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Mi Casa

March 4, 2016
Casa Santa Barbara Philippines Siniciliya Veronica Pototska Вероника Потоцкая

Mi casa es Su Casa!

Today, I would like to invite you to my new home, a house I truly and deeply fell in love with from the very first sight, a house that has become my inspiration, our own small paradise that brought so much happiness into our life in the Philippines.

When we were looking for a house to spend the winter in the Philippines, we saw a lot of options. A lot of them were very good, but none of them were perfect. It seemed like they were saying «you may stay here for a month or three, but at 12 am you have to check out as it is time for the new tenants to move in». They were buildings, not homes. My biggest wish was to wake up in happiness, harmony, and coziness with the first sun rays and enjoy honey sweet mangoes and fresh coconut juice for breakfast. I wanted the yearn to stay at home, instead of making up reasons and activities to leave the house.

But we found the one! We explored every square meter of the Panglao island riding our bikes, making a turn everywhere we could searching for the perfect one. This time, the trail lead us, we followed it, passing by every turn, small huts, little churches, and children playing in the streets. The path took us to the most beautiful house I have ever seen. Seeing it from afar, I could not believe my eyes: «Is this really true? It is a home, a real home that is inviting us». I accepted its silent invitation and entered its living room. All of a sudden, I felt like I materialized in the central square of a Mexican or Spanish town, with hand-made clay tiles on the floor, white walls with posters picturing corridas, a guitar hanging near the window with blue frames, and many other unique details that showed that everything was made with love. My biggest wish was to stay there, in Casa Santa Barbara.

Within a couple of days, my dream became a reality. Each day spent at Casa Santa Barbara was a Mise-en-scène in a movie, and I was the main actress. Everything in this house was worthy of being the perfect location for a short festival movie, and sometimes those scenes arose in my mind, making me create perfect outfits for each of them up to six times a day.

The house provided private access to the sea and of course, I could go swimming wearing a bikini, but then the scenes created in my mind would not be complete. One of the most beautiful scenes I imagined was when the warm rays of the evening sun made the colors vivid and sparkled on the ocean waves and I wore a stylized kimono cover-up over my bikini with a big silk bow thoroughly tied on my back just to untie it in a minute to go swimming in the warm ocean. I was focusing on every movement I was making to make sure I’d remember every detail… just for myself.

I now value comfort and privacy over anything else and this house has become my cozy, luxurious fortress and now while sitting in an airport, my biggest wish is to return home to Casa Santa Barbara.

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If you are looking where to stay in Bohol and Panglao, Casa Santa Barbara is the best option.

Location: Philippines, Bohol, Panglao

Photographers: Vitaliy Pototskiy, Veronica Pototska

Wearing: White dress , Necklace and Jumper, Blue dress – local designer

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    Reply vegetarianmamma March 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Wow, ALL those photos are breathtaking. The water view is stunning and the house looks amazing. I can see why you said your dream came true. Such true beauty there! Beautiful on every level! 🙂

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    Reply Megan McCoig March 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful. Which camera do you use?

    I love private beaches and secluded areas!

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    Reply Roxanne March 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    What a gorgeous Villa!! Looks like a dream vacation to me. Any where that close to the ocean has to be wonderful!

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    Reply Vicky March 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    That house is gorgeous! My goodness, the details are just amazing. Looks like the perfect place for some rest and rejuvenation.

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    Reply Kait March 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    OH my goodness! What I wouldn’t give to enjoy a weekend here…or life! 😉 It looks like the perfect place to relax, unwind, or even throw an amazing party!

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    Reply Fatima March 5, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Wow what a beautiful villa, it was so worth waiting to find the right place to call home (even if it’s during the winter months)

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    Reply Amber NElson March 5, 2016 at 1:04 am

    wow, what a beautiful house. I love those photos, so breathtaking!

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    Reply michele March 5, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I love your photos… the blue water is gorgeous and so is your home!!

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    Reply Chloe | Boxwood Avenue March 5, 2016 at 3:38 am

    oh what a heavy spot! I wouldn’t want to ever leave, what beautiful details!

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    Reply Chel March 5, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I’m not sure if your photos, your home, or you are prettier. Everything about this is magical! Congrats!

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    Reply candielm March 5, 2016 at 4:04 am

    It looks amazing. What a retreat. I would love to be near the beach like that.

