Santa Barbara, California Middle Road

Maienza+Wilson Landscape Design, Interior Design, Interior Decoration.

Under the thoughtful guidance of Maienza-Wilson, the Montecito Modern Villa, originally conceived by the renowned Montecito architect Jack Warner and his distinguished wife Joanna Barnes, embarked on a journey of transformative evolution. This residence, with its inherent modernist charm that skillfully avoids mid-century clich├ęs, provided the perfect backdrop for John and Gregg to unleash their unparalleled design expertise. The villa was artfully curated to become a living gallery, highlighting an eclectic collection of art, a prestigious design library, and unique signature furniture pieces, embodying the principle of living with art.

The redesign emphasized mid-century furnishings that complement the modernist architecture, creating a dialogue between the past and present. This careful selection of furnishings not only pays homage to the era but also introduces a timeless elegance to the space, perfectly balancing proportion, scale, and rhythm within the villa's architecture.

In reimagining the space, a key focus was the creation of a modern kitchen that epitomizes both functionality and aesthetic appeal. This modern kitchen, designed for the art of culinary excellence, seamlessly merges with the dining area, establishing an open and inviting atmosphere conducive to rich social interactions. The kitchen's modernity is not just in its state-of-the-art appliances but also in its design, which harmonizes with the villa's overall aesthetic, emphasizing proportion, scale, and rhythm in every element.

The Montecito Modern Villa transcends the concept of a mere residence; it is an 'Art House' that exemplifies the seamless integration of architectural heritage with contemporary design sensibilities. Maienza-Wilson's vision for the villa was to create a space that not only serves as a home but also as a sanctuary for living with art, surrounded by mid-century furnishings that narrate a story of aesthetic evolution.

Every aspect of the villa, from the curated art pieces to the strategically placed mid-century furnishings and the expansive, modernized kitchen, has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the experience of living in an art-filled environment. The meticulous attention to proportion, scale, and rhythm throughout the villa ensures that each space feels balanced and harmonious, inviting occupants and guests alike to engage deeply with the surroundings.

This Montecito Modern Villa stands as a testament to Maienza-Wilson's design philosophy, where every element is a blend of functionality and visual artistry. The transformation of this villa into a modern masterpiece showcases their ability to respect the original modernist essence while infusing it with contemporary innovations and a deep appreciation for living with art. It is a space where architectural heritage, avant-garde design, and a life enriched by art and mid-century furnishings coalesce to create an unparalleled living experience.


Mid century Modern furnishings and Art.