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Letter from the Editorial Director ……………………………………………………………
Contributors … Our writers, photographers, and more ………………………………………… 48 Behind the Scenes … A peek at some of the photo shoots for this issue as well as a
daughter’s loving tribute to her mother, design maven Ellie O’Connell…………………………… 50
… A Farmhouse Goods pop-up in bucolic Ballard, the latest coffee-table tomes, the coolest restaurant decor in town, Studio William Hefner opens up shop in Montecito, and more ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 53
Style … Tastemaker Madeline Stuart calls Santa Barbara home away from home, Heidi
Merrick’s brick-and-mortar boutique, Mark D. Sikes’s beautiful life in stripes, geometric trend report, and other things we’re coveting ………………………………………………………………
Design … Neon styling from East Coast transplant Marc Normand Gelinas, a modern San
Roque ranch house realized by Leonard Unander Associates, and a breezy board-and-batten home brings England to Montecito ……………………………………………………………………
… Lauded landscape master Eric Nagelmann’s eccentric digs, the best of outdoor living, and Thomas Cole’s aloes ………………………………………………………………………
Arts … Ojai potter Megan Hooker, painting trips to Tuscany, the Seahorse Gallery in the Funk
Zone, and ornate tapestries by John Nava ……………………………………………………………
Taste … Cooking and entertaining with Doug and Marni Margerum, Bonbons & Bordeaux secret suppers, Alice to go at the Montecito Country Mart, and more …………………………
#weliveinparadise … Ganna Walska’s Lotusland breaks ground on the renovation of its
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As they say, home is where the heart is. But I have always believed home is where I hang my clothes. Being a bit of a gypsy and traveling a lot for work, when I do return home to Santa Barbara (and unpack said clothes), it’s nice to be surrounded by my favorite things in an environment that envelops me. No matter if your style is clean and minimal or over-the-top layered, as long as it speaks to you and makes you happy to be there, you have mastered the interior design game. But not everyone is in love with his or her surroundings. If you aren’t so enamored with that love seat any more or are ready for a little paint refresh, this special Home & Garden issue is just what you need to get some serious design inspiration. Our editors have scoured the area—from Santa Ynez to Ojai—to find you what is most exciting now but also still timeless in its approach. We've gotten personal—from being invited into beautiful homes that we present in our feature well such as a family-centric Hammonds beach house (“White Wash,” page 120), an updated Reginald Johnson classic (“Elegantly Livable,” page 150), and a hilltop Hope Ranch Mediterranean (“Hope Floats,” page 140) to asking leading interior designers their Santa Barbara picks for our Style section. Take Madeline Stuart (“Cottage Industry,” page 68) for an example of how a worldclass decorator living in Los Angeles during the week can’t wait to escape to her Santa Barbara bungalow on the weekends. Or how decorating darling Mark D. Sikes (“Stars + Stripes,” page 72) was so inspired by our surroundings that he named textiles in our honor. Famed artist Donald Robertson moved from New York a few years back to raise his family on our shores. His popular Instagram feed shares the good (S.B.) life with his thousands of followers around the world. We present a portfolio collage (“House of @Drawbertson,” page 160) of “a day in the life” in their bustling Montecito home—think five kids, two dogs, a couple of surfboards, and boatloads of in-demand art. Speaking of artistic forms, working out of his Ojai oasis, potter and cover subject Chris Brock is making quite a name for himself. Fashion world phenom Rick Owens most recently feted him at his L.A. boutique and many “in-theknow” collectors covet Brock’s pieces. We visit him in his studio (“Feats of Clay,” page 114) and find out how his surroundings are inspiring his artistic endeavors. Which brings me back to "home is where the heart is." If your surroundings make you happy, are full of loved ones near and far as well as objects that remind you of a life well lived, and are all done in this part of paradise, then you can’t ask for much more than that, can you?
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“The Kelts and Erin Taylor collaborated so seamlessly,” the Los Angeles-based photographer says of “White Wash” (page 120). “I love that they were brave enough to boldly paint every inch of beautiful wood flooring in the house a crisp, clean white that left the house feeling so airy and bright.” S.B. MUST DOs Taking the train from L.A. up to the Santa Barbara Zoo is one of my family’s favorite day trips. • I die for the fried chicken salad at Tupelo Junction Cafe. • Feeding the friendly birds and buying fresh eggs at OstrichLand USA.
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“It was a such a pleasure to shoot the Tobias residence—a wonderful family and some of the most amazing views I have seen in Santa Barbara, especially from the master bath balcony,” says the local photographer of “Hope Floats” (page 140). “And I was particularly impressed by the light-filled sunroom and the choice of rich fabrics used throughout the house” he shot for “Elegantly Livable” (page 150). S.B. MUST DOs Shopping at Upstairs at Pierre Lafond. • Perusing fabrics at Raoul Textiles. • Strolling through Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria.
“It was a pleasure photographing Doug and Marni in their beautiful home with the smell of a delicious meal cooking and a freshly uncorked Margerum rosé,” says this local photographer who captured the wine lovers’ lifestyle in “The Good Life” (page 103). S.B. MUST DOs The Guilded Table is such a unique space—you can grab a glass of wine, some food, and mingle while checking out works and wares by local artisans. • The Sacred Space in Summerland to sit with some tea and journal and just be. • I stop in DIANI Living for inspiration; I love the palette of muted color and the texture of the textiles.
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“This shoot was very personal for me because I had spent the past two years helping Marietta Kelt reenvision her home, transforming each room to reflect both the family’s history as well as their desire to simplify and update,” says locally based interior designer Erin Taylor of “White Wash” (page 120). S.B. MUST DOs A visit to Lotusland in the winter to see the aloes in bloom. • A picnic at the Coronado Butterfly Preserve to see the monarchs. • A day of berry picking at Summerset Farm in Santa Ynez followed by a visit to Sunstone Vineyards & Winery.
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LOCATIO NS We tapped the town—from Hammonds Beach and the Riviera to Hope Ranch and Montecito. WHO Photographers Coral von Zumwalt captured the Kelts’ beach house, Megan Sorel wined and dined with Doug and Marni Margerum, while Trevor Tondro doubled up with the Tobiases’ Mediterranean manse and a Reginald Johnson refresh on San Leandro Lane. WHAT Always a pleasure to be welcomed into someone’s personal haven for the day—great company and the food was good too!
ELEANOR “ELLIE” O’CONNELL DECRET gave me a wonderful and interesting life with an ever-changing scenery and atmosphere. She was a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, but most importantly, she was inspiring. We constantly moved homes—it was easy most of the time, as it was just us. Sometimes I would ﬁnd myself in a Spanish Mission home, other times a Parisian apartment overlooking the Palais Royal. Each home reﬂected a new look, all while remaining true to her style—the staples being a zebra rug, chinoiserie, and a gilded mirror. But the house that reminds me most of my mother would be the house with the water tower near Miramar Beach. We moved to and from this house a total of three times. We began our story of our Santa Barbara life in this house and ended it there as well. Throughout her ALS illness, she managed to write multiple books, keep up her blog, Have Some Decorum, and continue to run the house. She would still host friends daily and to prepare, I would have to make sure everything in the house was perfect—because our guests just might look under the kitchen sink. She was a perfectionist, and she truly managed to make our home perfect. When I think of my mother, I think ﬁrst of her wicked and oftentimes provocative sense of humor, and secondly, of her impeccable style. Her blog was ﬁlled with her critiques of
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Deena Benz opened FARMHOUSE GOODS in Los Olivos as a satellite store to Tumbleweed and Dandelion, run by Lizzie McGraw in Venice. For a short while, Benz moved the business to the Funk Zone but then realized it was much more at home in the valley. So she styled everything up in a barn next to her very own farmhouse, which was built in 1886 and is believed to be the oldest house in Ballard—she even hears the bells ring out from the vintage schoolhouse behind her. Benz fell for the storied property instantly as its romantic, country look serves as the perfect backdrop to her own style and brand, which is full of Frenchinspired products—from ticking stripes to grain sacks to reclaimed wood signs. When Benz moved into her abode two and a half years ago, she whitewashed everything, moving from dark woods and greens to bright, light, and whimsical. “I wanted to keep the charm but modernize it,” she says. Between her real estate work, staging clients’ homes, and designing interiors and wineries, Benz opens her studio barn by appointment and also holds spontaneous pop-ups. J . B . K . FARMHOUS EGOODS .COM
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While envisioning the new BOTTEGA VENETA store in Beverly Hills, the brand’s creative director Tomas Maier traveled to Santa Barbara and Montecito to soak up the Mediterranean revival details. George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs were among the architectural inﬂuences that went into the boutique’s design, with its crisp white plasterwork, simple arches, grand staircase, and Spanish revival style. 320 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310858-6533. J . B . K . B OTT EGAVEN ETA.COM
An indoor/outdoor room by WILLIAM HEFNER .
