We take you inside a dreamy Montecito home that feels like being on holiday

It took over 10 years for lauded designer William Hefner to realise his dream family compound in Montecito, Calfornia — something he designed and built with his late wife, Kazuko Hoshino. The result is Romero Canyon, a sprawling property comprising three distinct but connected buildings, each finished in entirely natural materials, that surround a lush garden and sparkling swimming pool. The commitment to using only natural materials was so strong, in fact, that all the stone used in the build was harvested from the initial excavation and no paint was used in the house at all.

Sesann lounge chair by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina.

Connection with the land and surrounding landscape is at the heart of this house. Almost every room boasts large, steel-framed windows that offer leafy tableaux and invite natural light to stream inside, lending depth and contrast to the home’s palette of pale timber, cool grey, sea foam and light teal.

Purposefully under-furnished so as to allow the oak floors (with knots), stone detailing and stained cedar to shine, the underlying design mantra here is subtle sophistication. Ultimately, Romero Canyon is a home in which relaxation is inevitable — the perfect place to sit back, reconnect with nature and enjoy time spent with family.

From left: Le Bambole armchair by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia from Matisse, Gray side table by Kelly Hoppen from Frobisher
Trace table from Tim Webber Design
From left: Bai Chandelier II by Neri & Hu for Parachilna from ECC, Madrid console by Sarsfield Brooke, Isadora dining chair by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau from Studio Italia
Atoll sofa by Sketch from Dawson & Co.
From left: Resene Half Rakaia, Resene Half Sea Fog, Soho Outdoor Teak Coffee Table from Design Warehouse, Serpentine outdoor armchair from Ligne Roset
Kisbee lounge three seater from Devon

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