The interiors and decor of designer Penelope Bianchi's house in Santa Barbara, California, features a faded patina with antique furniture, sandblasted shutters — even chickens. Check out these photos and ideas for Mediterranean-style homes.
Sun-Faded Provençal Charm
At interior designer Penelope Bianchi's Santa Barbara, California, house, Virginia creeper vines surround shutters that were sandblasted and soaked to give them just the right sun-faded Provençal charm.
1 of 11
Antique Paisley in the Living Room
Four armchairs upholstered in a bold red antique paisley are clustered near the living room fireplace.
2 of 11
Hints of Patina
To add muted patina to a dining area at the end of her 33-foot-long living room, Bianchi slipcovered antique Italian chairs with inside-out Fortuny and paired them with a French convent table. The trumeau mirror reflects its pair, hanging above the fireplace in a sitting area.
3 of 11
Antiques and Collection Display
In the center of the living room, a marbleized wood table, ottomans, and Portuguese painted chairs hold collections and books.
4 of 11
Red Wax-Stamp Collection
A framed collection of 19th-century Grand Tour wax-stamp seals.
5 of 11
Vintage and Antique Pillows
An antique Chinese silk pillow in Bianchi's favorite color, shimmering blue-gray-green, against a vintage tiger velvet pillow.
6 of 11
Dining on the Terrace
Mille Fleur bantam chickens roam about on a pea-gravel terrace, where Bianchi arranged a spot for entertaining.
7 of 11
Dining in the Loggia
For year-round comfort, the loggia has radiant heating under its Mexican tile pavers. Stone table and benches from Exquisite Surfaces.
8 of 11
Weathered character comes naturally to Bianchi's open-air loggia. Ivy creeps in behind curtains made from old French linen sheets; the antique Italian table rests on handmade Mexican terra-cotta pavers.
9 of 11
Bianchi's Favorite Fabric
Antique voile curtains define the master bedroom's sleeping alcove. An 18th-century toile serves as the bedspread.
10 of 11
Master Bath with Copper Tub
Bianchi loves sitting in neck-high water in her 1860s zinc-lined copper tub. A vintage Chinese birdcage hung from the ceiling adds another element of quirkiness.