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Santa Barbara's guide to what's new and undiscovered for home and garden, entertaining, style and travel. The resource guide below lists local happenings, boutique finds, travel destinations, food artisans and design professionals.

Grace Design Associates Makeover in the Santa Barbara Foothills

This Mission Canyon artist’s retreat was extremely dilapidated, surrounded by a landscape of dirt, debris and rubbish. When a new owner purchased the property with the intention of renovating and flipping it, he contacted Grace Design Associates for a landscape transformation.     Margie Grace immediately recognized the value of the site. Sitting on an acre of creek-side [...]


Grace Design Associates Creates Hollister Ranch Surf Retreat

Sometimes less really IS more. This small weekend surf retreat, perched on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch (near Gaviota, CA), features breath-taking panoramic views of the ocean, islands, coastal plain, foothills and mountains.     The pocket-sized garden makes a titanic impact, adding cozy, intimate living space that complements the expansive scenery. [...]

Paul Hendershot Design Garden Elements

Paul Hendershot Design, a landscape company based in Ojai, CA, works closely with the client in creating gardens that emphasize the classic approach to landscape design. Great care is taken to unite the architecture of the home with that of the property and expanded views.     Hendershot shares some valuable garden design elements used in several [...]

Landscape Designer Pat Brodie

Pat Brodie has been creating gardens in Santa Barbara for the past 18 years. She has an eclectic design style and draws inspiration from Asian as well as traditional European gardens.   Originally from the East coast, Pat Brodie began her studies in landscape design and ornamental horticulture.  Having spent 4 years in Japan and traveling throughout [...]

Grace Design Associates Renovates Estate Garden

This grand old Italianate estate in Montecito featured wide vistas, majestic old Oak trees and a pre-existing garden needing a major face-lift. Grace Design Associates, Inc. was retained to renovate the gardens, and create exterior living spaces to be enjoyed by the home owners.     Margie Grace, Lead Designer, added a bocce ball court shaded by the [...]

European Style Country Living in Ojai, CA

This Ojai garden by Paul Hendershot Design brilliantly melds southern France garden design elements with California's natural landscapes.      The simple, inexpensive and easy to maintain patio is made with pollarded fruitless mulberries that create a lush, natural arbor out of intertwined tree branches. The beautiful dappled lighting effect is made complete with the green clipped Teucrium [...]

Grace Design Associates Designs Montecito Sanctuary

A not-so-big house with a fabulous garden. This previously undeveloped 2-acre property was love at first sight for the Montecito couple who were looking to create their Shangri-la. Penny Bianchi, the client and talented interior designer chose Grace Design Associates to meld the landscape of poison oak, eucalyptus and Coast Live Oak into a human [...]

Grace Design Creates Spaces for Outdoor Living

The1/2-acre garden of a newly remodeled home in the Santa Barbara foothills was created to extend the family's living space into a series of outdoor spaces, designed to entertain, nourish and calm.     After renovations, the landscape had been demolished and the family was desperate to get out of the dust and enjoy their garden again. Careful [...]

Arcadia Studio Landscape Design

Arcadia Studio has been unique from its beginning. When founded in 2001, business partnerships formed by multiple landscape architects were unheard of in Santa Barbara County. Twelve years later, Arcadia Studio, a partnership between four leading landscape architects - Derrik Eichelberger, Laurie Romano, Carol Puck Erickson, and Bob Cunningham - continues what is now a [...]

Grace Design Associates Container Gardens

Award-winning landscape designer Margie Grace, owner of Grace Design Associates, a landscape design firm in Santa Barbara, says this is the perfect time to spruce up your garden with easy-to-maintain container gardens.     Container plantings add structure, height and pops of color to any garden setting.     Here’s some inspiration to get you started… Add a punch of color with [...]

Mission Canyon Modern Home and Garden

This updated 1950's ranch house, reinvented by architect Nick Noyes of San Francisco, takes advantage of the site's dynamic views, exceptional climate and location in the foothills of the Santa Barbara Riviera. Landscape Architect Jeffrey Gordon Smith recently designed a peaceful oasis in the garden, including a fire pit and hot tub area, creating additional [...]


Grace Design Associates Fire Restoration

After the November, 2008 Santa Barbara Tea Fire,  hundreds of homes and gardens were devastated. Grace Design Associates, an award-winning Santa Barbara design firm, built a new hillside garden, where little was left but scorched earth.     The fire burned thousands of acres, and destroyed hundreds of homes. Enter Margie Grace, who assessed the damage and came [...]

Paul Hendershot Landscape Design

Paul Hendershot Design is a landscape company that works closely with the client in creating gardens that emphasize the classic approach to landscape design. Great care is taken to unite the architecture of the home with that of the property and expanded views.     Paul Hendershot designs and installs graceful fountains, outdoor fireplaces,  kitchen and dining areas, [...]