Category: Coastal Style

Mediterranean-Italian Mansion at California

About 15 decades back, using their two boys starting to outgrow their house, Marilyn and Steven Gutsche ventured out to search for a larger place. When they saw a beautiful Don Nolte ranch in the sunny hills of Santa Barbara, California, it was clear that they had discovered their new house. They promptly repainted the exterior and inside from stark, contemporary white to considerably calmer, soothing tones and transformed the home into a Mediterranean-Italian ranch.

The inside colour palette and decorations had been closely chosen to accommodate Steven’s big assortment of antique Persian carpets. Carpets are draped on the ground in nearly every area and even on the wall in the first vaulted Palladian entranceway, among the few areas of the home kept in its original condition.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Marilyn and Steven Gutsche and their two sons
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Size: 6,500 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
That is interesting:
The few have hosted a number of weddings.

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A gorgeous colonnade connects the classic-style living area to a gazebo surrounded by a colorful array of fruit trees.

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Marilyn was motivated by the orange trees from the backyard to bring the gazebo.

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The Gutsches desired more space for those boys and their friends. They expanded the kitchen, attached a family room complete with big TV and pool table, and also added a pool home from the back. Santa Barbara architect Ketzel and Goodman designed all the new spaces.

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The pool home, here and next photo, is reminiscent of a Greek beach cabin, with soothing blues and whites, straw shades and a lot of natural light coming through big windows along one side. It’s the ideal spot for children and guests to relax or get a little noisy without bothering anyone in the main property.

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Steven’s study is a tribute to the Napoleonic age. The space includes original busts, a first French cavalry saber collection along with a museum replica of a famous painting of the man himself.

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This bookshelf from the library houses first leather-bound history novels from the Napoleonic era in addition to art pieces commemorating Napoleon.

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The family room layout is based in part on the Four Seasons Biltmore, with as many big windows as you can.

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Apollo, the Gutsches’ Lutino cockatiel, lives in a gorgeous Indonesian antique wooden birdcage found in an antiques shop. With all the big windows, it may be harmful for Apollo to be flying around the home, but he’s still a happy clip-winged member of the household, often hitching a ride across the ranch around the shoulders of Steven or Marilyn.

Among the owners’ preferred areas for antiques shopping nowadays is nearby Summerland, a small beach town just 1 mile long containing no fewer than many antiques shops.

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As Marilyn tells it, she had been “bitten by the chicken germ” only a couple of short years back. She has her very own coop, “Chez Poulet.” The theme of birds and chickens runs through much of the home, especially the kitchen.

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French limestone floor tiles extend across the remodeled kitchen and family room. The tiles were imported directly from France by ship, requiring months to get there. The wait was worthwhile, though, since the high quality flooring show very little wear after many decades.

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“Once you begin a chicken coop, everyone buys you poultry gifts,” Marilyn says, explaining her stovetop accessories.

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This dark wood kitchen island cabinetry by William Oh was installed years ago, before it had been in fashion. The windows show real beans held in the front of each drawer.

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A close-up of this kitchen.

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A crystal chandelier imported from Italy hangs from the classic-style dining area. It reflects direct sunlight over the smooth surfaces and mirrors which cover the space.

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These finches were purchased to match the lamp from Maison K in Montecito.

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This brass music rack is a gorgeous original piece found at one of Santa Barbara’s many antique stores. It serves function and form standing beside a rosewood piano. The living room’s large windows allow sunlight to pervade the room and bounce into each nook and cranny.

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This rosewood grand piano, Marilyn’s pride and pleasure, is still in perfect shape after 32 decades.

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An Aphrodite torso in the entranceway is a first-century Roman bit that introduces the Italian-style design and architecture seen throughout the home.

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The Gutsche house at night.

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Country Mode Soothes the Soul

Among the signs that your country style has been done is the feeling that it enables your spirit. Wide-open spaces, comfy nooks with outside views and crisp colors combine for a feeling of being down residence in the nation.