Warm Welcome William Hefner is enjoying his “one-stoplight” commute to his new oﬃce on Middle Road in Montecito. While getting his masters degree in architecture from UC Los Angeles, he would come to Santa Barbara on the weekends to relax and now has brought his work here as well. His style is unique in that he starts the design process from the inside out. Rather than beginning outside and then stuﬃng the rooms inside, he believes in designing the spaces you want to eat or sleep in ﬁrst and then letting the outside of the home come naturally. This translates to an “aesthetic sensibility” where the house and the landscape ﬂow together seamlessly. With a client roster of NBA players, CEOs, and Hollywood producers, Hefner is enjoying working locally in Montecito and on the Riviera. In addition to his second STUDIO WILLIAM HEFNER oﬃce, he’s also building a new house here for himself, as Santa Barbara continues to have the same eﬀect on him—clearing his mind, recharging his battery, and working from the inside out. 113 Middle Rd., Montecito, 805-770-2612. B R E N D A N F L E M I N G
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Save the date for the SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW , Friday, March 17, through Sunday, March 19, at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. The event has been running since 1945 and shows oﬀ more than 25,000 species of spectacular blooms. J . B . K . S B O R CH I D S H O W.C O M A bold bloom at the three-day ORCHID SHOW .
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The hottest book for green thumbs right now: GARDENISTA: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO STYLISH OUTDOOR SPACES ($25, Artisan, available at Porch, 805-864-0300, porchsb.com). Inside, author Michelle Slatalla ﬁlls it with inspiring projects, landscapes, and outdoor structures, many of which are in California. Design duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz debut BEACHSIDE BOHEMIAN: EASY LIVING BY THE SEA ($55, Rizzoli, available at Porch, 805-6840300, porchsb .com), which gives readers a tour of their family’s boho-chic Brazilian abode and the details that go into creating the ultimate beach-house lifestyle.
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The classic American summer is celebrated by AD 100 architects Ike Kligerman Barkley, who rounded up 14 traditional shingled homes grand and small in the book THE NEW SHINGLED HOUSE ($60, Monacelli, available at Cabana Home, 805-962-0200, cabanahome.com. J.B.K.
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Santa Barbara is upping the ante on our restaurant scene for both food and decor. Stepping into Steve Hermann’s new SOMERSET , 805-845-7112, somersetsb.com—with its tufted velvet and marble counters—feels like a 1920s Art Deco time capsule. Downtown, LOQUITA , 805-880-3380, loquitasb.com, sports a fresh, playful, Spanish vibe full of copper pans and walnut bars while The Bacara Resort & Spa’s ANGEL OAK , 877-735-3132, angeloaksb.com, delivers exotic, moody, Asian-inspired elements and tiled mosaics. Take a detour to San Luis Obispo’s SCOUT COFFEE , 805-4392175, scoutcoffeeco.com, where design details (think floral wallpaper, log footrests, and floating ferns) are as strong as the espresso. Then come back home to BARBARENO , 805-963-9591, barbareno.com, where the menu and interior are full of thoughtful nods to our locale—including a foyer of faux taxidermy, giving love to our longtime hillside rest stop Cold Spring Tavern—“a quintessential part of Santa Barbara’s dining history.” J . B . K .
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A young family’s harmonious living space The “pink moment” is shorthand for the sublime view of Ojai’s Topatopa Mountains at sunset. It’s also the name of a group of creative Ojai locals who gather monthly in a salonlike setting to share their ongoing projects. DMITRI SIEGEL and WOODWYN KOONS are Pink Moment regulars, and it’s perhaps no coincidence the front door of their 1960s-era ranch home near downtown Ojai is painted a vivid shade of fuchsia. Color is an important feature of the couple’s home, which they renovated with the help of Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor, whose design style is “modern but very livable and fun, not pretentious or cold,” according to Siegel, who serves as VP of global brand and executive creative director of Sonos. The pink door keeps company with sunny yellow Muuto pendant lights in the kitchen and a rich, navy blue wall behind the communal art table. “I feel there’s something inventive, open, and fun about how much color there is,” says Koons, a former actor with a PhD in psychology. To create a happy vision of California living for the couple and their two young children—who moved from Philadelphia to Ojai five years ago— Bestor opened up the floor plan. She moved the kitchen to the center of the house while using glass walls and mirrors to bring the outdoors in. As a result, Siegel says the family “experiences each other because we’re always in the same space.” Music is also central to the home’s design, and this aspect was helmed by Siegel, who recently oversaw the creation of Sonos’ New York showroom, which is set up as a series of listening rooms. “We look at it as adding music as a design element in your home,” he says, “not just speakers.” According to a Sonos study, “listening to music out loud promotes conversation, inspiration, lovemaking, all those good parts of life,” says Siegel. Sounds good to us. L . D . P O R T E R
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Right: The year-round outdoor dining room sits under a new TRELLIS designed
A longtime fan of Santa Barbara, interior designer MADELINE STUART made her dream of having a weekend home here a reality when she found a 1930s bungalow for sale in the hidden enclave of El Caserio, a storybook neighborhood near the Presidio. After buying the historic property, she transformed the one-bedroom cottage with lots of white paint and casual furnishings into a sophisticated yet simple Spanish-style retreat that serves as a welcome counterpoint to her weekday Hollywood Hills lifestyle. Says Stuart: “Within minutes of arrival, my anxieties have eased, my blood is no longer boiling, and I settle in for an all-too-short weekend of farmers market shopping, cooking, reading the New York Times, and engaging in slothlike behavior that wouldn’t be possible if I’d stayed in L.A.” J E N N I F E R B L A I S E K R A M E R M A D E L I N E S TUA R T.C O M Right, top to bottom: Vintage leather Chesterfield chairs and 18thcentury Portuguese mirrors make an elegant backdrop for FIRESIDE COCKTAILS ; new tile
and stone refresh the kitchen’s ORIGINAL CABINETRY.
standards consistent with the 1930s. Below: Demolishing an old shed made way for a WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE and
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Above, left to right: Curtis Jere vintage cubist chandelier, $5,100, The Blue Door; tile, price upon request, NS Ceramics; Espinoza screen, $4,332, Cabana Home.
Style Top to bottom: Brancusi stone tables, $395 each, William Laman; Tom Dixon Plane light collection, from $460 each, House of Honey.
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STARS + S t r i pe s Fashion designer Mark D. Sikes’s all-American interiors and timeless take on our Riviera
SANTA BARBARA BECAUSE It’s the easy, elegant beach life. I love the coloration of the water and the sand—I use the neutrals and the blues often in my work. There is also an authenticity in Montecito because the architecture is older and that is where the elegance comes in. Lastly, the indoor/outdoor living because the weather is beautiful all year. MUST-HAVES A suit and new shirts from Miller’s
Oath, the custom tailor at the Montecito Country Mart.
TIME OFF My partner, Michael Griﬃn, and I love to
escape from Los Angeles and come to the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore for a weekend. We stay in a cottage with our dog, Lily, spend the day at the Coral Casino, and take walks on Butterﬂy Beach.
