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Jun 192019

Get Ready for Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration

REJOICE ON THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR -- THE SANTA BARBARA WAY Shakespeare called it midsummer, but Santa Barbarians know the longest day of the year as the summer solstice and, as usual, the town will be celebrating the event in style. Now in its ...

Jun 182019

Great Outdoors Month: 5 Ways to Celebrate In Santa Barbara

JUNE IS OFFICIALLY THE MONTH TO REVEL IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS The U.S. Forest Service has named June the official month to celebrate the Great Outdoors. With the goal of connecting people to nature through good times, the U.S. Forest Service has put t...

Jun 132019

The Ambiance of a French Country Estate in Montecito

FRENCH DESIGNER DOROTHEE BOISSIER SHARES SOME THOUGHTS In a recent article in Mansion Global, the editors caught up with Paris-based designer Dorothee Boissier, co-owner of acclaimed firm Gilles & Boissier, to find out how to create the ambiance...

Jun 62019

Ready for a Channel Islands Cruise?

TAKE A PRIVATE ECO CRUISE ABOARD A LUXURY YACHT Does a three-day private Channel Islands cruise aboard a luxury yacht sound exciting to you? It does to me! An adventure to one of the most exotic destinations in California, the Channel Islands, is j...

May 282019

Butterflies Alive! Another Reason To Live in Santa Barbara

ANNUAL FUN AND BEAUTY AT THE SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY There are so many reasons to live in Santa Barbara. Our beautiful weather, our breathtaking sunsets, our compassionate communities and now our (formerly) semi-annual Butterfl...

May 222019

Ocean View Homes are Good for Our Health

SCIENCE PROVES BLUE SPACE CAN IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING Those of us fortunate enough to live in Montecito ocean view homes or those with an ocean view in Santa Barbara don’t take our amazing vistas for granted. In fact, just look up Santa Ba...

May 92019

Baby Checklist: 10 Things to Do to Prepare Your Home for a Newborn

PREPARATION IS KEY In honor of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle’s royal bundle of joy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, I thought I’d offer some important ways to prepare for a newborn. A sort of “baby checklist.” If you’re curr...

May 22019

7 Must-Haves For Your Next Lawn Party

HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF Those of us fortunate enough to live in Montecito love throwing a lawn party, especially this time of year. Who doesn’t welcome the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with family and frien...

Apr 252019

Maintaining a Healthy Home Begins in the Bedrooms and Bathrooms

DON’T FRET. ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END. The recent issue of Health Magazine has some excellent advice for maintaining a healthy home; especially when it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms. According to the publication, there are 6 things in ...

Apr 22019

There’s Still Time to See the Wildflower Super Bloom in Santa Barbara County

WHAT IS A SUPER BLOOM ANYWAY? Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing, and the wildflower super bloom in Santa Barbara County is still putting on a spectacular show. Patches of bright orange poppies and white lilies dot the hillsides along mountain r...

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