The Tribute to Carla Fendi

Carla Fendi was one of five sisters who ran Fendi and transformed it into a luxury goods empire until it sold to LVMH in 1999. She remained honorary president until her death early this morning. In 2012, Architectural Digest published the photos of her eclectic flat situated in a palazzo in the heart of Rome. In honor of Carla Fendi, let’s revisit the place that was once her beautiful home. You can read more about it here. Also, another great article about a night on the town with the legendary lady entitled “Carla Fendi’s Rome” can be found here.

An Enchanting Creekside Estate in Montecito

I’ve had a major case of wanderlust lately and my daydreams have been all over the map. From a weekend staycation to an extended European holiday, I can’t get the thought of vacation off my mind. I’ve never used Airbnb, VBRO or any other online home rental service (have you?) but my curiosity got the best of me and I soon discovered this beautiful home in Montecito, California available for rent. The headline for the listing reads, “Enchanting Creekside Estate, 2 Minutes to the Beach”.  I was immediately sold and when I went through the pictures I realized that I wouldn’t mind calling this place home away from home for a few days. It looks like a wonderful way to get away from it all. Its beautiful decor and serene landscape look like a perfect respite.

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Upper Garden of Main House

“Situated in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle, this gated, 1.5 acre estate offers total privacy amidst a lushly landscaped creek side setting. Multi-level gardens surround an authentic hacienda-style 4 bedroom 3.5 bath main house that offers mountain views and landscaped gardens framed by majestic Sycamore, Oak, Magnolia and Bird of Paradise trees and bordered by San Ysidro Creek. Located within a 2-minute drive from Santa Barbara’s world famous beaches, the property also includes a detached one bedroom guest house, 6 fireplaces and several outdoor living areas. Perfect for a family or extended family with staff, this property can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably.”

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Upper Patio

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Upper Courtyard Fountain

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Upper Courtyard

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Upper Garden Outdoor Shower


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Main House: Living Room

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Main House: Dining Room

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Main House: Kitchen

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Photos Above & Below: Master Bedroom

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Master Bathroom

Bedroom with balcony

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First Floor Bedroom

Above and Below: View of the Guest House on the Creek

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Guest House Living Room

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Lower Garden Courtyard

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Herb and Vegetable Garden

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Stone Pathway

For more information on this beautiful estate, check out the rental listing here. 

For Him: Closet Space

I can’t ignore my male readers, particularly given that today is Father’s Day, so I thought I would post some images of a few great walk-in closets for men. Even though these spaces are masculine in design, us woman can still learn a thing or two from these beautifully designed closets.  chic men's closet dressing room

“Dressing well is a form of good manners.”  —Tom Ford, Fashion Designer

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