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    Reply Joanna March 5, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Oh my! I would never think this house is in the Philippines! How many people can stay there?

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    Reply laura londergan March 5, 2016 at 5:54 am

    what an amazing house as it sounds like the perfect place to retreat to – especially with all of that beach! wow

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    Reply jillconyers March 5, 2016 at 8:52 am

    The villa looks heavenly. I have to admit. I’m totally distracted by the brilliant color of the blue sky.

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    Reply Rose Sahetapy March 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

    This is really a good reference as someone wants to travel to Philipines and need a private home to stay. Your photos as usual are stunning. You and your husband make an excelent photographers couple. You guys created beautiful photos!

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    Reply Koninika March 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Do you Instagram and promote your photos too? They’re spectacular and heavenly! Just takes me to a different place right away ♥️

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, Instagram is my favorite of all, it is @siniciliya

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    Reply Dana Peller (@Pellerini) March 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Your home is breathtaking as are the photos! I would love to stay there if I ever go to the Philippines – it’s like a dream home!

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    Reply Jeanine (@sixtimemommy) March 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Wow. So many gorgeous photos. I would never want to leave. So breathtaking! Also, you are just stunning.

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    Reply TheHouseOnSpringRidge March 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Your house is gorgeous! And the view is breath taking. I would never leave!

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    Reply keatingbartlett March 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    It’s so gorgeous! And that view is amazing!! My husband and I would love to live on the water someday.

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    Reply Jennifer Pilgrim March 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    You and your pictures are gorgeous. It looks like your own little slice of paradise.

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    Reply Simply Save March 5, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Wow it’s beautiful! Love the view! Photos are stunning as always!

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    Reply Alex - Funky Jungle March 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    What a great house! You did good looking around for the perfect one. I could see myself spending a winter there too 😉 And once again great pictures.

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    Reply blythea (Prime Beauty Blog) March 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Such a gorgeous home. I love all the little touches on the tile.

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    Reply Anonymous March 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Truly a beautiful house

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    Reply toughcookiemommy March 6, 2016 at 4:11 am

    You have such a beautiful home and the views are just breathtaking. I hope you both enjoy many years of happiness there.

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    Reply theveganistafoodie March 6, 2016 at 6:14 am

    What a great home. Beautiful pictures too. My boyfriend is from the Philippines. I’ll have to show him this post.

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    Reply Debra March 6, 2016 at 10:41 am

    What a gorgeous and amazing place to stay! It truly looks like a paradise, not a place to rent!

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      Reply Amber NElson March 8, 2016 at 3:13 am

      I was thinking the same thing. How gorgeous and so serene!

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    Reply notesoflifeuk March 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    So beautiful! I can see why you fell in love with it 🙂

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    Reply Deb Clem-Buckert (@debclembuckert) March 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    What a gorgeous place and I absolutely love your blue dress!

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    Reply Ana Marino March 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    The photography in this post is amazing! i love how you capture the best form the house! and I LOVEDDDD your blue dress! you look gorgeous in it!

    xo Ana

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    Reply Joanna Malefaki March 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    That looks so lovely and I love houses by the beach (I live on an island :))

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    Reply frugalfamilymadenaturally March 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, incredible!! Your photos really make me wish I were there!

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    Reply jasminekeclipse March 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    This villa is absolutely stunning! It reminds me so much of Greece with the white washed walls and blue skies. So beautiful!

    Jasmine /

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    Reply Ana De Jesus March 6, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    This is probably my favourite photoshoot from you, you are so naturally pretty and the shot of you on the wall with the guitar is breathtaking. I would like to visit tua casa one day lol :p just kidding I won’t stalk you but the villa is stunning!

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    Reply Courtney Connolly March 6, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Oh my gosh that house is STUNNING! it looks like a dream! so beautiful!

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    Reply Amanda Love March 6, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    That house is beautiful and now you’ve made me want to visit the Philippines even more now than before. That house is actually perfect for my big family too.

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    Reply Amber NElson March 7, 2016 at 12:27 am

    That looks so relaxing. Would love to pay this place a visit.

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    Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

    That house is gorgeous. We just don’t see houses like that around here. I absolutely love it.

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    Reply Rachel G March 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    What a lovely home to stay in! Glad you found the perfect place to make your home while you were in the area! I bet you made amazing memories there!

