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May 42022

MODERN VS CONTEMPORARY VS MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Do You Know the Difference? Santa Barbara homes include prime examples of modern, contemporary, and mid-century modern architecture. These styles, combined, create one of our city’s most defining features. There’s a deliberate consistency to the...

Apr 192022

SPOTLIGHT ON: ARCHITECT ANDY NEUMANN

Master at Creating a Sense of Place is Also a Legendary Surfer Acclaimed local architect Andy Neumann has been creating a sense of place for fortunate homeowners since 1976 when he burst onto the scene as a founding partner of Seaside Union Architec...

Mar 82022

SPOTLIGHT ON: ARCHITECT GEORGE WASHINGTON SMITH

His Name is Synonymous with Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture in Santa Barbara Iconic architect George Washington Smith is thought of as Montecito’s and Santa Barbara’s most admired commercial and residential designer, hands down. Credited ...

Jan 42022

The Frank Lloyd Wright Montecito Connection

THE ICONIC ARCHITECT’S ONLY PRAIRIE STYLE DESIGN ON THE WEST COAST IS THE LOCAL HOME OF AUTHOR T.C. BOYLE Besides the amazing Frank Lloyd Wright Structures in Los Angeles and examples in San Francisco, the world-renowned architect built s...

Dec 292021

2022 Interior Design Trends

SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS EMBRACE JAPANDI AND LAGOM  Interior design trends in 2022 focus on the love and joy of decorating, creating an opportunity to see the spaces in your home through a new lens. Based on the philosophy that your home should h...

Oct 272021

The Luxury Home Aquarium: Out of This World Amenity for Your Pad

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SOURCE, SET UP AND ENJOY YOUR OWN MAGICAL MARINE SHOWCASE You’ve probably heard about the Pandemic Pet phenomenon. (You know, the dogs and cats people brought home to keep them company during the COVID-19 lockdown?...

Dec 32020

The Feng Shui House: Creating Balance and Flow in Your Santa Barbara Home

8 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY IN ANY ABODE The Chinese words "feng" and "shui" translate to mean “wind” and “water," respectively. This concept derived from an ancient poem that talks about human life being connected and flowing with t...

Oct 202020

Hygge and Friluftsliving: Danish Lifestyle Trends Embraced By Santa Barbara Homeowners

COZY ISN’T JUST AN ADJECTIVE, IT’S EVERYTHING The Danish lifestyle trends of hygge and friluftsliving fit perfectly here in Santa Barbara thanks to our laid-back lifestyle and perfect year-round Mediterranean weather. Ask any Dane to explain t...

Sep 222020

Open, Closed and Beyond: A Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Kitchen Design

CREATING THE KITCHEN OF YOUR DREAMS HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER If you’ve been pondering about the kitchen design of your dreams -- perhaps like the one pictured above from my Charming Ocean View Ranch-style Home listing -- you’re in luck. The inte...

Aug 42020

Santa Barbara Landscape Design: Complementing Your Home’s Architecture

THE BEST MONTECITO AND SANTA BARBARA LANDSCAPE DESIGN IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE          From Spanish Colonial Revival homes and Victorian and Craftsman beauties, to mid-century modern and contemporary residences, Santa Barbara’s...

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