Joan and Jim Tanner Location: Santa Barbara, California Size: ample Years lived in: 45 Joan and Jim live in one of the most artful, layered homes I've ever come across. It is at once cozy, enchanting, exuberant, chic and family-centered. Their space is truly a reflection of what full, vibrant lives Joan and Jim have led as an artist and a doctor. Join me in the hills of Santa Barbara for a unique glimpse into a remarkable home. Marcel Dzama illustration (purchased when he first began showing in the US years ago) hangs alongside a collection of tiny Porcelain pagoda figures purchased in a flea market in Bejing China. This is a home where more really is more. Every surface is covered with a new and interesting piece of art, done by either a student or a master. The low and the high brow get equal bidding in this home, and the results are whimsical and beautiful. Joan and Jim are very green in the sense that they make purchases carefully and keep things forever, investing in quality pieces and just having repairs done as needed. In fact, Joan's entire cookery appliance collection is about forty-five years old and everything still works like a charm. They garden voraciously and live life to the fullest, especially when the much-adored grandchildren come to play, whereupon Joan has been known to make entire doll collections (with exquisite wardrobes) from scraps of material found hanging around her studio or whip up her mother's recipe for scalded milk cake with cream cheese frosting at a drop of a hat, always teaching and including the children on every aspect of the experience. Joan and Jim's passion for life and their enthusiastic friendships keep their house full of laughter, handmade furniture and sublime art.
(Thanks, Joan and Jim!)Green Tour Submission Form. (Images: Leela Cyd Ross)