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Elizabeth Vallino Designs Luxurious Penthouse

Interior Designer Elizabeth Vallino worked closely with her client to create sumptuous, intimate spaces filled with textures and intricate patterns in a Barry Berkus designed building in downtown Santa Barbara.




Interior Designer Elizabeth Vallino comments, “My client is one of the chicest people I know; she has impeccable taste. We had worked together on her previous home, so when told me she wanted to do a Tony Duquette-inspired interior for her new penthouse, I was thrilled.”

The duo started by looking for architectural pieces that would introduce some narrative and mystery into the space, finding many treasures at The Salvage Company on Anacapa Street. “It was such a pleasure to work on this condo in downtown Santa Barbara. The ceilings are about 15′ high, so there’s a lot of room to introduce architectural salvage pieces like the Indian carved door surround.”




The client was fearless in her color choices. The symmetry and intricacy of patterns breathe life into rooms when combined with rich, saturated hues.




The interiors are rich in cultural traditions and history. Characterized by intricate carvings, arched doorways, and colorful fabrics, the space is full of vivid patterns, both bold and intricate. The patio room features a settee covered in Raoul textile’s Bayou fabric.




“We needed a way to filter the strong light flooding in from the South-facing windows during the afternoon, so we had these doors made from Mousharabi panels from Morocco,” Vallino comments.





The master bathroom features vintage brass sconces from The Salvage Company, and a custom vanity made by Andree Areno. The floor and wainscoting are Carrara marble.




The master bedroom walls are covered in a Jim Thompson wallpaper called “Jim’s Dream” in charcoal grey.




The guest room is a riot of pattern and color, and features closet doors made from antique Chinese doors. The wallpaper is a Chinoiserie pattern from Scalamandre.

“It was heavenly working in such a rich, varied vocabulary – Etro fabrics, Houles trims, Scalamandre wallpaper, and gorgeous, saturated color. In this kind of interior, you just keep layering and layering and you get such amazing combinations of color and texture,” Vallino comments.


With an education deeply rooted in classical Italian art and architecture, a modernist sensibility honed in New York City, and the soul of a southern California native, Elizabeth Vallino offers an individualized approach to each client, working within the appropriate aesthetic, budget and time frame.



Design services include space planning, kitchen and bath design, material specification, furnishing selections and art consultation.

“The focus of my practice is to evolve a backdrop for life to be lived well, with the understanding that good design can
change your life,” Vallino explains.


 E L I Z A B E T H  V A L L I N O  I N T E R I O R S

726 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone 805.451.4441   Email:


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