Sunday, June 01, 2008

Wisteria Antiques & Design - Soquel, California

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Yesterday Lauren and I went to the beach but not to walk in the sand...TO SHOP AND EAT! I bribed her with a seafood dinner so she would go with me! There are some great antique shops near Santa Cruz and this is one of the best. Wisteria Antiques & Design located at 5870 Soquel Dr, Soquel, California. It's not just antiques, they have a huge nursery with gorgeous plants! I made sure it was okay that I took pictures and after they questioned me about what they would be used for they gave me the okay. Let's look around:
There are a few rooms filled with French Country Antiques and decor items. I LOVED this slipcovered sofa below. I think this would look great in my apartment!

Here's another room...


Back outside to walk in the pea gravel...I love pea gravel pathways!
On the porch...
Here is the 3rd room... This is a beautiful outdoor room...





I loved this geranium planted in a piece of driftwood!
I love this lantern below. I think it would look great in my patio but it was too expensive for me!



This is their entrance. It's breathtaking!
The begonias were so beautiful!


I was really good, I was able to restrain myself and I only bought two things. I bought this donkey tail plant. My mom had one of these when I was growing up and it was HUGE. You couldn't even see the pot, it hung down a couple feet! I just have it hanging from my patio umbrella for now.
I couldn't resist this beautiful begonia. It looks great on my patio table.

Here's a closeup view... After shopping here, Lauren I went to the Santa Cruz Wharf for dinner and sat in front of a window looking out over the ocean. It was a great afternoon!

59 comments:

shabbyinminnesota said...

That shop is to die for. Wow. Wish we had shops like that in Minnesota. California is a mecca of beautiful shops!!!!! Yes that sofa would be fabulous in your home. You should get it!!!!

Shari said...

Holy Moly! What an awesome place. A person could get lost in there for days with all the stuff to look at. So glad you and Lauren had a nice mother/daughter afternoon.

P.S. Still hoping you will elaborate more this week on the HGTV filming experience.
:::hint hint:::

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OMGOSH! I love gardens and stores like that. But I wont buy anything because of the cost, but get lots of ideas. Thank-you for sharing I will come back later today to look some more I have to go back to work.
ginger

Debbie Kay said...

Cindy:

What a fabulous day. So fun to spend time with your daughter. I am jealous though, I would have loved to tag along.....

Love to you,

Debbie Kay

Melissa Lester said...

What a lovely day! California seems like a wonderful place to visit and shop. Thanks for sharing these glimpses into your life and home. And I'm glad to read that the HGTV filming went well.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Looks like a place I could spend hours in. I too love the pea gravel. Their garden area looks like a place I could enjoy seating in.
Glad you had a wonderful day with Lauren. A well deserved break after your TV debut.

Ciao
Glenda

Michaele said...

What GORGEOUS photos! I'll be looking over them again and again- I agree, that slipcovered sofa is wonderful~

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks!

Marilyn said...

Flowers, antiques, a beautiful day, good companionship, and a seafood dinner overlooking the ocean.

Throw in some chocolate, and that about sums up my idea of a perfect day!!

Debbie said...

That looks like some fabulous shopping! What a great shop! Did Lauren enjot the shopping as much as the seafood dinner?
Thanks so much for sharing!
Debbie from homewithhospitality@yahoo.com

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! I have to go there. I think it's time for a trip to the ocean!

Beverly said...

What a beautiful place, and it sounds like the perfect day.

Joyce Mineer said...

Oh my goodness, isn't it wonderful to be able to visit such beautiful places? That's a "shop" I could simply spend all day in with a good book and a comfy seat...and the sound and crunch of pea gravel under my feet...well, that's ALMOST as sweet to my ears as my daughter's laughter! God's simply amazing in all His creations and beauty, isn't HE?

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fabulous shop/nursery. You could spend forever in there just looking. Thanks for sharing such gorgeous photos of your visit there.
Alison

At Home in the Country said...

I love your pictures Cindy! California has such wonderful shopping. It would be hard to go to work...I would just want to shop, shop SHOP. Guess the money has to come from somewhere...hee hee. Glad to hear the photo shoot went well! How exciting! Thanks for the wonderful shop tour.

joan said...

What a fun outing! Hey you wouldn't have to bribe me to go to the beach and have dinner. LOL Have a good week Cindy.

Claudia said...

