ISSUE 9  |  Spring Finds

Shopper’s Diary: Summer House 57 Opens in Mill Valley

March 01, 2010 9:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Robert Adams and Jane Walter, twenty-year veterans of the Mill Valley, CA, retail scene, recently opened a second outpost of their Summer House home furnishings gallery. Located in an airy, skylit space built with reclaimed beams from a Sonoma barn, the new shop features one-of-a-kind vintage furniture pieces the couple sources from Europe, as well as Belgian-linen-slipcovered furniture from perennial eco-friendly favorites Cisco and Verellen. "Almost everything we sell is green, recycled, reused," says Adams. "We try to source as much as we can from local craftspeople and fair-trade practicioners as well." Go to Summer House 57 for information. Photography by John Merkl.

Above: A trio of pendant lamps fabricated by Adams and Walter from reclaimed chicken feeders; $425 each.

Above two photos: The store’s marble-topped rolling counter is a Robert Ogden design made from salvaged materials; similar pieces can be ordered through Summer House.

Above: X-Back Chairs in slightly distressed black lacquer are $265 each.

Above: Summer House carries a selection of carpets from Color Reform, a company that overdyes imperfect vintage rugs in vibrant shades such as fuchsia, indigo blue, and even acid green.

Above: Scented candles from French company Astier Villatte.

Above: Robert Ogden–designed pendant lights made from salvaged parts are $365 each.

Above: A hand-crocheted throw from Sefte Living, a new line of luxurious textiles that are both socially and environmentally sound.