Introducing this stunning coastal Spanish-style home, nestled amidst expansive avocado farms just outside Montecito. This transitional Santa Barbara residence serves as a highly functional retreat for an active family and seamlessly combines luxury with practicality.

Originally conceived as an extension and renovation of the existing property, including the guest house, this home was designed to be effortlessly comfortable. The client's vision was to create a serene living environment that harmonizes with the natural beauty of the surrounding land, without compromising on functionality.

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Throughout the home, intriguing and distinctive tile motifs make frequent appearances. Notably, the exterior staircase entryway showcases a favorite tile pattern inspired by the acclaimed work of Martyn Bullard at the Santa Barbara Hotel. This motif sets the tone for the entire home, combining understated elegance with unexpected details that lend a modern twist to the coastal chic aesthetic.

The color palette of the home harmoniously reflects its coastal surroundings. Layers of greens and blues are complemented by shades of gray and ivory, mirroring the captivating colors of the nearby seaside. In the great room, custom built-ins finished with a bespoke ocean-gray stain beautifully contrast the exposed stone fireplace. The inviting, well-loved leather couch in a rich cognac hue resonates with the warmth of the wood ceiling beams that seamlessly run from the interior to the exterior. Additional seating in shades of gray and blue anchor the space, creating a cozy atmosphere.

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When working on a renovation or extension project, existing structural elements must be carefully considered. This was particularly evident in the kitchen, which presented an irregular shape and a support beam in the center of the room. By opening up the space and extending the kitchen into the living area, a seamless flow between rooms was achieved. The oversized oblong island further reinforces the communal and unpretentious ambiance of the house, reflecting the family's social lifestyle.

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One of the two primary bedrooms, this space captivates with breathtaking views framed by modern-leaning black iron elements. The tongue-in-groove ceiling beams continue from the great room and establish visual continuity between the interior and exterior. The consistent color story of the home culminates in the beaded overhead chandelier, which features beads cascading in size in grays, blues, greens, and white. Subtle yet effortlessly elegant, the nautical nods in the decor add a touch of understated coastal charm.

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Jess and Julie Roitman