STUDIO

Established in 1999, Shannon Scott Design is a multidisciplinary design studio focused on intentional luxury design. With an eye toward high impact interiors masterfully balanced with a light environmental footprint, our projects consistently showcase finely tailored spaces meticulously crafted for a sophisticated and thoughtful clientele.

While we are a group of hardworking, nuts and bolts design professionals, we are motivated and instilled with a sense of the sacred in design. Our studio is located in beautiful Santa Barbara, where sky meets mountains, nature drives the experience of healthy living, and the stunning vistas promise adventure. We are informed by the Cherokee saying: “One cannot have a true sense of self without simultaneously having a true sense of place,” and believe that by honoring the land upon which the built environment is created, we can harmonize nature into designs that increase our clients’ wellbeing.

Whether it’s a luxury residence, boutique hotel and spa, senior living community, or a winery, your interior design will be the most touched and felt aspect of your property. Financially, the interior design of your property will be the best spent dollars in your overall budget. Through our intentional design process, we create beautiful, iconic, and transformational environments while mindfully specifying durable, exquisite materials focused on sustainable and cruelty-free sourcing. Beauty is as beauty does, and creating a stunning space without potentially harmful impacts on the health and wellbeing of you, your guests, and our planet is key to our philosophy and practice.

Every space tells a story.™ Exquisitely conceived design concepts, decades of collective experience, and a dedication to a compassionate, intentional design paradigm, transforms each of our client’s interiors into a space that tells a profound and wholly unique story. Our passion is to create, collaborate, and facilitate each clients’ highest design vision through an integration of intentional flow, impeccable engineering, and unparalleled environmental stewardship. We honor the land, the soul, and the defining character of each property by mindfully and thoroughly attuning to each detail, creating a space that holds, comforts, and celebrates the sanctity of pure, essential living at its best.



At the age of 14, Shannon dreamed of, and decided to become, an Interior Designer. With commitment and focus, that dream was fully realized in 1999 when she founded Shannon Scott Design. Although her sophistication and style may be attributed to living in Los Angeles and the Santa Ynez Valley for most of her life; Shannon believes her unwavering commitment to sustainable, cruelty-free, intentional and sacred spaces stems from her Big Sur roots where she was born.

Bringing over 25 years of experience in the design and construction field to each of her projects, Shannon works with each client individually, overseeing every aspect of the design process to ensure each client’s vision is realized down to the smallest detail. She believes that a project’s optimal creative potential is found in the design team’s ability to collaborate effectively. Not only does the team approach unleash a world of creative possibilities for each project, it also lends itself to fiscal responsibility through efficient and effective project management. Her keen ability to understand her clients and translate their unique story, ensures it is their voice and vision that emerges in the completed spaces, and is ultimately experienced by all who visit or dwell within them.

Shannon received her Professional Certification in Interior and Environmental Design from The University of California at Santa Barbara, is a long standing member of IIDA, and received a LEED Green Associate Certification.

My Passion for Design began:
As a high school French student growing up in Appalachian Ohio. I remember coming across a French language style magazine at a local newsstand, and bought it simply to challenge my French reading skills, but what I found on those pages was like nothing I had ever seen! My eyes were opened to a world of style, use of color, patterns, and textures. I was hooked; I wanted more!

My Design Obsession:
Right now my personal focus is on anything Scandinavian. I love that, with the help of Mad Men, Danish Modern design has a renewed popularity. The clean lines and bold use of color mixed with lots of natural woods and textures has a contemporary spirit that can also be warm and cozy. And it helps that I live in Solvang, a California Danish Village.

Every Space Tells a Story because:
Every space is a reflection of those who live there or visit and the natural conditions of its surroundings. A space can carry the energy of the past and hold it quietly in the present.

My Passion for Design began:
In grade school, when it was all about TLC’s Trading Spaces. I loved seeing each designer’s different styles, and spent time deciding which approach I liked best, along with how I would have done each design differently. I just knew I wanted to be a part of the design and transformation myself; it was never a question.

My Design Obsession:
Old world meets new. I am fascinated by design that blends time and treasures together. A family heirloom to pull the look together, an old door transformed into artwork, salvaged barn siding repurposed into a current and contemporary design. It’s so inspiring to see what was once beautiful (or perhaps not) turned into a new masterpiece. I feel like there is more creativity and satisfaction in using what you have, rather than scrapping it all for new.

Every Space Tells a Story because:
It evokes a mood and/or feelings that you have experienced in your life. What is comfortable, what makes sense, likes and dislikes. It’s just like another form of artwork, in that the beholder can either relate to your voice or miss what you have to say. Great design ensures your voice is heard, seen, and felt.

My Passion for Design began:
In art school, when a course in composition revealed the joy of taking seemingly different objects and organizing them in a complimentary way, so that suddenly two seemingly disconnected objects became one. I became obsessed with objects: the interplay of their colors, shapes, and sizes. I saw beauty everywhere I looked. When I moved into my own place, it was a great delight to be able to design the space the way I wanted, down to the smallest details.

My Design Obsession:
Contemporary style that evokes feelings of comfort and simplicity. I am drawn to spacious, airy rooms and glass-walls. My guilty pleasures are colorful accessories – they add pops of color without requiring a long term commitment, and are easy to switch out should the mood call for something different. I am partial to natural wooden furniture combined with white objects.

Every Space Tells a Story because:
Every space has an ability to reflect the personality of the people who use the space for work or living. People tend to choose the most comfortable furniture or objects to help them succeed with their daily tasks. Colors of the walls, paintings, or decorations can represent the owner’s design aesthetic and hobbies.

My Passion for Design began:
In College, when I realized that our surroundings have such an enormous effect on how we feel and how we feel influences how we live. When I entered a beautifully designed space or looked at a piece that would catch my eye, I developed a feeling toward it and soon I had an affection for it. It was then that I discovered I had an interest in taking a raw space and transforming it into a beautiful room that would create a feeling through its design.

My Design Obsession:
One of the most fun things about design is how tastes and styles can evolve over time. I have always been fond of Contemporary design and like to think less is more. I love the subtle sophistication, clean lines, natural materials and the use of different textures. In my studies, my professors heavily emphasized the importance of energy efficiency and using sustainable materials.

Every Space Tells a Story because:
I believe every space should be unique and tell its own story. It’s about assessing not only how you want your space to look, but also how you want your space to add value to your life. I like to think of design as a vacation, it’s a life experience. Looking back, you will be happier having spent time in a place that you loved.

My Passion for Design began:
I was a free-spirited young teenager who couldn’t keep my homework straight (let alone a room), but as I grew into a young lady who was working hard and purchasing my own treasures, I began to desire to care for them. My desire for organization in limited spaces sparked an interest in finding ways to enhance living areas with both function and style.

My Design Obsession:
Creative walkways that are functional and decorative, emphasizing warm and inviting spaces that encourage people to explore.

Every Space Tells a Story because:
Every space tells its story…you look around a room and you can hear the echo of the love, laughter, and memories shared in that space. You feel invited and drawn in as you become part of the memories that echo off the walls.