By Karen Billing
Let’s Go Home Decor & Gifts is bringing a funky new element to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The store, sandwiched in between Brazilia Skin Care and Pretty Please, specializes in unique and exotic home furnishings from around the world.
The shop features reclaimed wood tables filled with items such as ceramic animals from South Africa. Dangling chandeliers are made from materials like vintage teacups, green glass telegraph lights and door plates from a company in South Carolina.
“I’m very colorful,” said owner Brenda Lurie. “I’m kind of eclectic, not run of the mill. I like things that grab my attention.”
Lurie’s store opened on June 22 and the response so far has been positive.
“People walk in here and this is like a rustic garden from another time,” Lurie said. “It has such a nice feel.”
Lurie is originally from South Africa and has lived in the U.S. since 1985. She currently lives in Solana Beach.
The store is decorated by floral displays from Flowers On 56, owned by fellow South African Adele Maroun. Maroun’s orchids and unique arrangements spring out of vases and succulents are displayed in vintage coffee cans — all for sale. Maroun’s arrangements not only bring life and sweet smells to the store, but it is the hope that customers will also be able to order flowers out of Let’s Go.
Lurie had previously been in La Jolla for 27 years as Let’s Go, a clothing and shoe store. She picked Del Mar Highlands Town Center for her latest venture, hoping to tap into a different clientele.
“La Jolla fizzled out,” Lurie said. “All the younger people who used to shop at my store moved to North County and started families. This was a good location for what I wanted to do.”
Lurie will carry a few select clothing items from lines such as Cousteau and Free People, but the shop’s focus will mainly be on home furnishings and decor, as well as gifts.
“We have lots of gifts… I look around for every item, everything I get is different,” Lurie said of her unique items such as colorful, painted wine glasses with curvy stems from Britto or Carrol Boyse pewter pitchers, and chip and dip servers.
She also carries a gift-friendly lotion line, Persian rugs and pillows with sayings on them like “PS I love you” and “Sleeps with Dogs,” which sold out promptly, Lurie said.
She is especially excited for some sculptures and jewelry to come in from Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante.
“It’s funky, different, beautiful, amazing,” Lurie said, summing up everything she hopes Let’s Go Home will be too.
Let’s Go Home is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (858) 345-5356. The Del Mar Highlands Town center is located at 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130; www.delmarhighlandstowncenter.com