Every five years or so I find myself changing my tastes. Fickle pickle, yeah yeah, I know. But it always surprises me when I open my mind up to options I once quickly discounted. I had never been a fan of the California Spanish look in years prior. I loved my best friend's parents sprawling vista in San Diego for its charm and total 180 from east coast housing but never really gave the rest of it any thought. It started with my favorite set-design of all times on the movie, It's Complicated, which boasts the Santa Barbara Spanish colonial look all day long. I kind of died a little. Then, slowly, I fell in love with the Eastwood's estate on their reality show and consequently anything in the Ojai Valley through various other reality TV. I really started to change my tune on this distinct style.
I know what you're thinking - 'it's always been around'. It's just that now I seem to notice it everywhere (OKL sales, the Pottery Barn catalog). It's like a heightened sense of awareness since I've overturned my prejudices. I'd love to visit the central California coast and take this all in. I can do without the wooden wall-mounted wine holders and wine kitschery, but I do wanna see some terracotta tiles, stucco and wooden beams!
Have you lived in a Spanish Colonial or Spanish California home? Is it as wonderful as I've made it to be in my head?