1255 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA 93108
Q/A with Nicole Berry, creative director, and Maureen Hemming, owner of
MH Home Design
How did MH Home Design land in Montecito?
We have always loved Coast Village Road and dreamed of having a store there. Since opening the showroom, we’ve met the most interesting people and have made some wonderful relationships with our clients and that has been incredibly rewarding.
Tell us a bit about your backgrounds.
Owner, Maureen Hemming, has been an interior designer in the Santa Barbara area and through-out the US for over 16 years. Her style is Traditional - influenced by art, light and structure. I am a native Californian and as a professional photographer and painter, have traveled and lived all over the world. As Creative Director, I infuse the design and store buying process with a twist of art. Sophia Recalde, our Director of Operations, an LA native, with a background managing musicians and events, runs the store-front, online store and serves our clientele with loads of style. Our Associate Designer, Erin McDermott, rounds out our team and brings her own unique vision and experience to the store.
How do you connect with clients and help translate their visions into home design and what are some of the most unique aspects of the retail space/design services you provide?
We use photographs, samples and CAD drawings, to create the style and function of a space and we have an extensive fabric library right here in the showroom. Our local clients and the designers we work with really appreciate the convenience of not having to commute to LA. We also have our own workrooms and relationships with the best furniture makers in the world. We offer drapery, hardware, custom rugs - everything you need for the home, outdoor and office space.
How do you go about "curating" the retail space?
We travel to Europe, New York, Santa Fe, Anguilla, and Aspen and beyond. We search, read, and research to find distinctive art, artisans and furniture. We also collaborate with the best and most influential craftsman, workrooms and artists.
What are your best-selling lines/brands/collections and which are exclusive to you? What is offered in your private label collections?
We have our own furniture and fabric lines and are collaborating on an accessory line. We carry a boutique textile line out of London, called Evitavonni - their bedding is absolute heaven! We have also collaborated with Ralph Lauren and offer their home collection of accessories, fabrics and furniture. Currently our customers love the gorgeous hand carved onyx bowls and ceramics by Ron Dier.
What else would you like for potential customers/clients to know about MH Home Design?
We really love what we do and hope our excitement and passion continues to inspire and provide the best experience and results for our customers to enjoy the most precious space of all – their own home.