Cindy,

First of all, congratulations on HGTV! Your home is lovely and I wanted to ask you to stop by my blog someday soon. I've posted photos of a cabinet I repainted using your valuable tips. I got it for $5.00 at an auction - my best buy ever!

I love the sofa in that store! Would love it in my home, but its made for yours!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Cindy, it looks like you had a wonderful day. That shop is beautiful. Would love to go to it. Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

A Lovely Thing said...

Wow. Can I work there? It's quite the commute from Colorado, but still.

Donna Kay said...

Cindy - your photos are awesome - what a neat place!!
I have been thinking about putting a pea gravel walkway in my back yard - my yard is just a blank canvas and I don't know what to do with it.
Glad you and Lauren had a nice afternoon together.

Miss Jean said...

Oh, my goodness! What a great place. That's not far form Brookdale which is where hubby and I were married 40 years ago. We're thinking of taking couple day trip next week and that looks like it would just fit the bill. We could also visit the "scene of the crime", although the chapel burned down shortly after we were married! LOL!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a wonderful shop/nursery! I could spend hours and hours there! I had never heard of a monkey tail plant....I'll have to google for more info .... it looks very cool.

:-) Rosie

Adrienne said...

Thank you for the tour! What a fantastic place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Or morning! We are going to the Bay Area next year and I hope to add this to my list of places to visit. My sweetheart went to college in Santa Cruz so we will, undoubtedly, spend some time there. ~Adrienne~

Mary said...

Oh. My. God. That is such a wonderful place!!! And it is so great that you and Lauren had a nice time, even if you DID have to bribe her with a seafood dinner! :)
xoxo,
Mary

marylou said...

Cindy,
My DH and I visit that shop often as we love to also hit the beach in Aptos. I adore that store but it can be pricey for us. However, we still love it and always manage to pick up a small treasure.
Hugs, Marylou ^-^

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cindy,
Love the sofa! That would look good in your house. The shop and gardens were so pretty. Thanks for showing us. I wish I lived in California, you all have the best stores there. Talk soon. Kelly

Desperate Diva said...

Oh how I wish I could have gone with you. Lot's of great stuff. And yes, the sofa would be perfect for you. Go for it....:)

Congrats of HGTV....!!!!

Hugs to you,
Dianne

Blue Castle said...

Wow. I love all the chandeliers! What a great place. Stores like that are nice just to browse. It feels like therapy to look at all the beautiful things - even if you can't take any home with you.

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

How beautiful! So much eye candy!!
I love it all, especially that green garden room!!
What a wonderful Mother/Daughter Day!

Rosemary said...

Looks and sounds like a great day!!
So glad your filming went well. I knew you would have fun. The people at HGTV are so nice.
Congrats again,
Rosemary

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh what a beautiful place!!! Why cant we have places like that here, lol~!!

It sounds like the perfect mother daughter day!

Amy

Janet said...

Cindy,

What a glorious place. I know I couldn't buy the antiques, but what fun it would be to just gawk. And then to eat overlooking the ocean...a perfect day!

Janet

Julie said...

What a wonderful day with your girl! My checkbook and credit cards would have been quivering in my purse if I had gone! ha ha

Hey - if you have a minute - stop by my blog and see the winner of my logo contest!

Chari said...

Hi Cindy! Ohh myy...thank you so much for taking me along with you on your little shopping trip!!! That place is just fabulous!!! I can tell you one thing for sure...I could have spent literal hours looking at all of the "pretties"!!! I'm amazed at your fortitude...hehe...coming out of there with just two little plants...hehe!!! I certainly can understand how you couldn't just walk away from that "Donkey Tail" plant...those are just the coolest!!! And that begonia...simply exquisite!!! Girl, you sure are talented with the photography...beautiful photos!!! So happy that you and your daughter had a great time!!! Warmest wishes...Chari

Jessica said...

oh my, that shop is breathtaking, I think I would have found a way to move in and live there....at least until discovered sleeping on that amazing sofa! Wow! I wish I had flowers as beautiful....and the knowhow to display such things! You must have had an amazing day!
HGTV news to share? How did it go? Sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear !

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a lovely shop...I would walk into it just because of the name! That birdhouse penthouse was awfully cute...such lovely offerings!
Blessings,
Robin

alitta said...

Wow the rooms are totally lovely, just like being in a fairytale :D

Michele said...

