With her bohemian vintage wardrobe, supernaturally glowing skin, and rope of waist-length hair, actress turned holistic blogger Shiva Rose embodies the haute-hippie SoCal lifestyle. Her website, The Local Rose, began as a means to share her passion for local artisans, organic food, and natural beauty products and is now required reading for Los Angeles wellness seekers. Her all natural eponymous skincare line also has a cult following. “I review so many beauty products that I have developed a real knack for knowing what works,” she says. “And I don’t want any toxins in my products, no phthalates, no parabens—just ingredients that nourish the skin. Your skin is your biggest organ, so what you use on it is very important.”
Born in California to American-Iranian parents, Rose spent her childhood outside of Tehran near the Elburz Mountains until the Revolution of 1979 brought her family back to Southern California,. She is now planning another move to the Texas Hill Country and has interior design on her mind. We caught up with her in her airy ranch-style Los Angeles home, where she presides over a charming vegetable plot, a brood of Rhode Island Red and Grey chickens, and a magical garden nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains.
FLANEUR: Explain your Flaneur bedding color selections…
SHIVA ROSE: I usually go for white bedding, but lately have been wanting to add more adventure and spice to my bedroom so I went with a plum and pale pink palette. This could also be stemming from my leaning to a more romantic, old world, design style. When I moved into my current home ten years ago, I created a very minimal, calm, natural world influenced environment. Soon I’ll be moving to a country cottage in hill country Texas, and my inspiration is more old European sensibilities. Wood burning stoves, old worn Persian rugs, a black claw foot tub . . . and so the Flaneur bedding seemed perfect for that setting.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
It can shift. I definitely like beautiful hand made pieces that bring in nature somehow. Being a former actor, I feel we can tell stories with our designs so for me it’s about what story I’m telling. Ten years ago I was yearning for peace, tranquility, connection to nature. I still want those things, but I also want to add romance, artistry, passion to that vision.
Soon I’ll be moving to a country cottage in hill country Texas, and my [interior design] inspiration is old European sensibilities – wood burning stoves, old worn Persian rugs, a black claw foot tub . . .
Where do you find inspiration for your interior design?
Old paintings, traveling, and the natural world. A small piece of vintage fabric can spark off a design idea, as can a rich, deep, colorful bouquet of flowers. I think the key is to be open to see what creates that spark of inspiration.
I believe in the Japanese idea of having something be either absolutely beautiful or necessary in order to stay in the home.
How has your commitment to wellness and holisticism affected your home and style?
I won’t put any electronics in my bedroom and I try to keep the emf levels low in the house. I’ll look for eco paints for the walls, and have natural fibers for certain furniture pieces. I also believe in the Japanese idea of having something be either absolutely beautiful or necessary in order to stay in the home.
If you were a color, which one would you be and why?
Well I would be a rainbow since I change colors often. I try to be sunny yellows or pinks, but at times the darker purples and blues come around!
What’s the last thing you bought for your home or favorite object in your home?
I just bought my dream French stove for my future home in Texas. I went with black enamel which is such a design commitment, but I’m loving this new old world Europe cottage idea.
What design element do you think makes for the perfect bedroom?
Good lighting and sound system can make it more peaceful or romantic.
Do you have a evening or morning ritual?
I always wake up by spraying my face with my Radiant Rose Water. It’s like a super vitamin for the skin and part of my skin care line. I then will do a mini meditation tea ceremony and then a small Kundalini yoga set. In the evening I always take a bath to release the day. I use my Sea Siren Scrub and Golden Sol Body Butter.
What’s on your bedside table?
Golden Sol Body Butter, crystals and books, books, books.
What are you currently reading?
I read If Women Rose Rooted, a book on the moon for my next course on my site The Local Rose.
Where is your dream travel destination?
Lamu is somewhere I’ve wanted to go to and also Iceland. I hope someday soon to visit those places. I usually end up going to Kauai where I have been going since I was a teen.