Our Story

 

b.living is a living store located in the Santa Ynez Valley historic Solvang village. Owned by Karen Nielsen and Nikki Thompson, who carefully curate finds to offer unique handpicked home and personal items. b.living features furniture & lighting, housegoods, jewelry, art, books, barware, baby cuteness, garden items, linens & soft goods, pen & ink items--basically all the things that make life beautiful!

Karen Nielsen loves to mix new and found items and feels that truly comfortable homes appeal to all the senses. Handpicked & handmade are two of her favorite words. Karen’s love of taking care of people and making things special began as a teenager working for a boutique hotel in downtown Copenhagen. 20+ renovation projects later she is still excited by picking light fixtures and laying out a cheerful bouquet to brighten a counter.

Nikki Thompson believes that things should be beautiful and useful. Good design & a little bit of whimsy makes her heart sing. She likes everything to be special and sees “nesting” as a creative outlet. After setting up nine households in twenty years, Nikki realized that finding and painting furniture and arranging housegoods wasn’t just a way of life but a calling, and she began selling furniture and offering design services out of her barn workspace.

Their complementary styles and attitudes about life made opening a store together a natural decision. Now curating and creating together, Karen and Nikki have filled b.living with an evolving one-of-a-kind inventory of furniture and items that will thrill the heart of anyone that believes style is individual and good design is transcendent.

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