Making Waves
With its chic coastal aesthetic, lifestyle and decor brand Serena & Lily will be right at home in its latest location: Newport Beach. “What we really love about Lido Marina Village is the rich history of the marina and the thoughtfulness that has gone into [creating] a wonderful gathering place that celebrates the beauty of Southern California,” says CEO Lori Greeley. The Sausalito-based company’s fifth brick-and-mortar will occupy a 1,300-square-foot storefront, along with 350 square feet of outdoor space. Shoppers can expect to find merchandise across all categories—including bedding, wallpaper, rugs, paint, furniture, lighting and artwork. A selection of gift items exclusive to the outpost will also be stocked. And in November, the brand will launch a capsule collection that includes new pieces in its Riviera furniture line (like outdoor versions of popular styles), as well as bedding—perfect for welcoming guests for the holidays! 3636 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.287.5764 –Anh-Minh Le

Buying Time
In a pocket-size storefront in downtown Fairfax—sure to catch the attention of passersby with its bold black-and-white Ian Ross murals in the windows—the recently opened Lisa Bakamis at Home is brimming with an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and art. The space serves as the designer’s boutique, as well as the studio for her eponymous firm. “I have always wanted to have a beautifully curated home-furnishings shop, filled with all of my favorite pieces, and layered in such a way that reflects my absolute design aesthetic,” says Bakamis. Decor enthusiasts will no doubt delight in the range of goods, including Bandhini Design Group’s bold nature-inspired linen pillows ($198) and a Made Goods upholstered chair with hammered iron frame (from $2,900). Vintage finds are also sprinkled throughout, and Bakamis has partnered with a number of galleries to showcase artists whom they represent, such as Paule Dubois Dupuis. 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, 415.755.4519 –AML

Modern Mix
When former journalist Rose Apodaca opened A+R in with her husband, Andy Griffith, in 2006, she could not have predicted how much the brand would grow in 10 years’ time. What started as a small modern furniture and accessory store in Silver Lake and a thriving online business grew to a second location on Abbot Kinney in Venice in 2007, followed by the opening of a third spot on La Brea in 2012. Continuing the trend of popping up in L.A.’s hippest neighborhoods, the duo is now opening their grandest showroom yet, at new downtown development Row DTLA. The 6,805-square-foot design mecca has an additional 450 square feet of exterior space—perfect for showcasing the retailer’s expanding outdoor category. Inside, expect to find a colorful collection of Danish pieces, such as the cushy Nakki lounge chair by Mika Tolvanen and Woud (from $2,265) and playful velour poufs by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen (from $630); statement lighting by Tom Dixon; and a luxe walnut pingpong table by You and Me (from $3,850). “We see this as being as much about our retail and trade business as an opportunity to up our series of talks and events, as well as host dinners and breakfast powwows,” says Apodaca of the space, which also includes offices, a library and a kitchen. Sounds like a world of possibility! 1318 E. Seventh St., L.A., 800.913.0071 –Laura Eckstein Jones

Lisa Bakamis’ new boutique doubles as a studio for her design firm.

Fresh Take
After more than a decade at South Coast Plaza, modern American furnishings brand Room & Board has moved to the bustling retail development SOCO in Costa Mesa. The first of a new small-store concept, the intimate 12,000-square-foot shop has been designed to be more boutique-like in feel, with inspirational room vignettes along the perimeter of the space, anchored by a gallery in the center showcasing stylish accessories, pillows, lighting, small home goods and other items to help complete the home. In addition to signature pieces like the sculptural Ira lounge chair ($1,299), Macalester leather sofa ($4,999) and the cherry or walnut wood-framed Hale bed ($1,999), the showroom features an expansive outdoor furniture display perfect for the Orange County community, complete with two 18-foot tall olive trees, a cedar trellis and grass-like turf. 3309 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.549.5995 –Amanda Friedman Eberstein

Lost & Found
At FOUND by Maja, interior designer Maja Lithander Smith has curated a thoughtful collection of home decor and objets d’art from around the world. After living in Tokyo for 3 ½ years, Smith saw an opportunity to bring home to San Francisco the kind of handmade global goods she had been sourcing for clients for two decades. Beaded necklaces from Cambodia ($60), silk ikat pillows (from $240) and custom Moroccan rugs (from $1,500) are just some of the unique finds lining the store’s brass-and-smoked glass shelves. Smith also works with global artisans to create exclusive, one-of-a-kind designs. “Having spent so much time overseas, I developed both the language and scouting skills to help me find talented craftspeople and beautiful handmade goods,” she says. The shop itself presents an unexpected counterpoint to the colorful pieces displayed—a bold mix of dark tones and gilded textures played out in Farrow & Ball’s deep Hague blue and custom de Gournay Rateau wallpaper panels, inspired by a dramatic black-and-gold screen created for fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin’s Parisian apartment. 3484 Sacramento St., San Francisco, 415.780.1082 –Allison McCarthy