Get an Instant Home Makeover with These 5 Accessories!

Miraval Mesa Verde Interior Designer Shannon McLaren Wilkins Shows You How

Your Instagram feed has you hungry for a home remodel, but you don’t have the appetite to spend the time, money, or energy on that right now. No problem!

We sat down with one of SoCal’s hautest interior designers, Shannon Wilkins of PRAIRIE Design & Staging (who’s creating the chic interiors at Miraval Mesa Verde) - and got the inside scoop on 5 accessories that will instantly update your home. Best of all, we’ve sourced them from some of your favorite local stores, so you can feel good about styling your home while shopping local!


1.     Baskets deliver storage and style

These inexpensive additions deliver a stylish statement, and a storage solution, in one. Now available with additional flair - tassels or this paint-dipped beauty - today’s basket options work well in any room of your home. At Miraval Mesa Verde, we’re using them to corral toys in a playroom, hold magazines in the living room…you get the idea. Heritage Mercantile in Costa Mesa has a great selection including the basket shown here.


2.  Coffee table books for pops of color and conversation

Don’t leave your books gathering dust on a shelf - bring them out into the open to do double-duty as decor AND as coffee table conversation starters. Shannon loves Conde Nast Traveler’s Photographs, 25th Anniversary Edition, for its stunning shots and its vibrant yellow cover. We say support local independent bookstores and pick it up at Lido Village Books in Newport Beach or at Laguna Beach Books in, you guessed it, Laguna. or


3.  Art inspired by the way we live

Shannon loves hanging Slim Aaron’s iconic photos in her own spectacular home, but also is a fan of any artist whose work reflects the way we live here in SoCal. That’s why we connect with Pierce Meehan’s work so instinctively. Previously based in Laguna, Pierce’s new studio is in DTSA, but his art still reflects his homegrown beach influences. Check out his Surf Panel Series (pictured here) and you’ll understand why we love his vibe.


4.  Planters bring the outside in

We all know that adding a little green to your home is not only beautiful, but also healthy (plants help to filter and clean the air around us). Plus, here in the OC - and especially at Miraval Mesa Verde - we live in homes designed for year-round indoor/outdoor living…and bringing plants indoors adds continuity between our interior and exterior spaces. Shannon chose Room & Board’s Case Study planter for the Miraval model home because it captures some of the Mid-Century inspiration of our community and our architecture. Pick it up at Room & Board in Costa Mesa or at


5.  Stools provide flexible seating for casual entertaining

At Miraval Mesa Verde, we’re planning for casual family gatherings, monthly supper clubs and impromptu cocktail parties. That’s why Shannon and her PRAIRIE Design & Staging team are using an assortment of stools, poufs and ottomans to allow for flexible and comfortable seating. This stool from 503Found in Newport Beach fits the bill, and gets bonus points for its sheepskin, which adds textural interest to any room.