The day for my new blog of photos, personal stories and pro insights relating to Spanish home design has finally arrived. This is where you will find me writing new posts, sharing helpful tips, tricks, new design experiences and my latest creations. Welcome! My name is Jeff Doubét and I am an author and Spanish home designer based in beautiful Santa Barbara, California.
The internet is a powerful way to communicate personal opinions and points of view on specialized topics. This blog will highlight my experience and passion for designing Spanish homes and landscapes, and will also be an extension of the book I recently published on the subject.
Introducing the Creating Spanish Style Homes Blog
Back in October of 2018, I announced the launch of my new book Creating Spanish Style Homes. To date, it has been the largest project I have ever organized and produced since becoming a self-employed home designer back in in 2003. The book was a massive investment of time (initially 3,000 hours). I organized my top 200 home design renderings (created between 2003 – 2018), and paired them with supportive photos and story lines of client and team collaborations. An additional 800 hours of editing time was spent refining it all, giving me confidence that I had done the very best job of creating the book I had always dreamt of making. Paying a very hefty sum to self-publish the first edition was the final box we checked. With great anticipation, my wife and I pulled the trigger- knowing full well there was no looking back.
Immediately after the pallets of first editions arrived, the books began to sell. It was a huge relief, as I had been working two creative careers simultaneously for as long as I could remember. Designing custom Spanish style homes and landscapes for patron clients has always been my first priority, yet every night and weekend was invested in my dream of making a quality design book that Lori and I could sell to the world.
It was a massive effort, and I can’t believe we pulled it off. And not surprising, I crashed right after the book launch. I was totally burned out, and ultimately ended up dropping out of writing for a year and a half. I needed a distinct break from the intense creative path I had been on for so long. Lori and I decided to radically change things up. There would be no studio or computer work for me on nights or weekends. We bought “Bluegill”, a vintage style camper trailer we soon remodeled, and started camping and fishing at nearby Lake Cachuma on the weekends.
I also bought “Frenchie”, a 1956 Ford F100 classic truck I continue to tinker on to this day. A mid-life dream fulfilled, as I had restored one back when I was in my early 20s. This was same truck I drove out to Santa Barbara in February of 1985. It was then, on a sporadic whim when I decided to migrate from the bitterly cold winters of hometown Minneapolis to start a new life in sunny California. Yes I digress, but wanted to mention Frenchie, as I will be taking her to various job sites to shoot new videos and photos for this blog and website… all beautiful projects relating to my passion for Spanish home design.
A Spanish home design blog to enhance and support a Spanish home design book
Well I am finally rested up, feeling refreshed and excited to get back to my love of writing and photography. My plan for the blog is to make it a supportive, additional reference guide for my book Creating Spanish Style Homes: Before & After – Techniques – Designs- Insights. If you happen to be one of the many readers who have already purchased the book, I can assure you this website (and blog) will be a fun place to check in once, in a while. I will be adding updates and new photos to show how design projects are shaping up, as well as expanding on the subjects I have already covered in the book.
As a life-long learner, I want to continue to grow in my knowledge and experience as a designer and consultant. I will continue to develop my relationships with local experts, independent trades, materials suppliers, manufacturers and will be showcasing their talents and products on this blog, as well. I look forward to more interesting field trips and exploratory interviews, which I will soon be sharing with you.
So please check back often, and in the meantime- Good Luck with your project!
Founder of: Santa Barbara Home Design
*Please note: I am an Amazon Affiliate. If you purchase my book through any of the direct links I provide, I will receive a small commission (from Amazon) for introducing you to it. There is never an added cost to you. So Thank you in advance for your support. I appreciate it very much! Jeff