I’m originally from Orange County, California and have been living in Santa Barbara for the past six years. I initially moved here seeking a career in Sports Medicine, but decided that wasn’t the route for me. Drawn to the design industry I enrolled into the interior design program at Santa Barbara City College and started an internship with Christina Rottman Designs. Here, I gained perspective on design was encouraged to be creative and express myself through design, while developing resourcefulness, patience and most of all persistence. Interior design has been such a positive experience in my life, I am still currently enrolled in the design program and pursuing a career as a certified Interior Designer.
I like creating a timeless space with a mixture of natural lighting, rich colors, nature inspired materials and organic elements with a sense of sophistication.
Vignette Aubree Mendez
Vignette by Riley Hammond
My name is Riley Hammond, and I’ve been a local here in SB for 21 years. I’ve been attending SBCC for the past 4 years with my focus in Architecture and Interior Design. In the next year I hope to transfer to an undergrad architecture program where I can continue my passion for overall design. Design shouldn’t end with the building which is why having knowledge of both architecture and interior design has been important for me. This method also helps to achieve a complete vision. Over time I’ve realized that design can be much more than aesthetics, and what becomes most important is the balance between beauty, functionality, and comfort.
Vignette by Cindy Daly
Vignette By Edgar Cruz
My name is Edgar Cruz, I am originally from Michoacán, Mexico. I moved to the US at the age of 13, now living in Oxnard California. I graduated with an A.S. Degree from Oxnard College, my first major was psychology. I took some time off and realized psychology wasn’t my passion. I chose to do something in the design field and chose interior design. That is the reason why i started attending SBCC because they offer a degree and certification for interior design.
My love for art, fashion, and different cultures are my inspiration for interior design. I love the details that art has to offer and the story it tells once its finished. Inspiration is all over the place from the minimalist to the extravagant.
Interior design changed my life because it has brought me many opportunities. One I like to mention is the chance to participate and design a space for Santa Barbara Design Center. Also, thanks to interior design, I graduated to a new interest which is architecture. I now plan to get my bachelors in architecture as well as a certificate in interior design.
My personal interior design style is eclectic. I like to take risks and incorporate different styles that normally don’t go together. I like to play with different shapes, colors, fabrics, materials, and textures.
Santa Barbara Design Center
410 Olive St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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