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sneak peek: leslie lewis sigler

by Amy Azzarito


Leslie Lewis Sigler, her husband, Nathan, and pups, Peachy and Skip, have called this Spanish Colonial in Santa Barbara, California, home for four years. Leslie works as both a painter and a graphic designer — through Lilly & Louise she creates custom stationery, and as Design Porch she does print work for non-profit, corporate and small businesses. Like most renters, Leslie and Nathan were challenged to turn a rental house into a home that feels personal and warm. Luckily, they had a great canvas to work with: white stucco walls and warm hardwaood floors. They furnished the space with a collection of family hand-me-downs, Craigslist finds, handcrafted objects and a few token “big kid” purchases. The result is warm, bright and welcoming. Thanks, Leslie and Nathan! And a big thank you to Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie for the lovely photos! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: Our dining room is one of the sunniest spots in our home. My dad made the steel table for us, and he and I drove it to California from Texas. I love that you can see the vibrant pattern of the rug through the glass tabletop. The child’s chair is a score from a friend’s “donate” pile. The gas station painting is an oil-on-paper study I did for a large painting in college. I never liked the final painting and framed the study. We painted the walls off-white throughout the house, and we use artwork and patterns to add color in each space.


Image above: The vintage green knobs were part of the kitchen when we moved in, and we love them.

See more of Leslie’s Santa Barbara home after the jump . . .


Image above: One of my favorite features of the house is the fireplace, a hallmark of the 1930s Spanish style. It’s regal and quiet, and I imagine it has witnessed many stories unfold. I never had a fireplace before living here, and I enjoyed arranging the furniture around such a traditionally communal centerpiece. This room doesn’t have much wall space for artwork, so we found a rug with a bold pattern. The typewriter is a painting of mine. The curtains and pillows are from Anthropologie, and the rug is from West Elm. The leather director’s chair is a Craigslist find; there are three others speckled throughout the house.


Image above: Our kitchen is a hub in the house and is often abuzz with cooking, baking, painting, and multi-tasking. I picked up the rag rug at a market while traveling in Portugal.


Image above: We have a prolific lemon tree, so lemons make appearances throughout the house as installations and centerpieces — and most often — desserts.


Image above: The portraits (of Leslie) over our bed are part of printmaker Ellen Heck’s (www.ellenheck.com) Plus A Century portfolio. The pillows are from Anthropologie. We’ve grown to love the quirky old light fixture; somehow it seems to fit with our mix-and-match style in the bedroom.


Image above: Our bedroom has a great little vanity area. I found the unfinished wooden dresser on Craigslist. The drawer pulls I have slowly collected from various places and travels. My grandmother gave me the earring and necklace tree when I was 12, and I had maybe two necklaces. Now it’s full. The mirror was in my mom’s room when she was young, and I love the combination of the antique filigree with the simple dresser. My dad rehabbed the stained glass window from an old house.


Image above: Our spare bedroom gets a lot of use and doubles as artwork storage. We found a shiny white day bed frame (with trundle!) on Craigslist and painted it black, and it works great in this small room. The bicycle print is from Thalia Lampert’s Etsy shop. I made the duvet cover, and the rag rug I found at a market in Portugal.


Image above: In my painting space, objects/subjects of past or future paintings hang about and work their way into new ideas. The small surfboard painting on paper is a sketch I did for a painting for Nathan years ago.


Image above: My graphic design workspace is an enclosed sunporch; we call it the design porch. The flat file is a Craigslist bargain (it was a groovy ’70s glittery brown, and we painstakingly took it apart and painted it a steel grey, then put it back together) and is a great work top for projects that require a lot of assembly. The wall of windows overlooks the back yard. I feel lucky to have such a pleasant space to spend my workdays. On the wall is an ever-changing smattering of photographs, postcards, current projects, and artwork that inspire me.


Image above: When we moved in, I nabbed the breakfast nook as a spot to paint. It has three walls of windows that let in great light, and one solid wall where I hang larger canvases to paint. I like living with works in progress when I’m in the kitchen cooking, or passing through, although sometimes I end up with a spatula in one hand and a paintbrush in the other trying to make a painting just right.


Image above: Our potted succulents come from cuttings from friends’ yards, neighborhood walks, our local neighborhood garden exchange, and local nurseries.


Image above: Our home has some great little arched niches. When we moved in, the shelves were glass and non-functional. So we built wooden shelves and painted them the same color as the wall. Now they showcase our little collection of funky plates that add a bit of color to the space. The ceramic labyrinth is from Aloe Tile in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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