An opportunity to find some design inspiration right here in southern California-Part 2

During our recent stay at the Simpson House Inn we were able to take advantage of all the opportunities to view and enjoy the natural areas that surround Santa Barbara in the form of hiking trails, state beaches and botanical gardens.

Our fascination and interest in birds was certainly satisfied on our daily nature trips.  One such outing found us on the nearby Carpinteria State Beach.  We actually had the place all to ourselves for most of our visit.  With the exception of one lone human being,

Carpinteria State Beach Martin Pierce Hardware

Carpinteria State Beach
Martin Pierce Hardware

the only other living creatures we saw were those with wings, pincers or fins.  For example, the ever-present seagull.  Have you ever noticed how they always seem to strike a pose?

Ubiquitous seagull at Carpinteria State Beach.  Notice how they always pose! Martin Pierce Hardware

Ubiquitous seagull at Carpinteria State Beach. 
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Curlews flying in formation near the ocean’s surface–no doubt hunting for a tasty morsel

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

and the prehistoric looking and always fascinating to watch Brown Pelican

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

This part of the California coast features outcroppings of rocks that are home to many species including this little crab Martin found in one of the rock mounds.

Martin Pierce Hardware

Martin Pierce Hardware

We certainly came back with plenty of design inspiration as well as an appreciation of this beautiful country and state we live in.

To view our entire collection of architectural hardware that includes birds, lizards and other creatures from nature, please visit our site at  We can also design a bespoke piece that will personalize and customize your next project.



About martinpierceblog

Martin and Anne Pierce live in Los Angeles California with their beloved rescue dog, Iris. Martin's custom designs reflect his love of nature and include beautiful vine and fern drawer pulls, a realistic yet whimsical collection of bugs and other critters on door hardware and charming floral designs on everything from door levers to bathroom accessories. He also enjoys creating sculptural contemporary pieces that are easy to access for those with limited physical capabilities. All of Martin's designs are hand carved and cast in their Los Angeles studio where there is truly something for everyone. Please contact us with any questions or custom queries
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