JULIA MORA – LIFE STYLE DESIGNER
Julia Mora Design is an interior design firm based in Santa Barbara specializing in creating comfortable, inviting, and peaceful spaces that reflect the clients’ personal style.
Julia’s highly regarded work reflects the natural environment and Central California Coast lifestyle, while also offering her clients custom designed furniture perfectly tailored for the spaces they love.
Before launching Julia Mora Design, Julia Mora was a senior designer for the famed Brenda Antin in Los Angeles, CA. Now In business for over 18 years, she has completed many residential projects throughout Southern California and across the country.
The varying home styles she has worked on have included contemporary beach, Hamptons, east coast-style residences, California craftsman bungalows, and Mediterranean estates.
Often referred to as a life-style designer, Julia explains, “Many of my clients have second homes in Santa Barbara, so they want a weekend house that has a relaxed, easy feeling - nothing too precious.
“Often,” says Julia, “I have been lucky enough to work with people who have trusted me to design their homes - sometimes down to the selection of bedding, outfitting an even kitchen, even to the cocktail napkins.”
Julia is a designer for whom having a vision is essential. “My goal with all design projects is first to honor the architecture and style, while at the same time incorporating my client’s personal style.
“Working closely with my clients is foundational to achieving a home that is a reflection of the client so I can assure them comfort without sacrificing great style.”
Julia also feels, “Accessories are key in good design even as simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Calling on her many sources, Julia points out, “I often use rare vintage fabrics for pillows, hard to find found objects, and of course, when available, family heirlooms to make the rooms feel classic while timeless.”
If there is a need for custom furnishings, Julia has a long working history with the best craftsmen who meet her high standards and is are able to create highest quality case goods and upholstery pieces without sacrificing affordable pricing.
Julia Mora Design furnishings feature natural elements such as reclaimed white oak, raw metal, honed marbles, all of which create a warm and inviting environment. Upholstered furniture is often slip-covered in a washed linen or easy-care outdoor fabrics.
“I love mixing rustic woods with smooth surfaces that are easy to maintain and add a touch of elegance to an otherwise rustic table or desk. An element of surprise or blending unexpected surfaces and unique design accents create design challenges, which keeps me inspired and fully engaged in every project. Even as I’m always on the search for new ideas.”
“Being an interior designer holds a very special responsibility between myself and my client. I try to honor that in every way, in every home. And I am grateful that I feel called to this work.”
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