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Foyer with two story iron railing stairs, a stone floor with a marble sunburst, a round table with iron work legs and Moroccan inspired iron pendant light

Happy New Year!  How are things going on this 2nd day of 2012?

Well I am just as cheerful as ever as I have the day off!

Thought I would bring you a dream home this first Monday of the here's today's SEE THIS HOUSE!

I love Santa Barbara.  On one of my visits to the hillsides there years and years ago...when over looking the ocean and all of the homes cascading down the hill, I remember uttering to myself "paradise...this is paradise".

So I haven't been to Santa Barbara in a few years actually even though it is just over 2 hours from Los Angeles.  Need to put a visit there on my 2012 to do list.'s a Santa Barbara home for you!

Listed for $7.95 million by Sotheby's International Realty, the home sits on over 3 acres in Hope Ranch an unincorporated community just outside the town of Santa Barbara - up in the hills.  This Mediterranean estate combines all things Spanish and Moorish with a little rustic thrown in.  10,000 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, 3 partial baths, a pool and so much more.   The dramatic foyer with its glass cathedral ceiling and curved iron staircase, formal living, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, 2 offices, an art gallery, 6 fireplaces, 3-car garage, wine cellar, maids living area. Upper level has large master suite w/sitting rm, 2 bedrooms, gyms, pool with guest house...all truly make for a complete estate!

I would take it a heart beat.  Switch out some of the furnishings...and make it home.  Where are the moving trucks?

Oh did I mention the gorgeous ocean view?  Panaromic ocean views from almost every room...yep.

View from the second floor landing of the glass cathedral ceiling, Moorish ironwork railing and herringbone wood floors
A stunning glass cathedral ceiling from the second floor landing with its Moorish ironwork railing and herringbone wood floors. (above)

Living room with fireplace, arched doorways, wood floors, exposed wood beam ceiling, grand piano, dueling sofas with matching arm chairs and Moroccan side tables
Exposed ceiling beams in the living room add a rustic cozy feel to this expansive home. (above)

Open kitchen with round wood breakfast table surrounded by high back wood chairs on a round rug, wood floors, exposed beams and a metal chandelier

Master bathroom with cararra marble walls, penny round mosaic tile floor, two pedestal sinks, a stand alone tub and large windows
The Carara marble master bath. (above)

exterior view of a Spanish style mansion in Santa Barbara

Ocean view from the backyard with a traditional fountain, a lawn and potted plants
Here's that ocean view I forgot to mention! (above) I would probably fix up the kitchen area by changing out that little dining area furniture, would definitely take all of that big furniture out of the master bath...and I would Nbaynadamas the living room with a mix of some sleek modern pieces and some antiques all with cleaner lines.  Otherwise, I'm totally down with the bones of this place.

What do you think?  Would you take it or leave it?  What changes might you incorporate to make it your own?

Happy Monday!  Happy 2012!


P.S.  Keep on having weird dreams about the New York International Gift Fair...where I'll be showing the Nbaynadamas textiles collection at the end of the month.  Last night I dreamt that I got there and there was no booth, hardly any Nbaynadamas textiles and total confusion on the opening day of the show.  Oh dear...the things I worry!

P.P.S.  It is another gorgeous day here in Southern California.  Getting outdoors for another hike with friend AT who is visiting from London.
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Write by: AN - Monday, January 2, 2012


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