sneak peek: leslie lewis sigler

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 ( 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.

  1. I’m always in awe of people who make white/light walls look so intentional and designed. Gorgeous!

  2. Kelly Oshiro says:

    Kirsten captured you and your home beautifully!!!!

  3. Kylie says:

    I absolutely LOVE all of the rugs!! But especially the one in the dining room under the table. Can you please let me know where this is from?! I have been searching high and low for the perfect rug for my living room. If you could help a sister out, I would be so greatful. :)

  4. Danielle says:

    Where are the rattan dining tables chairs from? I have a similar table and these would look mah-velous!

  5. Nancy D says:

    I am so Jealous. California is the most beautiful place on the face of the earth with the best lighting ever. Midwesterners don’t just get it……….Thanks for the letting me in your very comfortable looking home. Wish I was there.

  6. Cathy Heck says:

    A perfect break to my work day … walking through your happy house … filled with art and love!

  7. Amberly says:

    Wow! Your home totally captures that wonderful Santa Barbara vibe, one of my absolute favorite places. I love all of the natural textures and muted colors – so inviting! Great home and thanks for sharing with us!

  8. BB says:

    That’s a lovely shade of white! Creamy but clean. May I ask the maker – color name?

  9. Jill says:

    Oh, that light. And the arches. And your pottery collection. And so many places to create-just beautiful!

  10. kate says:

    This is the perfect home. So fresh and full of sunlight!

  11. Leslie says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind words about our home!

    @kylie the rug in the dining room is actually from Pottery Barn
    @danielle, the ratan chairs are from Crate & Barrel
    @ BB, the wall color is a custom color. When we moved in we took a paint chip from the wall and had the paint shop match it, then repainted the walls the same color.

    Hope this helps!

  12. Fox and Beau says:

    What a stunning garden setting! Hello from Australia!

  13. L says:

    I am also wondering where that rug under the dining room table is from. Love it!

  14. Erin C says:

    LOVE the spanish heritage style, blended with desert influences. Desert botanicals have the most amazing color palettes.

  15. What a beautiful home! So comfy and bright and cheerful. Thanks for the inspiring sneak peek. I love it all, but my favorite part is the niche full of plates. I can’t stop swooning over those gorgeous colors. :)

  16. What a beautiful space and great dogs!

  17. Rachel says:

    What a great home! I love the lightness and warm pops of color throughout.

  18. jen says:

    you get extra points for your beautiful bostons! we have one and they are officially best dog in the world ever. love your sneak peek.

  19. Ahh obsessed! What a beautiful, breathtaking home!

  20. Evan Otto says:

    It looks like you and Nathan have made a great place for yourselves in Santa Barbara. Congrats!

  21. Reena says:

    Gorgeous! Can you please let me know how you have hung the photos/art in your workspace? Thanks!

  22. caroline says:

    the home looks so warm and comfortable. I love a simple kitchen like theirs.

  23. Leslie says:

    @Reena, the inspiration imagery in my workspace are each hung with a silver binder clip tacked to the wall. The clip makes it easy to change out the pieces that inspire me.

  24. How do I get myself one of those typewriter paintings?? Love!!

  25. Carrie says:

    Love your house! Can you share where the green curtains in your guest bedroom can be found! I’ve been envisioning them in my head for months and finally found them in your house!

  26. Leslie says:

    @Carrie, they’re from Urban Outfitters circa 2002…not sure if that’s much help!

  27. hey! i saw that you said your dining room rug was from pottery barn which is funny because I actually have a bunch of their kilim rugs on my wish list. though i really wish the one you have were still available. do you remember when you got it and what the name of it was? maybe i can find it on ebay :D

  28. Marie says:

    I love it all, but my favorite part is the niche full of plates.


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