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.┬áThis 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 […]

George Washington Smith and the Spanish Colonial Revival

The Spanish Colonial Revival style is likely a big part of what comes to mind for anyone conjuring a vision of “Santa Barbara architecture.” Some of its characteristic features include: white stucco walls red terracotta roof tiles     painted tile staircases     curves and arches, especially in arcades     ornamental iron work […]

A Virtual Tour of Lutah Maria Riggs’s Santa Barbara

Above image: Von Romberg home. Source: Santa Barbara Magazine Architecture enthusiasts in the Santa Barbara region are almost certainly acquainted with the work of Lutah Maria Riggs, the first licensed female architect in the city. An eccentric character, talented draftsperson, and visionary architect, Riggs designed some of our most iconic theaters and homes in the […]

805 Profile: Kuehl’s Clearing

805 Profile In this section we shine a spotlight on a local business, organization, or person creating cool design in the Santa Barbara area. We’re pleased to feature a landscape clearing specialist available for private hire in the Santa Barbara area. Darryl Keuhl is a Santa Barbara native who is passionate about this region and […]

Hardscaping Inspiration

Add a sculptural dimension to your yard with decorative boulders, fountains, benches, or sculptures. These can fill in gaps between indigenous or other drought-tolerant vegetation, and goes way beyond garden gnomes! Here are a few inspirational images to get you started (click images for sources):

Eco Solutions: Laundry-to-Landscape

With California scrounging for every drop of water, consider incorporating graywater, rainwater and stormwater harvesting systems into your home design. Laundry-to-Landscape is a program run by LeAnne Ravinale designed to innovatively bring water conservation into residential systems. Step one is installing a simple basin like the one below, which will catch rainwater and store “graywater” […]

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