Playful Sonoma Retreat
Our latest vacation home project in Sonoma was completed just in time for our client to enjoy a fabulous summer in Wine Country! The Niche team had a blast designing this family home for our adventurous client who has an affinity for mixing patterns, feminine colors and unexpected design elements.
We kicked off the project as we do with every home – with a survey asking our client what their goals are for their space, which include details about their lifestyle, use cases for each room and any specific directives or ideas they would like us to consider. From here, we curate a custom image book for the project. Taking into consideration the architecture of the home, their furniture and color preferences, and the style they initially communicate, we compile images with a range of interior design styles for their review. The images depict various rooms in the house and are hand selected to elicit specific responses from the client on furniture shapes, room layouts, textures, patterns, and the overall vibe of a space.
Investing time in the beginning of a project to truly understand our client’s vision and aesthetic ensures that we are aligned and that our furniture selections will be tailored to their individual needs, eliminating unnecessary back and forth and wasted design time. Another valuable tool in our interior design toolkit are photo realistic renderings. The living room rendering we created helped our design team quickly pinpoint what things were working and what elements needed tweaking. Our client responded well to the furniture styles and layout but wanted a brighter feel with more playful armchairs, feminine lighting and lighter upholstery. We were able to pivot to a slightly different direction, with the addition of a commissioned art piece by Karine Leger from Simon Breitbard Fine Arts that fills the large wall behind the sofa and adds color and life to the space.
Since this home was under construction when our client purchased it we were able to customize the finishes and fixtures to better suit her taste. For added contrast in the kitchen, we opted for navy cabinetry and durable white quartz countertops and backsplash. Pops of black in the pendants, hardware and barstools tie in with the windows. Faux leather barstools make it easy to clean after meals with the little ones.
Patterned wallpaper plays a key role in this project – it was the perfect way to inject personality and add interest to the space. Designs by Fayce Textiles, Eskayel, and Elworthy Studio are featured throughout the home. ‘Pines in Midnight’ by Fayce Textiles greets guests as they enter the foyer, with a custom oak waterfall console table, contemporary lighting and modern ottomans.
The primary bedroom just might be our favorite room in the house! A contemporary bed in a dusty rose velvet is definitely the star of the space, with graphic wallpaper by Eskayel providing the perfect backdrop. A silk rug, patterned drapes and organic cotton and linen bedding add texture and softness to the room.
Since our client loves to entertain and host friends and family on the weekends, we needed to find a way to accommodate as many kids as possible. Our solution was to design custom twin over full bunk beds which can sleep six kids for slumber parties. Built-in cubbies for book storage were added to each headboard and drawers for storing toys utilize every inch. Playful wallpaper was added to the ceiling for an unexpected twist along with a colorful nightstand and modern table lamp.
We designed the media room as a kid-friendly space for the whole family to relax and enjoy movie and game nights. A loungey sectional sofa and round ottoman provide plenty of soft spots for the kids to land (and for adults to kick up their feet). Custom built-in cabinets under the TV were designed to store toys, books and art supplies out of sight.
Check out all photos of this Wine Country home and stay tuned for in-progress photos of the pool house and the outdoor spaces!