SB Buzz

Posted online: January 2010

The Light Fantastic

Capture the sunlight with Solatube skylights, 805-965-5589. These amazing inventions carry 100 percent natural sunlight from your roof into your home through reflective tubes, increasing the light tenfold while reducing your electricity bill at the same time. They are easily installed—usually within an hour—require no framing, plastering, or painting, and may also be fitted with electric lights for use at night. Genius.

Feathering Your Nest

FM10buzzThe impact and warmth that wall coverings instantly bring to a space never fails to delight, despite their unjust fall from grace in recent years. Now, they are back with a vengeance, and thanks to the Internet, everyone can have access to the endless array of choices out there. I’m loving the faux cowhide I recently used from Elitis, elitis.fr, and reminiscent of Damien Hirst’s Butterfly Paintings, the exquisite Nest collection (price upon request, pictured below) by Schumacher, 800-523-1200, fschumacher.com, is created entirely by hand using real feathers in the 24 richly colored and layered patterns, one of which is sure to tickle your fancy.

Fixture Fantasy Land

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Stone Forest oval soaking tub, price upon request.

How lucky we are to have a Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 602 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-5811, ferguson.com, located right here in town!

Shop for everything you could possibly need (or lust for) in the way of fixtures and appliances, big and small, for kitchens and bathrooms. From SubZero to Stone Forest, they have everything and the kitchen sink. Sales associate Michele Hartstein is my go-to girl for finding the perfect fittings. Custom Japanese soaking a tub anyone?

Pork is The New Black

FM10buzz3Now what to serve in that new kitchen of yours? We all know pork belly is still the darling of the culinary world (think Kate Moss with hooves) but why not treat yourself to something really decadent and indulge in the otherworldly experience of Jamón Ibérico de Bellota ($19, pictured below) from Spain, available at Metropulos, 216 E. Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, 805- 899-2300? And yes, that price is per 1/8 pound of the cured meat—so be forewarned! Serve it with some fresh crusty bread and a bottle of Buoni Anni 2006 Sangiovese ($32), the first release from Cent’Anni Vineyards, located in Los Olivos and owned by locals Jamie and Julie Kellner. Their winemaker, the well-respected Doug Margerum, promises this very traditional Italian red—fruit forward with a dry finish—would be a wonderful pairing with the ham. Cent’Anni wines are available at the Liquor & Wine Grotto, 1271 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-969-5939, montecitovino.com, and El Rancho Market, 2886 Mission Dr., Solvang, 805-688-4300, elranchomarket.com.

FM10buzz4AT HOME with guest contributor & interior designer CAROLYN MILLER

FM10buzz5What I’m wearing at home Anything by über-cool Parisian designer Isabel Marant at Diani, 1324 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-966-3114, dianiboutique.com.

What I’m reading at home Lit by Mary Karr (2009, Harper), The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (2009, Knopf), and Dreaming in Hindi by Katherine Russell Rich (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

What’s in the air at home Incense, incense everywhere! My favorites are Nippon Kodo Kohden’s mint and sandalwood ($18, simplyincense.com).

What coffee table books I’m buying for the home Shape of Things to Come (2009, Rizzoli) and Natural Fashion: Tribal Decorations from Africa (2009, Thames & Hudson).

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