My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


One of my favorite websites is Velvet and Linen , http://brookegiannetti.typepad.com/,
 from designer Brooke Giannetti.  To say that everything on her site is gorgeous is an understatement.  In addition to loads of gorgeous updates, she recently featured a home in Santa Barbara, California that was original brought to us from House Beautiful.  This house is only 12 years old, but what the owner and interior designer Penelope Bianchi did with it is extraordinary.  Out of all the houses I have perused over the years, this one ranks way up at the top.  Her "decorating" is exquisite because it looks so undecorated, as if it evolved over decades.  The vines are Virginia creeper, which are now going into the house, which is ok with Penelope.  Take a look - it is absolutely enchanting.

All photos - copyright House Beautiful


A copper tub - my favorite

Virginia creeper vine


Her style is traditional, yet unexpected


What a gated entrance - love the lanterns


Notice how she uses so many elements, yet it doesn't look like your old neighbor's front yard - sophisticated



The "barn" garage


Chaise lounges on gravel overlooking one of her many gardens


The wildlife pond


Another view - again, this was a vacant lot with a few trees when she purchased it

You can't go wrong with this color - so gorgeous


I can't even speak - look at that panel


Her bedroom - I just want to curl up!


Her bath - I love the dress vanity in the corner and the color, too






Look at the assortment of photographs and artwork on the walls...


An asian bridge over a dried creek bed makes a beautiful scene in another garden



1 comment:

sharondavishansen said...

Wow, I love that Virgina Creeper and who wouldn't love that twig gate!

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