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Clockwise from top left: A signature blue and white Sikes interior; BEAUTIFUL ; designer MARK D. SIKES ; a MDS STRIPES tiered
peasant dress ($745, mdsstripes.com).
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969-2840, williamlaman.com, for its
eclectic mix. I love the curation. It’s all the things I like under one roof— great hurricanes, tabletop, and beautiful antiques.
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says the color green is supposed to be big. It’s always been big for me. I especially love it next to blue.
In celebration of Mark D. Sikesâ€™s book Beautiful (2016, Rizzoli) Jim and Heather Rosenfield, Hollye Jacobs, and Kendall Conrad recently hosted a simple alfresco dinner at the Montecito Country Mart. Clockwise from top right: Mark D. Sikes with Monelle Totah of Hudson|Grace; event design by Alice Ryan; cohost Hollye Jacobs; dinner prepared by The Food Liaison; custom tables and benches by Daniel Kuttner.
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Left to right: The black, saffron, and blush-hued surfboards ($1,850 each) are sold exclusively in the boutique (expect new surfboards to be released timed to each clothing collection); canopy bed ($4,400) from MASH STUDIOS ’ PCH series with pillows from HEIDI MERRICK ’s home line.
Carpinteria native Heidi Merrick launched her H.MERRICK OF CALIFORNIA brick-and-mortar boutique late last year in downtown Los Angeles. No stranger to Rincon and Jelly Bowl (as well as the fashion district), Merrick’s inaugural ﬂagship houses her current clothing and home collection as well as pieces she covets, such as large-scale photos of the Paciﬁc by Sharon Montrose, black peacock chairs, Moroccan rugs, custom canopy beds, and an art wall of hanging glossy surfboards designed by her brother, Britt Merrick (head shaper for Channel Islands), which were originally crafted for world-class pro surfer Dane Reynolds. “This is a combination of my home and studio,” says Merrick. “This is my world.” 115 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, 213-265-7757. G I N A T O L L E S O N
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Eye of the Beholder Photographer Elizabeth Messina has gathered antiques, handmade objects, and treasures from all over the world under one roof in her beautifully curated boutique, THE ARTE DEPARTMENT . With an eye for romantic and delicate details, the muted Carpinteria cottage oﬀers an assortment of vintage furniture, fabrics, lace slips, stationery, and more, all the while surrounded by Messina’s stunning images. 4786 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 310-990-5392. G . T .
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Top to bottom: Curios and objets for gift giving; a collage wall of ELIZABETH MESSINA ’s
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Catalog powerhouse SERENA & LILY can’t seem to get enough of our backyard. Our paradise beckons the consumer with the Montecito pillow cover ($98) and the Santa Barbara pendant ($298). S E R E N A A N D L I LY.C O M
PHOTOGRAPHS: H.MERRICK, NICOLE LAMOTTE; THE ARTE DEPARTMENT, ELIZABETH MESSINA
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A colorful commission from artist PETER HALLEY bounces off
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Neon DREAMS Top to bottom: Lacquer,
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“There’s a fine line between the beige-ification of America and neutrals. Neutral doesn’t mean beige, neutral means a quiet backdrop.” The LIBRARY is filled with neon and vintage furniture. Gelinas made an old solid brass Art
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Deco radiator grill into a glass-topped coffee table.
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In a previous life, this Montecito home was filled with tapestries, Impressionist art, and 18th-century antiques. It was the 12th collaboration between interior designer MARC NORMAND GELINAS and longtime client Elaine Gray, who now serves as a trustee at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. When Gray married five years ago, her husband declared her style looked like “an old-lady’s house.” Trading chintz for simple, the couple pared down and started collecting contemporary art, which gave Gelinas—who has designed high-end homes in New York, Rhode Island, and Colorado, among others—a springboard to transform their traditional home (done by architect Mark Rios) into something much more modern. Using a large, geometric commission by Peter Halley—an artist Gray also brought to the SBMA— as a kick-off point in the living room, Gelinas pulled accent colors of hot coral and blue into the adjacent library where a neon light installation by Tavares Strachan electrically declares, “We Belong Here.” In the bedroom, Gelinas designed everything around a painting by Joan Snyder, again using a clean, neutral base to highlight the colorful, bright work. Shades of gray, taupe, and cream meet textures of leather, bouclé, and white lacquer to create tones that aren’t flat. “There’s a fine line between the beige-ification of America and neutrals,” he says. “Neutral doesn’t mean beige, neutral means a quiet backdrop.” J . B . K .
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Clockwise from top left:
The ENTRY HALL has an OUTDOOR FEEL with bluestone floors and French doors; ENGLISH TEXTILES bring some
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gets some CALIFORNIA LOVE with an oversized
After 25 years living abroad in London, interior designer MERILEE NOORANI was ready to return to Santa Barbara. Once she and her husband found a small home on a large lot surrounded by 200-yearold oak trees and just a mile away from Montecito’s Upper Village, West Coast nostalgia kicked in, and so did an extensive remodel. She enlisted architect Mary Andrulaitis of NEUMANN MENDRO ANDRULAITIS , and together they envisioned a modern, single-level, England-meets-California cottage. Stone walls, beamed ceilings, wood floors, white paint, and a copper roof strengthen this aesthetic with French doors opening up in front and back for that ultimate indoor/ outdoor feel. “Our most successful houses are those that make the connection between the inside of the home and the outdoors so that they feel grounded to the world and beauty that surrounds them,” says Andrulaitis. “The Nooranis’ home is a perfect example.” A great room sports a two-sided fireplace dividing the formal dining room—which weighs more English with Provençal antiques— and the living room, with a more breezy, casual, California feel. Says Noorani: “There was a real balancing act between creating a house that looked like a beach house—with all of the white board and batten, high-beamed ceilings, and modern art—and a California cottage/rancho with bleached walnut woodwork and English textiles.” J . B . K . NMAARCHITECTS .COM NOORANIGREINER.COM
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Ashley Lauren Design
Clockwise from top left: Removing
an interior wall lets LIGHT FLOW from
front windows to the backyard; a MASTER BEDROOM with very
few doors; the sleek
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To rethink a 1952 San Roque ranch home for his family of four, Clint Unander of LEONARD UNANDER ASSOCIATES focused on keeping things as simple as possible. Working with ANACAPA (formerly known as Dan Weber Architecture), Unander first took out an intrusive wall that split the house in half, blocking light and flow. Now, rather than walking through a bedroom, laundry room, pantry, and tiny door to gain access to the backyard, it’s a straight shot through the original front door. Keeping clutter to a minimum, the team went with “simple-form Scandinavian” style for the interiors, using sleek lines and capping color at three hues: natural wood floors, white walls, and custom dark gray paint for the lacquer cabinets and window trim. Minimal square footage was added, many doors were removed, and clever storage systems bear little to no hardware—from a hidden coffee bar to wall-to-wall closet, which he says is much more efficient and cost-effective than a walk-in. Unander calls it a “modest remodel,” but anyone who saw the previously salmon-colored rancher’s first life would agree this modern family home now embodies California cool. 1328 De la Vina St., Ste. A, Santa Barbara, 805-682-5685. J . B . K . UNANDERCONS TRUCTION . C O M ANACAPAARCHITECTURE. C O M
Enjoying a new open floor plan, CLINT UNANDER walks through what used
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A Santa Barbara-grown ‘Aloe divaricata’ from Thomas Cole’s COLD SPRING ALOES .
