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Elizabeth Vallino Designs Quiet Oaks

When Sallie and Jon Serkes were married in 2009, they held their rehearsal dinner at what was then Piatti restaurant in the upper village, Montecito. Little did they know that three years later they would purchase a house a stone’s throw away.



The project started as a remodel, and grew to be a restructuring of the whole house.  Walls were removed, beams were relocated…no surface was left untouched.



When Sallie and designer Elizabeth Vallino met, they had an instant common vision for the project. “I showed Sallie a few images of what I though the look should be, and she had the same thing in mind. We kept the palette very neutral, greys and soft whites, through the whole house, so it’s very soothing, “ states Elizabeth.



The kitchen was opened up to family room, bringing southern light into the whole core of the living space. The main decorative element is the tile, from the beautiful kitchen back splash to the fireplace hearth. The tiles are hand-made from Tabarka’s Paris-Metro collection.



“We thought of a little pied-a-terre in France, with wooden carriage doors on the exterior, and boxwood hedges,” explains Sallie. The aesthetic fits perfectly with the location in Montecito’s upper village, and Sallie walks her little Yorkshire terrier Yogi to the café, just as she would if she were living in Paris.



Incredible attention was paid to detail, including the beautiful door hardware, antique lighting fixtures and luxurious bed linens. “It’s a small place, so every detail counts,” says Sallie.



Elegant furnishings complement a graceful open floor plan with large glass pane windows and doors that look out to the peaceful backyard.



The bathrooms are gems, dressed in Carrara marble and gorgeous hardware.



The huge old oak tress that give the house its name create a beautiful shady canopy over the outdoor areas. There are several nooks to retreat to, each featuring little iron café tables and wrought iron screens.



“It’s my favorite part of the property,” says Sallie. “It’s quiet and secluded, and yet I’m just a short walk from the village. It’s all just so perfect.”

When the couple travel to other dream destinations, the home is available for vacation rental through Santa Barbara Luxury Rentals.

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726 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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