Hacienda: Spanish Colonial Estate

Hacienda Estate, design by Gardner & Associates

Project Description

This Spanish colonial estate was built under grand oak trees and features old world fabrics, reclaimed beams, and hand-hewed hardwood floors. Imported stone accents key areas on the fa├žade of the house and surrounds the 22-foot, round dining room. The traditional red tile roof and white Spanish colonial paint mixed with wrought iron is in keeping with the Santa Barbara homes designed by Architect Bob Easton.

The end project resulted in a warm and visually appealing residence perfect for entertaining and being filled with family and friends.

The builder Bill McFall and his talented crew of craftsman took 3 years to complete this ground up project. Attention to detail is seen throughout the residence.

Project Details

Client: Private Family
Skills: Design, Lighting, Furniture
Architect: Bob Easton
Builder: Bill McFall
Photographer: David Duncan Livingston

About the Hacienda Project

Starting in the living room, the massive hardwood floors are partially covered by a large Stark antique carpet in sage greens and beige, with a hint of terra cotta. Sofas are covered in a linen velvet to create an old world feel. Nail head and tassel fringe are used for a touch of elegance. Houles tassels hang off each of the Spanish sofas. Reproduction items such as coffee tables were found in Los Angeles at Kathleen Spiegleman Antiques. The chandelier is from the 17th century. Sitting over the sofa is a great painting reminiscing a party at the Santa Barbara Mission. Vaulted ceilings and large, arched bronze windows open out to a spectacular view.

All bathroom tile was carefully selected to keep with the old world architecture. We used lots of wainscot, and pattern-matched tile. Most vanities were custom built and stained or painted.

The kitchen has a warm and welcoming feel; a pizza oven sits in the corner. The breakfast nook houses a 17th century library table and we selected chairs from Las Palmas for seating. On the long side of the table sits a pew from a church covered in a soft stripe fabric.

The family room is an inviting space with a large Gregorius Pineo armoire that hides a 3-D TV; electric roman shades block out the sun for daytime viewing. The a sofa is covered in a great bold pattern from Pindler & Pindler. The coffee table is from William Switzer, and an antique folding screen sits in the corner.

One of our favorite rooms in the house is the 22′ ft-round dining room, with beautiful reclaimed beams and a Gregorius Pineoroomdelier that anchors the space. The designers had the long dining table custom made and the chairs were reproductions they had seen on a buying trip. The chairs are covered in leather and the backs are done in a bold stripe. andBuffet tables flank the room; sconceare featuredry lighting add soft lighting.

The master bedroom houses several great finds from Ebanesta furniture; all bedding was custom made. Linen drapes and sheers were hand-painted from Opuzen.

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Designer Notes

This project was very extensive, lasting three years throughout the entire design, build, and decorating phase. The clients were delightful and encouraged our creativity to blend old world charm with modern day comfort. We enjoyed working closely with architect, Bob Easton, from Santa Barbara, and builder, Bill McFall & Associates, from Monterey. Together our design team coordinated this project down to every last detail. To see a project like this finished is so rewarding; happy clients who enjoy coming home is the best part. ~ Julie Gardner