PHOTOGRAPHS: BLUE GABOR
Five years ago, when noted landscape architect ERIC NAGELMANN was looking for a small house with a big property, he found just what he wanted in a canyon in Carpinteria—an 800-square-foot converted stagecoach stop on one and a half bare acres that extended up a steep slope and provided a blank canvas for his creativity. “I wanted a cottage garden, an old lady’s garden,” he remembers. Now, his backyard is home to an exuberant explosion of plants punctuated by an eclectic assortment of statuary, pottery, and metalwork. He began by terracing three flat areas, but “nothing was planned,” he says. Over time, he arranged his begonia collection near an informal seating area; hung giant staghorn ferns on his trees; draped tillandsia and Spanish moss around; planted 150 avocados and other fruit trees; added cactus, herb, and vegetable gardens; and carved out stone-stepped paths up the hill. A fuchsia cutting from his previous garden has now grown into a flowering cascade over the front gate. “There’s nothing pretentious about it,” he says. “It’s very laid-back and comfortable, but there are a lot of surprises.” J O A N T A P P E R
Garden Clockwise from above: BEGONIAS provide a colorful backdrop to a SEATING AREA ; a vivid entryway to the SCREENED-IN PORCH ; TILLANDSIA drapes a closed-in
vegetable patch; twisted boughs add a sculptural touch. Opposite, clockwise from top: ERIC NAGELMANN enjoys his horticultural creation; a favorite spot to survey the garden; oil drums serve as pedestals for pots of bulbs.
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Rooms Without Walls GARDEN
The Santa Barbara lifestyle is synonymous with indoor/outdoor living, so when a couple from the Bay Area bought a historical Carleton Winslow-designed home, their remodel included connecting the kitchen and family room with spaces in the expansive yard where they and their junior high-age daughters could relax and entertain. Melding traditional architecture with a contemporary edge, Kirsten and Darrell Becker of BECKER STUDIOS created an outdoor conversation area with a fire pit that evokes a sunken living room. The inviting U-shaped seating has a teak backdrop covered with charcoal-colored cushions and pillows made of Perennial, an outdoor fabric. The concrete tile floor in a custom gray, white, and black pattern visually links the space to the covered, heated, open-air dining area, where beehive pendant lamps hang over the Millworks dining table. An outdoor kitchen for barbecues is nearby. Says Kirsten Becker: “The girls take laptops out in the afternoon and do their homework. They have movie nights and family concerts there. The space is well used.” 412 E. Haley St. Ste. 3, Santa Barbara,
Top to bottom: The custom CONCRETE TILE FLOOR unites
the OUTDOOR LOUNGING SPACE with
the COVERED DINING AREA .
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When Jodi Goldberg, the creative mind and spirit behind JODI G DESIGNS , first envisioned her Montecito garden, she aimed for the harmony and serenity of a tropical Balinese retreat. However, the reality of Southern California’s drought restrictions recently caused her to rethink the landscape in imaginative ways that nevertheless retained her design aesthetic. She began by removing the extensive lawn and replacing it with light-colored gravel that blends with the existing pool and the surrounding river rocks. The result is a beachscape that she enhanced with two sculptural metal chairs set under an umbrella newly thatched with a man-made fireproof material from Bali. She also replaced thirsty flowering plants with drought-tolerant grasses and sited potted succulents and stone statues throughout the garden. And by creating a path lined with lanterns to her meditation palapa, she added a purposeful entrance to that intimate space. “It was scary to change the look and feel of the garden,” she says, “but I love it even more than before.” 805-453-
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Top to bottom: A spot to dine alfresco; Goldberg designed the furniture in the MEDITATION PALAPA .
PHOTOGRAPHS: JODI G DESIGNS, NANCY NEIL
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - SBMA
santa barbara museum of art | january 29–may 14, 2017
David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling 1130 state street | santa barbara, ca | www.sbma.net museum hours: tuesday–sunday 11 am–5 pm, free thursday evening 5–8 pm The exhibition catalogue was generously underwritten by Zora and Les Charles. The exhibition was made possible through the additional support of the SBMA Women’s Board, SBMA curatorial support groups Dead Artists Society and D.A.S.ii, Dana White, Gregg Wilson and John Maienza, the City of Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. David Wiesner, Mr. Wuffles!, pg. 8, 2013. Watercolor and india ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Natural Resources A potter at the wheel in Ojai, landscape realists, and visual tapestries
PHOTOGRAPH: GILDA HARIRI
Ceramicist MEGAN HOOKER at home.
ONE TO WATCH Girl from the North Country
MEGANHOOKERCERAMIC S. C O M
“I believe that one has to be in a somewhat grounded state before sitting down and centering clay on the wheel.”
HOW DID YOU GET INTO POTTERY? My first memory of a potter’s wheel is from childhood. My parents took me to a local art walk and a potter was throwing large vessels on a small round table spinning rapidly in circles. I was immediately intrigued. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I find inspiration in the natural world’s shapes and elements. Some pieces are a response and appreciation of the beauty and form in perhaps a tree limb, bark, water, a rock, lichen, the ocean, and the way light interacts with each of these. There are many incredible clay artists whose work I admire—some of the great ceramicists of the 20th century like Warren MacKenzie, Karen Karnes, Beatrice Wood, Shōji Hamada, and Otto and Vivika Heino. BETWEEN POTTERY, BARRO MERCADO, SURFING, AND FARMING, YOU ALSO TEACH?
I am a high school ceramics teacher at The Thacher School. I believe my role as an art teacher is to encourage curiosity and further my students’ creative process. I pass along all technical skills and conceptual knowledge of the medium I have and hope my students will be able to create a route for themselves once I’ve shown them the road map.
Clockwise from top left: STEPPING STONE mug ($35); “Scaling down was easy; the size seems normal now,” says Hooker of her tiny house. “It quickly becomes clear that the less things you have, the larger and more open the space feels”; LEMON LIME vases (from $50); Hooker at her home wheel.
PHOTOGRAPHS: GILDA HARIRI
Born in Ojai and raised in Ventura, MEGAN HOOKER is a potter, surfer, farmer, and teacher. She shares a tiny house with her boyfriend, Mike Soens, on an organic farm in Ojai, and together, they started a pottery collective called Barro Mercado, barromercado.com, featuring their wares as well as the work of some of their favorite artists. When Hooker isn’t throwing her signature bowl, she’s around the farm raising goats and chickens. A true California soul, Hooker values her craft, the animals in her care, and the community around her. Having come from a family with a long history of ranching and farming, Hooker’s love of the land is tradition. In so many ways, she carries the family ancestry of farming, not just by working on a farm, but also dabbling with other regenerative agricultural nonprofits in Ventura County. As an artist, Hooker has been influenced by nature and by her great-grandfather, who was a sculptor and professor at Scripps College. For the last 10 years, she’s been honing her skills at the wheel, documenting the chemical process of her favorite glaze recipes and the perfect kiln temperature for each glaze and piece. Hooker is generally unavailable by phone or e-mail, and to describe her as mysterious is an understatement. Her lack of attachment to electronics and social media is refreshing in an era of constant connectivity and disquiet, and her gift of “checking out” enables her to live out her life philosophy of “moving freely and quietly.” G I L D A H A R I R I
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Luminous Apparition by OLIVER TOLLISON .
The Funk Zone’s SEAHORSE GALLERY is once again alive and well thanks to new owners Lori Frisbie and Oliver Tollison, who have changed the gallery’s focus to photography. Tollison, who hails from North Carolina and holds a BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, anticipates the gallery will host a series of theme-based group exhibitions. The first of these, entitled “Limbs and Leaves” (nudes in nature), debuts in February and includes Tollison’s work. Frisbie, a native New Yorker who moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, also helms Montecito Treasures, a furniture consignment shop. “I can’t take a picture to save my life,” she says, “but I love photography.” Her vision includes using the gallery for nonprofit fund-raisers (she supports Girls Rock Santa Barbara among others) and “getting the right people in the right spot for the right reasons and having fun at the same time.” 12 Helena Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-698-3420. L . D . P O R T E R
DREAM We av e r
As a visual artist, having one’s work in a major museum—on view to the public in perpetuity—is a logical ultimate goal. But Ojai-based artist JOHN NAVA has gone beyond that: his work is seen by roughly 10,000 people per week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, where his monumental tapestries depicting the lives of the saints are on view at all times. (Nava was one of the first contemporary artists to use state-of-the-art technology to transform his paintings into textiles.) A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Nava was recently selected by his alma mater to create a large-scale tapestry (Lizzie with Knit Cap). “Commissioning John made perfect sense,” says Elyse Gonzales, assistant director/ curator of exhibitions at UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum. “He’s an extraordinarily talented alum who has reimagined the tapestry. Plus, he represents the best in figurative art.” Nava’s work is exhibited worldwide and resides in numerous public and private collections; he is represented locally by Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, 805730-1460, sullivangoss .com. L . D . P .
