Montecito Style: Paradise on California's Gold Coast (Hardcover)

Montecito Style: Paradise on California's Gold Coast By Firooz Zahedi, Marc Appleton (Foreword by), L. D. Porter Cover Image

Montecito Style: Paradise on California's Gold Coast (Hardcover)


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A privileged peek at the homes and gardens of Montecito, the increasingly popular Southern California getaway for celebrities, designers, and creatives.

Montecito is a seaside community often overshadowed by its neighbor Santa Barbara—which is generally how its residents like it. Though home and refuge to numerous celebrities such as Steve Martin, Drew Barrymore, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the intentional cultivation of a low-key profile has allowed for a unique enclave to emerge, and with it, a multifaceted interior and garden design culture.
From earliest twentieth-century standards in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by George Washington Smith to the style-setting projects by John Saladino to more recent work by prominent interior and landscape designers Pamela Shamshiri, Michael S. Smith, and Lee Kirch, the homes and gardens of Montecito demonstrates a wide range of design styles and eras. Firooz Zahedi and L.D. Porter, both long-time residents of the area, explore this design haven in all of its coastal glory.
Firooz Zahedi was born in Tehran in 1949. He grew up in England and, in 1969, he went to the United States to attend the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After a brief career as a diplomat he enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art and graduated in 1976 earning a degree in Visual Communication. While still at art school he began working as a photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview. He secured a contract with Vanity Fair in 1990, and his photographs have appeared on the covers of the British GQ, French Vogue, Tatler, Time, Glamour, Town & Country, InStyle, and many other publications. 
Ranging from the iconic poster for the movie Pulp Fiction to album covers for Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross, Zahedi has produced prominent advertising and publicity campaigns for film, television, and music companies. He has exhibited his celebrity portraits as well as his fine art photography at galleries in Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai, and Basel. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. My Elizabeth, a pictorial book of his 35 years of friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, was published by d in 2016. City of Angels, a book on a select group of architectural homes in Los Angeles was published by Vendome Press in 2018. His recently published book of celebrity photographs, Look at Me, was published by Pointed Leaf Press.
L.D. Porter is a writer specializing in architecture, interiors, and culture. After studying for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, she attended UCLA, graduating with a degree in World Literature and attended law school at USC, practicing law for a decade before entering the publishing world as a legal editor.
For the past fifteen years he has written for a variety of lifestyle publications, including as a regular contributor to Santa Barbara Magazine for more than a decade. She lives in Santa Barbara in a house designed by her husband, Michael Patrick Porter.

Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP–Architects with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. He is a graduate of Harvard College (1968) and has a Masters of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture (1972). His design work has received many awards and been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and other periodicals. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, including George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook (2001), California Mediterranean (2007), Ranches: Home on the Range in California (2016), and Lotusland (2022).
Product Details ISBN: 9781580935951
ISBN-10: 1580935958
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English

‘[One of] the best of the best decor and design books.’ – AD Pro

'Beautiful.' - Santa Barbara Independent 

'In Montecito Style, photographer Firooz Zahedi and writer Lorie Dewhirst Porter capture the sheer beauty of the West Coast town, known for incredible homes.' - Galerie Magazine

'[Zahedi’s] new book is a valentine to interiors. California interiors, to be exact. Called Montecito Style, it will no doubt end up on the coffee tables of Oprah and Harry and Meghan Markle…' - Town & Country

'Longtime residents Firooz Zahedi and Lorie Dewhirst Porter take us to some of Montecito’s most stunning properties. Go behind the gates to see more than 20 homes in a range of styles: minimalist concrete-and-glass boxes, opulent grand estates, quirky cottages–and everything in between.' - Modern Luxury California Interiors

'A new book reveals the lavish lives behind the enclave’s closed doors.' - Bloomberg

'Celebrated photographer Firooz Zahedi opens the doors to 20 homes in glamorous Montecito, California.' - Elle Decor

'A big, beautiful coffee table-sized volume . . . a stunning cover that arouses curiosity.' - New York Social Diary

Montecito Style impresses with 250 images by noted celebrity photographer Firooz Zahedi, all of them redolent of the sunshine, gentle sea breezes and aromas of lavender and orange blossom.” – 1stDibs Introspective