Lizabeth Madal spent her early years living along the Eastern Seaboard. She relocated to Southern California and earned a Master of Arts Degree, with Honors from California State University, North-ridge. She later attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and began painting with oils, transferring the beauty of the California landscape to canvas. In 2002, Lizabeth moved to Santa Barbara where she converted an old barn on her property to a studio and art gallery. The beauty of California’s Central Coast provides inspiration for many of her paintings.
“When I design a vignette to showcase our furnishings here at the Santa Barbara Design Center, I want it to be both functional and pleasing to the eye. I usually start with the rug to give a good foundation to the furnishing and provide inspiration for the style and colors that will go into the space. Whether its a living or dining room, office or bedroom or even a outdoor patio area, I focus on the best lay out of the major furnishings like the sofa or dining table, then arrange the supporting pieces, such as the coffee table or side tables or chairs. The pieces should work together to create comfort and convenience. As an artist, I’m especially fond of using original works of art or prints. Paintings can add color and dimension. They can evoke an emotional response, soothe or excite, and really personalize the space. – Lizabeth Madal”
For nearly 100 years Carl’s family has been involved in the architectural and design fields, starting with his grandfather’s graduation from Cornell University School of Architecture in 1917. His mother, influenced by her father’s career as an Architect, became an Interior Designer and later started her own award-winning A.S.I.D. firm in 1979. Having been given many of his grandfather’s tools, drawings and blueprints at the age of nine, Carl knew his future was to create great architecture for people to live in and be inspired by.
During and after college Carl worked for firms on wide variety of projects from Institutional, Commercial, Ski & Resort Facilities, to High-Rise Hotels. After which Carl wished to return to his true love of residential design, and in 1985, drawn by its rich architectural history, Carl moved to the Santa Barbara/Montecito area. After working on many large estate properties, city houses and multi-family dwellings, partnering with several other designers, as well as many of his own projects, He formally opened his own firm in 1994.
“What I have tried to show with this vignette is a mixing of what would be someones traditional pieces, to create a style that will last through the pendulum swing of design styles. Over time one could add to this vignette more modern pieces, and then add more traditional pieces when the pendulum swings back. It what would be called a traditional home with trim and crown molding. Lets face it most of us don’t live in any extreme style, modern or traditional, but we do want inviting and comfortable. I think this is the important mantra in thinking and living with interior design. – Carl Bryant”
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