I’m this close to finishing a really exciting Mid-Century Modern home located in Napa in the beautiful development of Monticello Park. The second I walked into the home, it spoke to me! And I wouldn’t say that I normally gravitate towards really modern spaces, but this house definitely changed my tune. It’s light and bright and airy and has the most gorgeous oversized lot with giant Redwood trees. It’s the kind of house that just feels like home. The homeowners have been wonderful to work with, and we’re all thrilled with the end results. This is a sneak peek of their entry. I’m having professional pictures taken soon, so I’ll post more once they’re complete!
I’ve been working on a Mid-Century Modern home in Napa for the last few months, and a few of the spaces are almost complete. One of the rooms that we remodeled is a tiny bathroom off the family room, which is primarily used as a powder bath even though it has a shower in it. The homeowners are really into greens and earthy tones, so the inspiration for the entire bathroom started from this gorgeous variegated glass tile in cool greens, blues, and grays.
The floating vanity was custom made per my specifications and is made of Walnut. It matches the cabinetry we’re installing in the adjacent kitchen. I’ll share photos of that space once its complete!
We installed a new pocket door between the family room and bathroom, and it provides privacy while also allowing a little more light to reach the space. My client’s front door is also a five-panel frosted glass door, so this door helps unify the architecture of the house.
The gorgeous subway tile in all it’s glory! I really love how the tile makes the space feel bigger than it actually is. And we were careful not to hide that tile behind a big, ugly shower door. Instead we opted for a frameless, operable glass screen.
We spent the last two weeks traveling back East, making stops in Washington DC, Alexandria, Virginia, and then finally making our way to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston has been on my travel bucket list for a few years now. I’ve always been intrigued by the south and had heard so much about this darling city with all it’s gorgeous architecture, amazing restaurants, and budding art and design community. I was really excited to get to stay at the Zero George, which is a fantastic boutique hotel a few blocks off King Street. The moment I walked into the courtyard at Zero George, I knew I was home! This place was gorgeous from the inside out and made our time in Charleston definitely one to remember. Whenever I travel, I’m always armed with a list of boutiques to see, restaurants to dine in, and hotels to get inspired by. Zero George was certainly no exception, so I thought I’d share some photos of both the interiors and exteriors of this hotel in hopes that it might inspire my readers as well.
We stayed in this brick carriage house on the top floor. It was a wonderful room with a king bed, oversized walk in closet, and a family room and small kitchenette.
This is another house on the property with several hotel rooms inside. Each room had an adorable patio to relax on.
I love a long porch lined with lanterns! So, so good!
They also have the cutest mint green bikes that you can borrow, and that’s my son in the picture playing with the bikes! Wishing he were big enough to ride them!
The interiors of our room were gorgeous. It was all very neutral with lots of linen and cotton. I particularly loved the soft drape of the window treatments and the original, creaky wood floors. And another cameo from my son!
The restaurant and dining areas were also pretty remarkable. This is where we had breakfast every morning. Loved sitting here with my son eating homemade granola and biscuits with jam! Seriously the best biscuits I’ve ever had!
These are the sitting areas next to the restaurant.
And here are a few of my pictures of Charleston. I absolutely loved it and will definitely be coming back soon. Hopefully, with a gaggle of girlfriends in tow because it would make a great girls trip! Lots of shopping and beautiful sights to see!
Gorgeous homes along the Battery…
Thanks, Charleston! You’re hospitality is unmatched.
I had the pleasure of touring the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in Presidio Heights a few weeks ago. Showhouses can be great inspiration points for designer’s because they are all about great design and really pushing the envelope. Generally speaking, the designer’s go all out using new treatments and techniques that you wouldn’t expect to find in a typical client’s home. The bathroom on the third floor, with the lipstick wallpaper, is a great example of this! I hope you enjoy my photos below, but please keep in mind they are from my iPhone and not perfect quality.
I loved this tablescape in the formal living room…especially with all of the colorful Glassybaby candleholders. They’re a personal favorite of mine because of all the different colors they come in!
The kitchen was also a favorite of mine, and the homeowners are keeping this room in tact when they move back in. The photos don’t do the ceiling justice, but it’s light blue painted in a very high gloss paint. I also loved the chandelier and the hammered nickel hardware on the cabinets, which is from Rocky Mountain Hardware.
The curtain fabric used in the kitchen was another favorite of mine! Just gorgeous!
On the second floor, the master bedroom had the most amazing women’s closet. I about died for the custom glass cabinets and the little sitting area looking over the gorgeous San Francisco bay. I’m pretty sure this is every woman’s dream closet!
I love a good, mosaic tile wall in a shower. This bathroom was fun with the use of blues and yellow…not a color combination that you typically find.
Up on the third floor was this totally insane, totally perfect Laundry Room completed by the very talented design duo by the name of Evars+Anderson. If you’re into design, you must follow them on instagram…they are a favorite of mine and I love to see what they are up to!
Adjacent to the Laundry Room, was this equally fun Bathroom that I mentioned previously. I mean, no client of mine would ever let me put this lipstick wallpaper in their bathroom. But that doesn’t mean it’s not totally awesome and totally fun. This room was definitely a show stopper for many touring the home!
Another great thing about Showhouses, is the little details that you find. While a room might not be a favorite, you still pick up tiny little details that provide great inspiration. A great example of this is these curtains. I love the way the designers used a bold green color on the front, with the little ball trim detail on the side, but then they took it one step further by adding a blue ribbon trim on the back side. This is great in a room where you walk by the side of a drape and see the backside. I’m definitely filing this little detail away for future window treatment projects!
A good friend of mine recently completed a major remodel and addition to her home in Silverado. I was lucky enough to help her select some of the finishing touches. The grey and coral color palette was her idea, and I have to say it might be my new favorite color combination! It’s fun to work with young clients that love color and are willing to take a risk here and there….I mean that Chenonceau wallpaper in the bathroom is pretty amazing!
