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Ann James Designs Montecito Condo

Interior designer Ann James creates a pied-à-terre in a new development on Coast Village Road. The mixed-use project includes two condos, which both sold before they went on the market because of the highly desirable location.




The 1800 sq. feet unit consists of a living room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor and a master bedroom and office/guest bedroom on the second. Additional outdoor living spaces include a terrace off the master bedroom and a rooftop terrace.




“Since my clients live on a ranch in Santa Ynez, they wanted a small space in Montecito where they would spend one to two days a week to catch up with friends and experience city life,” James says, “My client set forth the design requirements in the beginning. They wanted it to be completely different from the ranch; monochromatic, sophisticated and contemporary, yet warm.”




A palette of pale grey/beige linen colors was used throughout. The furniture, the majority of which was built by Blaine Taylor, is also the same finish, a pale, greyed blond on rift oak.





With such a monochromatic palette, the interest comes through various textured fabrics, intricate contemporary cabinetry and the couple’s collection of art and accessories.





“My goal was to unify the spaces via fabrics and furniture in order to enlarge the space and to also create a sense of harmony,” Ann James comments.





The master bedroom is a restful space, enveloped in soothing shades of beige and cream.




The Spanish Colonial architecture featuring intimate courtyards and Terracotta tile rooftop views provides a welcome setting for the couple’s weekend retreat.


Known for creating exceptional homes, Ann James is a custom interior designer who has worked in the Santa Barbara area for over thirty years. Ranging from the latest in contemporary design to a more traditional approach, a sophisticated sense of style imbues each project.


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