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Category Archives: Home and Garden

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 […]

Cocktail Corner: Fermentation Festival Kicks Off With a Mule of a Competition

by lesliedinaberg on August 26, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The 6th annual Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival is coming up on Sept. 11, but first up is a pre-festival event called the Year of the Mule Cocktail Competition, from 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 30, at The Good Lion (1212 State St.). In celebration of the 75th anniversary of […]

The Joy of Food: Leela Cyd’s Latest Artful Adventure

by lesliedinaberg on April 4, 2016

By Leslie Dinaberg Food, fun and friends are, without a doubt, the best ingredients for any kind of gathering, and Leela Cyd’s new book—Food With Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings—is packed with culinary inspiration, gorgeous photography and mouthwatering recipes. A former personal chef, Cyd is now an accomplished writer-photographer (and contributor to Seasons) and […]

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,” […]

The Wild and Wonderful World of Orchids

by lesliedinaberg on March 14, 2014

Photographs by Chuck Place | Story by Leslie Dinaberg The flowers themselves are not the only lavishly colorful component in the exotic  jungle of the orchid universe. Photographer Chuck Place—an avid grower of  cymbidiums and an eager chronicler of quirkiness—takes us on a lush visual  journey through the wild and wonderful world of orchids.     […]

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: Adventures in Home Buying

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Sometimes the first house you have your heart set on isn’t the one that you’re meant to have. That was the lesson Gloria Herrera and Martin Ibarra learned during their recent home-buying adventure. After losing bids on several homes, the couple, who share a home with their daughter and Ibarra’s mother, was ready to compromise […]

First Time Home Buyers: Going Condo

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

The quest to buy a condominium on the South Coast can be grueling on the nerves. “It was crazy. You’d go out and at every open house … you’d see all the same people all the time,” said Cari Thomas, who recently purchased a San Roque condo with her husband Sam. “They started looking like […]

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 […]

First Time Home Buyers: There’s Nothing Like the First Time

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Here on the South Coast — where multiple bidders compete to buy $1 million generic tract houses that “need work” — first time homebuyers are definitely in the minority. But a surprising number of working professionals are getting into the market via some very creative configurations, both in terms of financing and sometimes even living […]