Kyle Irwin is responsible for the interiors of some of Santa Barbara’s most elegant homes. With a great mix of antiques and contemporary finds, his aesthetic is luxurious but with a light touch.
Tecolote Book Shop
1470 E. Valley Rd., Montecito
A Santa Barbara classic, this bookstore has been around for almost 100 years and is a local gem. They carry all the standards, and if you’re on the lookout for a book that’s out of print, Tecolote is happy try and find it for you.
525 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
There are actually two Jenni Kayne's in Montecito—one houses the women's collection, and the other two-story spot is part home goods shop and part kids boutique. Both are exceptionally well-done and very carefully edited: While the array is not extensive, it's pretty perfect.
1024 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
Styled like an old-world ship cabin—complete with wood paneled walls, rope-wrapped surf boards, paintings of light houses, and vintage anchors—Mate Gallery is a pretty adorable addition to the Montecito Country Mart. And if a maritime treasure isn't on your to buy list, it sits nose to nose with Intermix, Space NK, and Kendall Conrad. Oh, and did we mention the tacos at Little Alex's and the ice cream at Rori's Creamery?
Michael Haskell Antiques
539 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
Though small in size, the offerings at this Montecito-based antique shop are big in style—and generally hard-won. It fits right in with its surroundings, as many of the antique finds are 16th-18th century Spanish Colonial, which are deftly mixed in with Michael and Eric Haskell's own collection of lighting and furniture.
1014F Coast Village Rd., Montecito
The original Hudson Grace is in San Francisco: There, Monelle Totah (Williams-Sonoma, Banana Republic) and Gary McNatton (Gap), turn out a very specific, pristine, and simple sensibility, evidenced by clean-lined pitchers, sturdy cutting boards, and a house line of linen napkins. They are now three boutiques strong in California—including one in the Montecito Country Mart—where you'll find the same mix, including Cire Trudon candles, white lacquer salt mills, and Laguoile corkscrews.
Upstairs at Pierre Lafond
516 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
Downstairs at Pierre Lafond you'll find a pint-size grocery store with a takeaway counter and basic coffee; upstairs, you'll find a rambling warren of rooms devoted to everything from coffee table books, to Mini Rodini onesies, to Il Bisonte wallets and Paul Smith socks. It's one of those spots where you can easily pass the better part of an hour, and emerge with about 80 potential gifts.
695 Ashley Rd., Montecito
A truly unique botanical garden founded by singer turned botanical gardener Ganna Walska. She bought the property in 1941 and over the years transformed it with the help of several world-renowned landscape designers. Today, the garden continues her work by preserving her singular designs and continually expanding the stunning collections of exotic plants from all over the world. As it’s located in a private residential neighborhood, book in advance and reserve to join a docent-led tour. Photos: Bill Dewey
Shine Blow Dry Bar (Closed)
1250 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
These days, every town needs a blow dry bar, and in Montecito, the honor falls to Shine, where you can get a quick and reliable blow-out for the very fair price of $38. It can get busy on weekends, so book ahead.
Pane e Vino
1482 E. Valley Rd., Montecito
"My dad brought me to this Italian trattoria for a special dinner when he came up to visit when I was at UCSB. It still serves all the delicious and seasonal Italian dishes you’d expect in a warm, welcoming setting. Choose between the cozy interior or the vine covered outdoor patio for lunch or dinner." -GP
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