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If you visited Little Italy in San Diego in the last year, you may have noticed a lot of change, like a plethora of shops and restaurants popping up on almost every block. There are still the good ol’ contenders but when a new shop opens up, one must check it out. Especially when it bears the name, Love & Aesthetics it begs for your attention.

This lovely little space off of W. Fir and India Street has all the makings of a place you want to visit. From the moment you walk up the steps, the lively music playing from the speakers beckons you in and the curiosities that surround you invite you to stay. Whether it’s the life-sized dream catcher, the Missoni pillows, the gorgeous glassware (of which I am an especially huge fan and will make a great addition to my kitchen collection!), or the plated curiosities, there is something of interest for just about everyone.

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Along with home goods, Love & Aesthetics carries unique pieces of jewelry and leather pieces from local designers that Sean, the curator, has specifically chosen to represent what Love & Aesthetics stands for. Meeting Sean, who finds whimsy and beauty in darkness, you feel immediately welcomed into his “home” of visual curiosities. Sean, the owner and curator of Love & Aesthetics, began his career in merchandising in 1993 then moved on to start his own design, consulting, and buying business called Visual Lovin Spoonful. He decided to take a chance at opening his own brick & mortar store to feature artists he loves and believes in.

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When meeting Sean, I was immediately caught up in his infectious energy and laugh. I could tell that this store is his pride and joy. He says he finds beauty in darkness and he’s happy to bring that beauty into the place he calls Love & Aesthetics. Sean says the name stems from his love for all things love & beauty. He grew up as a military child, which influences what he purchases for the store, which comes from his heart and speaks to people. He loves to showcase artists that you wouldn’t normally see in a boutique.

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My visit here will definitely not be the last. Meeting Sean was delightful and with all of the visual oddities and curiosities to look at, there’s a reason I’ll be coming back again.

– Conni Jesperson, Art in the Find
Photographed by mdf photography

Conni is the writer for the blog Art in the Find. She is a California native and self-proclaimed closet style junkie, cuisine exploring, travelista. She loves helping people find great places to eat, travel, stay, great ways to style an outfit, and encouraging people to look and feel their best everyday. Make sure to visit her amazing blog and learn more about her life in San Diego here. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.