Santa Barbara’s Majestic Foothills

So just what is the art of outdoor living?

It’s comfortable elegance. It’s casual living as an art form. It’s the concept of home as a collection of beautiful, comfortable outdoor rooms surrounded by breathtaking landscaping – with just enough house for in case of rain.

This scrumptious gem secreted in the hills above Santa Barbara is a perfect illustration of the art of outdoor living…

The hilltop refuge is situated amongst the massive sandstone outcrops and manzanita.

A room with a view… The space around the house has been landscaped, creating a series of outdoor rooms.

Gravel mulch is unthirsty, low maintenance and flame retardant.

Patches of dry-laid flagstone create sitting areas around the house.

Sheltered by the house and the storage barn, a toasty fire is perfect for chilly evenings.





Water brings life to the garden, drawing winged creatures and providing soothing “music”.

A cedar hot tub sits below the house…

…with a bench built into the slope…

…and a place to lounge around


Succulents, colorful pots and pebble accents add richness to the composition without adding fuel for fire.



Next time on The Art of Outdoor Living

Our Montecito Restoration project receives national recognition in a first-ever awards program. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Private Gardens of Santa Barbara takes you through 18 of my favorite gardens as they’ve never been seen before. With hundreds of striking photographs by our award-winning photographer, Holly Lepere, we’re sure you’ll want to add it to your collection. Pre-order your copy today! And don’t forget your friends and family – the book makes a great gift too!

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Upcoming Events

Check out my upcoming talks and book signings! Catch my Demand More from Your Garden: Multi-tasking Landscape Elements and Hard-Working Plants at the following times and locations:

Friday, March 6, 2020  at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thursday, March 26, 2020  at the Festival of Flowers in Mobile, Alabama.

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