This Design Duo Did Vacation Right—and Very Differently
Cole in an actual field of dreams.
Natalie Mauro and Cole Morrall, the California dream team behind Bones and Feathers Collective’s dangly earrings and freewheeling necklaces spend a whole lotta time side-by-side in their downtown L.A. studio—but since travel is a huge source of new ideas, they make sure to go their separate ways and get outta town when they can. Most recently, Natalie road-tripped to New Mexico, while Cole bathed in the blue seas of Mallorca. Let’s hear about what they packed—and what they couldn’t wait to tell the each other about when they got back.
Q: What definitely finds its way into the suitcase?
Natalie: “A disposable camera, a great read, sunscreen, and solid music! My playlist is quite eclectic. We were rocking out to Patsy Cline, The Flamingos, Bill Withers, Talking Heads, Future Islands, Kendrick Lamar, and a lot of Frank Ocean. I also love the podcast Millennial Scumbags and this extra-emotional episode of Modern Love narrated by Colin Farrell. I play it for everyone—because who doesn't love a good group cry?”
Natalie didn't pick a white truck just for White Sands—but it works.
Q: Of all the places in the world, why these two?
Cole: “My boyfriend and I were traveling to Marrakech for a wedding and wanted to stop somewhere chill and beachy afterwards. I had never been to Spain before, so Mallorca it was! I found an old remodeled fisherman's house that is right on the sea [Ed note: The listing is no more—wah!]—the kitchen table is literally right where you'd pull a boat out of the water. The moment I saw it, I just knew we had to go. The place had no running water or electricity, so at night we would light a fire, candles, and lanterns. It was so beautiful and romantic and also made us disconnect from everything, which was an added bonus. Water-wise, there was a rainwater well just off bedroom, so we would take showers through a camping pump. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love camping—it was heaven to me.”
Natalie: “I’ve wanted to go to White Sands, New Mexico, for so long. So, my friend Michaela and I borrowed a pickup truck for a last-minute excursion and just drove. What we thought would be a two-day trip turned into five. We ended up sleeping in the back of the truck in Joshua Tree on our way home because we just didn’t want it to end!”
New Mexico is all about the old school signage.
Q: What would you repeat if you did it all over again?
Cole: “Well, you should visit Mallorca for the sea alone. It’s the most beautiful water and quaint European charm merged together, and I can't wait to go back. And my favorite Spanish meal was in a sleepy vineyard town called Binnisalem—right in the city center there’s an amazing restaurant called Terra di Vino. Their homemade pasta is unreal.”
Natalie: “We stayed at the Wigwam Motel our first night in Arizona. It’s super cute with freestanding teepee rooms and classic cars parked out front. In New Mexico, we hit Pie Town for some yummy BBQ on the way back. Of course, White Sands National Park to run around and watch the sunset. It’s miles and miles of white sand dunes, which absorb all of the sound so you can sit in complete silence. New Mexico is known for its pistachios, and we loved having wine on the patio at Heart of the Desert.”
Cole smooth-sailing around Mallorca.
Q: Why is it so important to you both to leave town?
Natalie: “Our designs have always been inspired by nature, so traveling and being outdoors is essential. I get some of my best ideas when I’m off the grid or am out on the road. The colors, textures, and landscape of the desert have such a huge influence on me.”
Cole: “Traveling is my favorite way to gain perspective on a different place, while simultaneously helping me to see my home through new eyes. Architecture and the outdoors are my biggest influences, so being somewhere new always sparks ideas.”