4 WAYS TO BRING YOUR HOME TO LIFE
The sunny weather here in Montecito may not feel like it yet but it is that time of year to refresh your Montecito home and prepare for the fall. Why not make the inside of your home reflect the vibrant outside where sycamore, cottonwood, liquidambars, vineyards, and even the sanguine poison oak erupt with color in the surrounding forests of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific awakens with the best breaks of the year. Here are 4 ways to celebrate the season and refresh your Montecito home:
- Design a welcoming area for people to gather.
It’s so important to have your dining table ready for the fall. Or better yet, here in sunny Montecito, you can dine outside. In fact, Montecito residents are free to eat al fresco just about any time of the year due to our perfect Mediterranean weather. So, refresh your outside patio as shown above. This image was taken at a spectacular ocean view estate I have listed. The estate incorporates multiple design styles: most notably Modernism and Post-modernism. The original architect, James Morris, was a founding partner of Santa Barbara’s acclaimed The Warner Group. There have been two subsequent renovations utilizing superior materials and craftsmanship.
Either indoors or out, the more welcoming your dining area is, the more your home will come alive this fall with what matters most: your friends and family. Simply add a runner or placemats, plus a bowl or a lantern as a centerpiece and your table will feel extra inviting.
- Light the fireplace to invite in warmth.
On a chilly autumn night, you’ll want to light that fireplace to warm up the room, just like the current owners have done in this picture from the living room of a singular ocean-view Montecito home, located on nearly 1.5 acres in Montecito’s coveted “Golden Quadrangle,” one the affluent community’s most desirable places to live. The entire estate offers an abundance of large single-pane windows and French doors complementing the clean horizontal and vertical lines that define classic contemporary and distinctly modernist design.
This property, the creation of an elite team of two architects and an artist, hosts an abundance of natural light and commands breathtaking ocean and island vistas. It’s obvious the architect-artist collaboration is manifest even at the beautiful entry gates and at the hand-laid brick driveway and motor court. Once inside, one is greeted by rich marble and Honduran mahogany. Throughout the days and nights, one spends at this abode, one is immersed in that ambiance of relaxed sophistication so popular in Montecito.
- Soften every space with layers.
Check out the layers that add that comfy feel inside the bedroom of this French country-style Montecito estate. Many of the rooms, like the one pictured above, offer an abundance of natural light with the sounds of waves crashing in the background on a cool fall evening. Christened La Dolce Vita the estate displays distinct architecture lending itself nicely to Montecito’s coveted indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
As you can see, pillows are a great way to offer an invitation to relax and get comfortable. So, pile those plump and cozy pillows everywhere this season. Add extras to your bed, sofa, daybed, and chairs. Everyone in your home, including your furry members, will thank you for thinking of their comfort.
- Little touches add texture and function.
The rug, lighting, mirror and throw blanket in this room all add that little something extra bringing texture and function to any room. This particular example can be seen at my listing I describe as “A Touch of Tuscany in Montecito” on School House Road. Down a long, stone-lined driveway you’ll find the home that sits on more than an acre in another one of California’s most coveted neighborhoods. Simply put, this Tuscan-style villa is the place to celebrate life to its fullest every season of the year. Enjoy a genial game of bocce ball on the private court, gaze at the fruit orchards and beyond to the impressive mountain views, or simply entertain friends and family inside or out. There is an abundance of ways to enjoy the home’s welcoming ambiance, enhanced by the little touches.
The extras add texture, but they are also considered stylish decorative elements. Display your cozy blankets over any piece of furniture to make a statement in any room. It’s the little things that bring a home to life, so make them more personal and show off your unique style.
These are just a few ways to bring your home to life this fall as you fill it with comforts, warmth, your own unique style, and of course, your favorite people and furry friends. I’d love to hear some of your favorite ways to refresh your Montecito home this fall. Just give me a call at +1 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. You can also contact me if you’re considering selling your Montecito home or if you’re in the market for a new home or estate. I’ve earned a coveted place as a “Top 5” agent among Berkshire Hathaway’s 60,000 agents nationwide and am committed to excellence. Allow me to work my magic for you!