ISSUE 47  |  Thanksgiving Entertaining

Designer Visit: Erin Martin Design in St. Helena

November 21, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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When Northern Californian-based Erin Martin was enlisted to design a Portola Valley home for a female Silicon Valley client, the mandate was to create a space that embodied "a bit of country mixed with rock-and-roll and sexy," according to Martin. Relying on a unified color scheme and straightforward materials like metal, concrete, stone, and wood, Martin created a coolly seductive interior enlivened with her signature custom designs—in this case, an oversized hanging swing chair for two. Martin calls the project We Love This Woman—ample proof of the happy collaboration between client and designer.

Photographs by Conroy Tanzer.

Above: Martin specializes in unexpected details: for instance, a custom steel staircase with space to store logs beneath.

Above: Martin's steel Hanging Swing Chair Aux Deux can be ordered with either a leather or fur cushion via 1st Dibs.

Above: In the kitchen, cooler materials—marble and stainless steel—are counterbalanced with wood surfaces.

Above: Martin mixes midcentury Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs (available at Design Within Reach for $1,440) with industrial stools.

Above: The custom wall cabinet is made from hand-forged steel by Californian artist Brian Kennedy.

Above: Dark ebony-stained wood floors add an element of glamour to the space.

Above: More glamour: custom silvery velvet tufted sofas surround a gold coffee table.

Above: A vintage industrial light evokes images of Hollywood.