California designer Nathan Turner’s favorite makers and decor shops.

By Oset Babür
March 23, 2020
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Caitlin Bensel

Interior designer, writer, and and avid home cook Nathan Turner is a fourth-generation Californian—no wonder the state is the inspiration behind his entire career. “My California has a lot of components,” he says. “There’s my family’s ranch in Northern California, where I spent a lot of time growing up. Now, I live in Los Angeles. I love collecting things [from all over the state]. It’s how I decorate.” At The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in Santa Barbara County, for example, Turner channeled his home state’s rustic sensibility while refurbishing and curating art, linens, and decoration for Turner House, a set of three cottage suites on the property. He also drew inspiration from his recent book, I Love California ($40, abramsbooks.com), a recipe-filled homage to the local artisans, makers, and entrepreneurs he admires most. We asked him to dish on his favorite California makers and decor shops. His picks, shown here, are sure to infuse any home with a little West Coast style.

Heather Taylor Home Linens

“The great thing about this company is that the patterns aren’t overwhelming. There are hot and cold colors, and everything is adaptable—these incorporate with everything I own.” (Amalfi tablecloth in Goldenrod, $186–$258; Milos and Amalfi napkins in Goldenrod, $82 for a set of 4; heathertaylorhome.com)

Pomelo Bowl

Pomelo’s intricate hand-painted bowls brighten up any tabletop or shelf. (Casa Amarilla large bowl, $175; pomelocasa.com)

Mt. Washington Pottery

“Everything from Mt. 
Washington is unique and 
functional. I’ve been using 
their mugs for ages.” 
(Small Fig Vase in White, $250; Diana Vase in Straw, $500; Chevron Mugs in Speckle White, $68 each; mtwashingtonpottery.com)


Jacob May Cutting Boards

Part art piece, part kitchen tool, these handmade, dinner party–perfect cutting boards are finished with beeswax and food-grade mineral oil. (Hudson Cutting Boards in Black Walnut, from $96; Wesley Butcher Block in White Oak, from $300; jacob-may.com)

Wendover Map

“For my collection with 
Wendover [a print company], I drew inspiration from all over California, ribbons I collected from previous state fairs, old maps I found rolled up in my grandpa’s office, and more.” (Price upon request; wendoverart.com)