Alison Davin of Jute is making a name for herself in the Bay Area with her “urban earthy” interiors, ranging from a small kitchen makeover in San Francisco to grander projects like this comfortable, subtly luxurious stone vacation house in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, by Arc Design. Davin’s influences range from the pared-down baroque work of Copenhagen-based Malene Birger to the greenery-infused interiors of California designer John Saladino, and in this project, with its muted palette and skillful mix of textures and textiles, discerning the boundaries between indoors and out isn’t always straightforward.
Photography by Lisa Romerein.
Above: The grounds, which include a pair of ancient olive trees, were designed by local landscape architects Lucas & Lucas.
Above: An antique joiner’s workbench from Garden Court Antiques in San Francisco and a custom mirror by Jute in the main entry hall.
Above: The hallway in the main corridor is the workhorse of the house. The entry that the owners use on a daily basis, the space is used as a mudroom with a dog shower included (see the blue tiles by the door). The custom pendants are a Jute design fabricated by Urban Electric in an antique gilt finish.
Above: Oversize metal factory windows overlook the rolling landscape.
Above: A detail of the Draper’s Table from Rose Uniacke of London; it has a boarded “Piddy Oak” top supported by a trio of patinated cross-frame trestle supports.
Above: On a warm day, the French doors open on three sides of the dining area and the space inside becomes porchlike.
Above: A woodstove takes the chill out of the room.
Above: An assortment of vintage hose nozzles are displayed on open wood shelves in the office at the front of the house.
Above: The family room, where the owners spend most of their time, opens to the kitchen, pool, and exterior breezeway.
Above: The library is in a niche off the master bedroom and is both a destination and a pass-through to other spaces in the master bedroom suite.
Above: In the master bedroom, a partition ends at the ceiling with a transom that is trimmed and runs seamlessly into the exposed ceiling beams. The transom brings morning light into the room. Bed linens from Rough Linen’s Orkney Collection match the headboard upholstery. The steel-frame bed was designed by Jute and fabricated by Andrew Woodside Carter.
Above: In the powder room, Jute designed a custom wood commode to use as a vanity with a concrete basin top in a custom putty color. French ceramic sconces from Hector Finch Lighting in London hang on either side of an English antique mirror from Galerie Half in Los Angeles.
Above: The outdoor kitchen has a wood-burning oven and is lit with strings of European-style cafe lights.
Above: Poolside lounging with a view, courtesy of two Vitali Adjustable Chaises from Janus et Cie.
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