Where I Live: Interior Design Ideas, with Maryanne Brillhart | Pottery Barn

Where I Live: Interior Design Ideas, with Maryanne Brillhart | Pottery Barn


Pottery Barn Where I Live
Maryanne Brillhart My name’s Maryanne Brillhart,
I’m here in Montecito, California, in my home that I built and designed. We designed the whole entry to just kind of
smile when you drive up to the house, I actually purchased the property about
fifteen years before I completed the home, and I had a dream one night that I’d bought the lot and I totally pictured my house on the lot, and I woke up,
drew the sketch and the home was built fifteen years later. It’s all about light with this house. In the living room, we have the dining room and living room together with one massive Santa Barbara stone fireplace, it’s great for cocktail parties, where people
are just all over the place, but still in one room, I like the color and feel of pine furniture so most of
these are old pine antiques, the old pine dining table is probably
from the eighteen hundreds I find it’s really difficult to fit in just
the right lamps for the right places so what I found is you can just locate pieces and make them into lamps. There’s some glass jars that I love, really old glass, there’s two teapots in the house, old
silver teapots that I made into lamps, And also in the living room there’s some
big old pots that were pottery-type pots
that I had two lamps made for. So probably most of my lamps throughout the
house have been made from pieces and I just find the lampshades or have them made as well. I wanted a home that was so Santa Barbara Montecito style, we have this perfect weather year-round, seventy degrees, so you want to open everything up,
we just feel very casual here, and I want it to feel comfortable when anybody’s
here, ever, and not worry about a thing. We made the kitchen family room one big room as well, It’s another big space. I decided to paint my floors rather than to continue the oak floors in there, so we painted it a sage, kind of porch green. I like white with
the stainless steel, and so we brought a lot of the good high-end stainless steel appliances into the house. Actually, everybody says “Wow,” when they walk into my kitchen, and I don’t think it’s because it’s an outrageously
great kitchen, it’s so light, people love to collect in the kitchen
when you’re cooking, Everybody’s hanging out, having their drinks, People feel relaxed when they come to our home, everyone can just wear their jeans and come over, and relax. The sun room’s a lot different from a lot of the other
rooms in the house, in that it’s all glass, it’s uh, very light, and bright,
all French doors, all the way around, Probably my favorite room in the house is our library, it’s all dark, very different from the rest of the house, dark green carpet, dark walls, only two chairs, and we have a fireplace and that’s our reading room. The master bedroom, well again I used my favorites,
which is linen and white, and I could just live forever with that. It’s very calm, I used textures that are calming for me. When Pottery Barn came to shoot at my house, I just find that they have so much to bring into the home, and
transform my home into something else. I love Pottery Barn. I have quite a few of their items, because I use them mainly to accessorize my home, They kind of add a new look, and it
just makes my house smile a bit. Pottery Barn Please visit www.potterybarn.com for more
ideas and inspiration.

20 thoughts on “Where I Live: Interior Design Ideas, with Maryanne Brillhart | Pottery Barn

  1. Wow! Really beautiful. I love the painted floors.Is Oprah your neighbor? 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous home.

  2. For me anyway, this home looks like a piece of well executed art rather than somebodies home. Far too staged to enjoy. The gardens look bland and lifeless and again very staged. A film set I think sums this house up.

  3. I love your design because it is not trying to show the money but you do what you like. It is from your heart. Bravo !

  4. What a perfect California house. Very simple and tasteful. Linen and white is not a pow color scheme, but it works well.

  5. I enjoyed getting a peek into your home, and even more, a peek into your own delight with this place–the notion of a smiling approach and entry into your home actually made ME smile. I hope you are still happy here.

    I can't help but take a bit of time to respond to a 5-year-old comment below from Trimple dimple which follows:

    "For me anyway, this home looks like a piece of well executed art rather than somebodies home. Far too staged to enjoy. The gardens look bland and lifeless and again very staged. A film set I think sums this house up."

    I will liken this comment to a sloppy belch in the midst of a polite conversation among ladies. These belches are so commonplace now in Youtube Land, and I think it's sad how they have been given free rein in this, still new, medium of social interaction. The art of restraint is totally lost vis-a-vis anonymity. This commenter does not have to worry about her words hurting you because she is covered under the mantle of the hip "YouTube" forum which basically promotes "free speech." However, I don't think this is free-speech…instead, it is a Tourette Syndrome like expression–a vocal tic of sorts which activates the commenter to say whatever garbage is in her brain at the time, no matter the topic, audience, or setting.

    As a people, I do not think it is good for us to say whatever is on our minds because I think this type of free rein turns our brains and manners into mush. We should use our brain muscle to curate our thoughts, to think about the audience and place we are in, to think about the company that we are with before we speak. Even in YouTube Land.

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