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Craftsman Kitchen With Large Island and Red Accent Wall

This kitchen island has plenty of cupboard and drawer space, and it even incorporates basket storage. The light wood contrasts the white cabinetry making the island stand out beneath a stainless steel range hood. A bright red accent wall draws the eye to the far side of the room and makes the built-in cabinetry pop.

Dreamy Gourmet Kitchen with Wire-Brushed Wood Floors

Family and friends are sure to gather and make memories in this dream kitchen. Details, from the high-end gas range to the wire-brushed flooring, set this cooking space apart.

Outside the Box: Artificial Lawn in Santa Barbara

Ashley Farrell created a low-maintenance mini oasis for this Santa Barbara couple and complemented the artificial turf with Dianella, asparagus fern, Phormium tenax and dwarf Bird of Paradise. Instead of using mulch she opted for tumbled black Mexican stones, which creates a nice contrast.

Photo By: Ashley Farrell Design

Hiring the Wrong Contractor

"You need to make sure that the contractor is right for you, because he's going to be in your home, and you want to make sure it's the right contractor," Jeff says. Stephen Drucker, former editor in chief of House Beautiful adds, "When you interview contractors and check references, the thing you want to find out is, how fast do they return phone calls? A contractor who returns phone calls fast has nothing to hide, and it's going to reduce your anxiety level."

Modern Cottage Kitchen With Beamed Ceiling

Chef-grade appliances and plentiful countertops, including a butcher-block-topped island, make meal prep a breeze in this roomy eat-in kitchen.

Open Eclectic Kitchen With Large Work Island

This open-concept kitchen blends traditional finishes with modern convenience. The granite countertops and brick flooring lend warmth, while the Mediterranean chandelier and oceanside view add tons of eye candy.

From: Beth Whitlinger

Go Pro: Have Synthetic Grass Installed by a Professional

When the owners of this Santa Barbara home grew weary of their worn and tired side yard they decided to consult a professional landscape designer. Ashley Farrell installed synthetic grass and flagstone pavers and framed it with Pennisetum and colorful daylilies.

Photo By: Ashley Farrell

Chef's Kitchen With Booth Seating

A professional-grade range, vent-hood that doubles as a shelf and a restaurant-style refrigerator and freezer make this kitchen perfect for the person who loves to cook. A banquette adds seating and style

2014 HGTV Smart Home Kitchen Cooktop

The four-burner gas cooktop and a griddle offer pro-style amenities for whipping up a casual breakfast or dinner for a group.

Photo By: Eric Perry ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Made in the Shade: Choosing Shady Trees

Ashley Farrell likes to use different types of trees for shade and to create a natural divider. She often uses the Tipuana Tipu or the Cassia leptophyyla, both utilized in this Santa Barbara yard, which make the yard feel larger than it really is.

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