One thing I've learned from being an artist is that when rules and expectations are brought into the "picture" the result is often less inspiring than it would've been had they been left out.
Artists kind of work within the craziness of their own minds and I think some of the most brilliant art and ideas come when people have the freedom to explore deep within themselves thoughts that they would never dare verbalize. I think art is something that still may remain better by not being democratized.
So when the architect came over and walked through my house and talked to me I looked at him and the way he dressed and the style in which he carried himself and said, "Just trick this place out" - I immediately knew that he would do a far better job without me telling him what I had envisioned and sure enough his first drawing came back with something I had never even imagined and I am so amped.
This is the current entry way....
....and this is what it'll look like after round 2 of the renovations...and as you're walking down the stairs you'll see straight through the house to the most incredible view of Santa Barbara and the ocean because the back of the house is already open.
The first round starts Monday. They're coming and smoothing out the interior walls and then ripping up all the floor to put in bamboo floor in 4 of the rooms and a bit of carpet in places that we're gonna end up ripping up in phase two like the stairs.