One of the best aspects of living in Montecito is residing in a tight-knit, involved community.
At the center of the community sits the Montecito Association, a nonprofit organization that unites local businesses and individuals with the city and each other. It is supported directly by its members for whom it monitors, and thus protects, issues affecting the area.
This week, the Montecito Association proudly unveiled its new website, which provides a plethora of new services for members and the community in general– it’s a great place to check out all things Montecito. Quoting the Montecito Association, some of the new features include:
–Updates on current issues affecting Montecito
-Secure payment system that accepts online payment for membership dues
–Community calendar featuring local events of interest
-Useful links to community resources
–Spotlight opportunities for area nonprofits
–Photo gallery and uploader showcasing Montecito scenes and festivities
–Community Hall rental information
If you’re a Montecito resident, property owner, or business, be sure to make great use of this new forum. If you’re not a member yet, we recommend that, too!
Last Friday, December 2nd, Luxe Interiors + Design magazine put on its “Maison de Luxe” event at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Twenty-four lauded designers decorated the historic mansion’s rooms to their hearts’ desires.
We decided it would be a great opportunity to head down to L.A. for the day and check it out. While there, we received a wonderful tour of the mansion’s expertly-decorated interiors and attended a lecture featuring four of the designers on the panel.
The over 46,000-square-foot mansion (for comparison, our biggest Montecito estate clocks in at 30,000 sq. ft.) was built in 1928 for the Doheny family on over 18 acres. The property is now a landmark, restored by nonprofit Friends of Greystone with tours and events run by the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. Obviously, this estate is truly magnificent, especially what with the internationally-renowned designers having gotten their hands on it.
Here are some photos of our wonderful day there.
Us with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard of Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorator"
An exquisite spot to lounge!
Us taking in the Greystone Estate's exceptional views
Montecito also has some amazing historic homes and estates— take a look at some of our favorites here.
1. Lend some warmth to your loved ones with the Hermés lightweight jacquard blanket. The equestrian print fits perfectly in a Hope Ranch estate or a Montecito Country Estate, not to mention, the Hermés family are Montecito residents. Hermes Finish Blanket, $1850
2. This Jo Malone candle will turn a house into a home with one flick of a match. Bring one when you visit your favorite hostess. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Luxury Candle, $400
3. Look locally for the bottle of vino that will wow even the most discerning wine connoisseur. With Jonata’s luxurious cab, you can bet you’ll bring something new to the table (and to your friends’ palates)– the ultra exclusive winery is one of the best-kept secrets of the California wine industry. Jonata Wines 2008 El Desafio de Jonata, Cabernet Sauvignon, $125
4. Montecito’s beaches wouldn’t be the same without the its residents’ ubiquitous, beloved pooches. A bed with graphics as appealing as luxury pet brand, Blueblood’s, not only makes a great gift for Fido, but looks wonderful in a Montecito beach estate. Blueblood “Cardiff By The Sea” Trellis Bed, $105-210
5. Wrap an electronic gift as exquisitely as possible with Chloe’s tablet case. The tassels add a touch of couture to the simply sleek design. Chloé Leather iPad Case, $600
6. Local jeweler Daniel Gibbings presents an African-style, gold-and-silver confection. The exotic look honors the bohemian-chic style Montecito has become known for. Daniel Gibbings Safari Five Strand Cross Gold and Silver Elephant Hair Bracelet, $245