Greer's OC: Great garden gifts

June 30, 2010|Greer Wylder

Where to find new inspiration on home and garden furnishings? Encinitas-based Gardenology recently opened its second location at Westcliff Court in Newport Beach in the former Les Interieurs spot. It's all about bringing the inside out and the outside in.

The comfortable and relaxed store is owned by Lili McIntire, who revels in finding unique vendors (mostly from California) and always in the U.S. She sources out small creative artisans who make vintage tile picture frames, hand-poured custom scented candles, vintage brick molds and hard-to-find lighting.

At Gardenology, you can stop in for great gifts: a vintage pot, a faux plant, a diffuser bottle and scent that suits your style from the Archipelago Fragrance Bar, or a humorous "Everything You Can Do in the Garden Without Actually Gardening" book. Or you can choose from custom furniture, Italian dishes, original art and linens. There's also design services, and Gardenology is open to the trade.


The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1701 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 650-9900 or visit

Fresh and fun clothes

It's thrilling to see the first Free People boutique that just opened at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The Urban Outfitters Inc. brand, a mix of bohemian and vintage looks and feminine detailing, is a fresh and fun line, and under one roof, you can find the best in Free People's date dresses under $100 – lace and crochet, summer whites, patchwork prints, rompers, darling dresses, tops, shorts and much more. The boutique also carries accessories, handbags and intimates.

Free People is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Level 1, Bloomingdale's Wing, at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 708-3794 or visit

Flip flops in Surf City

Havaianas, makers of stylish and comfortable flip-flops, can now call Huntington Beach home: The first Havaianas store in the U.S. just opened on Main Street. At this exclusive shop, you'll be in Havaiana heaven – choose from more than 150 styles for men, women and children. You can also make your own Havaianas at a custom station.

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