favorite shop: scout

You all know by now how I love to shop local.  This past weekend while my daughter was visiting, she was going on about this new shop she had passed downtown but wasn’t open when she had walked by.  Luckily, quite accidentally, we stumbled upon SCOUT while doing some Christmas shopping the next day. Continue reading

how to make a modern home work when you are a cottage girl at heart

For those of you who follow me, you know I moved to California from a traditional home in New England… a  1917 stone and stucco Connecticut cottage to be exact.  I grew up in older homes with lots of character and even lived in a historic brownstone building in NYC when I was first married.  “Modern” just wasn’t part of my vocabulary.  When we decided to buy a house in Santa Barbara, I was at first drawn to the older Spanish homes that oozed charm.  I searched for nine months and knew every new listing as soon as it hit the market.  One day while I was scrolling through endless pictures of homes on the internet, a new listing caught my eye.  It was described as an “airy, informal, and romantic home… a stunning mid-century modern shaped to embrace the outdoors”.  Hmm. Well it looked promising. It was bright and open in the photographs. Continue reading

Me and my Mate(s)

It’s rare enough to find a shop where you fall in love with just about everything in it,  but it’s icing on the cake when the owners turn out to be just as fun and wonderful as the space they have created.  One of those shops, which has added immeasurably to our Santa Barbara home, is Mate Gallery. The mates are Ron Brand and Matt Albiani, who bring a nostalgic East Coast vibe to their West Coast store. Being from New England originally, I fell hard for just about everything in their exquisite shop. They scour tag sales and antique shops on the East Coast and bring their finds back to their small but packed-to-the-rafters space in Montecito, California. It is chock full of wonderful art, gifts, home furnishings, and is bursting with the humor and personality of its owners. Matt is also an accomplished photographer and many of his works adorn the walls next to vintage oil paintings of the sea and a portrait or two. Continue reading

The Ever Expanding Gallery Wall

I love art. I love the thrill of finding a piece that speaks to you and I love the soul that it brings to a home. I was an art major in college and I’m now a sometimes-watercolorist.  I left most of my paintings at our home on the East Coast. I have a copious amount of paintings that couldn’t possibly all fit in The Little Glass House. One of the qualities I love most about our home in California is the abundance of natural light because of the numerous French doors and floor to ceiling windows. However, it drastically reduces the amount of wall space to hang art. Continue reading

My love affair with a store

I spent all but the last few years of my life living on the East Coast. My last home that I shared with my husband and daughter was a traditional cottage that looked like it had been plucked straight from the English country side. It was stone and stucco with a cedar roof, complete with ivy strewn walls. In fact, we named it “Ivy Cottage”. I had always been drawn to older homes with charm and character.  Of course, older homes come with their own set of problems that would take up too much of this post to go into! Continue reading