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MAGAZINE October 2014 Volume 2 / Issue 10 Founder & Co-owner Jeffrey Florentine Editor & Co-Owner Ottocina Ryan Art Director Rah Riley Advertising Manager Taylor Golceker

Photographer Meadow Rose Photography Retoucher Silas Fallstich

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COVER PHOTOGRAPHED by Meadow Rose Photography MODEL Nikita Jansen with Next Model Management HAIR by Lisa Gaede with Carlyle Salon MAKEUP by Rocio Valenzuela with Carlyle Salon DRESS by BCBGMAXAZRIA COAT by Les Copains NECKLACE by Chanel EARRINGS by Chanel BRACELETS by Dior CLOTHING from Saks JEWELRY from Coast 2 Coast

Junior Graphic Designer Lara Wyss Staff Writer Alexandra Gonzalez Stylist Claire Castro Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine is published by Santa Barbara Life & Style, Inc. PO Box 5072 Santa Barbara, CA 93150 For distribution, advertising, or other inquiries: Santa Barbara Life & Style

/CONTENT October 2014

8 / HOUSE OF DREAMS Be allured by the timeless glamour of Casa del Sueno, boasting ocean views, expansive grounds, and a regal evening flirting with a sweet, sunny morning. 28 / HOUSE OF HONEY Fall in love with this design studio where the collections’ interplay of color, pattern, and texture is bold, unexpected, and completely charming. 36 / CABANA HOME There’s a certain relaxed sophistication that is distinctly Santa Barbara - Cabana Home owners Caroline and Steve Thompson reflect that flawlessly in both their service and style. 44 / HUDSON GRACE Rooted in the casual elegance of coastal California living, find yourself amongst a wonderul assortment of bright dinnerware and accessories for the stylish host. 52 / VILLA DI SERENITA We are all about white marble, manicured maze gardens, and minidresses in October - and this estate has them all. 78 / MAKING A SCENE A few of our favorite online places for effortless and refreshing renovations.

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from the

Editor Welcome to our beautiful Home Edition! Whether you’re in the market for furniture, light fixtures, or an estate, our October issue focuses on bringing luxury to every aspect of your home! From the moment you drive through the gates in a vintage red Mercedes, to waking up to a kitchen filled with decadent desserts, you will fall in love with one of Montecito’s finest historic estates. Your dreams become reality in this month’s House of Dreams. Also currently on the market, perched in the foothills of Montecito, Villa di Serenita boasts the most picturesque view I’ve ever seen. Regardless of where you look, your eyes are bound to catch a beautiful glimpse of the best scenery Santa Barbara has to offer. From the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Pacific Ocean—not to mention immaculate gardens surrounding the Italian estate—these grounds have it all! At House of Honey, Tamara Kaye-Honey transforms the mundane to über chic with peculiar home goods that beg to be taken home. Read more about how our featured designer has

brought her phenomenal taste to the San Ysidro Village on page 28. Also featured in our home edition is the powerhouse designer couple, Steve and Caroline Thompson of Cabana Home. Patio furniture, gorgeous fabrics, and fine bedding will be quite the treat for the homeowner looking to upgrade their home into a luxurious getaway! Hudson Grace brings simplistic and stately elegancy to tangible form. From table settings to specialty candles, this bright treasure trove of delicious home décor will fulfill all your home design needs and wants. Of course we can’t forget the most important room in the house: the walk-in closet. Fill yours with fall must-haves like suede heels and cashmere sweaters. And if you’re anything like me and dedicate an hour a day to online shopping, enjoy Making a Scene where we’ve curated the best decor that you won’t have to leave your soon-to-be perfect house to buy!

Ottocina Ryan Editor in Chief Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine


fashion editorial

house of

DREAMS By Alexandra Gonzalez

Photography by Meadow Rose Photography Hair by Tifany Douglas with José Eber Salon Makeup by Emily Nguyen with José Eber Salon Models Anthony Gomez with Wilhelmina Models NY and Amanda Gullickson with Next Model Management

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ON HER: Sweater, White + Warren. Bra, Hanky Panky, Wendy Foster. ON HIM: Sweater, Vince, Nordstrom.


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Located on East Valley Road, an enchanting gate embellished with two sentinel lions stands nestled amid the scenic Santa Ynez Mountains and Montecito’s Upper Village. Not yet inviting us in, but not yet ceasing to captivate our curiosity either, the iron gates, emblazoned with gold writing, read “La Casa del Sueño.” Literally translating to “House of Dreams,” the 8,500-squarefoot Mediterranean estate designed by the famed architect Reginald Johnson in 1917, did not fully come to life until its second owner, Amy du Pont acquired the property in 1930. Eager to captivate the decadent Montecito charm the estate possesses, the SBLS team crafted an afternoon of timeless glamour, opulent fashion and scrumptious desserts that had us salivating!

