Casa del Herrero – House of the Blacksmith

After months of anticipation, a group of our members finally visited Casa del Herrero in Montecito. The docent-guided tour included a short video and touring of the house, gardens and the workshop.
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Built in 1925 for George Steedman and his wife, Casa del Herreo was designed by architect George Washington Smith in a Southern Spanish – Andalusia style. The interaction between Mr. Steedman and the architect was quite interesting. Mr. Steelman was very involved in the design process. He would always compliment the architect’s design and gave his suggestions to make changes.  Everything, including the furniture, is original to the home, including some pieces crafted by Mr. Steedman. The woodwork, tile work, and metalwork are all incredible.
Since no photos were allowed inside the home and the workshop, we will share some photos from the gardens. The gardens are in the Beaux-Arts style. (There are 13 criteria for a Beaux-Arts garden.)

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We were touched by how Mr. Steedman had thoughtfully designed many details of the estate. One example is the space in the workshop for Mrs. Steedman to work on flowers. It was a way for the two of them to spend more time together. Casa del Herrero is a wonderful place to visit in the Santa Barbara area.

 

contributed by Michelle Chiang, CAPID, NKBA
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September 7, 2016 – “More Money, More Profit” CEU Presentation

Join our September meeting where guest speaker Kimberley Seldon will be giving a CEU presentation! 

9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CEU Presentation by Kimberley Seldon

“More Money, More Profits”

North Ranch Country Club

4761 Valley Spring Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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It’s a dilemma for nearly every business professional: you want to increase profits, yet you’re leaving money on the table with suppliers, clients, trades, and retailers. In More Money, More Profits, interior designer Kimberley Seldon reveals her Top Strategies for plugging the gaps in profitability and increasing job and customer satisfaction through a unique 15 Step Project Management Plan. A dynamic and engaging crowd pleaser, Kimberley’s no-nonsense approach leaves the audience “fired up” and armed with specific techniques to transform lackluster profitability within the first month of implementation.

The deadline to RSVP was Wednesday, August 31. We are looking forward to the event! Please contact CAPID President Joanna Forbes if you have questions.

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