Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TUESDAY - LBCD : Laid Back California Design




If this picture doesn't immediately let you know where we're going in this post, then you've been hiding under a rock ... for a while. In fact, this house is quite possibly one of the most blogged about houses (from a movie) since Something's Gotta Give. It's inspired people to build houses, remodel houses, and decorate in a uniquely "Laid Back California" design. Now, it's not new ... the laid back California look ... no, it's been around for a long time, but the beautiful set of "It's Complicated" marries that old laid back California with the sophisticated decay of Europe.









I spent the last few hours enjoying (for the millionth time) "It's Complicated". Written for the Santa Barbara setting, (but filmed in Brooklyn in one of the most fantastic sets of all time!!!) it made me wonder just exactly what might be out there in Santa Barbara giving inspiration to fabulous sets and homes like this. So, off to one my other guilty pleasures: http://www.realtor.com/, where I found this beauty:










Gorgeous, right? And completely Santa Barbara - also, completely expensive. You can see the rest of the house here. But what do we really want to know? Who designed it! So, your favorite blogger ... umm hmm, ME!!! ... did a little digging and so far, I believe it's Mr. Craig Wright - famed Los Angeles interior designer with clients so affluent he doesn't NEED a website where I can dig up photos. But I'm on it - and we'll see a full feature on him next Tuesday.

13 comments:

  1. Artie! LOVE that cali house...right from the door to the bath..the set house is similar in style..they did a good job..:-) **Tami

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  2. OK Artie, now I need to go watch that move again for about the 30th time. Love the look too...I'm still trying to master it. xo kelley

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  3. Great post. I love this look, especially the beamed ceilings and the tile floors are gorgeous.

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  4. Hey Artie, I grew up in So. Cal/Orange County and I can tell you Santa Barbara is beautiful, but it is only one of dozens of such towns and cities along the coast. So many georgeous spots to dream about, I feel so fortunate to have been born and raised in the area. That house is to DIE for! Love, love, love it! Don't think I would change one thing.
    Cheers,
    Laura

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  5. Artie, I have never even BEEN to Ca. but I sure love the LOOK! This house is just gorgeous, love that kitchen except that I would add more color...that's just my taste. Thanks for sharing this! XO, Pinky

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  6. Wouldn't you agree that the white in that kitchen with the fab terracotta tiles is just too harsh? I'm feeling like it doesn't bring out the warmth of that floor at all, but fights it. His design is beautiful, but that one thing really bugs me. Great house, though, and I am so in love with all the tile chosen.

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  7. I love this collection. I especially like the trend of open-faced kitchen cabinets. The functionality of a home that is well edited to include only those things that are necessary and beautiful is really what makes a space beautiful to me...or at least that's how we do it in California. :)

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  8. There is so much about this look that I love.That coffee table in IC...with the zinc top...is one of my favorite things in all the rooms.
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  9. I do so remember movies by their homes!! thank you so much for today. I want to move, I want to remodel, i want I want I want..... It was very very inspiring and I can't wait to see the follow up blog. I'm with you on the Santa Barbara property. I's so me!!! have you ever been there?

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  10. Hi twin, You are just going to have to move out here so you can be around this every day!
    I have worn that movie out watching it so many times. Gorgeous!
    xo Isa

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  11. Renting that movie this weekend just to drool all over my Rasinettes!

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  12. Wow... I love this house too, it is so rare that you will find a house so beautifully decorated from a Realtor's co.


    decogirlmontreal

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  13. Hi..love your blog... i went cruising thru and found this post... my poor hubs has suffered through that movie many times with me... anyway... I think that the house from realtor.com is Diandra Douglas' house..(Michael's ex).. not 100% positive... but I think I remember it from a magazine spread... the gurl has good taste! I spend way too much time on realtor.com!

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