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    Reply Trisha March 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I LOVE your new home. It seems to fit you perfectly!

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    Reply Chels (@Inspire_Indulge) March 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    This is your HOME! What do I have to do to become you?!

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya March 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Please, be you! Because you are amazing

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    Reply Sequins in the South (@CarlsonLaci) March 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Wow wow this is truly amazing !!! I loved it instantly ! What a dreamy place !

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    Reply littlemisscant March 7, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Sharing this with my hubby! I would love to just escape the winter and the ice and cold and stay somewhere warm.
    When I was looking at your pictures I kept expecting to see lizards. Are there lizards where you are?

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      Reply Siniciliya March 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Oh yes! There were many, from really small ones to really big ones that make a lot of sound

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    Reply JoulesDellinger March 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    That house is beautiful and your pictures are amazing. I wish I could pack up and go on a little vaca right now!

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    Reply GlamKaren March 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I will KILL to live in a house like this! omg – you are living the good life! This is stunning (exterior) and the inside looks like something out of a magazine! Jealous.
    Karen |

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    Reply Ashleigh March 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Such a gorgeous house, it looks like something you’d find here in California, not the Philippines! I love the Spanish style and decor! You look beautiful in the photos, as well! Thanks for sharing… at that price per night, it’s a steal! Will have to look into this place when heading to the Philippines!

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      Reply Siniciliya March 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I was also surprised to see is here. Its name is Casa Santa Barbara, so I guess the owner was inspired with Californian architecture

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    Reply Lisa Diane Tummers March 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Your home is stunning! The views are breathtaking, and it truly feels welcoming even in photos. You’ve done a wonderful job of capturing its beauty!

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    Reply Chelsie Carr March 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    What a beautiful and unique home! I loved looking at all the photos and feeling like I was there

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    Reply Krystle Chaney Cook March 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Wow, that’s an amazing house. Being there must feel like a vacation everyday. I love your photos too. Feel like I am there!

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    Reply teresa.cox March 8, 2016 at 3:20 am

    What a gorgeous house! That tile is to die for. So beautiful!

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    Reply Christina March 8, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Wow, that is a beautiful house! I’ve never been to the Philippines although I want to go so bad (I’m half Filipino) and seeing these gorgeous pictures make me want to go even more!

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    Reply Hannah Adkins March 8, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Wow that house looks totally awesome! I love the textured walls and all of the small artistic details around. It really make the place special for sure.

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    Reply Eileen xo March 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

    My passport is current and I can book a flight tomorrow 🙂 Beautiful

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    Reply Anonymous March 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I have been here myself . Truly a beautiful place !!!

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    Reply Kristin Cook March 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Wow! What an amazing home! I long for the sea again. I grew up at the beach and I miss the warm sun and the salty air. I miss being able to go swimming any time I want. I am glad for you that you have that along with your beautiful home!

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    Reply Simi March 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This place is beautiful. You photgraph captured the detail so well. Loving the blue water. I will be saving this post for future trip 🙂

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    Reply Amanda | Maple Alps March 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t blame you! I would love to live in a place like this! Thank you for sharing – simply gorgeous!

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    Reply Stacey Russell Daprile March 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    What a beautiful home and location! I love the spiral staircase and the view is amazing! Being able to look at the sea everyday would be so inspirational.

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    Reply Wendy Tomlinson March 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    What a lovely home you have. Lovely photos

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    Reply H.Evans March 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    That is breath taking. What an inspirational place to live and write.

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    Reply Mayra Murillo March 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    What a beautiful house! I am sure in no time you will make this house your home.

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    Reply tp keane March 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, that is nothing short of a castle. How truly beautiful it is. Congrats.

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    Reply brittanyputman15 March 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    That is beautiful.. I lived in San Pablo City for a while and it was beautiful as well but it wasn’t right on the water like this.

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    Reply onceuponadollhouse March 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to visit su casa 🙂

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    Reply A Beautiful RAWR March 8, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Oh my goodness! If you’re trying to make a girl jealous, I think you succeeded. What a beautiful place and the fact that you get to stay in the Philippines is a huge plus. Beautiful pictures!

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    Reply Jessica Foley (@ModernMomsLife) March 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful place (house and scenery!) I wish I could be a travel mom and experience all the wonderful beauty of the world…
    Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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    Reply triathlonmami March 8, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    OMG. That really is a perfect home. I’d be there in a nanosecond. Between the cozy house and the beach, chances are I wouldn’t leave. Lovely pix too.

