shop stuffWe’re spoiled living in this area. Most days are filled with sunshine. We’re surrounded by beautiful hills and grand mountains. We have easy access to fine beaches. And, even during a major drought, we have a ton of lush trees to delight the eye and soothe the soul.

So why bother to bring the outdoors in? Experts say that connecting to nature is essential for well-being and can help to decrease stress, improve overall mood and can even inspire creativity.

We went on the hunt for local shops that help bring the outdoors into our indoor lives and found these gems.

Top: a coral-base lamp from Room at the Beach in Malibu could be lighting a mermaid’s den. Left: a chair from Jalan Jalan Imports looks as though it has grown out of the ground ready to seat someone. Photo courtesy of JALAN JALAN IMPORTS. Below: Serenity Calling in Agoura Hills carries a wide selection of rocks, crystals and gemstones.

Jalan Jalan Imports

Plan to spend a leisurely afternoon perusing all the warm and inviting wood, shell and stone furnishings and décor at this store, located by Owl Falls in the heart of Topanga Canyon.

This is a great place to find one-of-a-kind whimsical chairs, stools, benches and tables that have been coaxed out of the roots of trees, branches and trunks. Or select a petrified wood slab for a tabletop, a carved stone or wooden room divider,shed glass replacement alternative, or a volcanic stone statue or panel that will add character to any interior.

And don’t miss the opaque shell lamps that will bring the feel of the ocean inside.

525 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
(310) 455- 2254

Serenity Calling

You’ll feel a sense of peace and inspiration surrounding the large, beautiful crystal geodes and other rare gemstone and natural stone pieces found here.

If you’re seeking unique certified sustainable furniture and décor, check out the Amazon rainforest hardwood pieces that are not only glorious to look at, they make a definite statement.

Add a Zen garden or a fountain to your room and you’re ready to embrace the peace of nature in your home.

Whizin Market Square
28914 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills
(818) 275-2174

Room at the Beach

As its name suggests, Room at the Beach offers a plethora of sea-related goodies that you’ll want to cart home.

Guests will love the starfish dishware and won’t want to vacate the beachy guest room with a serene Savannah bed and white herringbone matelasse bed coverlet.

Designing a comfy sitting room or an inspired office is as easy as introducing a coral seashell lamp or bubble sphere paperweights. Add a Malibu Signature scented candle and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a seaside resort.

Discover a variety of ocean-inspired trinkets, beach-themed signs, cutting boards, pillows, candles, wicker and all sorts of fun tchotchkes. You’ll swear you almost hear ocean waves crashing just outside.

Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road, Ste. 23
(310) 456-9777