Regardless of the name, you won't find any birds for sale in this charming Capitola store in Santa Cruz County. Three Little Birds is an adorable nook of a store housing anything and everything bird-related. Not things for birds, but rather things with birds on them—candles, dishware, matches, home décor and more. Ultimately, this is one of the area's best gift stores. I often pop in here when I'm headed to a party and in need of an adorable present. (I can't complain that Gayle's is next door—grab some mac and cheese when you're done visiting Three Little Birds.)
The cute store is helmed by two sisters, Glenda Baer and Jackie Gonzales who opened the doors to Three Little Birds in 2006. There, they also sell Blithe and Bonny products, the Baer family's original line of candles, lotions, soaps and more.
Also for sale are handmade feather earrings by Margo Wong and funky vintage style baubles by Joli and Jan Michaels.
While an online store isn't yet in the works, the store itself serves as a sweet hub for inspiration.
Check it out at 504D Bay Ave., Capitola, (831) 462-2473, 3littlebirds.net.
Not long ago, I sat down for a cup of tea with a friend. She withdrew her iPhone from her purse and set it on the counter. I instantly snatched it up and pressed her for where she found such a charming, on-trend, one-of-a-kind iPhone cover. It had been a gift, she told me. So I tracked down the gift-giver and asked where she got it. Much to my dismay, she coudn't remember where she had picked it up, only that she'd seen it on Pinterest. That began my rabbit hole search on the Internet, typing in "Aztec" and "iPhone" over and over again. I logged in quite a bit of time perusing Pinterest looking for this iPhone cover and finally, long after my search had begun, I located it here, and I was thrilled. It's a hard snap case that retails for $35 online and is actually much cuter in person. The pictures really don't do it justice. Designed by artist Dawn Gardner, the society6.com website offers a slew of original iPhone covers for anyone with a penchant for dressing up their gadgets.
My bathroom is a sad place. While the rest of my small beach bungalow has had some sense of attention paid to its interior design, I've left the bathroom undecorated since I moved in a year-and-a-half ago. I've been aching to re-vamp it, but with limited funds, that can be tricky. Still, it can't hurt to day-dream a little and imagine what I'd do with the small space I have. This zig zag shower curtain (below) from Urban Outfitters has been on my wish list for a long time. It's $44 which seems steep for a shower curtain, but the look would inject color and a little pizazz into the space. Throw in a sweet bar of soap from Blithe and Bonny (find at Anthropologie or Three Little Birds in Capitola), an IKEA cabinet, bubble bath from Saffron and Genevieve in Santa Cruz and towels from Anthropologie and I'll be well on my way to a sweet bathroom makeover.
As a regular reader of Design*Sponge, I took note recently when a blue ombre wooden chair was front and center on the popular design blog. The piece was stunning, modern, cutting-edge and a DIY component was added to the post. I had to check it out. Upon closer inspection I ended up clicking on designer Jesse Dresbach's Etsy store and then to his blog. And then there was the big reveal—Dresbach is from Santa Cruz. In fact, it turns out he even lives in my neighborhood. To find a furniture designer that far away on Design*Sponge, when in fact he's living just down the street is pretty serendipitous. I contacted Dresbach to see about doing a Q&A with him here on The Penny Rose, and he was more than willing. He also shared some of his recent work here including the piece above which was also featured previously on Design*Sponge.
What's the name of your company, and do you service mostly Santa Cruz residents, or do you have a wide-reaching net of customers?
How did you get into this business and what do you love about it?
I got into furniture redesign when I was living in an apartment, with a bunch of OK furniture I acquired along the way. I always wanted to redo my apartment, but my wallet disagreed. So, the next step was to just do it myself. I had fun and got a lot of great feedback and support from family and friends, who encouraged me to sell my work. I gave it a shot, had some success, and just kept working. I love the satisfaction of taking a piece of furniture that you wouldn't look twice at, and turning it into something people love. That's a really great feeling, and it's good for the environment too. It's definitely a lot of work, and tries to consume almost all my spare time, but it's very rewarding and I'm strict about taking days off.
How many times have you been featured on Design*Sponge? That's a big deal in the design community.
Barn Red Dresser Shelf (below): This is the perfect example of re-purposing an older piece. I let the furniture be my guide on this one. My mom came across this dresser, which was in bad shape. Broken drawers, tracks, you name it. But the bones were good, it was solid wood, and had a lot of charm. I ditched the top two drawers, opened it up, and turned it into a dresser shelf combo. I gave it a new paint job, and I put holes in the back for wires, if the new owner wanted to put a TV or stereo in the shelf. I always imagined a record player in it, I don't know why!