I recently completed a little facelift on my own kitchen, so I thought I would share the before and after photos. When we bought our house, we loved the location and floor plan, but the selections the previous owners had made were outdated to say the least. This can be so frustrating as a designer because I have a hard time understanding how someone would select honey oak cabinetry and beige tile with brown grout in 2006?!? It all feels very 1986 to me, but I digress.
Being that the house was only 4 years old when we bought it, we didn’t want to invest in a major kitchen renovation because the cabinets were pretty much brand new and I didn’t mind the door profile or the layout. Not to mention, this isn’t our forever house so why make a big investment when we’ll be looking to sell at some point in the next few years? I absolutely love our appliances (GE Monogram) and the countertops were neutral enough.
This is a picture of the kitchen right after we bought the house…honey oak cabinetry and beige tile galore! It practically pains me to look at the before photos. I’m so thankful that I could see past all of the 1980’s noise to realize, “Hey, this isn’t so bad. Slap some paint on those cabinets, some gorgeous hardware, and some new flooring.” Done and done.
This next picture of the kitchen is mid-facelift. You can see the new floors that we had installed throughout the entire house, which were purchased from Du Chateau. They are a wax finished floor (no yucky polyurethane chemicals), and they’re an engineered wood which makes for much quicker installation. We chose 8″ reclaimed wood planks for a modern, farmhouse feel. While I loved the floors at this point, boy did they make the cabinets look even worse!
And for the final reveal…here are the after photos! I’m so happy with how it all turned out. My painter did a great job and it literally feels like a brand new kitchen for a fraction of the price. While I would love to have soft-closing cabinet doors and carrera marble countertops, that will all have to wait until our next house. And with a kitchen like this, I’m totally okay with waiting for my dream kitchen for a few more years!
I chose ORB (oil-rubbed bronze) hardware for the kitchen because all of the doors and hinges in our house were already ORB. I waffled back and forth between ORB and brushed nickel hardware for a long time, but ultimately I decided to stay consistent with the rest of the house. All of the hardware was purchased from Restoration Hardware. RH has the best assortment of ORB hardware…with no funky copper undertones.
I love the built-in refrigerator from GE Monogram that was here when we bought the house. It’s fantastic quality for the price (no Viking here) and has an enormous fridge, which is essential for a growing family that likes to entertain.
This is a close up shot of the floor. The picture makes the wood look a little more red than it actually looks in person. I love the texture of the reclaimed wood, but yet it’s not too textured or too glossy like so many of the engineered woods these days. There’s a long hallway adjacent to the kitchen, so I had the installer change the direction of the wood in the hallway to make the space appear longer than it is and to draw your eye down the hall.
So what do you think? Do you like my facelift? I hope so. It’s made a world of difference to us and makes working in the kitchen a much happier occasion.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Cabinet Knobs: Restoration Hardware Duluth Knob in 1 1/4″
Cabinet Pulls: Restoration Hardware Bistro Pull in various sizes
Flooring: Du Chateau Seine
Last Saturday, I received a text message from a dear friend congratulating me on an article in the Napa Valley Register. I had known about the article since I was obviously interviewed and photographed, but I had no idea when the article would be published, so it was a fun text to receive in the middle of dinner! This is my first press since I launched Lindsey Albrecht Design LLC, so I was pretty excited about the feature. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it here.
Last weekend was the annual Holiday Home Tour hosted by the Jr. League of Napa-Sonoma. This year’s tour featured five houses in the adorable town of Healdsburg. It was a great tour, but I have to admit that my favorite house was 227 North Street, also known locally as the Marshall House. I’ve blogged about 227 North Street before when I had the opportunity to tour the home a few years ago. It was fun to see all the progress the homeowners have made since then. The home was purchased by Mark Goff and Phillip Engel in 2009, and since that time they have been slaving away on the massive renovations in their spare time. The couple not only has great taste, but their attention to detail is meticulous. Something I can definitely appreciate!
The Dining Room was my favorite room in the house. The wall treatment is insanely gorgeous! And the table was perfectly set for a holiday party. The candelabras (seen below) are stunning and set the tone for a delicious meal!
This tree has me re-thinking my Christmas decorations for next year. Colored lights might be happening! I love this tree and how “collected” it looks.
I love the way they perfectly mix old and new in the bathrooms and kitchen. It’s nice to have modern luxuries (hello, Sub Zero refrigerator), while also staying true to the original features of the house.
Even the laundry room has style for days! Love it!
A few days ago, Pantone, the color matching and forecasting company, announced it’s color of the year for 2015. The news of Marsala, or Pantone #18-1438, being nominated the 2015 Color of the Year has been quite controversial among the design community. Marsala is a deep red/pink and is very reminiscent of the popular Mauve from back in the 1980s. Of course, this color can be found all over the place in wine country, so I guess we can’t hate on it too much!
A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon touring the latest Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse that was held at Caldwell Vineyard. Caldwell Vineyard is located in “the avenues” here in Napa. Truth be told, I haven’t spent that much time in that neck of the woods, so it was fun to explore the area on my way over. This was Traditional Home magazines third showhouse in Napa, and it was by far my favorite. I think they did a great job this year of getting some incredible design talent on board, including some of my favorites, Scot Meacham Wood, Sarah DeWitt, and Catherine and Justine Macfee.
As you can see, there was lots of eye candy this year! The Water Tower Loft was my favorite space because it was just such a “wow” factor when you walked in! You never would’ve expected to see a room like that in wine country, which was exactly why I liked it! If you’d like to see more pictures of the Traditional Home showhouses, here’s a link to my recap from the 2012 showhouse at Cardinale Winery.