805 Profile: Hofmann Architecture

The Chappell family recently had the opportunity to tour a classic 1970 Sovereign 31′ Airstream, newly renovated by our friends at Hofmann Architecture. Retrofitted by the HofArc team, which brings a full-service approach to small space mobile design and build services, the new “Betty” is fully equipped for an active family of four. Check out […]

Carpinteria Beach House

DCA is pleased to announce the near-completion of a new single-family house here in Carpinteria, California. Before Our clients came to us with an original 1960’s Carpinteria beach bungalow. The 856 sq. ft. home was located on a large parcel with lots of potential and little more to be desired. We worked closely with the owners to […]

Not Your Grandmother’s Kitchen Sink: the eUnit Kitchen

“Smart homes” have been getting more and more attention in the contemporary design world, and for good reason. With the uptick in appliances and home systems that foreground precise, remote control, homeowners have the opportunity to conveniently and ecologically manage their highest-consumption rooms. In California, where water recycling and conservation are hot topics, we’re especially […]

Mid-Century Modern Dimensional Tiles

Creating a distinctive, high-impact interior design requires a special attention to finishes. After all, the very same footprint can go in wildly different directions depending on materials, colors, and texture. All of this influences the ultimate feel of your space. In this post, we highlight the custom mid-century modern dimensional tiles by Heath Ceramics: an […]

The Varidesk Promises Ergonomic Productivity

When architects get together, it’s no surprise that we talk about interior spaces: how they form our imaginative environments and support—or hinder—our needs and goals. Put simply, our spaces form the enclaves of our lives. It’s our job and passion to re-imagine the traditional uses to which our spaces are put.   A few minutes […]

Made in the Shade: Lighting Control Systems

In this post, we look at systems for efficient, elegant, and adjustable lighting and shade control in residential and commercial spaces alike. J|Geiger Shading Technology J|Geiger is a patented window shading system designed to be exposed, eliminating the need for fascias, valances and boxes. This unique design means the end of unsightly wires, screws or fasteners. […]

Designing Kitchen Lifestyle: Modular Refrigeration

Embarking on a kitchen redesign? With some creativity, redressing traffic jams in this busy area of the house can also achieve a welcoming, versatile space for residents and visitors. In this post, we’re excited to give you the scoop on an interesting option for maximizing your custom kitchen design: modular refrigeration. You’ve probably heard of […]

The ‘Hacienda’ in History and Contemporary Design

The hacienda style, which began as a Spanish colonial style in Mexico, has much in common with the twentieth-century Santa Barbara architecture popularized by George Washington Smith and Lutah Maria Riggs. Both aesthetics are marked by arcaded silhouettes, spindled window grills, and heavy wooden colonial doors. Both celebrate the natural materials of the Southwest, showing […]

Robert Stacy-Judd, 1884-1975 Guest house in the Indian Village at Soboba Hot Springs (San Jacinto, Calif.)- Maricopa, circa 1928 hand-colored postcard- 3 1:2 x 5 1:2 in. Robert Stacy-Judd Papers, Art, Design + Architecture Museum, UCSB

Cliff May and the California Ranch House Ideal

Above image credit: Robert Stacy-Judd, 1884-1975 Guest house in the Indian Village at Soboba Hot Springs (San Jacinto, Calif.)- Maricopa, circa 1928 hand-colored postcard- 3 1:2 x 5 1:2 in. Robert Stacy-Judd Papers, Art, Design + Architecture Museum, UCSB In this post, we take a look at the illustrious career of Cliff May, the American […]

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