Monday, February 27, 2012

MY DESIGN FILES: Montecito Farmhouse

Occurred to me as I was leaving for the Design Bloggers Conference in LA I needed to create posts for the week.  Well, all I can say is this, "When you're going to be in the midst of some of the most talented blog minds's daunting to figure out what to blog about!".

I thought it might be fun to share my tear sheets I've kept for years..not for client projects..but for my very own.  And, ironically, so much that is in MY DESIGN FILES, is from homes in California.  Michael & I honeymooned, travel there regularly & spend summer vacation in California.  So, suffice it to say, the sunshine state & lifestyle has greatly influenced my design.  Here goes...

This house was in House Beautiful a long time ago...I saved it because I loved the grounds, configuration of the different structures on the property & the pea gravel drive...WANT!

And, interestly enough, it's for sale in Montecito where we summer vacation...knew I loved this house way back when.  Best find of late, the floor plan below of house & property.   I'm saving this for LIKE ever because if I ever build, this floor plan is it!

Montecito Farmhouse
Is somebody kidding me?  Dream...

Montecito Farmhouse

Love the driveway!
Montecito Farmhouse

The idea of a great hall with two fireplaces as the center of a home is masterful design to me!  See floorplan below.

This would be my dream to build!  Truly...Michael, are you reading?  Know he would love it too.

Montecito Farmhouse

I know, the architecture & decor are a little fussy for my taste...but that floorplan can't be denied!  If you want to see more, here is the real estate listing.  More tomorrow.  Have a great day!

We'll talk soon.



  1. Oh dear Gwen!! This Montecito home is FANTASTIC!!!!! Love love love this!!
    Have a great week dreaming of your future home!!!

  2. This looks like Penelope Bianchi's home (McCormick Interiors). She is a good friend of Brooke Giannetti and, while Penny has her own blog, you will see her prominently featured on Brooke's Velvet and Linen. Penny's home is fabulous inside and out. I have always loved the configuration of the exterior -- especially those gates -- and am happy to see the actual floor plan. Thanks.

  3. This is right down my "allee'" - gorgeous! franki

  4. Gwen, cant wait to hear about the bloggers conference. Danni and i were going to go, but we were to busy with family issues. Please share!

  5. Wow! I would love to be there too, Gwen. So quaint and beautiful!
    Have a great time at the conference!

  6. LOVE. I used to live in Montecito. Regularly got to view beautiful spaces via two groups belonged to that held monthly get togethers in members homes. But truthfully, by far most memorable home was a rented cottage off San Ysidro Lane. The woman who lived there was so CLEVER with color, fabric, and flea market finds....where many with millions really need you Gwen!!

  7. And guess who your next door neighbor would be...

  8. Penelope and Adam Bianchi's home is a dream.
    Our first visit inspired our next home, Patina Farm.
    Penny designs from the heart and her home is a reflection of her passion for life and design.


  9. What a beautiful piece of property!


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