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. […]

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 […]

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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