Santa Barbara Road Trip

We took a road trip to Santa Barbara last weekend.  California Poppies are in bloom at the beautiful Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  This is a great outdoor space to explore with kids, older folks or your sweetheart.

photo credit - me

Yep that's me below hugging a California Redwood.  
I look pretty silly but it felt good.

While in SB, I ran across this article in Santa Barbara Seasons about interior designer Carol Magness who recently updated a 1919 Wallace Neff home.  Carol's attention to detail is fantastic: shabby chic combined with traditional notes and modern twists like saddled-stitched leather poufs and acrylic console tables.  I love the original front door hardware shown below.

photo - ciro coelho

photo - ciro coelho

If you'd like to see the entire article in Santa Barbara Seasons - click here for the downloadable pdf.  This house is now on the market.  You can see the listing here but it doesn't show in its former glory (sigh).  Also some very creative soul put together a vimeo of the house before it was remodeled which can be seen here.


On another completely unrelated note, check out this groovy modern, retractable bedside sconce from a Southern California based company called Cerno Lighting.  And watch it in motion here if you have a second.  A very cool fixture indeed, created, manufactured and sold by three young Cali-design studs.  You'll see what I mean when you check out their website.

photo - cerno website


And finally, from Tania Vartan, I'm loving this wallpaper called Chinese Horses.  It comes in two colorways: oatmeal and wine.


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