about a year and half ago when i was in santa barbara i did a post on this same house designed by michael s smith. it’s always been an absolute favorite. the post was called “sentimental” for many reasons, and for many reasons it still is.

whenever i want to be inspired or just gaze upon sheer beauty i take a look at this exquisite space- i love all the white, especially the white floors, all the blue and white, the tiles are absolutely staggering, love all the hanging plates, of course i love the chinoiserie wall-paper, the coromandel screen, the ruby red soane slipper chair in the living room…i could go on and on….

every time i’m in santa barbara i think about this house and right now i’m here, and i can’t stop thinking about it. michael has promised me a private tour at some point….i’ll be patiently waiting. until then i’ll keep feeling sentimental.

french doors dressed in foor-to-ceiling linen curtains- 18th century brazilian jacaranda secretary at end of the room- love!

the portuguese- style manor house built on the site of a late-19th century pillsbury family mansion

michael s smith many years ago standing in front of a gorgeous coromandel screen- my birthday wish!

reproductions of 18th century portuguese tile create an absolutely gorgeous back drop to the living room- a  pair of slipcovered sofas flanking the fireplace mantle- chic, chic, chic!  

a gilt mirror and blue and white portuguese plates hanging above stone fireplace mantle

a late 16th -century painting anchors the living room and sits over a saddle brown leather settee that michael s smith reproduced later for his furniture line- jasper- im so lucky to have the jasper settee in my dining room!

an antique table with drawers is beautifully accessorized in the living room- the blue and white tile is remarkable!

entrance hall- an antique rosewood portuguese table flanked by saddle brown leather régence armchairs- the collection of antlers from the south of frane  add an unexpected touch of rustic chic!

dining room- commissioned copies of antique portuguese colonial chairs surround the dining table

a lime-stone topped draper’s table anchors the center of the kitchen

breakfast room with antique portuguese ceramic plates hanging on wall- casual chic!

guest bathroom- another design of tile reproduced from antique portuguese originals- a pair of vaughan scones-love, love, love!

the library- cherrywood bookcases full of books- i love books!

guest bedroom- portuguese floral chintz from lisbon was used for the walls, curtains and bedcoverings- i love a singular print used throughout an entire room- chic!

master bedroom sitting room- ethereal wallpaper reflecting in the antique gilt mirror- gorgeous!

the sitting room opens onto a walled garden with an early 19th century fountain


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