So, what is an Artist Date? Well, according to it's creator, Julia Cameron, and I quote, "an Artist Date is Assigned Play. A once-weekly, festive, solo experience to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overly artistic, think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, "what sounds like fun?" ~ and then allow yourself to try it."
No photos are allowed inside the homes but the outsides were equally as fabulous so I got lots of those.
I picked 'El Sombrero' as my first stop. I loved the name. Also it was on the east end of Ojai near one of the other homes and then I'd work my way back west which would put me right in the middle of town for a lunch stop at Papa Lennon's for my favorite salad and garlic fries, then the other two homes were in the right direction to head back home. The houses were opened from 10 - 4 so I had to plan, you know, because of the fries.
It was amazing! It's the home of a world renowned architect and for that you're probably thinking huge amazing home, but this was not the case as this architect/homeowner is committed to sustainably and modest sensibility. The home is 1150 sq ft, sits on 1.25 idyllic acres, and is referred to as "Modern Rustic". It was cozy, comfy and lived in. The best part was an old out building that had been on the property, a 10 x 10 rustic thing that looked almost like an old outhouse from the outside. Then the doors open and OMG! It was converted into a rustic bath house complete with a claw foot tub in the corner, next to a wood burning stove, a wall of books and an Eames chair. Wish I could have taken a picture! I could imagine myself there on a rainy night with a cup of tea and a book in that tub by the fire, heavenly!
The home was set in the middle of the property so when you walked through the gate there were seating areas, a gorgeous stone fireplace, a pool, (in ground but above ground, very cool), a studio, the bath house, the main house and just all around rustic amazingness.