Dress, Vince, Wendy Foster. Earrings and Necklace, Givenchy. Shoes, Vince Camuto, Nordstrom.


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Dress, Vince, Wendy Foster. Necklace, Givenchy. Bracelet, Nadri. Shoes, Vince Camuto, Nordstrom.


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Shirt, Equipment. Rabbit fur vest, June, Wendy Foster. Bracelets, Nadri, Nordstrom.


ON HER: Shirt, Equipment. Rabbit fur vest, June, Wendy Foster. Sunglasses, Prada. Earrings, Givenchy. Bracelets, Nadri, Nordstrom. ON HIM: Shirt, Hugo Boss. Vest, Kane & Unke. Watch, Victorinox Swiss Army, Nordstrom. Car: Milpas Motors

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Shirt, Equipment. Rabbit fur vest, June. Jeans, Paige, Wendy Foster. Sunglasses, Prada. Earrings, Givenchy. Ring, Gorjana. Bracelets, Nadri, Nordstrom.

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Dress, Adrianna Papell. Earrings, Givenchy, Nordstrom. Clutch, Linea Pelle. Necklace, Iris Di Santo, Wendy Foster.


In 1974, Burl Ives—America’s greatest balladeer—and his wife Dorothy purchased the estate once belonging to du Pont. Dorothy Ives, formerly an interior decorator, felt the home needed some minor detail changes, but felt compelled to keep the estate in its original condition. “I felt the love and warmth of the house when I first stepped in the door.” Dorothy, described as a vivacious blond, greeted houseguests with no less than six dogs at heal. “Most of the changes were to small areas—like the kitchen. I did add a deck upstairs, a downstairs terrace and some small windows were transformed into French doors.” Today the mostly unchanged grounds boast six-bedrooms and seven-baths, ocean and mountain views, horse stables and corral, guest house/entertainment pavilion and a putting green.

To schedule a viewing, please contact: Timothy Dahl Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CalBRE: 00894534 805-886-2211 Carol Dotson The Agency BRE: 01513004 310-927-4107

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ON HER: Dress, Adrianna Papell. Shoes, Vince Camuto. Earrings, Givenchy, Nordstrom. Clutch, Linea Pelle. Necklace, Iris Di Santo, Wendy Foster. ON HIM: Suit, Hugo Boss. Shirt, David Donahue. Shoes, Church & Co., Nordstrom.


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Shirt, Hugo Boss. Ring, Gorjana, Nordstrom. Bra, Hanky Panky, Wendy Foster. Desserts: Andersen’s Danish Restaurant & Bakery


ON HER: Shirt, Hugo Boss. Ring, Gorjana, Nordstrom. Bra, Hanky Panky, Wendy Foster. ON HIM: Pants, John Varvatos. Watch, Burberry, Nordstrom. Desserts: Andersen’s Danish Restaurant & Bakery

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By Alexandra Gonzalez

Photographed by Meadow Rose Photography & Silas Fallstich


amara Kaye-Honey’s interior design studio, House of Honey, may be new to the neighborhood, but that hasn’t stopped her from demanding a presence. Honey’s newest studio—90 miles north of the Pasadena flagship— opened its doors just two months ago and already we are obsessing over the carefully curated home goods permeating all corners of the quaint cottage in the new San Ysidro Village. Honey transforms the mundane to the über chic with a unique collection of items and we just can’t get enough! What can one expect to find? Think ultra glam bar carts, fabulous lamps, and other home goods and accessories from designer collections like Tom Dixon, Missoni Home, Alexandra von Furstenberg, Jamie Hayon, Kelly Wearstler, Joe Cariati, Amanda Wright, and Carl Aubock, Along with chic hats designed by Gladys Tamez Millinery.


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n need of home face-lift? Stop by House of Honey to see what the hype is all about. Can’t find the time to make it over to the studio? Fear not! Honey makes her impeccable taste accessible through the online luxury boutique, In the meantime, take a second to get to know the creative force behind the upscale retail showroom as we talk decorating tips, her new lighting line and what inspired Honey to bring her eclectic taste to Montecito.

What makes Montecito—San Ysidro shopping center—the perfect place for your new studio?

always had cottages, so we really wanted to have that lifestyle for our kids (ages 10 and 12). I love the relaxed vibe and the ocean is incredible!