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SEA HORS E- GALLERY.COM JOHN NAVA working on a
section of tapestry for the USC Tutor Campus Center.
Into Plein Air
Although it’s been fashionable since Monet and his 19th-century gang of Impressionists took to the outdoors, a recent resurgence in the practice of painting en plein air prompted at least one art blog to describe it as “the new golf.” To that end, renowned local artist Garrett Speirs offers plein air art painting journeys into the heart of Tuscany through his company PLEIN AIR TUSCANY . Designed for expert and novice painters alike, the trips (from $2,840, the next one takes place April 22 to May 5) include daily painting forays, gourmet meals, wine tasting, and art history lessons. “This program is meant to be more than a painting trip,” says Speirs. “I really want people to come away with a deeper appreciation for Italian art and history.” Speirs, 53, has been painting since the seventh grade and is an aficionado of the Italian region—he studied in Cortona more than 30 years ago as an undergraduate and has since made numerous return trips as a graduate student and instructor. In addition to painting, Speirs teaches lithography at Westmont College. His work is collected from coast to coast and is available at Rooms & Gardens, 805-965-2424, roomsandgardens.com. L . D . P . PLEI NAIRTUS CANY.NET
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VAL D’CHIANA , oil on
canvas, 20 x 24 in.
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T aste The Good Life 103
At home with bon vivants Doug and Marni Margerum J ENNI F ER B LA I SE KRA M ER WRITTEN BY
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At dinner with Amy Sachs and Mitchell Sjerven, Marnie and Doug Margerum, and Jo Shields.
TA S T E
Food and wine are air and water for Doug and Marni Margerum. Doug, whose eponymous Margerum wines have been hailed by Wine Spectator and sipped at the White House, is also co-owner of the Wine Cask and loves to cook. Watching the pair entertain in their breezy Upper Eastside Spanish colonial is a peek into the best of Santa Barbara living. When they moved from Montecito two years ago, the couple was quick to renovate their new kitchen, knowing they’d be logging countless hours in it. Marni, a designer, spent months planning a true “cook’s kitchen” that would operate like a professional prep space with ample room for dinner parties. They stuck to classic materials such as white subway tile, floating wood shelves, Calcutta marble, Saltillo floor tiles, Spanish-inspired lighting, and a show-stopping sink shipped from France. “Most important to me was that the kitchen looked like it belonged,” says Marni. “The house was built in 1929, and I did not want it not blending with the rest of the home.” Avid travelers, the duo is constantly jet-setting to exotic locales, and their home reflects that. Silk drapery is from India, hanging copper pots hail from France, and a collection of Brian Hodges photographs are from Mexico. Marni is constantly collecting and curating, selling many of her finds on her website, wineisgoodliving.com.
Doug’s Dressing 3 PA R TS E X TRA - V I R GI N O L I V E O I L 1 PA R T W H I TE - W I N E V I N E G A R SQUEEZE OF 1/2 LEMON PI N CH O F S UG A R ( O R S U BS TI TU TE ) D A S H O F S A LT CO UPL E GR I N D S O F F R E S H B L A CK PE PPE R H E A LTH Y D O L L O P O F E D M UN D FA L L O T D I J ON
Place all ingredients in a bottle and shake before serving.
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Clockwise from top left: Doug’s famous SALAD DRESSING made with Edmond Fallot Dijon; TABLE LINENS are from travels to Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, and France; a copper pot simmers with CAULIFLOWER MASH ; Margerum AFTER-DINNER DRINKS by the fire; an antique wine
opener proudly displays their label in the living room; Doug at the head of the Spanish-style dining table. Opposite, clockwise from top right: Marni assembles a CHEESE PLATE ; appetizers with PURPLE BASIL from the garden; guests sip MARGERUM ROSE before dinner.
Ahi poke with toasted sesame and wasabi on cucumber Mozzarella, tomato, basil, and prosciutto skewers Margerum Rosé DI NNER
Salad of beets, goat cheese, and arugula with Doug’s Dressing Barden Chardonnay Local halibut roasted with an herb crust and fried leeks served over cauliflower mashed with sautéed onions and garnished with sautéed kale mixed with carrots and cabbage Barden Pinot Noir Selection of cheeses (La Tur, Cypress Grove, Point Reyes blue) and fruits Margerum M5 DI GES TIF
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Clockwise from top left: The ANTIQUE SPANISH DINING CHAIRS are the only items Marni has ever bought off eBay. Here, one is used to serve AMARO , Doug’s fortified wine; Doug and Marni cook with their dogs, Homer and Gabi, in the kitchen; the MAIN COURSE is completely paleo: LOCAL HALIBUT with fried leeks and sauteed
kale is served over mashed cauliflower made with goat butter. Opposite: The TABLE IS SET with blue and white dishes and linens, tall candles, low florals, and more wineglasses than one could count throughout the evening.
It’s hard not to feel instantly at home with the Margerums, who are quick to pour a glass of chilled rosé and move guests through their home—from appetizers in the lush courtyard to a dining room set with global textiles and loads of wineglasses. With doors flung open and candles ablaze, it’s easy to sink into a chair for the night, but the real action remains in the kitchen, where the effortless hosts dance around each other—Marni perfecting the art of paleo cooking with local fresh halibut and addictive fried leeks, Doug whipping up his “top secret” salad dressing. Doug, a host at heart, shows off homegrown purple basil, tells stories behind each wine as he pours, and lets everyone in on the magic of his famed dressing—Edmond Fallot mustard. “It’s the only producer still making Dijon in Dijon,” he says, adding that they used to import jars of it, and, with a wink, “Now you can buy it at Cost Plus World Market.” As dinner winds down with glasses of port, their crisp white, vintage living room glows with firelight and friends. Says Marni: “My decorating style is to blend the architecture with my passion for antiques, textiles, art, and travel and make it not only visually pleasing but cozy for us and the dogs—a place to curl up and have a glass of wine!” ● S A N TA B A R B A R A
BITS + BITES
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Clockwise from top: A sexy SUMMER SOIREE ; GRILLED FIG
and caramelized orange salad; local HALIBUT CRUDO
atop a taro crisp.
Eat With Your Eyes
Food writer/James Beard Foundation’s Journalism Award winner Betty Fussell’s 12th book, EAT, LIVE, LOVE, DIE: SELECTED ESSAYS ( $28, Counterpoint, available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-6826787, chaucersbooks .com), spans 50 years of pieces written on everything from memoirs of her own life to Alice Waters (who penned the foreword for this tome). The Montecito resident, 89, didn’t start writing professionally until age 40, and since then has become known for her plethora of prose published in The New Yorker, Saveur, Vogue, Food & Wine, and more. G . Z . T .
Taste Gourmet To Go
Now open at the Montecito Country Mart: PR maven Alice Ryan’s lunchtime walk-up, ALICE . Sourcing from local businesses such as Helena Avenue Bakery, C’est Cheese, and The Food Liaison, Ryan and partner “in dine,” Beth Kuttner, culled the most popular dishes from the restaurants—white bean and feta arugula salad ($8), orzo pasta with kabocha squash ($8), and a fried chicken sandwich ($11)—for those looking to grab a quick bite to go. 1016 Coast Village Rd., Montecito. G . Z . T .
Left to right: BETH KUTTNER ; cold fried CHICKEN SANDWICH
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from Helena Avenue Bakery.