The problem with true country living is that property is expensive, those views are expensive, houses can be expensive to keep up, and money isn’t growing on magnolia trees. Lucky for us we can capture a bit of country flavor without buying a full size estate. From ski country to the riverside and everything in between, your own wills inspire.

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Country Luxurious: Land

When we were searching for a house, we had difficulty finding the right one within our small budget (sound familiar?) . We’d go to house after house, and nothing seemed right. Then 1 afternoon we randomly stopped by a vacant home available and decided to take a look without our Realtor. The home was nice and we sort of liked it, but the actual defining moment was when I walked round the rear corner. I saw a lawn, woods and gardens — similiar to the picture — and instantly took a deep breath of contentment.

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Connect with all the property. Add huge windows wherever you can to get a glimpse of blue sky and green open spaces. If you live in a tiny urban home, look up: Skylights would be the perfect windows into the spacious expanse above.

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Country Classic: Beams

if you would like your house to shout nation, try exposing present beams and leaving them naturally finished for a classic look.

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Even one solid beam sometimes takes a space from the suburbs into the nation.

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Create the sense of beams. If you don’t have captivating beams to expose, try adding trusses for country fashion. If you lease, add unfinished wood tones through accessories and furnishings.

Country Classic: White

White is a classic country base that gives your eyes and mind a rest. Maintain your distance from becoming too bland by minding life through furnishings and artwork.

Work whites in. You don’t need to have a country estate to bring that fresh feel to your property. Tiny kitchens and living areas will burst with mild when given a fresh coat of nation white paint.

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Decorate your white kitchen with shots of classic red decor for a classic take on blank country fashion.

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Country Classic: Wood Flooring

If you are updating your flooring, go for hardwoods or even tile, but bypass the wall-to-wall carpeting. Although it feels fantastic in your toes, it does not evoke the same country style as rustic tile or wood.

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If you have ancient wood floors that can not be refinished, try pairing two nation classics and paint the older flooring a crisp white.

Get the feel of timber for less. If you’re trying to save your pennies, there are now laminate versions of timber flooring that have a rougher matte finish. You no longer need to settle for glossy laminate if you want a nation look at a reduce price.

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Country Luxurious: Indoor/Outdoor Living

You can have a country life and style without succumbing to chicken cupboard pulls and rooster cookie jars. The essence of country living is all about the indoor-outdoor way of life. Farmers live off the land, and the property flourishes under their care. By experiencing character pay homage to this manner of life.

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Blend outdoor living using a modern area. Fling open those French doors, slide broad the walls and unshutter the walls. You don’t even need to have a patio to acquire an outdoor feel indoors — open your apartment’s windows and drink in the sunshine.

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Country Luxurious: Neighborly Front Porches

Country people have always been great at soaking in summer breezes on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea with their sides.

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Create neighborly links for your area. You may not be able to add a porch, but you can bring the outside in to make relationships with neighbors. Maintain your windows open, and make it a priority to meet with the woman from the apartment next door or the household in the home down the road. Have them over for a glass of something cold and some fantastic conversation.

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Wherever you live, it’s always possible to add a bit of country. Bring the outside in, open up views and select stuff that reflect the nation classic way of life. Do not be afraid to mix country with contemporary spaces and revel in its laid-back ease.

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Guest Groups: Whites and Woods

Although I’m a fan of colour, I have been drawn to a lot of woods and whites — particularly white ceramics. There is something relaxing about the mix of the two. If you are in need of a couple of well-designed items that calm the soul, look no further. — Jennifer from I Art U

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Ferm Living Stem Vases – $50.25

These log bowls are equally versatile and beautiful. I’d use them as candle holders, as newspaper clip organizers, for floral arrangements (as shown) or as a key holder so I would not have to look about for them before I leave the house. The choices are limitless, really.

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Pleated String Lights – $225

I am floored by these handmade Pleated String Lights. They work both inside and out, you choose! I can see it now: a charming backyard party with these lights lined up and shining.

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Ash and Porcelain Desk Catchall by Fashioned By – $65

I’m a nut when it has been organized around my workspace. A pad of paper and a sweet bowl to hold gold paper clips? Yes, please!

