Malibu is symbolic of mansions and celebrities with enormous amounts of wealth. It should be known for it’s unbelievable beauty and eco-friendly designs and culture.
One of which is the Malibu Lumber Yard.
The Malibu Lumber Yard is a 2-acre shopping complex where reclaimed wood was used as cladding for building faces and walls. 75% of the site’s impervious surface was replaced with pervious materials such as decomposed granite and free draining reclaimed wood decking.
If you love reclaimed wood – this place will get the creative juices flowing!
According the The Malibu Lumber Yard website, the Lumber Yard redevelopment is a gesture towards the historic culture of Malibu overlaid with a green, sustainable, design approach that promotes the education of nature.
The Lumber Yard’s courtyard was designed from studying the surfing culture of Malibu and the surfboard form itself. The courtyard is encompassed by curved wood.
The mesh of the different colored woods used throughout the complex is beautiful!
It’s a green eco friendly oasis filled with shops and restaurants.
Speaking of shopping, check out this gorgeous skirt and the bright colored picture frames the mannequin is holding at Alice and Olivia! LOVE!!
At the core of the courtyard are aquatic sanctuaries and fish tanks. The Malibu Lumber Yard is home to the largest outdoor completely free standing aquariums in Los Angeles. All three aquariums hold a total of 3200 gallons of saltwater.
I lounged in these chairs forever. I wanted to take these home with me. Especially the large square table/bed!!
Love the SLANTED legs!!!
I not only fell in love with the reclaimed wood but a few other things…
These pots on the wall at Havana Café – a Cuban restaurant owned Rande Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s husband) in the Lumber Yard. We ate there and the food was good! I was naughty and had a pulled pork sandwich. I tried to justify it to myself because I went jogging that morning
Blue mosaic flooring also at Havana Café.
I have to admit I was a little embarrassed at Havana Café when hostess asked if I wanted her to take a picture of me because… I had to admit I was taking a picture of the floor. I am so lame! :)
This Scorpio loved the horoscope pillows at Kitson!
Vintage looking luggage as one of the displays at the Lumber Yard. I would love a stack of these in my house.
I was also obsessed with this round planter. It was huge and I wish I could have about 5 of these at my house. Maybe one day I can try to make them because I am sure they are expensive to buy (if even possible to find them).
And lastly, isn’t this the cutest little store ever?
It actually wasn’t in the Lumber Yard but right next door in another complex, the Malibu Country Mart. The Malibu Country Mart is equally impressive as the Lumber Yard. Even though the Country Mart isn’t as eco friendly, it is an interesting eclectic design concept featuring 65 unique shops in a rustic setting.
Hmmm…I’ll just have to head back to Malibu soon so I can do the Malibu Country Mart justice and share that with you too!
We live about 30-40 minutes from Malibu and drive there about once a month to enjoy the beach and beauty. Even though we go to the Lumber Yard and the Country Mart, we don’t really shop but mostly go there to walk around and take in the sights.
It’s a nice get away and a pretty drive along the ocean on the PCH (The Pacific Coast Highway). This time however, we drove back through the country side and it was just as pretty with rolling hills and canyons.
There are so many things to do in Southern California so planning a lot in a short time frame is hard. However if you ever do get the chance to visit the area, Malibu is a MUST!! I love that place and feel so at peace there. If you ever plan a trip, go in the morning because no one is usually there. Otherwise, it can be packed in the afternoons and you won’t feel so at peace. :)