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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, and fashion. Browse the resource guide below that lists local happenings, boutique finds and design professionals.

Custom Benches at Porch

Stop by the courtyard at Porch on Saturday, March 28 from 1-4 to meet artisan Colin Quintal and view the handsome custom benches he designs and builds of exotic hardwoods and hand-poured concrete.


Hope Ranch Spanish Colonial Revival

This outstanding property on 2.5 acres in Hope Ranch offers expansive mountain views. The main residence was completed in 2003 and combines 1920’s Santa Barbara charm with modern amenities.  Listed with Bridget Murphy and Paul Suding of Village Properties.


Neumann, Mendro, Andrulaitis Kitchen Designs

In the past, the kitchen was considered more of a service space that was physically separated from the dining room and living spaces that were dedicated to entertaining. With the advent of open plans, great rooms and the more informal living spaces associated with the modern way of living, the kitchen has become a place […]


Lotusland’s Flock: Birds on the Brink

“FLOCK: Birds on the Brink” is Lotusland’s contemporary art exhibition inspired by an environmental imperative – the global loss of wild bird populations and their role as indicators of the health of our planet. Guest curator, Nancy Gifford, invited thirty-five international artists to transform the galleries and gardens of Lotusland to delight the senses while […]

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DesignARC Riviera Mediterranean

Situated on a 3.5 acre, oak-studded ridge atop Santa Barbara’s Riviera, the Greene Compound is a 6,500 square foot custom residence with guest house and pool. The home is rustic Mediterranean in style and blends integral color plaster walls with Santa Barbara sandstone, cedar board and batt.


DLG Lighting Company

DLG Lighting was born out of the belief that, while technological innovations should be embraced and utilized, there is nothing like the fabrication and construction methods used before they existed. Rivets were used as fasteners, woodworkers favored the dovetail joint and walls were made of plaster. These techniques not only served a purpose, they added […]


Montecito Ocean View Estate

Commanding two and half private and quiet acres, in a highly sought-after Montecito location overlooking ocean and island views, a truly extraordinary estate defies modern stereotypes of Mediterranean architecture. Throughout the magnificent residence, listed with Riskin Associates, the masterful touches of architect Don Nulty and designer Christina Rottman grace each impeccable space, with unexpected details […]


Folio Press & Paperie / Wootton Printing

The store, located in downtown Santa Barbara, offers a well edited selection of fine stationery, books and gifts. Also on site…Wootton Printing, established in 1931, is the oldest continuously operated printing company in Santa Barbara. Owners Frank and Marlene Bucy have brought their vision to the print legacy, with a continued commitment to exceptional design […]


Lifestyle Book Selection at Porch

Porch in Carpinteria always carries stacks of inspirational books that cover all aspects of design, plus lifestyle coffee table books and the latest and greatest cookbooks. A recent visit uncovers a few choice publications on current trends in architecture, interior and garden design and valuable information on building green.


Upcoming Events at Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos

Mattei’s Tavern serves local & organic product, presented with a bit of whimsy in a welcoming atmosphere. Lead by Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson, Mattei’s Tavern balances its rich history with a nod to the future.


Allen Construction Beachfront Home

3 Palms is a cutting edge, passive solar designed, highly durable, net zero energy home. The client and his design team’s goal was to achieve both LEED for Homes Platinum and Passive House certifications – the two most rigorous green building certifications in the country. The finished home achieved LEED Platinum certification.

Refugio Vacation Rental and Cooking Classes

Located in the bucolic heart of California’s Central Coast wine country just six minutes from the Paso Robles main square, Refugio boasts two state-of-the-art vacation suites, plus a fully-equipped teaching/catering kitchen and expansive patio. Students at the classes learn to create fantastic food, savor award-winning wines, and meet chefs, local winemakers and food artisans in […]