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Tones of blue…exploring color

RULES ARE TO BE BROKEN…..

there was a time when various tones of blue stood alone – only the shade being changed within a single pallet

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the various tones now co-exist happily side by side

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Again, Rooms & Gardens Santa Barbara (along with Martha’s Vineyard and a cloisonne factory in China) provides inspiration as well as a sure eye; showcasing edited choices in furniture, fabric, art and accessories.

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Fabric…exploring color

As often happens, inspiration struck while browsing fabric samples at Rooms & Gardens!

love this Italian pesce print

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.part of a favorite color combination: yellow-gold and gray…

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 – fabrics available through Rooms & Gardens Santa Barbara –

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in your dreams………

Looking for your dream home???

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Perhaps in Santa Barbara???

FOUND!!!

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secret door to cellar

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bocce court and spa

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fire pit

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outdoor shower

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Everything you need to make all your dreams come true!

project manager/architectural designer – Todd Wennerstrom

staged by – Rooms & Gardens Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara Artists…Garrett and Ginny Speirs

Hosted by Eric and his always lovely and welcoming staff, Laura, Sheila and Carly,  First Thursday at Rooms & Gardens Santa Barbara, was such fun!  Enjoying Garrett Speirs latest work and that of his wife, Ginny Speirs while sipping local wine and sampling amazing toffee…need I say more?

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Ginny loves to cook and in her words is “enamored with the produce in California”.  The remnants of her charming southern accent give away her Alabama roots……….speaking of this painting I heard her say ‘bates’ – can you just hear the oh so civilized pronunciation of ‘beets’!!!

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Following her passion and talent since age 7, when a self-portrait won first place in show, Ginny studied art, earning both BFA and MFA degrees.

She works with oil on board, and loves to do small pieces.

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Portraying iconic south coast images, is, in my opinion, Garrett’s forte.  His works allow me to see and appreciate my home surroundings in a fresh way

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my personal favorite of the evening!!!

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see also previous post on Garrett November 15, 2013

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Garrett Speirs

In keeping with my desire as a designer in Santa Barbara to support local business, I love to incorporate, whenever possible, the work of local artists into my interior design projects.  Painting local scenes from the south coast and the Santa Ynez Valley – as well as other venues – has made Garrett Speirs a favorite.  His en plein air interpretation of his subject matter enhances any decor.

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At around age six Garrett began painting in oils, as the best way he felt able to express himself.  Having studied art at UCLA, his mother was supportive.    Speirs went on to earn a BFA at the University of Utah, an MA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and studied in Italy.

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private collection

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Asked if he would like to add a comment, Speirs replied: ” look for things made by hand not machine”.

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