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Category Archives: Homes and Architecture

Welcome to Jennabunkport

by lesliedinaberg on September 21, 2016

Writer Jenna McCarthy’s she shack is 140 square feet of home office heaven. By Leslie Dinaberg Living—and working—in a 100-year-old farmhouse certainly has its charms, but as her children grew bigger and houseguests came and went, writer Jenna McCarthy (Everything’s Relative, The Parent Trip, Lola Knows a Lot) longed for, as Virginia Woolf once wrote,”a room […]

Restoring Ranchito Bendito: An Edwards and Plunkett Classic

by lesliedinaberg on November 1, 2015

ranchito-bendito-montecito-magazine-article_fall-winter2010 This story was originally published in Montecito Magazine in Winter 2010.

Spanish Colonial Style: Santa Barbara and The Architecture of James Osborne Craig and Mary McLaughlin Craig

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2015

This retrospective exhibition, the first in 90 years, celebrates the publication of a monograph on the work of two seminal Santa Barbara architects, who happen to be husband and wife. James Osborne Craig is widely credited with establishing the Spanish Colonial style in Santa Barbara. He left two buildings of such potency—even precocity, given his age—completed […]

My Santa Barbara | ArchitecTours: Every Building Tells a Story

by lesliedinaberg on September 25, 2015

Julia Morgan—the architect who designed Hearst Castle—said: “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.” That may be true, but the intriguing personal stories behind the nine buildings highlighted in the 2015 Santa Barbara AIA Annual ArchitecTours also have some tantalizing tales to tell. This year’s tour, themed “buildings with a story,” […]

Editor’s Pick: Casa del Herrero Celebrates 90 Years

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2015

George Fox Steedman and his wife Carrie moved into their new home on June 29, 1925. Now we have a chance to celebrate “father of Santa Barbara style” George Washington Smith’s architectural legacy with a special garden party. Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. June 28, 4–7 p.m. 805/565-5653, Originally published in […]

Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour—Editor’s Pick for Spring

by lesliedinaberg on May 12, 2014

Several George Washington Smith-designed homes in Montecito take center stage in the annual Pearl Chase Society Historic Homes Tour. Between 1918 and his death in 1930, George Washington Smith designed more than 60 residential and non-residential structures, mostly in Santa Barbara, including a home originally designed for renowned violinist and composer Henry Eichheim, which is […]

AB Design Studio Selected as New Architect for Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2014

The long-wished-for Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara takes another step forward with the selection of architects from AB Design Studio Inc. to complete the building, which was initially designed by the late Barry Berkus. Affectionately dubbed “the sand castle,” the whimsical design features approximately 15,000 square feet of interactive exhibits including a rooftop sky garden […]

MCA Santa Barbara Invites Architects To Do Anything But Architecture In New Exhibition

by lesliedinaberg on January 2, 2014

  Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) welcomes six prominent Los Angeles-based architects as they present original designs that are anything but architecture. In “Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity,”  Amorphis LA, Atelier Manferdini, Ball Nogues Studio, Design Bitches, DO/SU Studio Architecture and Variate Labs present their work,  embracing cross-fertilization, collaboration and adaptation to […]

Keeping it Green: Cozy Charm Meets Environmental Friendliness

by lesliedinaberg on September 1, 2013

Combining cozy quaintness with modern conveniences was the goal when Linda and Jerry Gutterman decided to remodel their 1930’s cottage. As much as they loved the homey feel of their tiny, 1,086 square foot abode, they wanted more room, and used their remodel as an opportunity to create a greener, healthier and more energy efficient […]

First Time Home Buyers: Lowered Expectations

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Like many first time homebuyers, Jennifer Cartwright and Bob Freed had to lower their expectations a bit when they set out to buy something on the South Coast. When they originally saw their condominium at 235 Aspen Way in Santa Barbara, they didn’t like it. “After seeing what was out there and the locations and […]