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Elizabeth Vallino Interiors Designs Art Collector’s Home

The initial idea for this residential project was a down-to-the-studs makeover of a ranch house on a tranquil piece of land in Montecito, CA.  It became a project in the tradition of architects like Robert Mallet-Stevens and Frank Lloyd Wright, where the architect/designer conceives virtually every detail of both the external design and the internal fixtures.



“Working on this house gave me the opportunity to work with people I love, including my husband, Gianni Vallino, who did most of the lighting in the house, and the owners, Nurit and Ichak Adizes, who have been great supporters of art and architecture in Santa Barbara for decades,” Elizabeth explains.



Vallino had previously worked with Nurit’s brother, Zele Mane, while designing a line of handmade furniture. Zele was the architect on the project, and many one-of-a-kind prototypes were created especially for the house.

Design projects included furniture, windows, doors, tables and chairs, light fittings and decorative elements, creating a space that is born from one sensibility. “In this case, we were a group of people with the same vision,” states Vallino.



The heart and soul of the home is the Adizes’ world-class art collection.

Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Elsworth Kelly face off across rooms of modern bespoke furnishings and textiles from around the world.



“This is a real working kitchen, especially when the Adizes’s six children are home with their families and friends,” Elizabeth explains. “We kept the material choices simple and let the food be the decoration.”

The cabinetry was custom made by Zele from solid Ipe (sometimes called Brazilian walnut) and the island top is Carrara marble.



All kinds of things can be found spread out on the worktable in the downstairs living room at different times of day; art books, a sewing machine, a puzzle, and the reference library is handy nearby.

Red was the recurring color throughout the house, as in the Elsworth Kelly painting and the Raoul Textiles pillows.



The discreet architecture and minimalist materials vocabulary support the artwork without upstaging it.



A large pair of French doors lead out to a deck with several outdoor rooms for dining and relaxing.

Elizabeth comments, “We are all really pleased with the result. The house is so inviting, very comfortable and fits the family to a T. It was a joy to work with such a talented group of people.”


726 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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