Tour a Montecito Vacation Home Meant for Relaxing

In sunny Southern California, Burnham Design infuses a family’s getaway with a rich pastiche of worldly influences and geometric details

living room

In the sitting room, Burnham and team crafted bespoke plaster alcoves on either side of the steel windowed doors to give museum-level attention to family heirlooms, which are illuminated by custom cylinder extended downlights in blackened brass by Apparatus.


Textures dominate the breezeway off the dining room, with vintage Moroccan rugs sourced from Mehraban rugs, which are placed atop of Levantine tile by Tabarka StudioRose Tarlow Pudgin sconces in Dark Rusty hang above a vintage bench found on 1stDibs.

montecito home kitchen

The family knew they wanted their kitchen space to be significant, with room to cook and entertain. “We were really enamored with English kitchens,” Burnham explains, “We contacted deVOL and said, ‘We love your Sebastian Cox kitchen, can we do this in a Southern Californian home?’ We worked with them to get the drawings and measurements just right.”

dining room

The great dining area, which the clients cite as one of their favorite spots in the house, offers an expansive view of the patio and the lush green landscape. Fiddle Back chairs by Sawkille in ebonized white oak gather on either side of the Harvest Oval dining table in reclaimed yellow pine by Nickey Kehoe, while Sawkille’s Rainbow armchairs, also in ebonized white, sit at each end. An eight-pointed side chandelier in rubbed black finish by Mulligans watches over the room, its shape echoing other geometrical patterns found elsewhere throughout the house.


An outdoor dining room and lounge area just off the kitchen allow for quintessential California indoor-outdoor living. Kingsley Bate dining chairs from their Sag Harbor collection gather around an RH Aegean dining table in Slate.

laundry room

Lush blossoms brighten up the laundry room.


Simple geometric shapes make a big statement in the back spiral staircase. 10×10 terra-cotta tiling by Ticsa Gredos runs throughout the first floor, with Vintage Timberworks French White Oak wide plank flooring in Loba/satin seen elsewhere.


Playful patterns and red paint give the guest room warmth. Visual Comfort Graves Pivoting sconces in bronze are covered with Peter Dunham textiles Orcha fabric in Pasha. Les Indiennes #6 Daisy fabric in Gold was used to make the Roman shades.


Though none of the walls are painted in color, Burnham Design used Los Alamos wallpaper by Fromental to add personality to the bathroom, and a vintage 1950s brass wall mirror sourced on 1stDibs and overhead Lex lighting fixture from Urban Electric Co. invite contrasting geometry.

bedroomArt: Lourdes Sanchez/Sears-Peyton Gallery

Burnham Design and team played with texture and muted colors to give the guest bedroom a beach-adjacent feel. Belgian flax duvet and shams in Chambray from Pottery Barn cover the Room & Board bed in maple with a charcoal stain, which sits between two Spencer lamps from Arteriors on Lawson Fenning night standsC&C Milano Maremma Rigato shades in natural gray add playful stripes to the room.


“In the primary bedroom, you really get the feel of being able to smell the sea air, to let your hair down a little,” Burnham says. Williams Sonoma Home’s Mallory Woven Seagrass bed is covered in RH’s Italian Tipped set in Dune, flanked by natural oak nightstands by Nickey Kehoe and a pair of bedside lamps from Mt Washington Pottery. A folded linen saucer pendant from California Workshop hangs gracefully overhead.


In the primary bathroom, a limestone mosaic by Country Floors gives the room a muted pop of color beneath a leather woven bench. A freestanding Laura Kirar bathtub by Kallista anchors the room, while additional square footage for the standing steam shower was found by drastically reducing closet space in the primary bedroom. Custom bleached white oak cabinetry designed by Burnham Design runs along the wall.



Outside the primary suite, a custom cedar daybed from Magnolia Porch Swings provides a place for quiet contemplation or curling up with a good book. Above, a custom Oregna pendant light from Santa Barbara Lighting in SBLC Brown illuminates the space.


The palm tree’s fronds mimic the curvature found in the steel windows on the second floor, continuing the geometrical symmetry seen throughout the home.


The sun begins to set on the lawn and pool, while an oversized palm tree provides cool shade.


Verdant greenery landscaped by Rob Maday of Bosky Landscape Architecture surrounds the pool and jacuzzi.

outdoor seating montecito home

“This is not a primary residence. They’re city people, and they wanted an escape,” explains the designer.

house guesthouse

“The house is very uncluttered; we wanted it to feel like somewhere we could have a couple of T-shirts, a bathing suit, and some flip flops and just be away,” says the client.

guest houseArt: Isabel Bigelow/Sears-Peyton Gallery

“The clients wanted somewhere that felt like a getaway; the phrase ‘adult barefoot’ was thrown around a lot,” Burnham explains in reference to the main home’s relaxed elegance. That same spirit is explored in the guesthouse, where in the kitchen a natural fiber pendant from Serena and Lily hangs over a Crate and Barrel dining table, surrounded by black chairs with woven cord seating.

Via Architectural Digest

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