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Get the Santa Barbara Look

Bring the breezy coastal California style into your home.

By Carly Scholl

“As a crossroads of culture, Santa Barbara style reflects a revival of Spanish colonial and European aesthetics, as well as an influence from traditional Mexican design elements,” explains interior designer and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Susan Hersker. “You’ll find a lot of white walls, arched openings, red tile roofs, wood beams and ironwork incorporated into the architecture.” For details and decor, look for “patterned Mexican or Spanish tiles on stair risers or murals,” she notes. “Santa Barbara color palettes are muted, with soft yellow and terra-cotta tones used for accents offset with deep blues, oranges and greens.” Get inspired by the quaint coastal town and impart the iconic Santa Barbara look in your own home with a collection of classic furnishings, finishes and accessories.  

Light Up Your Look

Nothing quite captures the timelessness of Santa Barbara style like simple wrought iron. This 12-bulb chandelier measures 35″H by 31″ in diameter and features a weathered galvanized finish for a modern update on an old classic. $671 ( 

Drink It In

Jonathan Charles’ limed-wood wine cabinet features larger-than-life proportions, a handsome ribbed acacia exterior, and a scrolling, openwork wrought-iron base with matching handles. A lighted mirrored interior with glass storage, two drawers and wine racks holds up to 36 bottles. 94″H by 46″W by 21″D. $7,920 (

An Eye for Tile

Tiles from the Santa Barbara ceramic collection infuse a rustic-style fountain with vivacious color and ornate detail. $4-$15 per tile (

Scents of the Seaside

With top notes of Italian lemon and bergamot and base notes of driftwood and jasmine, the citrus-centric Sunshine Limone candle will conjure up the pristine beaches and lush landscape of Santa Barbara in your own home. $55 (

Color and Culture

Measuring 4’5″L by 6’2″W, this transitional Navajo rug in a brilliant vermillion hue adds an air of authenticity to a room scheme and is pairs perfectly with the blues and neutrals of the “American Riviera.” $7,800 (

Sweet Dreams

Nothing speaks to the simple, serene and luxurious lifestyle of Santa Barbara like fine white linen. Outfit your bed with layers of airy sheets, duvets, throws and shams by Bella Notte to create a soothing respite that doubles as a stunning focal point. Prices vary. (

Stately Seating

The highlight of the supple leather Reggie chair by Hancock & Moore is its handpainted medallion by artist Wayne Parmenter. The decoration elevates the sleek contemporary wing chair design into a Western-style work of art. Price upon request. (

Dine Out

Vivid hues, Mexican-inspired designs and the ease and efficiency of melamine combine to form the Del Sol dinnerware collection, which will enliven any alfresco event. $9-$60 (

Artful Animals

Celebrate the equestrian roots of this California town with handcrafted wooden tabletop horse sculptures finished in distressed cobalt blue for a pop of Pacific-inspired color. $139 each (

Take Notes

Based on a traditional design from 18th-century Spain, this handcrafted writing table is a timeless example of Spanish colonial style. Crafted from primavera wood, the piece features turned legs, a trio of drawers, brass details and an iron stretcher. $5,650 (  


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