Miller, a six-year resident of Montecito but a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles interior design world, wanted to showcase all the outdoor furniture, heaters and fire pits, fountains, pots and planters, as well as Home Crush textiles and pillows both in and around the store and its tiered garden.
The day I visited the store at 2500 Lillie Ave., the setting was beautiful and quite inviting. With the Pacific Ocean as a majestic backdrop, the serenity of Home Crush gave guests an excuse to take their time browsing the trees, gardens and water features. I didn’t want to leave myself and I live just up the street!
“We specialize in many furniture and home items not offered in Santa Barbara, and have exclusive lines not offered elsewhere in California,” Miller told Noozhawk.
“We have selected products that are handmade in Europe, such as a generation linen from a Roman family vendor who makes special luxury beach towels, padded picnic and beach blankets. ‘Germany and handmade Turkish towels.
She pointed to a heated dome floor lamp from Belgium that she called “a real spectacle” and noted that the Home Crush fire pits and bowls, made of lightweight concrete, are not available elsewhere in the West.
Miller partnered with Californian Smart Homes to create the ambience of a luxury home, complete with a garden audio system, all-weather outdoor TV, and custom electronics integration.
Inside the cottage on the upper terrace is a beautiful, curated showroom with shelves stocked with specialty sunscreen and after-care items, plus ultra-soft, double-lined baby alpaca blankets like art.
Also on display are light fixtures, handcrafted baskets, and outdoor herbal candles that don’t have the strong smell of citronella. Accessories include recycled rubber garden boots made by a fourth-generation Korean family business.
Miller said specialty exhibition projects and limited private events are also on the menu.
Miller is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday with special offers for all purchases as well as refreshments. A grand opening gala is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on May 12.
Regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
An additional Home Crush showroom, accessible only by appointment, opened a year ago in a converted 1930s bungalow at 10 E. Islay St. in Santa Barbara.
– Judy Foreman is a Noozhawk columnist and longtime local writer and lifestyle watcher. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.