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.
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

Find Your Design Style!

Personal Style in Design

When asked, “what is your interior design style?”, I hesitate because I truly have a love and appreciation for all styles, colors, art, and the infinite combinations that can be created from all of the above.

When I work with a new client I can get a general feeling as to what their style is with a few clues.

Art is a good indicator of style.  Abstract art usually reflects a love for modern design, clean lines and a minimal look and feel.  Flea market vintage art can reflect a love of antiques, curvilinear furniture and soft color.  Art is very personal and says something about you and that which you like to surround yourself.  Using a favorite piece of art as a building block for interior design is a good place to start.  It is the perfect way to build a color palette.

I have clients tear out pictures from magazines.  I ask them to save pictures of objects, colors, textures, anything that catches their eye.  If there is just one element in the picture that they like, save it.  When I review all the pictures, their style begins to emerge.

Your style may not be clear cut and that is okay.  Blending styles can be interesting too, while still utilizing the basic principles of design.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal style.  A professional interior designer will help you create an environment that is comfortable, functional and fits your style.

Contributed by Jackie Rosenthal, CAPID

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“Mad” for Design – Modernism at the Museum

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