Breezy Traditional in Santa Barbara

I'm an East Coast girl through and through, but I thought I'd bring you out west to look at this beachy beauty of a home in Montecito, California by Massuco Warner Miller. The easy, comfortable style of the decor and the bleached out colors make for a cheery and relaxing retreat by the sea.

The vaulted ceilings make the living room feel large and airy. I love the lengthening effect of the pale aqua painted along the walls and all the way up and over the ceiling. And clearly, that coral chandelier is perfection.

The room is a great mix of English country vernacular and California coastal colors.

The family room is at once claiming and sparkling with bright color. The vibrant patterns are all grounded by the creamy walls and sisal carpet.

Blue and green is forever my favorite color combination for a beach home.

The formal dining room returns to an English feel with a palette of cream, brown, and blue. I'm usually not a slipcover person but the striped slipcovers on the dining chairs add such breezy personality.

A punchy powder room is a must and this one does not disappoint. Lobster red wallpaper with scattered crabs and corals gives this room a fanciful feel.

The master bedroom is a stunner. A palette of turquoise and pale pink harkens back to the living room, as does the casual, collected, English type feel of the furniture in the room. I adore the creamy faux bamboo desk mixed in easily with the tan faux bamboo bench.  Scalloped bedding is always a favorite.

The Quadrille pattern on the walls and drapes is one of my favorites, "Bali II." Notice that the wallpaper and the drapery fabric are the reverse of each other. Yes yes a thousand times yes! Also, I am loving the pale wood floors sans rug of any kind. And that tufted back chaise is fabulous, especially in cotton candy pink.

Matching Jenny Lind beds with (again) scalloped bedding add even more sweetness to the lavender striped kids' room. Ikat upholstered x-benches add a tribal, graphic flair seen throughout the house. And the oversized brass shaded sconces add a bit of English loveliness as well.

I am such an East Coaster that it's really fun to take a trip out west and see how California style mixes with traditional English forms to make a uniquely American flavor. This Montecito home reflects the sun bleached classicism of Santa Barbara and makes for a charming and relaxing retreat.