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Deborah Campbell Interior Design

This recently renovated home is surrounded by mature oaks on a private acre, located near the historic Santa Barbara Mission. The stunning natural setting of native oaks and boulders was interior designer Deborah Campbell’s inspiration for the color palette and natural textures used throughout the house.




Although the house was built in the 70’s, it had a distinct mid-century vibe. “I wanted to keep the furnishings clean and classic without a hard edge mid-century look. It was also important to make sure that all surfaces and fabrics were functional and durable, since the home is occasionally used is a vacation rental. The accessories and artwork were selected with input from the client, who uses the home as a tranquil retreat when he’s in town,”  Deb explains.

Walls of glass allow the beauty of the outdoors to meld with the interiors.  The view makes you feel as though you’re cradled in the branches of an ancient Oak forest. Ventura architect Martha Picciotti was actively involved in the architectural design. Her redesign of the kitchen layout allowed the space to open to the outdoors. By re-configuring the entry and opening the walls between the kitchen, living and dining room, the flow between the rooms was improved and also enhanced the view from all of the key living spaces.




The dining room is centrally located between the living room and kitchen, allowing guests to mingle and stay connected throughout the open floor plan.





In the kitchen, a large center island of smooth fossil stone provides seating for guests, making it convenient to visit during meal preparation. Cabinets by The Kitchen Co., back splash tile from N.S. Ceramics.




The light-filled master bedroom offers a welcome retreat, with large glass doors that open to a viewing deck overlooking the private garden.




A Philippe Starck Ghost Chair adds a unique accent to the bedroom writing table.

Travertine and glass meet design and function in the master bathroom. A simple, yet elegant soaking tub creates a space to linger.




Designed by Pat Brodie, the landscape is in keeping with the natural beauty of the Mission Canyon area. Meandering paths lead to lower gardens overflow with plantings and large boulders. Working closely with the homeowner to unveil and then enhance the natural features of the site was the first step in creating this garden.

Preserving the many wonderful Oaks and exposing the large boulders took priority and dictated the plant selection. “The garden needed to fit into the site and also complement the mid-century modern architecture of the home as well as the strong design sensibilities of the homeowner,” Pat states. “There were visible remnants of a grand old garden and crumbling stone retaining walls which we repaired and added to.” Olive trees line the Cherokee Creek stone and gravel pathways around the house. The pool deck is sandstone colored stamped concrete.





“When you enter the gate to the house you can hear the sound of water. You can’t see it, but it draws you in,” Pat comments. A cascading waterfall and pool are the central features of the gently sloping terraced property. Bruce Garcia installed the natural looking pond and Gau Bailon created the stone walls and was in charge of the garden installation.




The lower area which is now a living/dining space was originally covered in black top. Pat says, “We figured it was part of a large pond. We removed most of it and covered it in decomposed granite, which became the floor of the living/dining room.” Garden beds now surround the space and help to enclose and create an outdoor room for year around entertaining.

The plant palette incorporates a strong mix of foliage color and texture with dramatic accents of large succulents, masses of grasses and ground covers. Agave Vilmorninana ‘Stained Glass’ with its variegated green and creamy yellow leaves, other large scale Agaves, Aloes and masses of Echiveria ‘Cante’ with it’s rosettes of silver. All plants selected are Oak tree compatible and low water use.

Pat Brodie Landscape Design
Santa Barbara, CA  805. 969.4157  email

Martha Picciotti, Architect
404 N. Catalina Street, Ventura, CA  805.641.3221


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