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


Cross the threshold of Porch and enter a dreamy world, where clean, contemporary design strikes a perfect balance with warm, comfortable living – where sustainabililty and style live in perfect harmony. Located steps from the Pacific, on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria, this eclectic home décor and garden shop can’t help but embody a beachy style and relaxed vibe. Porch owners Diana Dolan and Christie Boyd channel their mutual admiration for nature, as they curate the store with “what we love!” This “love” is reflected in the abundant inventory of unique gifts, tabletop, books, textiles, lighting, furnishings and other swoon-worthy home décor items – all of course with a touch of eco-chic. A 3,000 square foot outdoor garden blends seamlessly with the interior space, as it showcases the best of outdoor living, including plants, garden art, outdoor furniture, containers, and a covetable selection of fire pits – a garden must for outdoor Santa Barbara entertaining. The goods move fast here, so the fresh inventory hits the floor daily, which is a good thing for the legions of loyal regulars. Porch also houses an art gallery space, which rotates the works of local artists every eight weeks. So find a bit of time to take a little shelter at Porch.

3823 Santa Claus Lane
Carpinteria, CA 93103

Reed Interiors

Claire describes herself as something of a traditionalist, so when she and her husband, Mark, thought about sprucing up their kitchen, which Claire describes as “needing some TLC,” she wasn’t envisioning the gleaming, highly functioning modern marvel of a kitchen they have now. But then one day she was shopping for flooring at Reed Interiors in Carpinteria and saw the showcase kitchen that was being built to spotlight Reed’s new kitchen-design division. Spearheaded by Michel Clair, who had recently arrived in the U.S. after 25 years of designing in France, the new arm of the company takes its cue from the exciting European trend of reworking outdated interiors of historic buildings to embrace contemporary design and functionality. “I fell in love with that kitchen,” Claire recalls. “I saw the Armony cabinets, with their clean lines and beautiful glossy finish, and had to have them.” And so Claire, who liked modern design but could not see how to incorporate it without a room becoming cold or austere, found herself jettisoning the traditional in favor of the sleek, the clean, the contemporary.

But she and Mark still had doubts. “We wondered if it would be too modern,” Claire recalls. “I needed an expert, and in Michel Clair and [Reed owners] Romain and Myriam Doussineau, I found them. The lines are cleaner now. The room is more open and wonderful to cook in. This kitchen fits the house, and everyone who sees it loves it.”
The job was completed without removing any of the now-white walls, which nearly match the bone-colored lacquer cabinets that line one wall and support the island, which contains a 1.5-size Wolf oven and an 8-burner stovetop. Drawers and cabinets feature built-in cutouts to keep every utensil, pot and pan in place. Recessed ceiling lighting is supplemented by additional lighting, such as that in the brushed stainless steel hood, which is suspended from the ceiling by four steel rods. All the cabinets have brushed stainless steel counter tops, corner bumpers, backsplashes and kick plates. A dark-brown plank floor from Reed provides a striking contrast and links the kitchen to the rest of the house.

At one end of the kitchen, warm, knotty-oak cabinetry hides a gaggle of Gaggenau chilling devices: a refrigerator, a freezer and a wine cooler. A rectangular knotty-oak dining counter fronted by black-cushioned stools defines the kitchen’s boundary at the other end of the room. “I like a cool, simple aesthetic, and I don’t like clutter,” says Claire. “So I said just go. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.” Spoken like a true modernist.

3821 Santa Claus Lane • Carpinteria, CA 93013 • 805.684.7583