The House of Honey shop is a charming cottage, which echoes the homes you What is something that will instantly enhance a find all around Montecito. I love the dull room? juxtaposition of the traditional exterior mixed with the moody and dramatic interior Add metallic and gold to balance the color! I created- it’s an unexpected surprise and quite the jewel box! With its vaulted ceiling, Take a chance and choose a paint color for the walls that is unexpected; you can always I have the perfect space to showcase an amazing chandelier by one of our exclusive repaint. Color can be vibrant and make just as much of a statement in small moments lighting designers, Lindsey Adelman. A as a bold vintage oil feature wall showcases abstract painting. Juxtapose bold wallpaper from After discovering a a strong wall color with Zak+Fox, which small midcentury worn antique furniture in pairs beautifully with Lutah Riggs cottage front of it. Oh, and art of a Heath ceramic tile (in need of a major course! Start a collection fireplace installation renovation), I fell in and keep adding. I have (another one of our love with Montecito. started collecting vintage exclusive lines). ship paintings for my son, and the wall is starting to look great! I have What about Montecito do you find appealing (to done the same with vintage flower paintings have a business)? Why not LA or NYC? for the guest bathroom. I think I have about 15 paintings, creating a beautiful wall After discovering a small midcentury collage; the effect is quite dramatic. Lutah Riggs cottage (in need of a major renovation), I fell in love with Montecito. Growing up in Canada my husband and I


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Tell us a little about your custom lighting line that you just launched!

Your taste is impeccable, where do you find inspiration?

Lighting is everything! I think it’s the most important design element in a space and truly sets the tone. It not only grounds an interior but gives it that point of view and originality. Without good lighting, a space is unfinished and uninspiring. (Yes, I mean it!!!) My new line is a mix of old and new, shiny and dull, lux and simple – all in one! The collection is inspired by 1960 and 70s lighting – so playful, yet sophisticated!

I find inspiration comes from chaos and change. I feel like if a design, be it a product or space, doesn’t make me slightly uncomfortable in the process, it’s too simple or obvious. I like to keep challenging myself and my ...if a design, be it team and really a product or space, my clients as doesn’t make me well. I love that slightly uncomfortable every day is a in the process, it’s too new adventure. simple or obvious. Because we are working in product, commercial, and residential design along with retail, we are never bored!

My 1970s Parrot chair by I B Arberg! It’s form is both strong and linear, yet it is truly witty. It’s like a big wink! We have one in our kids playroom and it’s one of my special pieces that I would never sell on 1stdibs! You sell purses, toothpaste, headphones etc.; I feel like I have anything and everything I could ever need right here in your store. Tell me a little about the concept behind HOH. I opened House Of Honey as I felt there was a void in the market for a chic shop that carried a curated selection of reinvented home furnishings, contemporary finds, and decorative accessories. The House of Honey concept is based on the idea of a lifestyle that is full of personality, humor and of course, style.

What is your favorite piece in your home?

Tell us one thing you love about the Santa Barbara lifestyle. I love the laidback, yet refined style. I think House of Honey has a distinctive personality that is a wonderful addition to the beautiful shops in the area. My sensibility is eclectic and soulful, which I think reflect the SB lifestyle.

House of Honey 525 San Ysidro Road Montecito, CA 93108 805-969-7444

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BANA ME Photographed by Meadow Rose Photography and Silas Fallstich Photographed by Meadow Rose Photography and Silas Fallstich


ne of the conundrums Santa Barbarians face on a daily basis is, where to get the latest home furnishings needed to complete our own personal retreat. Just beyond the iron gates at Cabana Home, our design troubles are put to rest! Filled with patio furniture, luxe lighting, and immaculate home goods and bedding, this hidden gem is a sanctuary for the ultimate interior decorator. Whether you actually are an interior decorator or not is not important as Steve and Caroline Thompson have created a treasure filled showroom you are bound to be obsessed with. Cabana Home, located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, offers an array of furnishings, fabrics, and antiques carefully selected by the Thompsons themselves. For the design duo, it’s “quality first. Design and options second”—and it shows. Luxury and understated elegance is aplenty in this ultra chic space, transporting us into another world where we envision ourselves lounging in haute couture, while sipping on glass of bubbly.

