Here, as promised, is the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley home of designer and friend Dede Wood appearing in this fall’s edition of Santa Barbara Magazine, photos by Jeremy Samuelson. Dede and her husband Steve live just a few miles down the road from us out here in the wilds of Santa Barbara County, so we consider them neighbors.
I first met Dede a couple of years ago when I interviewed her for House Beautiful. I happened to be visiting His Grace (my sweetheart, for new readers) at the time so I was able to go there and interview her in person, which I don’t always get to do. I don’t know which I liked more – the designer or her work. Fortunately I didn’t have to choose.
My last post covered the genius of entrance hall as dining room.
Joan Tapper’s excellent article in SB mag reveals that Dede and her husband Steve designed the house from the ground up to take full advantage of its setting and the panoramic views.
Tapper goes on to describe Dede’s East-West aesthetic, combining Chinese and Asian pieces with elements of ranch rusticity that is both unexpected and harmonious. She also discusses in some detail how the house is completely “off the grid.” In other words they have no utility bills, period. There hadn’t been a house on the property before and all the hook-ups would have been expensive. So they went solar everything. And it works remarkably well, although entre nous Dede tells me the Internet can be a tad slow at times.
Steve was captain of the Manhattan Beach lifeguards, which is a you-have-no-idea-unless-you-live-there huge job. The man is basically part fish and part hunk, if you don’t mind my saying, and the 55-foot lap pool was imperative.
Talent runs in the family. Dede’s daughter Megan Yager is an interior designer in her own right, gracing this blog a few days ago via Chinoiserie Chic. Second daughter Mindy Rice Davidson is ridiculously creative, which you can see for yourself at Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design.
For the life of me I cannot find the House Beautiful feature on Dede’s house on their website, but Elizabeth Aley’s charming blog A House Mouse ran the photos a while back. Elizabeth is also a friend of Dede’s, and it was fun to discover her blog in the writing of this. Pop over when you have a chance.
Hope you’re off to a great week. I can’t even believe it is September 10, can you?