Saturday, January 21, 2017

Living Large In Small Spaces - Spanish Colonial Revival Home

Located in Santa Barbara, California, a restored Spanish Colonial Revival home is this week's pick for Living Large In Small Spaces.




HT: Clark Collins Sierra


Welcome to the eighty-ninth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".



Built in 1931, this 985 sq ft charmer, the second home of a Los Angeles couple, has recently undergone an extensive restoration. During the exterior renovation the flat roof was replaced and the original clay tiles were restored.

The front door opens into the living area where the picture window offers views of the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific ocean and the Channel Islands. The reupholstered vintage sofa was positioned to allow for traffic flow from the door to the dining room.



Lighting fixtures throughout the house are either refurbished or reproduction pieces in keeping with the 1930's period.  Furnishings are an eclectic mix of new and vintage.

An iron chandelier in the dining room is typical of Spanish Colonial Revival homes. Wire chairs were chosen for their visual openness in the small space.

The refinished hardwood floors are original to the home. To brighten the kitchen, the old green tile was replaced with yellow tile in a similar retro style and pattern. 

The new custom made kitchen cabinets are similar to the originals. Cabinets extend to the ceiling to maximize storage.


HT: Clark Collins Sierra

Colorful Heriz rugs bring warmth to the rooms.


A new Dutch door leads out to the backyard. All the door hardware is original to the home, as are all of the interior doors. 


To the left of the refrigerator a stackable washer and dryer are hidden behind the cabinet doors. Metal mesh grilles used in the panels are repeated on the cabinet doors below the sink. The Dishmaster faucet looks old, but it's actually new. I remember seeing Dishmaster units in mid-century homes and didn't realize until now that they're still available for purchase.




All fixtures in the bathroom are new, except the original tub which was refinished. The new mint green and black tile, built-in medicine cabinet and pedestal sink look like they've always been there. I appreciate the placement of  the pedestal sink between the cabinets. This really solves the problem that often occurs with sinks of this type: not enough surface room for grooming tools. Brilliant.


The lights and knobs are reproductions. Whether the apothecary jars and shaving mirror are actually vintage pieces or reproductions, they're a perfect addition to the bathroom.



The home has two small bedrooms, one of which we see here.  Though minimally furnished, it is a lovely room. A neutral jute rug allows the stunning bed to take center stage. The marble light on the nightstand is an antique and the ceiling light is a period reproduction.

HT: Clark Collins Sierra



An outdoor dining area is accessed from the kitchen. The top of the table is concrete. 


Succulents and drought-tolerant plants line a gravel path to the backyard.

Sierra Street


Many of the stone walls are original to the property. Old salvaged stone from other projects was used to construct additional retaining walls.

Sierra Street

In addition to the outdoor dining space, two other areas were created for relaxing.



You can see more of this home, including before photos and information about paint colors and furnishings in the Houzz article here.

Remodel and interior design by Clark Collins of Collins Design & Development; landscape design by Grace Design Associates.

Photos by Holly Lepere, Clark Collins and Eric Foote.



Join me next Saturday for another post 
in the special series

Living Large in Small Spaces


See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.







Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cottage Life - French Embroidery Hoop

I'm a bit of a fabric addict. It's a big reason I love quilting, sewing, rug making. . . anything that's related to textiles gets my attention. 

I can't pass up a fabric store or quilt show.

If there's an antique mall with vintage material, I'm right there.

And I've never met a box of vintage embroidered pieces in a thrift store or yard sale that I didn't like.

Hand embroidery is on my to-do list this year. I learned to embroider as a child and after noting a wonderful revival of the craft I've decided to get back into it. Which brings me to the subject of this post.

Earlier this month I ordered something special for myself, which I rarely do, and then anxiously awaited its arrival. In just a few days it showed up.




A gift to me. . .from me. 




My heart skipped a beat when I opened the package.





The pretty wrapping really did make me feel as though I was opening a gift.




And there it was. . .


my French Embroidery Hoop.


The hoop was designed by French General, a company I first discovered when I began quilting and saw their beautiful material for Moda Fabrics. After visiting French General's website I signed up for their newsletter, and that's how I first learned about the new French Embroidery Hoop.




The light-weight embroidery hoop has a brass ring and a steel coil wire which holds the fabric tightly in place.  




The hoop is just so pretty and unusual, and I can't help but believe my embroidery experience is going to be better for it. I'm already imagining winter evenings in front of the fire, French embroidery hoop in hand, stitching beautiful patterns. Très francais.

I'm not receiving any compensation whatsoever from French General for sharing this. I purchased the hoop and simply wanted to share it with you. I will tell you that you can find French General on Instagram here, and a discount code for $10 off the French embroidery hoop, if you'd like to have your own.