Project Name: Meadow Estate
Client Names: Withheld at owner’s request
Privacy: The client is willing to be interviewed and discuss the design of the house. No personal information about family will be provided. No exterior shots that provide clues as to location can be published.
Location: San Francisco Peninsula
Project Type: Full interior renovation with new covered porches, loggia and decks.
Project Size: 6,400 sq. ft.
Architecture: Sited along a creek and opening to a meadow, this oak studded property provided rich and varied landscapes for outdoor activities. The house, originally constructed in 1925, had been added on to over time. It had a circuitous circulation pattern and rooms that felt unconnected to one another. The owners wished to re-envision the interiors to better suit their lifestyle and enhance the strong connections to the exterior.
The key design move was developing strong linear axes through the house to connect one end to the other, creating view corridors through spaces and to the outdoors. This allows rooms to open to one another and engages spaces that previously had been separated from one another, even though adjacent. The major axes connect the mudroom entry stairs, the family room, kitchen, the great room and master suite. Skylights at each end use sunlight to mark these important nodes and draw one’s eye toward them. Illumination from these openings spills into adjacent spaces, brightening formerly dark areas of the house.
On the main living level, porches become an extension of interior rooms, with large-paned windows and French doors opening directly to wooden decks. White painted wood trellises overhead shade the seating and dining areas plus filter and modulate the sunlight that enters the house itself. On the lower level, a loggia facing the pool deck contains spaces for entertaining and games.
The clients were interested in a contemporary update comprised of simplified traditional forms, to enhance the character of the existing house. A vocabulary of elements with modern detailing and clean simplified lines unifies all of the spaces, with traditional forms and details highlighting the more formal entertaining spaces. A tailored color palette of whites, greys and blues are used throughout, with highlights of both polished chrome and unlacquered brass metal finishes. Pattern was used for accent such as veined statuary marble in the kitchen backsplash, rich mosaic flooring in the otherwise monochromatic master bath and a Moroccan inspired cut-out screen at the wet bar.
The house captures the clients’ desires for a comfortable, casual home that integrates indoors and outdoors with architecture that is light-filled, airy and spatially rich.
Interiors:Our clients have a passion for design and are drawn to traditional European furniture, vintage treasures, Moroccan patterns, contemporary lighting, and unexpected color choices. We incorporated each of these elements in an intentional way, with the goal of creating a home that was distinctive, layered and that felt collected over time.
Peacock lacquered walls in the foyer and celestial wallpaper in the powder room create depth and mood, while a custom tufted banquette provides the perfect place for family game nights in the living room. High backed Holly Hunt sofas ground the fireplace seating area and a Lindsay Adelman chandelier hangs over a custom cerused table in the dining area. A bespoke bed provides drama in the luxurious master bedroom where textural fabrics and a silk rug mingle to create a cozy retreat.