Text by Vanessa Kogevinas
Photography By Mark Lohman
Picture yourself on a loggia surrounded by lush rolling lawns and a private oasis nestled into one of the California coast’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Take this dream one step further and envision your house decorated by some of the country’s best interior designers. You have arrived at the Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens, which opens September 13 and continues through October 7.
The driving forces behind the project are Joanie and Dennis Franz who chose the Junior League of Santa Barbara as the benefiting charity. “I hoped to do something that would ultimately benefit the young people of our community,” says Joanie.
Designed by renowned architect Peter Becker and built by Phillip Pennestri of Pennco Properties, the 6,000 square foot, six bedroom, six and a half bath shingle style estate features a two bedroom cabana, a pavilion with outdoor fireplace and gourmet kitchen, a swimming pool, a bocce ball court, and an herb and rose garden. All the landscaping was by landscape architect Robert Adams and Mike Cicileo of Cicileo Landscapes Inc. Paint throughout the home courtesy of Farrow & Ball.
The interiors are the culminated creation of outstanding talents—Mary McDonald, Michelle Workman, Mark Weaver, David Phoenix, Ryan Brown, Caroline and Steve Thompson, Carla Lane, Steve Weinstock, Katerina Tana, Jaime Dietenhofer, Linda Chase and Ann Sutherland.
Inside, Mary McDonald marries varying shades of blue and turquoise in the great room and infuses the space with Moroccan touches. “We wanted to create an intimate and relaxed environment where family and guests can mingle easily both inside and on the adjoining loggia,” she says.
Drawing upon her textile collection—Katerina Tana Collection-Loom, and her tile collection Breakwater Collection—Tana’s design of the property’s cabana “is a celebration of the beach, the light and the California landscape.”
Michelle Workman selected a sophisticated and rich yet casual design for the living room. “I wanted to create an elegant space that was neither forbidding nor expected,” she says.
Blues and greens are the base for the children’s suite by Carla Lane, who selected Lulu DK’s new line of embroidered children’s fabrics that are at once fun and sophisticated. “The colors relate to the ocean, but ultimately it’s a kids room to have fun in,” says the designer.
Balancing out the blues throughout the residence are sand and earth tones, which were selected by Ryan Brown for the guest suite. “We chose a neutral palette, used organic materials and created airy designs to avoid competition with the massive oak tree and endless views,” says Brown.
Both color palettes—blues and earth tones—are deftly combined in the office designed by Caroline and Steve Thompson, owners of Cabana Home.
The garage by Jaime Dietenhofer, founder of Storage Envy, stands its ground against the rest of the design. “We wanted to maintain the functional attributes of a garage without sacrificing the aesthetics,” Dietenhofer says.
For more ticket information please call: 323.655.4424 or visit www.SBDHG.com.
For information on purchasing the house, call 805.570.7745.
For more, please pick up a copy of the August issue of California Homes