Hello all – how was your weekend? It was go go go for us and we got a lot done but still managed to squeeze in a few hours of lounging-around-the-house time, soaking up the bliss that exists in these last few weeks of summer before it’s back to school and all things fall.
Last week we traveled back from Southern California on a family vacay, stopping in Santa Barbara for two days and if ever there was a beautiful place to be, Santa Barbara is surely it! It’s a cool coastal scene with a youthful vibe because of the University. SB has the best of everything: great eats, fab shopping, a gorgeous Pacific Ocean view, a mellow hip atmosphere, and stunning architecture around every bend, much of it inspired by the missions of California.
Matt’s favorite architectural style is Mission Revival, he loves the iconic combination of pale stucco, a tile roof, iron fixtures, and porticos, so our long and lingering drive around town was equally as thrilling to my DIY/design eye and it was to his appraisal expertise.
We talk about building that “forever home” someday when the kids are grown, nothing too big, just a sweet and small Mediterranean style villa in Sonoma on a few acres, one where he can putter around on a tractor tending to the orchard and vineyard and I can spend my hours in the garden. I’ve always dreamed of a tiled staircase (it ranks high on our list with a sunroom) and I was so inspired by the many versions I saw while walking around Santa Barbara.
I absolutely LOVE how these staircases combine symmetry with creativity, blending multiple patterns by riser with steadfast horizontal repetition. There are fountains that repeat this style, rotating tiled patterns in their design too, here are a few more favorite snaps captured on our walk (and drive) around town.
I’m reminded that great design can always be found online or in print in our favorite shelter magazines with our exposure to it daily with the internet.
But how true is it that when you take the time to travel to different places and explore the back alleys off the beaten path, inspiring design appears right before your eyes.