By Vanessa Matsalla

Published on February 1, 2016

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Hi! I am Vanessa Matsalla, owner and interior designer of @studiomatsallabased out of South Oceanside. I love what I do because it allows me to positively and directly impact the lives of others, creating beautiful and inspiring surroundings for my lovely clients and their families!

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One of my favorite stops in South Oceanside for picking up a quick gift is a local creative co-op space featuring @5inggoods @raiscase and @mrbsnecessities. They have a beautiful selection of artisan goods with a hip, minimalist vibe. I especially love their handmade candles, bohemian purses and wooden planters that are so carefully created and curated in this beautiful space.

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When our design team is hungry and we need a break, we almost always head to @cafetopes in Carlsbad for brunch for our fix of artisan french toast, omelettes and their famous cinnamon rolls. Their decor is equally as intoxicating as their food.

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@solocedros is one my favorite resources for finding unique decor and design books for both me and my clients. The large loft-style building showcases the collections of eight creative women. Each time I visit, I find something new and interesting.

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When the weekend rolls around, @boozebros is our go-to craft brewery in Vista. They often have live music and a rotating food truck brought in to make one for one perfect evening.

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@groundedmodern is a favorite spot in Encinitas for mid-century finds and inspiring pops of color in every corner. Their lighting selection is drool-worthy. Trust that you won’t leave without some type of new goodie for your home.

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The Meditation gardens are known as a local escape, nestled within the small surf-town in Leucadia. You’re free to waltz this donation-only secret garden, adorned by hidden coy ponds and never-ending foliage. You can find a hidden bench to relax on while you take in breathtaking views of the ocean.

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The ultimate succulent nursery and beyond. I frequent @succulentcafeoceanside in Oceanside for work and play. There are tables full of neon pink succulents, wildly weird cacti and a sea of colorful plants that catch your eye in every direction. My husband and I grab a cup of coffee and walk through on the weekends just for fun.