While acclaimed designer Suzanne Rheinstein’s storied Hancock Park home in Los Angeles is a study in layered neoclassical style, her home in Montecito is all about tranquility. At her idyllic country retreat, Suzanne worked with architectural firm Bories and Shearron to totally transform what was a dated 1971 house into her ultimate “house of calm.” Please tag along with me and Susanna for a behind the scenes visit with Suzanne at her exquisite Montecito home.
With architectural inspiration from warm weather destinations such as Mallorca, Suzanne utilized soft colors of tinted plaster inside and out to unify the space and emphasize the indoor outdoor lifestyle of temperate Montecito.
The architects and Suzanne were able to reorient the original house, without changing the original footprint, by adding new windows and doors to focus on the spectacular views of the Santa Ynez mountains, new pool and gardens by her friend Nancy Goslee Power.
Inside, Suzanne steered her signature take on the limited palette in an entirely new direction. Spare yet supremely sophisticated interiors highlight a worldly mix of select acquisitions and a growing collection of artwork on paper.
Never one to rest on her laurels, she has designed a new dialogue of personal spaces, eschewing formal entertaining for relaxed life with friends and family, especially her three beloved granddaughters.
With endless curiosity and an open mind, Suzanne has moved her design lexicon forward without forgoing her sense of gracious living and deep appreciation for art and understated elegance. Thank you Suzanne for welcoming us into your divine Montecito haven!
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