The house enjoys views of the city of Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands, as seen through the picture window on the left. To the right are the entry door and picture window we saw on the front facade of the house. To the left is the opening to the dining room. Collins left open a clear path behind the sofa from the front door through to the dining room, which keeps an easy flow in the small house.
When it comes to paint, Collins says, “In small houses I try to keep it simple.” He chose Cottage White by Dunn-Edwards throughout most of the house. “It is a warm white that works well when you are trying to create a sense of age in a home,” he says.
Also adding age are vintage touches in keeping with the period and style of the home. There’s a California seascape by Dedrick Stuber over the mantel, an antique stick wicker coffee table and an old sugar cane mill supporting a fern. The sofa is vintage; Collins had it re-covered in a Colefax and Fowler cut velvet.
Paint: Cottage White, Dunn-Edwards; coffee table: Corner House Antiques