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Hi Friends! This month we're visiting Racquel's fabulously unique home in Santa Paula, California..

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Where is your home located, and how long have you lived there?

The Topatopa Mountains greet you along with groves of lemon and avocado trees when approaching picturesque Santa Paula Ca. My husband and our three children have lived here for the past 4 years. We choose this nostalgic city in Ventura County because of the down-home feel and family oriented atmosphere.

What is your favorite decorating style?

I like to mix the old with the new. Industrial with Rustic French Country.

Where do you get your decorating influence from the most?

I know what I like, and I don't necessarily need a trendy magazine to influence my choices. I surround myself with different options and styles that I'm able to choose from to give my home a edgy and different look. My business partner Lauren and I are constantly searching for unique statement pieces. There is not a day that goes by where we are not throwing ideas off one another on how to display our finds. By transforming and salvaging antique pieces we constantly keep our creative blood flowing.

In 5 words or less, your home is?


What is your favorite store or flea market to shop at?

You can definitely find me wandering the spacious aisles each Wednesday at the Ventura Fair Grounds. The friendly vendors and cool ocean breeze make it a must for any treasure seeking enthusiast.

Share one of your favorite decorating tricks or ideas:

Each room has a focal point. I like to decorate with angling furniture so that it faces your view when entering the room. Decorating should be fun, I take my time and stand back to assess my decorating choices to see what I need to add, take-away or rearrange.

Your favorite paint color, name and brand:

My favorite color is Behr Premium Plus Interior Eggshell Enamel. It is soft on the eyes and gives you a warm and inviting impression. This tough all-purpose paint resists dirt and smudge, well worth the price...especially when you have little ones :)

What are your favorite things to collect right now?

I've always had a love for vintage baby shoes and beautiful old photos. To be able to look into the eyes of a complete stranger who lived over 100 years ago just amazes me. Each person has his/her own story and I just wonder what kind of life they lived and story they would of told.

Shoes now can be made of plastic and rubber whereas in the past they were hand made with the best leather, quality and innate styles. The delicate laces or small pearl buttons tended to go all the way up one's tiny ankle.

What is your favorite room in your house, and why?

My master bedroom is my sanctuary. Spacious with a glass patio door that opens to a cozy balcony. The fresh color can take the stress out of your day.

Your next project is:

Painting and sanding an old dresser and matching bed frame for my son's room.

If you have a shop, please tell us about it so my viewers can check it out:

My business partner Lauren Vigil and I own a antique shop called Remnants On Mill here in charming Santa Paula, Ca. We have been featured in the Santa Paula Times, The Ventura Star and Who's New in Business. Located at 110 N Mill St off of Main. We carry a wide range of merchandise from industrial to shabby chic, please feel free to contact us at 805-204-6292 for information about our vintage and one of a kind pieces that are always priced to sell!

(photography by Jennifer Grey)