Meet The 2014 Holiday Home Look In Designers

Each year, a different local designer takes charge of each of the houses on the Holiday Home Look In Tour. This year’s designers are Jodi Brandt (Curly Willow), Lynn Malone (Digs), and the team of Chad and Ann Carper (Chad Carper Construction and Down Home Furnishings) and Karen Hesli (Ojai’s own ‘Wreath Lady’). Read about each of the designer’s below and get a sneak peek at their inspirations and design ethos:

Ojai Masonic Lodge
Floral Design: Jodi Brandt (Curly Willow)

Jodi Brandt of Curly Willow 2Jodi Brandt has spent the last 30 years designing beautiful flower arrangements for every event imaginable including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, corporate events, and end of life celebrations.

Jodi opened her flower shop, Curly Willow, in the fall of 2001 in Meiners Oaks.  Six years later she relocated her shop to downtown Ojai where she ran her business until 2012 when she met her fiancé. She now creates her unique and inspired designs for delivery from the ranch where they reside in the beautiful Ojai Valley.

Designing for celebrities and residents alike, her work has gained national notice and has been featured in numerous national wedding magazines.

A true artist at heart and no longer restricted by the limits of a bricks and mortar store, she has branched out into other artistic mediums including interior design consultation services. She has provided transforming insight to homeowners, renters, and small businesses and received such positive results and reviews she is now offering interior designs as an extension of Curly Willow.

“When I walk into a space I can actually see the unrealized potential. Often times it’s as simple as changing around what people already have to achieve remarkable results.“

Jodi is flattered and honored to be invited back to design floral arrangements for the 2014 Holiday Home Look In, this time with Allen and Dawn Shook’s home.

Jodi Brandt
(805) 646-6999

Schmidt Home
Floral Design: Lynn Malone (Digs)

Lynn-Malone-4With over 20 years managing operations and fundraising endeavors for various Ojai nonprofits including the Ojai Music Festival, Lynn Malone has made an art of creating exquisite event designs on a budget.

On her 60th birthday, Lynn decided to gift herself with her own business, doing something in tune with her artistic side. She knew that it would involve nature and would not involve sitting at a desk. Serendipitously, the little flower shop at the corner of Highway 33 and Baldwin Road became available just as she was looking for what her new adventure would be. Lynn breathed new life into the shop, which is now called Digs and offers fresh cut flowers, live plants, and beautiful orchid arrangements.

Lynn enjoys creating unique floral designs for parties, weddings, and other events and is proud to be Ojai’s florist of choice for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Her favorite part of the business is helping her customers give gifts of smiles to others. “Though I love the artistic challenge, the true reward is in helping people make someone else happy. Whether a thank you, congratulations, birthday, a boy giving flowers to his girlfriend, an anniversary, a get well wish, or an expression of sympathy, it’s always touching to connect with people at life’s most meaningful moments. I never anticipated the joy this would bring.”

Lynn is excited to work with Valerie and Dietrich Schmidt to integrate floral art pieces that compliment the magnificent art collection in their home. The designs you’ll see are, for the most part, interchangeable between holidays and could add visual beauty to many other occasions as well. While touring the home, imagine how each design could accent your own place or event, or be a unique floral gift for someone special.

Visit digs at

Las Piedras

Design: Chad Carper and Down Home Furnishings
Floral Accents: Karen Hesli

Carpers picChad Carper Construction and Down Home Furnishings are owned by Ojai natives and married couple, Chad and Anne Carper. The two have joined forces in the building and design of some of Ojai’s most noteworthy homes.

Raised in Ojai and the son of a carpenter, Chad started his career at age 18 as a union apprentice. His love of building grew with his skill and he became a General Contractor.

Established in 1988, Chad Carper Construction now brings 37 years of fine home building experience to the table. Use of local stone, hand-hewn beams and interior plaster walls have become trademarks of Carper homes. Use of top quality materials and superb craftsmanship has made Chad Carper one of the most sought-after homebuilders in Ojai. Nine of the homes previously featured in Ojai’s Holiday Home Look In were built by Chad Carper Construction.

Founded in 2000, Down Home Furnishings is known for it’s eclectic mix of imported furniture and up-scale custom upholstery. Also raised in Ojai, Anne took a more round about path to her current profession. A former accountant, she began her career in design as an importer of Indonesian and Thai antiques. After opening a retail space, she eventually added custom upholstery, lighting, window coverings and art. Down Home Furnishings is now a local center for unique interiors. Requests from customers for her design advice led to a thriving interior design business that now serves clients from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

Karen Hesli, Wreath Lady
For the past 15 years, from mid-November through December, you can find the Wreath Lady next to Brian the Honey Guy at Ojai’s Farmer’s Market on Sundays.  Originally she made wreathes for gifts, and eventually friends encouraged her to launch Canyon Creations in 2001 at the Ojai Famer’s Market. A ‘hobby gone wild,’ Karen loves combining the colors and textures of nature’s bountiful pods, berries, buds, leaves and flowers into a work of art.

Each handcrafted wreath or swag celebrates nature’s beauty and is mounted on a sturdy recycled wood frame.  Harvesting a diverse palette from my own and friends’ gardens, I create holiday wreathes, wedding bowers, garlands, centerpieces and bouquets for all occasions. You can reach me at [email protected].

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