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Christopher Teasley Designs Montecito Residence

The owners of this Montecito residence love to travel and have visited Asia numerous times. Their collection of Japanese and Chinese screens, scrolls and artifacts not only suggest their familiarity with Asia but also indicate their great appreciation of understated, elegant design. Their long-time California home is situated overlooking the renowned fairways of an exclusive golf club and the dramatic mountains that rise behind Montecito.



The living room displays a confident and successful use of various furniture styles that complement one another and create a harmonious, elegant interior. Contemporary, Asian, and Continental influences reflect a sophistication that seems far removed from the Mediterranean vernacular of so many Montecito homes.



A love of gardens, trees and all things green manifests in a thoughtfully planned, mature garden easily viewed from all rooms of the house.



The dining room has seen few changes over the years that the present owners have lived in the house. The chairs have been recovered and the chandelier was added a few years ago,  but this room still speaks to more recently redesigned or remodeled rooms due to a consistent aesthetic sense on the part of owners and designer.



The home has a spacious floor plan yet one room visually lays beyond the next offering open views on both north and south sides of the house of the gardens and vistas beyond.



The limited palette including a bone inlay coffee table is offset by the brilliant greens of the garden.



The master bedroom is a retreat; light filled during the day and cozy at night when motorized woven shades with a distinctively Asian pattern are lowered between drapery panels of unlined wool.



The master bath includes the same style of woven window shade as the adjoining bedroom.



Simplicity of design and a limited range of colors contribute a clean, calm feeling to this room where a freestanding soaking tub sits in front of the end wall sheathed in marble slabs.

Christopher Teasley Interior Design

Clients and colleagues alike regard Christopher Teasley and Stephen Singleton’s business partnership as creative, enthusiastic and enjoyable to work with. The longtime couple share interests in travel, architecture, museums, gardens, music, cooking and entertaining; all of which afford them a broad frame of reference for each design project.




921 St. Vincent Avenue,  Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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