Summer Blues

Summer Blues

Our summer blues collection featuring Suzani Textiles and Astier de Villatte ceramics.

From Kim

The photo here is the interior courtyard of Casa de Pilatos.

I'd wanted to travel to Andalusia for years. Growing up in Santa Barbara, I was surrounded by “Spanish Revival” architecture and longed to see the source. The revival genre is inspired by the architecture of southern Spain with its ancient and interwoven Roman, European, Arab, Muslim, Jewish and Christian heritage. This spring I took a holiday with Santa Barbara Museum of Art titled “Southern & Central Spain: Moorish Palaces of Andalusia & Museums of Madrid” where we saw many of the long dreamt of wonders including the Alcazar, Alhambra and Mosque of Cordoba. The photo at tip top is an image taken at sunset in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville. Our small group had the palace and garden to ourselves, it was an extraordinarily rare moment with the voice of a peacock contributing to the spell. In addition we saw other incredible palaces and places that one doesn’t hear about until you are on the ground and introduced. The photo here is the interior courtyard of Casa de Pilatos, and another beauty is Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija.

Fun, French Fashion Jewelry



I love the earthy tones of the necklaces above, the colors mirrored in this image of the magical enclave of Les Baux-de-Provence  in the south of France. This ancient town clings to a towering peak, surrounding a citadel and castle with views for miles and miles.  Inhabited since 6000BC Les Baux is built from the local stone quarried in the area by the native people and later the Romans in 2 BC. Down the hill from this fascinating fortress and surrounding town is "Les Carrieres de Lumieres" - a spectacular art space where huge images are projected on the walls of an old quarry and choreographed with music inside the vast chambers - it's a breath taking experience. Both sites are part of France's "Culture Spaces" a heady array of cultural treasures each spectacular in its own right; which to choose from next?!

June 22, 2016 by Kimberly Hayes
Marine Layering

Marine Layering

layer style fashion at maison k
From Kimberly
Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara CA

If I were to pick one favorite beach day of the many I have spent here in Santa Barbara, this shot would represent that day. I grew up here, spending many happy hours at Hendry’s Beach, East Beach, Butterfly, Miramar, Summerland, Santa Claus and Carpinteria Beaches. Strangely, even though I am a UCSB graduate, I had never spent any time at Goleta Beach.

Awhile back I was out near the airport, picking up a freshly powder coated vintage patio set for the store. It was late afternoon and I wanted to take a beach walk back in Montecito, however with the sun setting, I chose the more immediate option; Goleta Beach.  I arrived to find an infinite blue sky and a spectacular minus tide before me. The picture speaks for itself; it was a classic SB beach day awash in the incomparable warmth and langor of late afternoon.  While there, make sure to check out the Goleta Slough Rookery - high up in the Eucalyptus trees are many exquisite birds building their nests and tending their babies; Great Blue Heron, Double Crested Cormorants and Great Egrets among them.

June 22, 2011 by Kimberly Hayes