Designer’s Choice: Julia Newman

On the town.

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When she’s not in her studio or on-site working on retail, residential and landscape projects in Manhattan Beach, Playa Vista and beyond, El Segundo–based interior designer Julia Newman—owner and head designer of Julia Adele Design—shares her local go-to design resources and places to recharge and reset.


Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan Beach has the best gluten-free bread: the super seed bread. I pair this with a cup of hot lemon and ginger tea. I also love weekend brunch at Café Wild, where I can sit by the beach and enjoy their traditional full English breakfast.

Main Street in El Segundo also has great options. Chef Hannes Restaurant has an ever-changing menu, and I also love the new Brazilian spot Tapizôn. I highly recommend the Tapi-Pot-Pie and the Pink Cloud cocktail.


I go weekly to Pilates on Main and work with Niccole and Ellena. I swear by them. I feel like I undo all the stress of the week. On weekends, I like taking the dogs to the Ranch Trail in Palos Verdes—you really notice the season changes there—and the sand dunes in El Segundo. And Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes is gorgeous. The spa and the pool have incredible views of the ocean. I tend to draw inspiration from nature, so I gravitate toward local parks, beaches and hiking trails.

I like the lymphatic drainage massages at Touch Institute Los Angeles. Trilogy Spa in Manhattan Beach also has fabulous services and ambience.


I adore cooking for friends, and over time I have made a list of cookbooks from {pages} a bookstore that I like to gift including Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen by Adeena Sussman. And the Kai Skylight candle from Tabula Rasa is always a hit.

Lightopia is fantastic. Lighting design is my weakness. The Cambre Linear chandelier by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort Studio is one of my favorites. I love it because it encapsulates that transitional style so perfectly—not quite traditional nor modern … somewhere in between. I also like the Melt pendant in gold by Tom Dixon. The color and shape just glow whether the light is on or off.

I absolutely love The Beautiful Bed Company and their Harriett Spindle bed and the Gwendoline Spindle bed for kids rooms. They have stunning designs as well as custom builds. The beds have a traditional feel in great colors.