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Project of the year!

December 22, 2011

Two years ago my good friends bought an estate in Atherton, CA.  They asked me to help them incorporate their taste and lifestyle to their new home. The  6,390 sq.ft. French chateau style house with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a swimming pool and sports court on a 0.75 acre lot became a full scale interior and exterior remodeling project.

The property underwent an all-encompassing design process, from conceptual sketches to complete installation. A number of different materials and techniques were applied to the surfaces of the house.

Out of date bathrooms were replaced by completely remodeled, well organized spaces with new tiles, fixtures, lighting and heated floors. New roofing and flooring, updated and newly added fireplaces, outdoor kitchen and water elements are just some of the changes from a long list of improvements. The selection and arrangement of beautiful furniture, art and accessories was the most fun!

I can go on and on about the particulars, so I’ve selected some my favorite details to share with you.

-When entering this beautiful home, you’re met with a spectacular Jei-jei chandelier and wall sconces in the foyer.

Jei-Jei chandelier and sconces

Stair. Lighting

 -We were inspired by Maya Romanoff’s Crystallized and Beadazzled collections for the wall covering in the formal dining room:  

Inspirational Wall Coverings

It would’ve been a lot of extended effort to work with so many seams created by the small size tile of her original product; so we decided to switch to big rolls of Victoria Collection wall covering by Omexco. The results are amazing!

Dining Room Wall Covering

Dining Room Wall Covering

– Originally, one of the bedrooms had a support beam across the ceiling. It wasn’t centered, looked unpleasant, but was structurally required. We solved this problem by building a soffit around it. This allowed us to identify and organize an area for the bed and the lighting above. The feature is not only decorative, but adds a practical element to the room.

Before . Old Beam

After . New Soffit

Teenager bedroom

-And of course, my favorite, the “Woodpecker” wine nook in the living room.  It was an old bar in a peculiar, triangular space under the stairs behind ordinary white closet doors.  The owners wanted to change it, but they didn’t want it to become a traditional cellar.  Instead, we came to the idea of a private wine bar reminiscent of a treasure chest.  We reshaped this space, added lighting, and custom glass doors with dark wood frames to harmonize with the similar accents of the furniture in the room.  The transformation makes you forget that this space is under the staircase.  Finished with encrusted woodpecker handles, this wine nook looks like a jewelry box.

Before . Old Bar

After . Wine Nook

Before . Old Bar

After . Wine nook

"Woodpecker" handles

Wine Nook In Living Room

I have a lot more interesting details and stories about this project.  However, in the interest of keeping this short, I’ll move on to the owners of this beautiful house. It was a bit of a challenge to combine the various ideas, preferences and visions of each member of this socially active, global, bright family. But, they were open to my ideas and suggestions, and were involved in every step of this project. I appreciate that they trusted me. As a result, there is a gorgeous home with a touch of everyone’s taste that is pleasant to live in and perfect for entertaining guests. It was exactly what the owners wanted.  We worked as a team, and now we’re all extremely happy with the results.

Posted by Nina Sobinina,


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