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    Reply Erica @ Coming Up Roses March 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    This is so so so SO beautiful! What gorgeous photography, and what a gorgeous place!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Reply Jena Golden March 8, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful place to call home.

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    Reply mandipimental March 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Everything about this post is breathtakingly stunning & peaceful. what an amazing experience

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    Reply Shannon Graham March 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I just recently went house shopping myself and know the feeling of a house just not feeling perfect. My husband and I decided to rent until a house DID feel that way.

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    Reply Leslie Soto March 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Your pictures and your house are stunning! They could be out of a Coastal Living magazine. Your house is pretty much my dream home/villa. I’m in love!

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    Reply cvnxena March 8, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    This is so stunning! I love the spiral staircase and the circular aspect to the building! the balcony is lovely too! very inspirational!

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    Reply Mandi Welbaum March 8, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Looks like a place you could only dream of staying in for a long, relaxing vacation and forget about the world. Love it!

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    Reply Brittany Lockwood March 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    You always post stunning pictures. I love seeing all the places you visit!

    Southern Soul

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    Reply MaeRyan March 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    My goodness this is breathtaking!

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    Reply Diane (@MamalDiane) March 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    What a spectacular home. Your pictures capture the beauty very nicely. It’s truly breathtaking!

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    Reply Autumn March 8, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Stunning photos! I would love to stay there.

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    Reply beccadorr March 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! The entryway and the view are breathtaking. This is like a dream home to me!!

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    Reply Hollie March 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my word, it is positively idyllic. World, whisk me away to Casa Santa Barbara where I can bask in the sunshine and swim in the beautiful water. *le sigh* Spanish architecture has always been a favourite of mine.

    PS – love your blue dress!

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    Reply CourtneyLynne March 9, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Omg beautiful home!!!! Everything about it is just breathtaking!’ Can I move in 😉

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    Reply The Southern Thing March 9, 2016 at 1:53 am

    What a gorgeous home!!

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    Reply Amanda Rinehart March 9, 2016 at 3:39 am

    omgosh! These pictures are breathtaking! And that house is to die for. Amazing!

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    Reply kancell724 March 9, 2016 at 4:15 am

    This is such a gorgeous home and great photos of it. I think it’s so beautiful

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    Reply Kindly Unspoken March 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What a gorgeous home and beautiful photos! 🙂

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    Reply Kate March 9, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Love those blue windows!!!!!Absolutely amazing. How fun! I know you loved staying in that house!!

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    Reply Greta Hollar (@greta_hollar) March 9, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Such a beautiful place! The color and architecture are stunning!

    Greta |

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    Reply jessgrune March 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    wow! this looks so amazing, like paradise!

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    Reply Hannah Stein March 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    How gorgeous!! I love how it’s white with blue accents- my favorite! And that view!! I can see why you fell in love with it 🙂

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    Reply Leah March 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Wow! Looks like it was a lovely, peaceful place to stay!

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    Reply onceuponadollhouse March 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Castle fit for a queen! Thank You for sharing xoxo!

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    Reply livingoffloveandcoffee March 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my what a beautiful house! That is such a great color scheme.

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    Reply Eva /Kid Minds March 10, 2016 at 1:38 am

    What a gorgeous house! I love how you staged the shoot. Perfect selection of colors and props! The pictures are absolutely breathtaking!

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    Reply Jessica March 10, 2016 at 2:30 am

    OMG this is so gorgeous!! I am beyond jealous 🙂

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    Reply sveeteskapes March 10, 2016 at 5:41 am

    This is a dreamy paradise indeed! Love the pictures and you look beautiful! Anyone would instantly fall in love with the place!
    xx, Kusum |

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    Reply felinebykatsaris March 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    This is your house? It’s gorgeous!!!!!

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    Reply By Land and Sea June 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful home!

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    Reply Jojo July 10, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Perfect ‘follow me to’ picture!

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    Reply Dash the Map August 15, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I love the architecture style of Casa Santa Barbara. It seems like a great place to refresh and relax.

  • Reply The Best Cities for a Romantic Getaway - ShopandBox February 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    wow, such an amazing and inspiring post! Veronica, I totally love your photos

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