Inspiration Goldmine: Tim Barber Ltd

Admittedly, I have not had time lately to peruse Pinterest that much for inspiration. We’ve been so busy that taking time to just observe has been a luxury. Last night I did however, and ended up down a rabbit hole of inspiration and landed squarely on Tim Barber’s portfolio and could not believe how many inspirational spaces I found on his site. His clear respect for the beauty and detail of old homes mixed with interiors by some of the best names in California interior design makes for a totally overwhelmingly gorgeous grouping of work! Feast your eyes on these awe-inspiring homes:

This entire home top to bottom is insanely good. Interiors by Artistic Designs For Living. Photos by Laura Hull.

This feels very New-England-in-California…

A breathtaking entry. The millwork. The floors.  Be still my heart.

The details in this home really speak to Tim’s understanding and love for historic design.

Yes please.

THIS KITCHEN. Woah.  Interesting to have a dining table in place of an island.  I totally see how this could be very useful for casual dining, but I may miss having an island in a kitchen this big.


And this butler’s pantry situation is BEYOND.

Continuing the pantry cabinetry color onto the trim and windows was genius.

A comfy family space…

And adorable mudroom (note the wire doors on the cubbies- LOVE) and laundry with dutch door ( my fave).

A super serene master bedroom…

and bathroom (that tub!)

The outside ain’t too shabby either :)

This porch is everything I want in a porch. Light blue ceiling? Check. Swinging daybed? Check. Great dining area? Check.

And an adorable pool structure to boot.

This next house also has New England sensibilities about it…. a partnership with Kristin Panitch Interiors (whose portfolio is also insane). Photos by Karyn Millet.

A fantastically open and efficient kitchen…

I think this is the pantry, or maybe the mudroom…. also gorgeous. Note the incredible wood knobs.

This  must be the pantry. And HELLO LOVER. Small(ish) but perfect. Obsessed with the cabinetry.

A fun kids bathroom.

And another amazing outdoor space.

This is the most AMAZING poolhouse evaaaahhhh.  Interiors by Tim Clarke, photos by Noah Webb.

This little three bedroom bungalow’s kitchen is PERFECT.

And this renovation project has a FAB wall of blue built ins.

And a beyond-cool laundry room. Interiors by Lucas Studios.  Photos by Roger Davies.

This one actually drew inspiration from Martha’s Vineyard– and you can tell!  I adore it! Photos by Laura Hull.

Such a wonderful dining room.

And to die for bedroom.

This renovation features warm and eclectic interior details by Kristin Panitch.

I’m usually not a purple gal, but this room’s warmth is lovely.


This is the way to treat a small entry– embrace it and go ALL OUT.

Photos by Tim Street Porter.

Hope you enjoyed my Monday injection of inspiration! I needed it, and am sure some of you did too!




  1. Wonderful, just wonderful! I love the idea of a big table in the middle of the kitchen, but like you, I would miss the island. And I know in my house, it would be a landing spot for everything.

  2. I have a hard time finding a designer that I love absolutely everything they do, but this it! I love it all. I actually even love the idea of a kitchen table instead of an island.

  3. i love it and needed it-thank you. I so appreciate that each house is old but maintains that charm, while its updated.

  4. This is amazing! It’s crazy how well everything flows together, I would love to watch the thinking behind putting together one of those gorgeous rooms!

  5. I actually groaned in lust over that butler’s pantry. GORGEOUS! I love all of these, and how colorful yet traditional they were. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!

  6. If I ever am fortunate enough to be able to remodel a home I’m just going to pull up this blog post to show my contractor. Did I die and wake up in a Nancy Meyers movie? Thank you for this Erin!!

  7. I’m groaning. What beauty! I especially love the first house and I want the butler’s pantry (which is bigger than my kitchen). That blue is beyond words. The two porches (front with rocking chairs and back with daybed, etc.) – no words.
    I’m not sure if I should thank you for bringing such beauty to my day or be cranky that my little house is so, hmmm, what will I call it? Uninspiring I believe. I am not a designer, that’s for sure.
    I think I’ll thank you. These photos are too beautiful to not be grateful to you for sharing. You have such a sense of style and design.

  8. My mouth was hanging open the entire time I read this post. I don’t know which I loved most! Seriously inspirational style.

  9. Some stunning rooms, and thanks for sharing these. Certainly inspirational. What struck me is how natural light enhanced so many of these rooms. Actually, two of my favorites were the kids’ bathroom and the laundry room – small spaces, but very light and fresh.

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