Montecito family home gets remarkable indoor-outdoor makeover

This striking 1960s Japanese-style home was given a complete transformation by interior design firm , located in Montecito, California. The original home was dated and the property was very over-grown, in need of new landscaping design. After some research, it was discovered that this home was a true gem with a fantastic historical past. The designers discovered the home was originally designed by notable architect Lutah Maria Riggs. She was one of the nations first woman architects and designed numerous iconic buildings in the Santa Barbara region. The designers retained the original footprint of the home, but tore the walls down to the studs. Completely revitalizing the home into modern living spaces for a young family to enjoy.

The exterior facade of the home offers clean, contemporary lines  that is very inviting. The landscaping was flawlessly designed to complete the architecture of the residence. From adding a brand new swimming pool to adding stone walls, expansive patios for lounging, Asian-inspired grasses and landscape light fixtures to highlight the spaces. The interiors relates to the outdoor spaces through walls of glass that invites nature inside.

What We Love: This Montecito home reflects beautiful indoor-outdoor living spaces that are very easy on the eyes. The design team did a fantastic job of honoring the home’s past and bringing new life into it. The connection between the interiors and the outdoor living spaces is phenomenal. Nature is invited inside, creating a relaxing and comfortable vibe. The landscape designer did a beautiful job of the surrounding property, creating an inspiring family home… Readers, what do you think of the finished design, could you see your family living here?

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Above: An outdoor firepit provides a cozy spot for the homeowners to enjoy outdoor living and entertain guests. Lighting on the trees adds to the outdoor ambiance. A built-in outdoor kitchen and picnic table offers cooking and dining al fresco. Stone walls help to define the outdoor living spaces.

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Above: A bright and airy living room with expansive walls of glass to bring natural light and nature inside. A cozy seating arrangement around the fireplace invites conversation.

Above: This space was originally two rooms that were separated by a masonry stone fireplace. The kitchen is now open and airy with white oak hardwood flooring. There are two islands with white Calcutta marble countertops and a butcher block for cooking and prep work. This allows the farther island with barstools to be free for entertaining guests. Disappearing walls of glass provides an nice indoor-outdoor flow to the expansive outdoor patio and pool.

Above: The kitchen reflects clean lines, with two-tone walnut cabinetry along the perimeter and white cabinets on the two islands.

Above: The dining room features plenty of warmth with the live edge wood dining table accented by nail head chairs. The hutch wall is painted in Benjamin Moore Black to add drama to the space. Tongue and groove walls conceal a hidden doorway to the left of the hutch, which leads in the study.

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Above: A home office provides built-ins to showcase books and personal items.

Above: The interior color palette offers coastal-inspired blues mixed with complimentary grays. You will find sophisticated design details intermingled with playful touches to bring out the personality of the spaces.

Above: This clean-lined master bedroom retreat offers a connection to the outdoors thanks to walls of glass.

Above: A guest bedroom has a touch of playfulness added with vintage tennis rackets hung above the bed.

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Above: The landscape architect gives a nod to the home’s Japanese-inspired past by infusing the gardens with Asian elements.

Photos: Matt Wier /  Holly Lepere