As I mentioned last week, Steve and I are taking a few little trips while the kids are having fun at camp (I actually received a letter from Leila saying that her missing us has been replaced with fun LOL!).
Our first stop was Casa de Herrero (Home of the Blacksmith) in Montecito. In the late 1910's, industrialist George Steedman hired renowned architect George Washington Smith to design Mr. Steedman's idea of an Andalusian farmhouse. The charming asymmetrical front facade makes the home appear much larger than it actually is.
Most of the details used on the home and the landscape are typical for this style of home including the front motor court and central water feature.
A close-up of the beautiful tile work on the floor of the balcony.
The gardens that surround the estate are stunning. A formal rose garden is tucked away on the side of the house.
There are several gravel seating areas around the estate. These chairs and table were actually crafted by Mr. Steedman, a blacksmith.
This circular seating area is composed of tile benches facing this magnificent fountain.
Arch details are also used for the doors and the second floor overhang between the wood corbels.
One of the several tiled water features in the courtyard...
This teal blue urn was once a fountain as well.
This beautiful iron balcony is covered with an 80 year old Cecil Bruner rose vine!
The back facade of the home is actually much more symmetrical than the front. I'm sure the covered porch was a wonderful place to entertain.
Under the archways the wall of the home is painted ochre and teal green. The back door with its leaded panes caught my eye.
As we walk toward the other side of the estate we find another gravel seating area with a pottery urn fountain.
This door marks the entrance into the informal servants' area (my favorite part of the tour!)
Although it appears as if the chair is held together with thick twine, it's actually all made of metal.
This gorgeously detailed wood door opens to a small office next to the garage.
A close up of a small lantern and the antique tile roof on this side of the home.
The same ochre and teal green paint colors that are used on the wall in the back of the house are seen under this archway as well. The teal door enters the kitchen.
This ornate tiled area is actually a place to prepare the vegetables before they were brought into the home.
A close-up of Mr. Steedman's desk. How cool is that light?
You can visit the Casa de Herrero website for more information about this gorgeous home as well as to make tour reservations. The book is also wonderful!
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