The Beautiful Homes of Instagram series is open to any homeowner that I feel that can inspire others. It truly goes beyond the interiors of their home as it’s also about their story, their talent and the positive that their presence can bring to us. When I invited Elizabeth D Burns from @edbdesigns and edb designs, I knew she would inspire many of you, but I have to admit that I also feel moved by her approach to design because it’s not only about how the home looks but also how it makes you feel.
As you look at this Santa Barbara home, you can actually feel Elizabeth’s beautiful personality shine through the pictures and I think this is an example we should all pay close attention to. We should create a home that defines who we are. We should bring into our “world” what we truly love, what truly makes us happy – the colors we love, the materials, the textures. Lets make our home become an extension of our energy. We will live better this way. It’s not a trend, it’s not a style, it’s not a label – your home needs to be you and that’s all.
Here, the homeowner shares more about her home:
“On a family vacation to California 14 years ago, I fell in love with the Golden State and the outdoor lifestyle it afforded. Four years later, I spent 9 months house hunting in Santa Barbara. My husband and I owned a 1920’s traditional stone and stucco cottage in Connecticut at the time. If anyone had told me that I would be living in a mid-century modern ranch home, I would have never believed them!
When I first stepped through the door, I knew I was home. Unassuming and hidden from the street, I was surprised by high ceilings and the abundance of natural light. It was a warm day in March and all of the French doors were open to the outdoors with the 12 foot curtains billowing in the breeze. At 1900 square feet with mountain and distant ocean views, I fell hard. The house had only been on the market for one day! I called my husband in CT and we put in a bid that day. Thank goodness he trusted my instincts! A few months later, the house was ours.
The previous owners, with the help of San Francisco architect Nick Noyes, had done a masterful job of converting a closed dark 50’s ranch house into a bright and airy jewel. However, there were definite changes my husband and I wanted to make. He wanted more usable outdoor space with all the California bells and whistles…redwood hot tub, gas fire pit, and outdoor shower. By pushing the yard out another 15 feet, we had room for all of that and a small kitchen garden. Jeffrey Gordon Smith, of JGS Landscape Design, helped to make it happen!
I turned my attention to the inside. I embraced the California life style and used organic touches to bring the outside in. I added to my collection of ocean themed art to create a gallery wall. Light engineered oak floors replaced the yellow toned older floors and wall to wall carpeting. We added a skylight in the kitchen and bathroom and another window in the office. While I loved the tiny green mosaic tiles in the bath, I wanted a brighter space and that became another project. And of course there was paint…a whole lot of white paint. Benjamin Moore White Dove has been my go to white for many years. I used it on walls, trim, and the wood plank ceiling. It became the perfect canvas for art.
With the large number of commercial aluminum windows and French doors, AND our ever- growing collection of sea glass, it seemed only natural to name our home The Little Glass House. I’ve completely succumbed to the California lifestyle and this house has launched my career as a stylist and also garnered a feature in Coastal Living magazine. It’s tag line when we bought it was “step into the light.” We certainly have!”
A gate brings some privacy to the front courtyard.
The moment you step in you’re embraced by the calm feeling this home provides.
The home is surrounded by trees and beautiful plants, which brings some extra sense of privacy and seclusion.
An aluminum and glass front door opens to a long hall leading to the main rooms with direct view to the lush backyard.
Bench in entry hall is from Terrain.
Elizabeth’s home feels open, airy and it’s filled with natural light.
I love creating vignettes indoors and outdoors. I am constantly rearranging things in our home and change pillows and throws with the seasons…. Winter and Christmas is all white, sea glass colors and green in spring and I’ve started using blues a bit in summer (I’ve never been a blue person but I won a beautiful blue pillow and it got me started!) Most of the pillows on the sofa are from Indiebungalow – similar here.
Small white stump table is from Farmhouse Pottery – similar here.
The Leather chair is from Wisteria.
Many of the accessories are from local shops Porch, Mate Gallery, Botanik, Scout, and the Blue Door.
Paint color is Benjamin Moore White Dove on walls, ceiling and trim.
Wool Wrap Natural Pouf: CB2.
This color scheme feels beachy without being overly coastal. Some of the coastal painting are from One Kings Lane.
A white barn door conceals a practical built-in desk with built-in bookshelves that serves as the main home office.
Drapes in living room were here when we purchased the house. The French doors are almost 12′ high and the owner purchased simple white drapes and then sewed a piece of linen to the bottom to make them fit the tall ceilings. I was thrilled she left them. I’m usually not one for window treatments but on the occasional day that we get some hot weather, it’s nice to be able to close the drapes to keep it cooler. I will be forever grateful to my husband who insisted we put in central air. We don’t use it often but it’s nice when it’s needed!
(Always check dimensions before ordering 🙂 )
Dining table and chairs are from RH, the patina of wine and water marks are all us! 🙂
Floors throughout are 7.5″ wide engineered oak. The install was a bit of a nightmare in that so many of the pieces were defective with huge knots that we had to pick through every piece and order more. Needless to say, the local company we bought the flooring from is no longer using that vendor! But we are happy with the end result!
I’m not sure what kind of wood the cabinets are but they had turned a rather orangey color and so I had them painted white. The kitchen tile was existing and I love it! The counters are Caesarstone and the island is 3′ x 6′. The faucet is Grohe, the stove is Viking and the fridge is GE profile. The kitchen is about 18 years old, but with new paint, floors, and a large skylight, it has held up rather well. We used the existing hardware to cut costs.
Bread Box: Here (in white).
I used Fine Paints of Europe mixed to match the Benjamin Moore White Dove. It is the most durable paint I’ve found but pricey.
Counterstools are from Wisteria.
The kitchen is connected to a cozy and inviting family room with brick fireplace.
Similar Vintage Foot Stool: Here.
Cowhide rug is from World Market.
The lighting was here when we bought the house. Small halogen fixtures on the ceiling in the main living and dining area and a very cool fixture over the kitchen island also halogen bulbs.
The brick fireplace is painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.
A vintage console table is beautifully decorated with fresh flowers, artwork, vintage finds and books.
Metal bed is from RH with rug from Pottery Barn.
Similar Nightstand: here.
Bench is from Diani Living.
The master bedroom opens to patio.
For the bathroom reno we used RH vanity, lighting and medicine cabinet.
Bathroom Faucet: here.
Similar Sink: here.
Paint is Benjamin Moore White Dove in satin finish on the wood walls.
The shower tiles are a marble mosaic tile.
Bathroom Garden Stool: here.
Surfboard is from Mate Gallery and potting table is vintage.
Outdoor furniture around the fire pit is the Belvedere Collection from RH with Perennials fabric in Sand. Notice the firepit on the left.
The windows and doors are commercial aluminum from LA Window Corp. They never need painting!
I love this outdoor vignette. The metal topped table was bought many years ago from Wisteria.
Exterior paint is Benjamin Moore Brilliant White.
Lounge chairs on side patio are from Teak Warehouse.
Imagine having a vegetable garden with a view like that!
The small wicker chairs in the garden are from Serena and Lily.
Elizabeth, you can invite me over to enjoy a rosé with you anytime!!! 🙂
An ofuro (Japanese-style hot tub) brings this deck to the next level.
Pillow: Serena & Lily.
I am including a diagram of the footprint of the house as seen in the book The Barefoot Home. It was before we purchased the home but except for the yard, that is the floor plan. 🙂
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Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”
Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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