These Santa Barbara Beautiful award-winning properties have been completely restored under the watchful eye of interior designer Micholyn Brown of Santa Barbara Style. The 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.
Micholyn and Fred Brown purchased and renovated a rundown adobe and lived in it for ten years before deciding to split the parcel to create two separate homes. The new structure, a 2,100-square-foot home, was constructed at the rear of the property. The project won the 2009 Santa Barbara Beautiful “Multiple Dwellings” award. Young Construction was the general contractor.
A vine-covered walkway behind the adobe leads to the secluded, two-story retreat below. The two bedrooms and bath have an open floor plan encompassing the living room, dining and kitchen areas. The outdoor seating area provides additional space for entertaining. Large wood-framed windows allow light to stream through onto the white-walled rooms that artfully blend contemporary and antique furnishings, accented with decorative pieces acquired on the couple’s many trips to Morocco.
El Caserio is a group of designated Historic Landmark, Mexican hacienda-style homes. Brown’s most recent project involved renovating two single family residences in the small enclave. One of the homes won the 2009, Santa Barbara Beautiful “Single Family Residence-Small” award. The enclosed brick courtyard, shaded by mature olive trees, is accessed through old wooden gates carved into the surrounding adobe walls. Micholyn’s goal was to honor the Spanish Colonial architecture and setting that was an important element when the development was originally designed.
Micolyn Brown’s many interior design projects are known for their relaxed, yet classic feel that capture the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Micholyn Brown Interior Design
3oo East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA