Quiet by Nature
A spare but sophisticated Montecito home makes a statement.
This 7,000-square-foot home, designed by the Santa Barbara–based architect Jan Robert Hochhauser of Hochhauser Blatter Architecture and Planning, stands amid the hills of Montecito, Calif., its west-facing vantage point on the property’s garden side affording unobstructed views of the Pacific. Contrasting the bold tones of the residence’s exterior is a quiet palette of whites, grays, aquas, and neutrals that lies within. "This house is about simplicity and elegance with a natural feel," says interior designer Barbara Ross. The president of New York City’s BHR Design Group, Ross collaborated with BHR vice president Lauder Bowden on the project.
In the grand entryway, Ross placed a customized lighting piece that cascades from the soaring ceiling. "I wanted a piece that would hover over the space and give light, but would feel delicate in a way to counterbalance the stone door," says Ross. She selected a large artwork on paper by the Los Angeles–based artist Ann Diener; it hangs above a 14-foot-long custom console of Ross’s design. Brueton’s Undulatus bench, designed by Stanley Jay Friedman, sits near the staircase and immediately calls attention to the home’s wave motif. A glassed-in area off the master bedroom contains a Ross-designed table that holds a bust from the homeowners’ art collection.
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