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Between teaching classes at her local yoga studio, running her own art gallery and surfing the best swells, we caught up with Let the Sea Set You Free winner, Katie McLean at her humble abode in Santa Barbara, CA where we treated her to a box full of Winter’s best including new favorites: The Elm Sweater (perfectly cropped!) and the Golden Hill jacket (one of Kelia’s personal favs as well).
Steps away from the sand and the best local surf spot in Santa Barbara is the residence of Let the Sea Set You Free winner, Katie McLean. In a warehouse turned home Katie’s residence sits in the heart of Funkzone, where a creative community of shapers, artists and surfers reside. Between touring her art gallery, snacking on some of her home grown tomatoes from her rooftop garden and following her around to her favorite local spots, made us want to permanently crash on her couch.
As we listened to Katie’s latest travels to Mexico, we couldn’t help but notice the huge collection of vintage and thrift store finds. We were particularly drawn to her collection of vintage swimsuits hanging in her closet.
As we wandered around her home, admiring everything from a handmade dream catcher dangling from the skylight over her bed to the hues of pinks and turquoise that colored the walls, it’s no wonder Katie’s space inspires her as much as it inspires us.
Head downstairs to check out her gallery, Latitude—which is actually attached to her home! From murals to wine bottle artwork to her work as a graphic artist, you have to ask yourself, is there anything this girl can’t create? Did we mention there’s a surfing museum and Mermaid vintage shop right next door?
Stay tuned! Katie McLean will be blogging about her adventures in Mexico next.
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