PHOTOGRAPHS: BONBONS & BORDEAUX, ERICK MADRID; HELENA AVENUE BAKERY, ROB STARK PHOTOGRAPHY
An industrial-chic space in downtown Santa Barbara and a romantic garden accented with lantern-strung trees are a few locales Naomi Broomberg has chosen for her BONBONS & BORDEAUX secret suppers. After moving to Santa Barbara from her native South Africa four years ago, one thing that stood out to her was the diﬀerence between how people entertain. “We started a tradition many years ago in Cape Town where we host a Christmas soiree at home every year,” says Broomberg, who notes that event—along with her neighbors’ enthusiasm for her own parties—inspired her to start her dinner series. Now, four times a year—the next one (from $140 per guest, seating is limited) is on February 25—Broomberg and her partner, chef Charles Fredericks, devise a menu based on the season as well as the venue, which is not revealed to guests until a day before, keeping with the secretive aspect of the events. “For our Whimsical Winter supper,” says Broomberg, “think rustic and cozy. Think comfort food. Think bold wines.” G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N
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7054, beaconcoﬀee.com—also with a cafe in Ojai—is known for its sustainability. Check the online store for the coolest coﬀee wares (pictured). Having recently changed the name from Castle to DUNE COFFEE ROASTERS , dunecoﬀeeroasters .com, owners Todd Stewart and Julia Mayer (also proprietors of the popular French Press coﬀee shops) sell bags of beans (from $13.50) online as well as at their three locations in town.
Get your caﬀeine ﬁx at Summerland’s new RED KETTLE COFFEE , 805-565-1900, redkettlecoﬀee .com—owner Megan Tingstrom’s petite space is the only coﬀee shop in the beachside enclave. G . Z . T .
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From his breathtaking mountaintop aerie, Ojai ceramicist Chris Brock fashions timeless vessels for discerning
A dapper CHRIS BROCK in his studio
with one of his rose and gray snow GLAZE POTS with hole handles.
Opposite: One of Brock’s TOPA BLUE glaze pots
with shoulder handles nestles between a purple salvia bush and the artist’s bright-orange CERAMICS STUDIO ,
A collection of Brockâ€™s ceramic vessels stand guard outside his studio, a converted VINTAGE TRAILER gifted by husband Paul Fortune.
F E A T S O F C L AY
Sometimes, having exquisite taste means you can’t find exactly what you want. But if you’re lucky enough to have talent as well as taste, you can try to create what you want, and after that, if you’re lucky, people with taste may want what you’ve created. Exhibit A: Chris Brock. Brock, a former private florist/estate gardener, and his husband, renowned interior designer Paul Fortune (he designed Marc Jacobs’s Paris apartment), could never find ceramic vessels massive enough to match their creative vision. The couple’s move from metropolitan Los Angeles to bucolic Ojai—home to legendary potter Beatrice Wood—propelled Brock out of retirement and into the studio of master local potter/instructor Larry Carnes. After a brief fling with the potter’s wheel (“I didn’t need things spinning out of control in front of me,” he says, “so I asked, ‘How else do you make a pot?’”), Brock adopted the ancient technique of clay coiling as his own; the rest, as they say, is history. Toiling away (usually to the strains of one of his beloved operas) in his mountaintop studio—a kitted-out colorful 1940s trailer Fortune installed on their property as a surprise—Brock produces glorious large-scale ceramic vessels that manage to appear ancient and modern at the same time. Bearing a sophisticated palette of glazes, the pieces are iconic and strong, a testament to Brock’s impeccable taste and knowledge of classical forms honed through years of experience in the design world and on museum-going travels with Fortune. The trifecta of taste, technical acumen, and monumental scale embodied in Brock’s work has not gone unnoticed by design cognoscenti. His recent debut show of 33 pieces at the Rick Owens boutique in L.A. was a resounding success: Only two pieces remained, all the others having been snapped up by notable tastemakers, including Amy Astley, Joel Chen, Alix Goldsmith, Joel Silver, and Mario Testino. “Who knew the world was so hungry for a few fancy pots?” Brock quips modestly as he acknowledges the acquisitive desire his newly minted creations have inspired. Brock is endearingly humble, crediting Fortune’s “impossible eye” and aesthetic sensibility as the impetus behind his burgeoning creative talent and
Feature “A pot is u s a b l e and if it approaches art, it’s a win-win. If it crosses that line, it’s
well-deserved renown. “I want to cross that line from craft to art,” Brock says, in a tone that reveals he’s genuinely uncertain whether his current efforts qualify. “A pot is usable, and if it approaches art it’s a big win-win. If it crosses that line, it’s heaven.” ●
Top to bottom: A collection of Brock’s ANCIENT MODERN
Opposite, top to bottom: The interior of Brock’s vintage
trailer/studio with WORKS IN
studio has a view of
PROGRESS ; Brock outside his
Ojai’s TOPATOPA MOUNTAINS .
studio where he builds pots by hand using an ancient technique he learned from local master potter LARRY CARNES .
In the SLEEPING LOFT , white bedding is layered with a block-
printed coverlet from GARDE and vintage textile pillows by ERIN TAYLOR DESIGN . African Tonga
baskets from DIANI LIVING hang above the bed.
White Wash A California cottage gets the ultimate refresh
Feature J E NNI F E R B L A I S E KRA MER C O R A L V O N Z U MWA LT B Y E R I N TAY L O R DESI G N
PHOTOGRAPHS BY INTERIORS
W H I T E WA S H
When Marietta and Keith Kelt moved from Santa Ynez into their Sea Meadow home 19 years ago, it didn’t have a lot of white space. The walls were a butter hue and the wood floors a French country yellow, and over time they accessorized with cheerful checks and toile. Three years ago, Marietta decided she was ready for a change and looked to longtime friend and designer Erin Taylor for help choosing a paint color. Taylor— who, at the time, owned the home store Botanik in Summerland—agreed, not knowing that one decision would become a floor-to-ceiling transformation with new furniture and an entirely different feel to follow. “I’m never afraid of white, and neither was Marietta,” Taylor says. Marietta says with a laugh: “And neither was my husband!” They settled on Benjamin Moore Simply White and slathered it on every surface. The Kelts moved into the guest room loft above the garage—which is also whitewashed and adorned with pillows from Taylor’s own collection—while their home was transformed using a very subtle, neutral palette. Now, natural wood, bamboo, jute, and white slipcovered pieces show up in nearly every room, offering an organic, soothing feel that’s a high contrast to the vivid shades and patterns from before. Baskets hang in the hallway as part of an ongoing collection, one of the many friendly collaborations this designer and homeowner have had. “I’m a decorator, but I needed guidance,” says Marietta,
“It’s quiet, calm, and ethereal... but
everything’s moppable and machine washable.”
A custom white lacquered dining table from BLAINE TAYLOR FINE FURNITURE is paired
with vintage bent chairs from A BEAUTIFUL MESS as well as end
chairs from GIANNETTI HOME . Opposite, top to bottom: Sunset on HAMMONDS BEACH ; various house plants are tied together with neutral planters.
Clockwise from top: The MASTER BED is piled with vintage linens
and the SUNBURST MIRROR was a gift from Taylor’s personal collection; the Kelts’ grandson doodles on chalkboards mixed in on the GALLERY WALL ; Sea Meadow’s FRENCH NORMANDY-STYLE exterior.
Opposite: Keith and his grandson head to the beach.
Rather than putting a sofa in the SITTING ROOM , the designer
opted for white slipcovered swivel chairs to vary the viewpoints and conversation. The oversized woven pendant above is from ROOST .
