San Diego - Interior Designer
Affectionately known as “Esta-flan,” Esteban Lopez has made a career as both an interior designer and tastemaker.
The native New Yorker, who now calls Mission Hills home, took to the West Coast in 2003, after developing a successful design career in the Big Apple. In his spare time, Lopez loves a round of tennis when he’s not traveling up the coast to Napa with his husband and business partner, James Niebling. What does he owe his success to? Lopez credits surrounding himself “with brilliance” as key.
I hold both a Landscape Design/Horticultural and Interior Design degree.
Hawaii’s Big Island—Kona, Hilo and in between.
Anywhere in Asia.
In San Diego, it’s a toss-up between Fort Oak’s Gianduja Tort or Juniper & Ivy’s Yoddle.
In NYC, Le Cirque’s desserts were the best!
Flan (I’m known as “Esta-flan” by close friends) or Bouillabaisse (Catalan Style).
There is a little restaurant in Seattle called Marmite.
Up the PCH from SD to Healdsburg with my Husband and Ricky Martin if he’d join us (LOL). A two week long Fourth of July weekend. Making hotel and restaurant stops along the way in Pebble Beach, LA, Santa Barbara, Carmel, San Francisco, Tiburon, Bodega Bay, and Timber Cove etc.
Aliens (It still holds up today).
No Doubt, The Beatles, Jonas Brothers.
Recently at the Hollywood Bowl—LA Philharmonic Piano Concerto performed by Inon Bernatan.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The upcoming 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale.
BMW 330xi Wagon.
Carpano Antica Spritz.
Love a great “Old Fashioned” with some spicy notes.
Histoires De Parfums.
Del Mar here in SD or “Platja de l'Estanyol” in Stiges (Catalunya).
Checkout what’s new at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.
Lounging on our bedroom deck, or hanging out with some of our friends.
“Surround yourself with brilliance.”
My design team.
I have been an independent interior designer since 1997, that’s not changing anytime soon.
Would love to help solve the homeless problem globally.
I have a great “dry” sense of humor and often cross the line – Whoops!