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Set of 3 Porcelain and Leather Hanging Containers by Fashioned By – $120

I feel like these beauties do not need any excuse. I thrive and operate when there are live greens round. Additionally, the white porcelain, natural leather and reside greens make perfection to me. I’d hang these babies in my studio.

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Walnut Wooden Stand – $190

I love everything about this planter: the shape, the colors and the timber and white combination, of course. This would move perfectly in my living room next to the TV, and it might add an enjoyable pop of texture and green.

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Scan Birdhouse by Pigeon Toe – $120

This would seem perfect with the string lights near. I love wildlife, and when this pleasant-looking birdhouse would bring birdies to my backyard, then I’m game. I’m all about design and practicality.

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Faceted Votives 2-Candle Gift Set by Pigeon Toe – $58

Candles are one of my vices, particularly during the winter months when there is less light throughout the day. The manner candlelight brightens a room can not be replicated, in my opinion. I’m a fan of the comfy, warm glow, how about you?

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Little Ash Wood Cutting Board – $18

I can say this cutting board is a stone. I had been gifted this attractiveness for Christmas, and now it’s hard to utilize my other plain plastic cutting boards. I exhibit this one from the kitchen as it’s artwork; it’s so pretty and earthy.

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Sabine Floor Lamp – $880

How awesome is this quilt? Unique lighting hits home for me, which would be great next to my couch to offer light for reading. I wouldn’t ever wish to turn off it.

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Wooden Mountain Range Stacker by Imagination Kids – $25

That can be on my wish list for the upcoming kid’s bedroom. I love the natural wood grain and the separate pieces that make 3-D decor. I would like my children to grow up enjoying nature, which would be a fantastic start by instructing them about mountains.

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Records by Andrew Le – $26

This would be a fun print to hang over my record player. I love the juxtaposition of this skies and the earth, and this reminds me of just that.

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Small Domed Cloche Screen by AMradio

I have seen quite a few of these around, but I have never seen one such as this. I love the miniature factor! I’d use it exactly as imagined to keep a fairly air plant. I could envision this attractiveness leaping around from room to room in my home.

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Place of 4 Eucalyptus Wooded Slice Coasters Wood – $14.99

Coasters always come in handy in my location. I love using a range of them in the living area for visiting guests. It is always a bonus when they are conversation starters, and that I feel these could strike up some of them.

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Vu de L’extérieur Printing by Fieldguided – $30

I adore the notion of supporting independent musicians. This print is by Anabela of Fieldguided, and it’s the best print for the bedroom. It is calming and beautiful, and I love the typography.

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Ash and Brass Pencil Cup by Fashioned By – $80

Here is some more tasty desk organization. These remind me of these old fashioned straw or comb holders in traditional barber shops. They’re so mod and great looking. I’d store my pencils and pens in these beauties.

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Shane Powers Ceramic Wall Planters – $19

I can not have enough green inside (or outside) of my house. I love the flexibility of these planters, and I am a major fan of dwelling walls. The various shapes and sizes in addition to the textures of different plants would result in great artwork on my walls.

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White Ceramic Juicer – $9

This is another gorgeous example of practical and pretty. I use lemon juice often in recipes, which might look great in my kitchen on an open shelf.

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You & Me Pencils – $14

Surround yourself with beauty. I take that saying to heart, particularly in my studio. The ease and uniqueness of these pencils is enchanting. I love writing with pens, and these would be great in my desk.

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Wood Grain Pitcher – $58

This pitcher combines the beauty of forests and whites — the subject of this ideabook! I am a large fan of faux bois, and that I envision myself with this pitcher filled with lemons and water in a dinner party.

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Tube Birdhouse – $28

I could not have too many bird feeders in my yard; I love seeing wildlife beyond the kitchen window. This bird feeder is particularly cool as it might blend in with the trees outside. It would be awesome to observe birds build their homes within this attractiveness.