What stunning photos!!!! I'm so glad that I live so close to Santa Cruz because that antique store just went on my list of places to visit...SOON!!! It looks like a dangerous place to shop, though. Good for you for leaving with only two things. That's pretty darn good!!

Glad you and Lauren had a ncie dinner together. What restaurant did you two go to?

Michele
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Cindy, that looks and sounds great. I´m so jealous :o)
Nice to see thsat you and your daughter had a wonderful afternoon.
Al the best for you from Germany!
Sabine

Sharon said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

Thanks for the tour.I own my own antique shop and I love to see what other shops are carrying, especially in CA.I don't sell plants but I do have a garden at my shop where I sell garden accessories and architectire.Take a look at my blog if you get a chance and you'll see my shop.

Rue said...

That shop is wonderful!! It's almost worth buying a plane ticket home ;)

Dinner by the ocean sounded great too!

Hugs,
rue

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful. Thanks for taking me along, too. Diane

Claire said...

Simply gorgeous! I want it all!!!
I can't believe the baker's rack is $1,495. Yikes!

I love the sofa, too. I could hang out there forever.

Carolyne said...

*WOW* There's nothin' like shoppin' to make a gal get over the stress of a big week....being sick too!
Thanks for letting us *go with you* with your enlargements of the photos. That is so nice to do.
Here's to an envigorating week for you. Cheerio!

Shanae said...

Wow, that is a REALLY GREAT shop! I'll bet you had so much fun! Thanks for sharing the pics. We don't have anything nearly that cool around here LOL By the way, what color of yellow did you paint your walls? I really want a yellow kitchen, but just can't find the perfect shade.

ACottageIndustry said...

What a charming and wonderful store! Oh, how I wish we had something like this in Reno!
Tracey

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, to live where you live... I too love that couch! Everything looks beautiful in your apartment!
Brenda

Anonymous said...

So glad you did something special
for you and Lauren after an ex-
citing but nervous week. This is a
place I would love to visit.It has
almost everything !!! I love the
sofa....so perfect for your home.
I'm sure you will come up with a
way to get it (or one similar). I'm
thinking white slipcovers !!! All
the photos are amazing. Thanks for
sharing your afternoon with us.
So glad everything went well with
the taping on Friday. Mimi

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Fabulous pictures.....I think another side trip is in order to Santa Cruz....love the shops.....
Mo :-)

JoJo said...

This place is incredible! What a great way to spend an afternoon. Thank you for sharing the photos with us and allowing us to share the excursion with you!

Rhondi said...

What an fabulous store.It looks pretty expensive but fun nonetheless. Thanks for taking us with you. Sure wish we had some store like that around here.
Rhondi

Denise of Tea in London said...

Ooooooo, I LOVE that wood spindle floor lamp in photo five. It's exactly what I'm looking for and have not been able to find [here in South Carolina]. What a brilliant shop!

maryjane said...

Thank you Cindy for a wonderful tour.

julia said...

I love Wisteria, too. I just visited and wrote a post about it as well. I wish I could redo my porch with a Wisteria-inspired look. Love the statuary!

Anonymous said...

This is truly inspirational & uplifting. In truth, the antiques are in four buildings that were once a farm, owned by a family in Aptos. The home is still lovely, with out-buildings as well as an old greenhouse. The Gardens are actually part of the partnership of APTOS GARDENS with the separate business of WISTERIA ANTIQUES. The gardens surround all the buildings and you meander down the pathways among arbors, statuary, fountains, and some really unique plants. Like the antiques, the plants found here are suited to this unique area. I go just to give myself a lift in my heart! As far as cost goes, they are very fair & the quality is very good. Save up & come to buy something really wonderful for yourself, a friend, or family... :)

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Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused. I understood that Wisteria had closed. We were devastated...not an exaggeration!
We've been making the day trip to Wisteria AND Gayle's for many years. Food for the mind and soul at Wisteria and food for the tummy at Gayle's.
Gayle's is off Hiway 1 on Porter in Capitola. It's a perfect way to spend an easy day. We're going back to Wisteria to check on a fountain and try not to buy too many flowers. SO happy I was wrong about Wisteria being gone. It's a truly beautiful place to be.

Anonymous said...

Came to visit for the first time last May 2010 with my mother in law who is no longer with us. She bought me the most beautiful tablecloth and now everytime I use it I remember the wonderful afternoon we spent togeher walking through your beautiful gardens! This is a very special place.