Meet our Fall/Winter guest editor, Genny Cummings, Interior Designer and owner of Indigo Interiors. Well-known for her East meets West aesthetic and harmonious use of antiques and contemporary designs, Genny shares her expert advice on using a neutral palette to create a serene living scene.

"Quiet, neutral color palettes in the home have taken flight recently, with a multitude of gray hues leading the trend.  But the key to avoid a one-dimensional, uninspiring space is to create many notes of nuanced neutrals. Putty, pewter, granite and white add depth and relevance, while texture and reflective materials bring in some drama.

And if your heart cries out for a little more - add a dash of saffron for spice!"

1321 State Street

Visit Genny, Tom (not pictured) and their loyal "assistant", Chili, in their downtown Santa Barbara showroom.

Visit Genny, Tom (not pictured) and their loyal "assistant", Chili, in their downtown Santa Barbara showroom.

(from left to right) Sofa from Lee Industries; An assortment of old European glass bottles; Japanese document chest c. 1930’s.

(from left to right) Vintage Textiles from Tribal China, Japan and Romania; Black and White acrylic painting - Peggy Ferris;
Handcrafted black and white ceramic vessels with penciled patterns.

(from top left, clockwise) White lounge chair from Lee Industries; Cast bronze Ostrich table; One-of-a-kind jewelry by local artists; White marble votive, hand carved in India; Terra cotta “artichoke” lamp; African elephants crafted from repurposed rusted iron.

Menelli Trading Company

Menelli Trading Company on Coast Village Road in Montecito is an exquisite tile and stone importer, and it also plays host to local artists, pop-up galleries and lively events. The family run business is an excellent interior and exterior resource for architects, designers and homeowners. The light-filled showroom and expansive courtyard house a beautiful selection of natural stone, custom tile and flooring, new and antique pottery, as well as rare, consigned home decor items, and unique fair trade gifts from around the world. Join Menelli Trading Company at monthly “Meet the Artist” pop-up galleries featuring local artisans and their work. Currently in-house are Hélène Webb sculptures, Amy Michelson’s Sacred Wall Jewelry, Bruce Algra’s hand drawn graphite drawings, and Charlene McKay’s watercolors.

(above from left to right) Make a wish! Chic, festive hand-painted resin Wishbone Ornaments, perfect to dangle from a gift or bottle of champagne, $6.50- $8.50; All natural The Wicked Boheme scented coconut wax candles, in a beautiful rose copper plated steel jar, hand poured in Los Angeles 90+ hours burn time, $24; Hand-carved buffalo skull, imported from Bali, $980.

Our courtyard is the perfect backdrop for these awesome artists. Our clients love relaxing in a beautiful setting.
Jeff Menelli, owner and lead designer

1080 Coast Village Road • 805.845.5850 •

E Madison

Home design can be fun and E Madison Interior Lifestyles makes sure it is. Owners, Courtney and Anthony Dever, definitely know their way around the interior design business. With a successful flagship store in South Orange County and a thriving interior architectural design firm under their belts, in the spring of 2015, they turned their attention to Montecito – where years ago they fell in love with the warm sense of community and the locals owned and operated boutique culture of the area. E Madison designs, which are beautifully reflected in the retail showroom space, have a warm traditional and timeless sensibility. Inspiring vignettes fill the space, making it easy to imagine how the store décor might work in your own home. The showroom, “re-imagined” seasonally with the latest buying trip finds, provides a place for customers and clients to find inspiration and to transform their home design visions into reality.

The E Madison team takes pride in building long-standing relationships with their clients. This allows for each client’s personality and needs to truly become a part of the design process and finished project.
In addition to their own signature private label products, E Madison is currently expanding to offer custom furniture pieces, including a fabulous reproduction of an 1830’s vintage settee. For those who enjoy instant gratification and “want it yesterday”, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually have it today, as everything in the store is available for purchase. The inventory includes luxurious linens, furniture, lighting, and accessories, as well as other décor accents, pillows, books, jewelry, gifts, rugs, dishes, candles. Whether you are up for the major overhaul or want just a few little items to spruce up your living space, explore E Madison for a fresh take on traditional home décor.

1159 Coast Village Road • Montecito, CA 93108
805.618.1810 •

Plum Goods

When Amy Cooper, Plum Goods owner and curator extraordinaire, opened in 2010 her mission was clear--to create an exceptional gift store that was a joy to be in and offer products that are better for people and the planet. Mission accomplished, and then some. Plum Goods, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, is the go-to store for handcrafted, fair trade, and upcycled commodities. The fabulous selection of gifts and home goods upholds the notion that great quality, style and design can co-exist with an eco-friendly ethos. Take the top-selling stainless steel S’well bottles as a case in point. Who doesn’t want to keep a drink cold for twenty-four hours and not contribute to the estimated thirty-eight billion plastic bottles that end up in landfills every year? It is an easy and stylish way to make a daily difference. Visiting Plum Goods is an entertaining and inspiring experience: a colorful feast of innovative products for the eyes, aromatic lotions and candles for the nose, a lively soundtrack for the ears and a feel-good vibe for the heart.

909 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101