By Alexandra Gonzalez


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mong the amazing items you’ll find at CH, perhaps the most popular are their gorgeous, one-of-a-kind fabrics. “We have one of the largest fabric libraries between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and we sell fabrics for upholstery and window coverings,” says Steve. Cabana Home carries upholstery lines including Palecek, Pearson, and Baker, just to name a few. So what inspires the couple? “First the Client! The room or design must reflect them, so our first job is to elicit from them their ideas for the room, then help them develop a plan to get there efficiently, and eliminating potential mistakes.” Choose from sexy leopard print pillows or an ornate quartz table lamp, the Thompson duo truly caters to the client’s every need and has fun doing it. Currently trending in the Cabana Home showroom? Greys. “Grey is the new neutral. Shades of grey run from creamy greys to taupe greys. We are the best store if you don’t want your house to look like it came from a catalogue.” The showroom exudes modern elegance with a twist of sexy chic and we are officially in love!


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For Steve and Caroline Thompson, this is more than a labor of love, it’s a way of life: “We sit on every seat; examine every finish right in the showroom or factory. When someone asks if we’ve ever sat on a particular piece, we can look him or her in the eye and say yes! We are hands on, from start to finish.”

Cabana Home 111 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara CA 93101 805-962-0200


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Photographed by Meadow Rose Photography and Silas Fallstich

“Clean. Simple. Elevated.” These are the words used by Monelle Totah of Hudson Grace to describe the aesthetic behind the new design studio in Montecito.

Co-owners, Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton have recently expanded their minimalistic, yet sophisticated taste to the beautiful Central Coast. Located in the newly renovated Montecito Country Mart, Hudson Grace lies situated amongst some of the coveted retail and home good boutiques. “We were struck by the beauty of the town of Montecito. After looking in Los Angeles, we fell in love with the size and the scale of the center, the curated shops and location near the most beautiful homes in California,” says Totah.

Because Montecito does have some of the most yearned for real estate, it makes sense that Hudson Grace would bring the casual elegance they are most known for to our beachside village. “Gary is a minimalist and I am a collector,” Totah explains. “We have great respect for each of our aesthetics.” With Totah’s collector’s expertise and McNatton’s “dead on simplicity,” the harmony that exists between Hudson Grace’s owners is what gives the design studio its refined balance and delicacy.

By Alexandra Gonzalez


Hudson | Grace 1014 Coast Village Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93108 805-565-9600

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n time for the holidays, Hudson Grace sells all your furnishing essentials needed to transform a house into a home. “Key trends” and tips from Totah herself include mixing old with the new and including oversized serve pieces for gatherings. Fit to complete their social gatherings is their very own Hudson Grace organic dinnerware; cathedral candles and oversized serving pieces. Also included amongst essentials for home décor are vintage silver pieces and Gio Ponte flatware. Inspired by beautiful products, homes and the perfect dinner party, Hudson Grace carries something special for the interior designer in all of us. With two locations in Northern California (Larkspur and San Francisco,) Totah and McNatton were inspired by the Santa Barbara lifestyle for their third store location. We love “the natural beauty, the love for environment, the perfect temperature” explains Totah. How could we disagree? Santa Barbara does have everything we could ever need, and now with our very own Hudson Grace, what more could we possibly ask for? What is the perfect housewares gift for the person who has everything? Our candle fragrance aptly named Montecito, created in March when we moved into our space, Gary experienced the green jasmine buds, yet to bloom, the eucalyptus oil washed into the earth and the scent of cedar – at that moment we knew what Montecito smelled like –(it launches this week)!

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fashion editorial


Alexandra Gonzalez

Photography by Meadow Rose Photography Model Nikita Jansen with Next Model Management Makeup by Rocio Valenzuela with Carlyle Salon Hair by Lisa Gaede with Carlyle Salon

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A tower pavilion gives

your senses full access to panoramic views of the

Pacific Ocean.

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Dress, Tadashi Shoji. Shoes, Prada, Saks. Necklace and earrings, Chanel. Bracelet, vintage, Coast 2 Coast.


It’s no secret that Santa Barbara is known for some of the most sought after real estate in the country. “Location, location, location,” they say. Well, this property has the desirable location and then some. Situated atop the Montecito foothills stands one of the most regal and spectacular homes currently listed for sale. Fit for a princess, the home has its very own tower pavilion, which on a clear day gives your senses full access to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean . Step outside and look to what lies behind you and catch a glimpse of the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains. Everywhere you look, you are surrounded by romantic gardens reminiscent of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Grab a bottle of vino from the complete 800-bottle wine cellar and take in what the lush landscape has to offer!

Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Saks. Necklace, Dior. Bracelet, Vintage, Coast 2 Coast. Shoes, Sam Edelman. Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples. 56 | OCTOBER 2014


Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA. Clutch, Gucci, Saks. Necklace, Dior. Bracelet, Vintage, Coast 2 Coast. Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples.

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Boasting 21.5 acres,

its own avocado orchard, and a complete 800-bottle wine cellar, the estate features

architectural details

created in and imported

from Italy.


“Villa di Serenita,� is a dream come true. Boasting 21.5 acres and even its own avocado orchard complete with Haas avocados, this villa transports you to the magic of Tuscany. Upon passing the gates, a winding driveway leads you to the motor court embellished by archways and stone columns.

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Dress, Parker. Handbag, Stella McCartney. Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Saks. Necklace, Dior. Bracelet, vintage, Coast 2 Coast. Sunglasses, Chanel.


Dress, Parker. Handbag, Stella McCartney. Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Saks. Necklace, Dior. Bracelet, vintage, Coast 2 Coast. Sunglasses, Chanel.

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Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA. Necklace and bracelet, Dior. Earrings, Chanel, Coast 2 Coast. Sunglasses, Chanel.


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Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA. Necklace and bracelet, Dior. Earrings, Chanel, Coast 2 Coast. Sunglasses, Chanel.


The four-bedroom, 10,130-square-foot house has everything you could ever expect from Architect Michael de Rose. The estate features architectural details created in and imported from Italy.

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Dress, Trina Turk. Ring, Dina Mackney. Bracelet and necklace, vintage, Coast 2 Coast.

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Dress, Trina Turk. Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Saks. Ring, Dina Mackney. Bracelet and necklace, vintage, Coast 2 Coast.

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Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA. Coat, Les Copains. Shoes, Manolo Blahnik, Saks. Necklace and earrings, Chanel. Bracelets, Dior, Coast 2 Coast.


To say this estate is magnificent is an understatement, listed with Riskin Associates for a cool $16,950,000; this is something you will not want to miss!

To schedule a viewing, please contact: Rebecca Riskin License #00805720 805-565- 8600 Upstairs at 1250 Coast Village Road Montecito, CA 93108

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This villa transports

you to the magic of Tuscany.


shopping article

Making a

SCENE Re-energize your home without leaving it.


he invitations are out, the menu has been carefully crafted; now make sure you have all the décor necessities to land you the title of “Hostess with the Mostess.” We scoured the Internet for some of our favorite home furnishing and design e-stores and boy, do we have you covered! From wallpaper to paint to lamp fixtures, our favorite online stores have everything your little heart desires when it comes to planning the perfect holiday dinner, and well, lets be real, a perfect life! Read on for details on where to get the perfect home essentials we are currently loving!

By Alexandra Gonzalez

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Platinum Scroll by Wallquest

Colors of the

Woods & Pears by Cole & Sons Peninsular Palm by Harlequin

Statues by Joanne Fabrics

Hixks Hexagon by Cole & Son

Money Oscar Wilde once proclaimed that his wallpaper was so hideous, either he or it would have to go. Clearly he didn’t get his from this chic online wallpaper boutique. Wild and peculiar prints make up the inventory on this amazing website. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.

Balustrade by Sophie Conran


#2134-60 Whitestone

#1626 Gentle Grey

#2133 Pigeon

Grey is the

#1480 Sleigh Bells



This website is a painters dream come true. Quality paints are conveniently organized for the decorator who means business! Click through their best sellers and designer favorites for the ultimate selection of the highest quality paints online.

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#1599 Marina Grey

#1555 Winter Orchard

#1593 Adagio

Bristol Glass Knob Item #C1215

Hood Pendant Item #A2200

Momo Eight-Arm Chandelier Item #A1955

Sunburst Mirror Item #E6040

new things are the



Pike Armchair Item #D0205

Mid-Century Star

Rejuvenation House Parts has everything you could ever imagine, from claw foot bathtubs to lighting fixtures to tables and desks. Be sure to check out their website (and Pinterest if you’re an addict like myself) for some major renovationmotivation!

Doorbell Item #C5795

Chrome Bar Cart Item #D1435

Clawfoot Bathtub Item #C5009


Dessert Buffets catered for large or small events Private Event Rooms High Tea Parties Wedding Rehearsals, Showers, and more...

Handcrafted Architectural Cakes!

1106 State Street•Santa Barbara, CA • 805.962.5085 • Facebook: Andersen’s Danish Restaurant and Bakery Twitter: AndersensRestaurant@AndersensBakery Instagram:andersensdanishbakerysb

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