Clockwise from top: A path leads to HAMMONDS BEACH ; Marietta and Keith gaze at the ocean; a white slipcovered chair is topped with an INDIGO SEAS pillow. Opposite: A 19TH-CENTURY CHINESE PANEL was a piece in
the home that served as inspiration for the new organic look.
aka Lynn Von Keaton—a social media alias stemming from the names of her two idols: designer Lynn von Kersting (of The Ivy restaurants and Indigo Seas boutique in Los Angeles) and Diane Keaton. “Erin knew my vision and made it all come alive.” Together, the pair shopped here and in Los Angeles, finding tons of treasures at William Laman, Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, DIANI Living, A Beautiful Mess, and Big Daddy’s Antiques, as nearly all of the previous furniture had to go once the fresh new backdrop was in place. Friends Brooke and Steve Giannetti—who, at the time, were simultaneously creating their famed Patina Farm in Ojai—helped source accessories and chairs from their Giannetti Home line along with upholstery ideas such as using hardware store painter’s cloth for upholstery. Taylor’s husband, Blaine, made several pieces of furniture, including the dining room, entry, and kitchen tables. The kitchen remained very much intact. Rather than ripping out cabinets, Taylor had them painted a custom gray, added new hardware, and put in a reclaimed wood beam above the range for texture. The original blue and white tiles on the backsplash (which also show up in the bathroom) were handpicked by Penny Bianchi, the original designer of the homes within the community and a dear friend of Marietta’s. “Keeping the tiles is a nod to Penny and the history of Sea Meadow,” says Taylor.
Clockwise from top: A reclaimed wood console holds artwork by local artist TODD MOSSMAN ; the Kelts with their grandson on the beach; Marietta’s father’s old LAW BOOKS adorn the sea life-studded
shelves. Opposite: A love seat in the ENTRY HALL is upholstered in painter’s cloth.
The vintage screen in the living room—one of only five pieces of furniture that survived the remodel— was also a gift from Bianchi. Its painted scene set the tone for the room, which includes greenery, a brass bar, mirrors, a grand piano, and also opens right up to a beautiful backyard and green space. Natural grass window shades were installed with no valance and hidden cords to keep the look more casual. Rather than sofas and love seats, Taylor opted for four swivel chairs, which she says instantly create different configurations and viewpoints within a room. Marietta’s collections pop up all over the home— from tabletop bowls made in New Mexico (where they used to live) to her dad’s old law books to coffee table books on the Kennedys (she and her husband were married 53 years ago, just days after JFK died). Upstairs in the den, a gallery wall came together over the last couple of years with family photos and a playful chalkboard for their grandson. Taylor added cubbies in the table behind the sectional to stash blankets, water bottles, and books for the couple, keeping their lifestyle comfortable and their home decluttered, with the consistent clean, white look throughout. “It’s quiet, calm, and ethereal. This takes restraint and confidence,” Taylor says, adding with a laugh, “but everything’s moppable and machine washable.” ●
A MELI A F LEET WO O D NA NCY NEI L
Garden PHOTOGRAPHS BY
of Earthly Delights Feting 40 at a feast with friends in Ojai
The table is set for 60. Opposite, clockwise from top: A welcoming to the party;
friends gathered for the birthday celebration; hosts CHANNON AND BIANCA ROE .
Clockwise from top left: Roasted wild KING SALMON with toasted farro, baby
kale, shaved fennel, radish, and golden beets; wines by POTEK WINERY ; Spanish GAZPACHO “sips” served in small ceramic
cups; BLISS TRUFFLES rolled in dukkah with strawberry-balsamic black pepper jam.
“Given our love of Morocco, we wanted Channon and Bianca Roe—that bohemian, trendsetting couple—have put down roots in Ojai a menu with a Mediterranean flair. with their family and lifestyle boutique, In The Field. Known for their lively entertaining, the couple enticed many of their far-flung friends (including de- All the ingredients were gathered from signer Paul Fortune and his husband, Chris Brock; Walton Goggins and Nadia Conners; Jason Segel the Ojai farmers market and from and Alexis Mixter) and other artists, directors, writers, and talented locals to join in the celebration of small farms in the area.” Bianca’s 40th birthday. For the occasion, they chose a secluded location—hotelier Eric Goode’s private residence with its rambling gardens and Spanish-style hacienda surrounded by established orange and avocado trees. Landscape architect and Ojai local (by way of South Africa) Laurence Nicklin designed the lush grounds, using shade-loving plants such as ferns and philodendrons for the east side of the house, while the rest of the garden is alight with a selection of more drought-tolerant plants: succulents, birds of paradise, jade trees, Australian rosemary, Mexican marigold, Jerusalem sage, golden breath of heaven, and sago palms. The sit-down dinner for 60 took place on the rock patio, where the Roes created a beautiful, long, narrow
Above, left to right:
Pietsie and Stephen Hootstein; Beatrice Valenzuela and
Nancy Neil; Amelia
Fleetwood and Anna Julian; Neil Harrison
A PPE TI Z E R S
and Shelly Burgon.
Vegetable crudo and Tuscan cannellini bean spread Crispy crab cakes Vegan pesto pizza F I R S T CO UR S E
Imported Italian burrata, grilled stone fruit, heirloom tomatoes, arugula microgreens, fresh basil ﬂowers, golden lavender balsamic, and organic Ojai olive oil
Left to right: Tablescape
M A I N C O U RS E
with OTIS + PEARL
Roasted wild king salmon with toasted farro, baby kale, shaved fennel, radish, golden beets, and lemon-arugula vinaigrette
stemware, BERNSCOTT POTTERY , CHURCHILL CERAMICS , and flowers
by MacKenzie Curtis of TOPAFLORA ; chef Robin
Goldstein’s A TASTE OF SANTA BARBARA .
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The garden is alight with succulents, birds of paradise, jade trees, Australian rosemary, Mexican marigold,
Jerusalem sage, golden breath of heaven, and sego palms.
Chef ROBIN GOLDSTEIN â€™s first course of burrata, heirloom tomotoes, and grilled stone fruit. Opposite: The grounds were designed by landscape designer LAURENCE NICKLIN .
tablescape with stemware from Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals and dinnerware by Ojai’s own Bernscott Pottery. Large centerpieces of a variety of dahlias, eucalyptus, zinnias, artemisia, pampas plume, amaranth, and ornamental millet by florist and grower MacKenzie Curtis of TopaFlora were held in vases from Churchill Ceramics. Santa Barbara’s Potek Winery provided the remarkable wines. “Given our love of Morocco, we wanted a menu with a Mediterranean flair,” says Bianca. “All the ingredients were gathered from the Ojai farmers market and from small farms in the area.” The mouthwatering, three-course feast was prepared by chef Robin Goldstein, author of the cookbook A Taste of Ojai: A Collection of Small Plates and her upcoming A Taste of Santa Barbara: Crafting A Meal. Attention had been paid to the seating arrange-
The Roes, k n o w n
for their lively entertaining, enticed many of their friends to join the celebration.
ments, ensuring each guest had the opportunity to meet someone new when dinner was served, as well as a chance to catch up with an old friend. Bianca says: “It was so important to me to ring in 40 surrounded by the people I love and have the opportunity to pay homage to a favorite phase of my life, right here and now, in Ojai.” ●
Top to bottom: A FAUX BOIS setting
in the garden; the SPANISH CASITASTYLE HOME ’s
main living room with vintage Persian rugs and red leather club chairs; host ERIC GOODE ; Bianca in a
Vita Kin caftan and Polly Wales jewelry from her store, In the Field. Opposite: Galapago painting created by JULIAN SCHNABEL for
An English family creates a lofty dream WRITTEN BY
J E NNI F E R B L A I S E K RA MER P H O T O G R A P H S B Y T REV O R T O NDRO I N T E R I O R S B Y CHRI ST I NA RO T T MA N
Top to bottom: The front door opens up to a rug and stair runner from REED FLOORS ; Lizzie and Andy Tobias with their three daughters—Holly and twins Grace and Lauren. Previous pages, left to right: A custom inset Zillij mirror with a cantilevered wood shelf hangs in an OUTDOOR HALLWAY ; iron gates welcome guests into the COURTYARD of this Mediterranean hilltop HOPE RANCH home.
