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I hope you have found it Inspiring... and will return often.
I was recently asked "Why do you do what you do?"
My quick answer is:
I love helping my clients create a vision, a composition and a delightful, finished environment that many will enjoy for decades to come.
I feel very lucky to live in beautiful Santa Barbara...
and am always very grateful for the many clients who invest their time and money into the visions I have for their projects.
I am drawn to like-minded folks that envision "what could be", and take time to plan something very special.
Fertile imaginations dream, and then collaborate...
and I believe it is the only way that unique projects are born.
Creative Projects Abound...
I have been blessed with a God-given gift of being able to draw the visions I imagine in my mind (or those described to me by my clients).
This unique skill set has kept things very interesting for me... I never really know what the next project will be.
LEFT: This Spanish style Chicken Coop is an example of an enchanting structure designed by one of my special Montecito clients.
We have been collaborating on the re-design of the main house, guest house, entry gates... all to have a 1920s or 30s early California Spanish vibe and feel.
Her deluxe Chicken Coop is a sweet expression of the many artisanal materials, techniques and independent resources I have enjoyed consulting and advising on for the main structures, which are currently under construction.
Working with the best Santa Barbara Designers, Architects, Builders and Real Estate Investors in town requires hard work, and good friends to spread the word.
My conceptual design commissions have included work at the historic Wallace Neff Libbey Ranch in Ojai (RIGHT)...
George Washington Smith, Lutah Maria Riggs, Mary McLaughlin Craig, and D'Alfonso homes in Montecito-
Special clients seeking conceptual design ideas for improvements, additions, and beautiful landscapes.
Many of my clients are entrepreneurs, business owners and real estate investors. Several have award winning careers in music, television, and publishing...
My most memorable compliments have been from writers and composers.
They are in the "story telling" business, and that is how I see my conceptual design rendering services.
I am putting pen to paper to craft a vision of what your home and landscape will look like, once the project is complete.
Please contact me if you would like to see my entire portfolio of projects, or to discuss a new project endeavor you are contemplating.
My Early Years
My Santa Barbara life started on a cold winter night in 1985. I packed my ’56 Ford and left hometown Minneapolis, migrating to the warm and sunny American Riviera.
At 22, I had had my fill of below zero winters, and was looking for a new adventure.
Enthusiastic, and a little naive... I arrived in Santa Barbara with $200 in my pocket.
First stop: The Westmont College "roomates wanted" board, where I noticed a unique job post.
Within 48 hours- I got that job as a live-in Butler / Chauffer for a prominent Television Writer + Producer.
Destiny or Luck... I found myself moving in to a magnificent 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival Montecito Estate.
The home on 3.5 acres of classic landscapes instantly became an inspirational setting... the beginning of my interest in Spanish Home Design and Classic Santa Barbara and Montecito Architecture.
A Bit about my Art + Design Background
I regret not pursuing a Degree in Architecture while attending Colleges in Minnesota and California.
Since my teenage years...
I have been involved in artistic, diverse combinations of:
Fine Art, Product Design + Development, Home Design and Renovations-
And ever since I can remember, I have loved to draw.
RIGHT: A custom Spanish Revival mailbox I designed for Casa Corazon, in Santa Barbara California
I established my Santa Barbara Home Design + Consultant business about 13 years ago.
I have helped dozens of clients realize their dreams...
And as an Artist and Designer, I have the priviledge of living a very creative life as I collaborate with so many talented and gifted clients.
Previous to becoming a full time Home Designer...
Designing quality products and marketing them to the world had also always been in my blood.
For 23 years ( 1989 - 2003) I held full-time positions with various Product Development companies.
During those 23 years... I worked my way up from prototype development and mold-making management positions...
And in early 2005, I eventually launched my own award-winning product line.
The Verve Collection, (upper right / Page 42 of the August 2005 issue of Hospitality Design magazine).
1995 - 2003
The bulk of my product design + development experience was as a Senior Products Designer and Product Development Manager with Forms+Surfaces, a local Architectural Products manufacturer-
LEFT: An example of the type of product I designed... 4' x 10' sheet goods...
The "Durango" design has won multiple national awards, including this one, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association.
Locally, Durango is installed at the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal
My 8 year tenure with Forms + Surfaces netted 8 National Product Design Awards.
By the time I had left Forms + Surfaces in early 2003...
The popular designs I helped create had already been installed in 275 public projects throughout the world.
They included 20 boutique hotels in intriguing cities such as London, Shanghai, Bangkok, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Taipei and Carmel, CA.
Also: 11 international airports, 13 galleries + museums, various resorts, restaurants, retail, technology and universities.
LEFT: In 1999, Durango won a Grand Prize + Best in Show for innovation in Applied Finishes and Materials.
It was a special honor to share this page with Phillipe Starck, who won in the Lighting category.
About my Faith:
"Success" is often over-rated... and over the years I have had some amazing and thrilling career highlights.
But I have also learned that there is an emptiness in building a life solely on Self Sufficienct striving for personal success.
If you have the time... I encourage you to visit this link... Where I have compiled timeless truths that I believe will lift you up.
I also encourage you to visit Iamsecond.com, an inspiring website with collections of 2 and 3 minute testimonials by celebrities, sports figures, finance, musicians...
describing how God has transformed their perspectives on success and other topics. Something for those that are seeking a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
A couple of quality sneak peeks:
Chip + Joanna Gaines of HGTV TV's hit show Fixer Upper.
My Wife Lori and I are 2 fans (of the 25 million viewers that tuned in to their show last season). We get so much inspiration from their life, and point of view. Their testimony on Iamsecond.com is worth checking out.
Kathy Ireland Santa Barbara Model turned Business Mogul.
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