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Sunday, April 11

Once upon a time- A trip to John Saladino's Villa











Once upon a time in a land far far away (also known as Santa Barbara)-there lived a very famous designer (John Saladino) that ruled the lands far and wide. This designer lived in a magical place that looked liked a castle- but was called The Villa to be exact. One day the very famous designer (John Saladino) invited a young- fair designer (this is where I enter the story) to visit his Villa. The two chatted for hours by the fireplace with homemade cookies and tea and toured the property while the eager young- fair designer listened and learned to every word that the very wise and very famous designer had to say. The whole day seemed like magic. Like it really didn't happen. If it were not for the trusty camera of the young - fair designer to share a few photos with the outside world- people would have laughed and thought that the young - fair designer was making the whole afternoon up. The lesson of the story is to always bring your camera along- as you never know what you will need to take photos of. As for the young- fair designer- he lived happily ever after- really never quite the same again- since going to the Villa and meeting the very famous designer was always a dream come true. The End.

32 comments:

Wanda said...

John Saladino is my favorite designer. Thank you for these beautiful pictures. Lucky you! Wanda Crossley

A Perfect Gray said...

your images are magic....

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I'm so jealous! Such haunting photographs, thanks for sharing!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Those photos are hauntingly beautiful! Make a great setting for a movie. Glad you had your camera!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Stunning photos. The light is so dreamy!

Kelly

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Are you kidding? I can't even imagine how wonderful that must have been? Your images are gorgeous. I have his Villa book on my coffee table. It's just incredible.

Daniel said...

Hello Grant,
I brought Tom up to see John and his home last year and we had such a great time with him...the foggy misty day you had there must have been incredible. Montecito is one special place!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

First - the photographs are magical, that whispery fog, the surreal lighting - fabulous. Second -what a fantastic life altering experience, so happy for you.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

It's a villa straight out of one's dreams, shrouded in a magical mist, a place where you spend an enchanted afternoon and then when you leave and turn around to look at it one last time, it's vanished, as if it never existed. Your photos are absolutely haunting. And the fog only heightens the sense of secrecy about the place. I will be thinking about this incredible dwelling all day...and beyond.

Anonymous said...

Grant Bonjour,
Such a fantastic story and so well said !!!
I really enjoy your blog all away from the old country. My new life is lovely very different slightly rural with a twist but I am enjoying it tremendously.
My very best to you and Susanna.
Yours
Claude Hubert Le carpentier

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Grant

Your photos of Saladino’s Villa are fabulous, almost ethereal. Nice life you’ve created! Keep educating the rest of us –

Cindy

Chic Coles said...

I just cannot believe these photographs! They are absolutely stunning! You are so lucky to have been able to go to such a magical place and I loved your story!

Anonymous said...

Grant ! Beautiful post and pics !!! Thanks. You know, the same thing happened to me with Albert Hadley... 'cept I foolishly had no camera along... other than my "inner camera" Have a great day Grant. How 's that PB job coming ?

Dean Farris, Designer

Jill Seidner | Interior Design said...

Cute story! AND lucky you!!!

Philip Bewley said...

I loved this. The mist makes it magical and dream like.

Michele from Boston said...

You have got to be the luckiest fair-haired boy in the world!

LizaE said...

Breathtaking - both the photographs and the subject.

Liza E.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos, Grant! What an opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, please tell more, the photos are cinematic.

Anonymous said...

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and The Villa is truly beautiful. How lucky you are to have had this opportunity. Which, I must say, you totally deserve.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic entry!

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

Grant, I love the way you very cleverly, told this story as a fairy tale. For that is what it was...Once upon a time...The photo's that went with it. Were just magical. Two wonderfully talented designers meet over tea. You also pointed out a great reminder to us all...Never leave home without your camera. ~maureen

GRAYSONFAVOUR said...

Love the misty photos! Maybe even more beautiful than when I was there on a clear day....You are lucky,Darling

24 Corners said...

How fortunate you were. What beautiful, surreal images. The first one is heaven....and the tale, I need to be tucked in now!
Jessica~

Acanthus and Acorn said...

The thrill this must have been, I can only image!

I feel like I just wandered through the real Midsummer's Night Dream...

Susie said...

Your photos are mysterious and beautiful...they are sure to keep the memory alive of your visit.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience!

david john said...

as always, a pleasure to read!

best!
david john
los angeles
YHBHS

Baroness said...

Too too DIVINE............
I agree with Sally on a clear day you can see forever but in the mist it is MAGICAL!!!!!!!
Auntie Suzanna

Jason said...

Holy F.
Those photos are gorgeous. What a mystical place!

Scott Fazzini said...

Oh Grant darling, I yearn for your life! I'm overwhelmingly envious. Thanks for sharing!

Grant K. Gibson said...

Thanks everyone for reading and commenting!

pve design said...

Seriously, are those your images? I wish you would have a showing, you have such an eye for capturing natural beauty outside and in!
pve

 

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