review and interior design elements. After construction, Christina Rottman joined the team for interior furnishings and as Andy says, “to put the icing on the cake.” “The ‘dream team’ as Peter put it was chosen by their willingness to be collaborators and work with our vision,” says Andy, a consumer product designer. Together, the skilled group combined their engineering expertise, creative ideas, and historical design knowledge to create something major, while stopping frequently along the way to assess the volume and feel of each space as they more than tripled the size of the home. Adding a second story and a tall stairwell within a tower was no easy feat to pass with the city, but since the grand home cannot be seen by any neighbors, they were able to proceed with a clear and gridlike path on how it would be done. Taking in these layers is enough to put someone on sensory overload. Once past the castlelike exterior’s ivy and gates, guests step into the entry courtyard, with underground radiant heat and a welcoming fire lit in the outdoor fireplace. Inside, a bold bar with playful lighting and rattan stools invites guests to the real heart of this home, positioned right off the entry hall, living room, and sunroom with the ocean
Feature “The most tranquil,
interesting series of High on a hill at the far end of Hope Ranch sits a slice of Old Europe that was thoughtfully recreated. Owners Andy and Lizzie Tobias came to California via England and South Africa and had precise ideas of what they envisioned living in with their three daughters. Ultimately, they found it in a 3,000-squarefoot ranch home that promised panoramic views if they built it up. Now, at 10,000 square feet, their Mediterranean masterpiece is open, airy, and surrounded by lush gardens and ocean vistas, with design details that recall the south of France and welcome a steady stream of houseguests through the door. Armed with mental and physical photographs of everything they loved from their previous homes and international travels, Andy and Lizzie took their “borrowed ideas” to the late architect Peter Becker and hired him and business partners Tom Henson and Jacob Niksto on the spot. Next, Becker recommended his “dream team,” which consisted of Mike Fahrenkrug of Fahrenkrug Construction, Eric Nagelmann landscaping, and Randy Franks for architectural
green spaces seem as if they’ve been there forever.”
Interior designer CHRISTINA ROTTMAN found VINTAGE BAR STOOLS from 1ST DIBS to adorn
the bar off the entry.
Custom drapery and furnishings in the LIVING ROOM include a coffee table
in Macassar ebony by local furniture designer BLAINE TAYLOR .
Landscaper ERIC NAGELMANN created a series of green focal
“Eric Nagelmann did things to the landscape that we just didn’t think would work. His considerable reputation allowed us to agree to most of his plans and then watch with .”
amazement and delight
points around the home and pool. Opposite: Potted geraniums grace the OCEAN-VIEW DECK off the MASTER BATHROOM .
Clockwise from top left: The MASTER BATH gets a view of CANTILEVERED VANITIES and the ocean; a MARC PHILLIPS runner stretches through the master suiteâ€™s hallway; dog Murphy sits on a custom chaise with pillows from MAISON K ; the back view of the house designed by PETER BECKER ARCHITECTURE ; custom chairs in the dining room
sit under an ITALIAN SUSPENSION CHANDELIER named after the Hope Diamond.
peeking in at every turn. The Tobiases have had a bar in their last five homes, Andy notes, “not because we drink a lot but because they are such great spaces for gatherings, casual lunches, and morning coffee looking out at the garden and along the coast.” Upstairs, the master suite is perched above it all, taking advantage of the 360-degree views. Here, Rottman chose custom furniture and lots of linens in soft colors for the bed, from which the entire coastline can be seen. A separate lounge and dressing room open up to a glass hallway and bathroom where French doors allow a view of the sea from the bathtub. Juxtaposing all the warm plaster, stone walls, cool water hues from the pool, and the Pacific is lush greenery, capping off the dreamy feeling of this Provençal setting. “Eric Nagelmann did things to the landscape that we just didn’t think would work or frankly be Continued on page 169
J O A N TA PPER T REV O R T O NDRO B Y MA RK D. SI KES
PHOTOGRAPHS BY INTERIORS
A 1920s house for all time
The glassed-in LOGGIA , invitingly appointed in shades of bright blue, serves as an informal DINING ROOM as well as a FESTIVE EVENT SPACE . Opposite: Ojai muralist MARIA TRIMBELL patterned the POWDER ROOM decor on vintage chinoiserie wallpaper.
Architectural details from an earlier age mesh gracefully with CONTEMPORARY LIVING .
Clockwise from top left: The arched central FOYER ; the spacious POWDER ROOM ; and a comfortable HOME OFFICE . Opposite: Glass-
front cabinets in the BUTLER’S PANTRY provide plenty of space for
an array of serving pieces.
There’s an art to mixing the architecture of a bygone era with contemporary living. Too much reverence and you can end up with a museum piece. Throw out all elements of an earlier age and the result might be a characterless box. The owners of a 1927 home designed by architect Reginald Johnson in the hedgerow neighborhood of Montecito have just the right touch. The couple had lived full-time in Santa Barbara for half a dozen years when they moved from a rambling house to this U-shaped residence a year ago. Johnson—the famed architect of both the Biltmore Hotel on Channel Drive and the Santa Barbara Post Office downtown, among many other commissions— designed the home with high ceilings, lots of light,
The SITTING ROOM cum LIBRARY evinces the ownersâ€™
penchant for mixing MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES
in everything from art to furniture and accessories.
In the velvet-walled formal DINING ROOM , antique mirrors reflect the
light of an ornate chandelier above the table. Opposite, top to bottom: A towering beamed ceiling adds grandeur to the LIVING ROOM ; olive trees soften the hardscape of a brick patio in the BACKYARD .
and public and private spaces that offer both intimacy and accommodate gracious entertaining. Bringing it up to the needs of modern life, however, meant raising and leveling the foundation; opening walls to update plumbing, electricity, and communications; and adding sprinkler systems. The couple also converted two of the home’s five bedrooms to studies, but left the period details, including arched doorways and hallways, six distinctive fireplaces, intricately carved woodwork and cabinetry, wrought-iron hardware, and six-paned double-hung windows. “The house is spacious,” notes the owner, “but it doesn’t feel huge. It’s efficient. There’s a very livable number of rooms, but the scale is larger.” The voluminous spaces are furnished with comfortable seating—including multiple couches that invite napping—as well as shelves full of books and artworks that speak to the owners’ eclectic tastes. Beneath a beamed ceiling, the living room is formal but not austere, decorated with pale green and white fabrics that mix floral and geometric designs as well as accessories in Asian and contemporary styles. “We married our sensibility with what the house wanted,” says the owner. Cabinetry crafted to match the carved fireplace mantel hides an entertainment center, while games, art books, and family photographs cluster on shelves, tables, and the grand piano. One side of the house is made for entertaining, with a spacious, gleaming white kitchen, the original butler’s pantry with copious glass-front cabinets and a spot for every kind of silver tray and utensil, and a
“We married our sensibility with what the house wanted.” jewel box of a dining room with walls covered in rich green velvet. The hallway that leads to the bedroom wing of the house includes a typical Johnson touch—an antechamber just outside the powder room. Here, the walls are hand painted by Ojai artist Maria Trimbell in a chinoiserie motif, patterned after antique-style de Gournay wallpaper. “It’s similar but customized,” says the owner, “with peacocks, butterflies, and pomegranates.” Paralleling the hallway is a glassed-in loggia that looks out to a brick patio and lawn. “We built the wall to enclose the sun room,” she adds, “and made it into a year-round room. It’s an incredible event space for everything from an intimate ‘salon’ to a back-toschool class party.” At the end of the hallway, the daughter’s bedroom has delicate lavender decor with a four-poster bed and trundles built in for sleepovers. Pride of place goes to one of the original—and much cherished—Teddy Continued on page 169
The daughterâ€™s lavenderhued bedroom with a FOUR-POSTER BED .
Artist DONALD ROBERTSON in his home studio with #DONUTFORSCALE .
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Clockwise from top left: Twins Henry and Charlie cavort in the PAUL FORTUNE -designed living room #SONDAY ; Kim and Donald stepping out #HOTWIFE ; #TED settles down for homework with Monty in the dining room featuring a vintage table set; Robertson has picked up the California vibe surfboards et al. #SWELL .
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