This is Laurel’s Santa Barbara home. It is 500 square feet, and perched up in the hills above Santa Barbara.
Laurel’s flower-filled home reminds her of the English country gardens of which she is so fond.
Laurel didn’t buy new things when she moved here in 2011.
Instead, she worked with existing large-scaled pieces of furniture to work in the one-room, multi-functioning space.
By being strategic with her space, she was able to create a private bedroom, living room and dining area. All carved out in one room.
She grew up in a 1930s English Tudor on the East Coast. The detail of her childhood home made a lasting impression on her that still influences her decorating today.
Laurel’s mother loved to go antiquing, which influenced Laurel’s own style.
“She always had stacks and stacks of decorating magazines around that I loved looking through as a girl, and I have definitely carried on with that tradition today,” says Laurel.
Laurel considers fresh flowers a must. They brighten the space and bring a bit of the garden inside.
Cherished bits of decor adorn her small studio. From beloved objects and art to scarves and textiles.
Minimalism is not for her. To Laurel, places that are too sparse lack personality.
She likes to see what people surround themselves with, relishing the story told by what is on display.
The peace of being in the Mission Canyon, with its sweeping view of the neighboring hillsides and the Pacific off in the distance suits her well.
Laurel is grateful for her light-filled studio with a view. Though it’s a tight fit, to Laurel it is just right, cozy and personal.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Laurel’s small space home in Santa Barbara.