now that memorial day has come and gone, i think we’re all ready for another vacation, and the home of dan zelen of zelen home seems like the perfect place right about now. dan splits his time between LA (near the shop) and san francisco where he is a senior interior designer at martha angus. but he and his partner have always gravitated to santa barbara where they recently purchased and renovated this home in a town called montecito (the 1940s home is not typical of the area) for weekends and occasional rentals (that’s what happens when you split locations). it’s the perfect getaway for them with ocean and mountain views from every room, and the added charm of the active railroad that races up and down the coast a few times a day (which they love, but probably deterred other potential buyers from completely tearing down the place for a mega mansion). he describes their style as a mix of new and old – much like the tone of their shop. click here more images of their weekend getaway home! [thanks, dan (and mike for coordinating)!] -anne
[above: The house has great decks on the ground level and upper levels.]
The lanai is a bright happy room, I used big rattan furniture linen pillows and hand made cashmere throws. The tole tray is from the Alameda flea market and the glass screen is made from 10’ tall turn of the century glass library cabinet
doors I found from UC Berkeley that are hinged together. We hang out in this room the most with the doors open, the breeze coming through and watch the Amtrack Surfliner race through the back yard a few times a day going each way up and down the coast… the sound makes your mouth drop and its gone within seconds
The railroad races past the backyard transforming the peaceful lull of the ocean wave sounds into a rush of steel and wind…in seconds it is gone and the peace is returned. For the first few times the train passed my jaw dropped in awe and excitement as the train flew by. It is a wonderful sound to hear the whistle and feel the motion of such a huge thing go by you. We absolutely love this thing going through the back yard and friends take the 2 hour trip from LA to come up for the weekend and love it.
I dried seaweed from the beach here in Montecito and framed them in vintage frames to hang in the upstairs bedrooms. I was intrigued with trying to make what I could for the house as opposed to just buying everything. This is one on the results.