Details: New Digs…New Project –
A Little Inspiration Goes A Long Way

We’re hot and heavy into remodeling our new home now. Our current focus is the interior – we want to make it livable as quickly as possible. (Which also gives us more time to fantasize about the outside. I’m going to relish garden-making here!)

We’re after bright, airy, fresh, relaxed spaces. Earthy, honest materials. A San Ysidro Ranch meets Napa-Sonoma contemporary farmhouse vibe. Open floor plan. Blurred line between indoors and out, with the garden set up for gracious outdoor living. What we call the art of outdoor living…  that Santa Barbara style that people the world over come here to savor.

We’re landscapers by trade – not interior designers – and this is the biggest project of our own that we’ve ever done. To true ourselves up, we put together some inspiration photos. Here’s a look at various rooms in their virgin state and the photos that called to us. We’d love to hear your input — and I can’t wait to share the outcome with you.

dining room before
Dining room before
Photo 1 inspiration_final
Dining room inspiration – Wide plank French oak floors throughout the house

All the rooms on the back side of the house – dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and bath – want to be opened up to bring the outdoors in to create that Santa Barbara style that we love.

backyard before
Back yard before
backyard inspiration
Back yard inspiration – This photo by LMK Interiors embodies the art of outdoor living.
Can’t you just see yourself spending hours here?

Kitchen materials will be simple and earthy…and timeless. Linen paint, shaker cabinets, farmhouse sink, Carrera counter tops, touches of reclaimed wood.

kitchen before
Kitchen before
Photo 3 inspiration2 final
Kitchen inspiration
kitchen inspiration
Kitchen inspiration – Shelves by Elmwood Reclaimed Timber

A big transformation is coming to the master bedroom and bath.

master bedroom before
Master bedroom before
master bedroom inspiration
Master bedroom inspiration by JMA

The master bath is dreary now…we’ll go light and airy and luxe…and connected to the garden…

master bathroom before
Master bath before
bathroom inspiration
Master bath inspiration at Patina Farm

The family bath will get a little love too

bathroom before
Family bath before
family bath inspiration
Family bath inspiration from Goforth Gill Architects


Sneak peak into our next blog post…

Details: New Digs…Cool Stuff…Our Favorites!
(and a sneak peak at some garden ideas)

Next time on The Art of Outdoor Living we’re drilling down into the details of our remodeling project. Hope you’re enjoying the process as much as we are!

Backyard fire pit – gorgeous!
Backyard fire pit – gorgeous!

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One thought on “Details: New Digs…New Project –
A Little Inspiration Goes A Long Way

  1. Thank you for the ping back, Margie! Your new home project looks delightfully fun, home renovations are fantastic dreams for interior designers like myself. Can’t wait to see the transformation…Best Wishes!! Elle

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