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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.

Deborah Campbell Interior Design

This recently renovated home is surrounded by mature oaks on a private acre, located near the historic Santa Barbara Mission. The stunning natural setting of native oaks and boulders was interior designer Deborah Campbell's inspiration for the color palette and natural textures used throughout the house.     Although the house was built in the 70’s, it had [...]


Riviera Home Designed by Jeff Shelton

There’s a reason Annie and Paul de Bruyn Kops use the word “magical” to describe their Riviera home. With artisanal features like sculpted stucco walls and handcrafted tiles, the three-thousand square foot space feels like a gigantic work of art.     This makes perfect sense since Annie was a longtime art instructor at Cold Spring School. [...]


Cabana Home Designs a Montecito Masterpiece

A hilltop home with dramatic views strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary. The furniture is classic with a twist, a Cabana Home signature. The result is a residence that is both grand and welcoming, with interior textures and colors woven seamlessly throughout, creating a unified whole.     It is not unusual for potential clients to arrive [...]


Elizabeth Vallino Interiors Montecito Modern

Santa Barbara designer Elizabeth Vallino creates interiors that draw on all her experiences from living and traveling worldwide.  She is known for her ability to blend old-world elegance and modern, casual living and works with new construction, remodels, or refining an existing space.     "In my first meeting with Maurice Singer, owner of this contemporary home [...]


Cliff May Restoration by Micolyn Brown Design

This Cliff May restoration, located on a private lane in Montecito, was designed with great care to honor the genius of the architect. The house had been neglected for many years and was brought back to life using materials of stone, plaster and wood in warm, neutral colors. The end result is a rustic, yet [...]


Ann James Updates Carpinteria Beach Cottage

This beachfront property, originally owned by Robert Louis Stevenson,  is a true family compound, reminiscent of properties on the East Coast. The family bought the property in the 40’s as a weekend escape from Pacific Palisades with their nine children. Interior Designer Ann James brilliantly blends Victorian-style architectural elements with updated interiors for one of [...]

Blu Homes Breezehouse Agoura Hills

Intrigued by prefab, but unclear on the concept or the execution?  The luxury-quality, award-winning Breezehouse built by Blu® Homes is the epitome of a Southern California “Dream Home” and is packed with inspiration, resources and ideas to help you bring your own “dream home” to life.     This year, Real Simple and This Old House chose Blu's [...]


Micholyn Brown Transforms Historic Homes

This Santa Barbara Beautiful award-winning property was completely restored under the watchful eye of interior designer Micholyn Brown. Downtown projects include adobes in the historic landmarked El Caserio enclave and two homes located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown “Pueblo Viejo” district.     This historic hacienda was purchased and thoughtfully restored by Fred and Micolyn Brown [...]

Ferguson-Ettinger Architects Panel House

Completed in 2010, this modern, sustainable Montecito home features innovative building techniques, including tilt-up concrete walls, ventilated rain-screen wall panels, fully integrated solarvoltaic panels, and an underground cistern for collecting rainwater.     The house is oriented south with large overhangs to maximize solar heat gain in the winter and keep the interior cool in the summer.     The floor [...]

Sneak Peek into Caroline Diani’s Home

Caroline Diani, of DIANI Boutique, was born in Kenya, grew up in England and now travels the world. A sneak peek of how past aesthetic influences and cherished treasures, discovered during travel adventures, create a winning combination in the design of her Santa Barbara home in Mission Canyon.   About Caroline Diani I was born in Kenya, grew [...]

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 [...]


Pepper Hill Farm French Country House in Ballard

The stunning home of designer Helene Aumont, published extensively in exclusive magazines. Antique European doors and cabinetry, limestone fireplaces and flooring and designer appointments throughout. The property includes a beautiful art studio/office with rose garden.     A European-style pool with fountain sits amid private gardens and rolling lawn. Plentiful fruit trees, herb and vegetable gardens provide abundant [...]

Saladino Villa in Montecito

This extraordinary stone villa, nestled on magical ocean view Mediterranean gardens,captured designer John Saladino's attention in 2001. Transforming the property involved new construction, reconstruction and restoration, interior and landscape design which was completed in 2004. The home was highlighted in the book VILLA by Saladino.     Part of the immediate appeal of the house was its mix [...]