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Saved from Thailand

This large and beautiful home graces the family-friendly suburb of Pinecrest close Miami, Florida. The Martinelli family enlisted the talents of Miami designer Fernando Sanchez of Pineapple Designs to soften the contemporary lines of the home using an exotic and tropical aesthetic. They asked Sanchez to pay tribute to the family’s love of nature, and gave him carte blanche with respect to the design. Sanchez even followed the homeowners on a visit to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, to accumulate their décor. Sanchez scoured antique stores, warehouses and flea markets to find rare and gorgeous building materials for your family’s expansive 5,300 square foot home.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Dillan, Elysse, Lucas, Miranda and Richard Martinelli
Location: Pinecrest, Florida
Size: Approx. 5,300 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
Constructed in: 1978

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The dining area features raffia fina background, also utilized at the master bedroom and living area. Sanchez found the clean-lined wall and furniture sculpture in an antique store in Thailand. The table centerpiece is a beautifully arranged bowl of shells and other natural elements.

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Upon entering the home, you are greeted with one of their family’s treasures, artwork from their Thailand shopping expedition.

Sanchez knew Thailand so nicely, “It made our trip super efficient as the leg job was already done,” Elysse states. “Thailand is hot and humid like Miami but the Thai people were very hospitable, greeting you with a glass of water since you walked in to their shops. The Thai people understand exporting really nicely. Even in the flea markets, they understand what to do about transport.”

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The entry hall showcases exquisite large wooden sconces and a pair of antique Thai cabinets which provide appreciable storage for their seasonal décor.

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Their living area combines exotic, contemporary and traditional styles. An antique dining table is an unexpected element next to the contemporary leather couch and chairs.

Leather sofa and chairs: Design Depot

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Fernando utilized symmetry in designing the media area of the living room. The homeowners have two separate living spaces with TVs, which come in handy if their teenaged children want to do some entertaining of the own. The vibrant painting above the tv was done by Colombian artist Patricia Farinaz.

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The master bedroom is expansive and features vaulted ceilings. The bedframe was purchased in their visit to Thailand and is flanked by dressers custom-built in Miami. The carpets across the home were also purchased in Thailand and are made of water hyacinth that are soft to the touch. The beautiful baskets at the base of the bed were a Thailand flea market find.

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Dillan and Elysse integrated an office area into their master bedroom suite. The desk and bookcase hutch were built in Thailand to Fernando’s specifications and sent over. A notebook is generally on the desk, and also this area functions as a quiet and private area for your couple.

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The family room off the kitchen leads to the large enclosed patio.

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The huge scale furnishings exude warmth and relaxation. The color palette is neutral yet infused with pops of color.

Carved pair of lamps on networking console: Jalan Jalan at Miami, Fla..

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The kitchen is at the center of the home, where there is generally a flurry of action. Elysse enjoys using her Kitchenaid appliances, and the rich wood tone of this island presents a beautiful contrast to the custom-built cabinetry.

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Welcome into the kitchen, the breakfast nook features a custom created banquette and chairs from Elysse’s childhood home.

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The bedroom which belongs to their son Richard features a gorgeous wood wall remedy as the headboard. Richard is now in elementary school, and the bedroom is intended to develop with him over time with just a few minor changes.

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Here, the calm and serene bedroom belonging to their high school age daughter Miranda has amazing tropical art above the bed that was also brought from Thailand.

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Dillan and Elysse frequently use their expansive covered and screened patio to amuse — some of the parties have had more than 200 people. Sanchez added exotic components to their current patio furniture to create a space that invites relaxation and calmness.

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Natural components are evident in their terrace with all the wood carved sculpture and the natural coffee table. When they amuse, the homeowners fill out the space with lovely orchids and wood stained serving pieces to boost the enchanting ambiance.

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Their pool area and gazebo is an inviting area amidst lovely landscaping. Dillan and Elysse made landscaping a priority after they bought the home. Sanchez, a collector of rare plants, lined the pool with some of his potted plants. The umbrellas at the distance are held by Thai elephant figurines bought in Thailand after Elysse spotted them at the resort they were staying at.

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The home is located on more than an acre of land. This beautiful Thai edition of a canoe takes a prominent place on the home.

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Lush landscaping and massive pots from Thailand create an inviting and inviting extrance.

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