Get the Look: Shelter Social Club's Ojai Rancho Inn
Mimic the style of this SoCal retreat in your own home.
As I bid farewell good riddance to winter weather and begin contemplating summer getaways, one of the first things I always imagine is cruising down a clear, sunny highway with the windows down. In this daydream, my own well-worn sedan becomes a conspicuous, souped-up 1967 Pontiac Tempest GTO. I'm wearing Wayfarers, a fringe-y sarong, a layer of sand, and I roll into a roadside retreat for a spontaneous stay-cation. I picture a retro-inspired destination like the Ojai Rancho Inn, owned by the cofounders of Shelter Social Club, Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan.
When the couple acquired and restored the motel in 2012, they maintained the building's original architecture and style, enhancing the character of the space with a mix of mid-century furniture and bohemian decor. The owners were thoughtful about the layout of each room, choosing furnishings that take up minimal floor space to assist an uncluttered, laid-back atmosphere.
In a cabin living room, a pair of small upholstered ottomans echo the SoCal aesthetic. Wall sconces take up less floor space than would an accent table topped with a task light. In the lobby, window seats optimize the square-footage, stepping back to allow an artful cluster of ceramic pendant lamps to stand at center stage. Whether or not you fantasize about Southwest summer road trips, you can translate the look of the Ojai Rancho Inn to your own abode. Shop our picks, below!
Clockwise from top left:
Brass Disc Pendant Lamp by World Market: $79.99; Geometric Gouache on Wood by Jamiee Srp: $160; Taos Rug by Pendleton: from $580; Nomad Portable Turntable by Crosley: $199.95; Driftwood & Quartz Wall Hanging by Ashlee Young: $28; Buffalo Pouf by Lulu & Georgia: $238.80; Hawley Side Table by Egg Collective: price upon request; Diamond Kilim Pillow by Magical Thinking: $59; Tepec Kilim Pillow by Plum & Bow: $59; Triangle Side Table by OrWa Designs: $150; Potted Cacti from IKEA: $2.99.