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Serenity Now: An Indoor/Outdoor Retreat in California Wine Country

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Serenity Now: An Indoor/Outdoor Retreat in California Wine Country

April 29, 2019

As early spring gives way to warmer weather and longer days, we’re taking cues from this project: a sprawling series of buildings in California wine country that embodies the idea of indoor/outdoor living. The compound belongs to a recently retired, LA-based couple who were looking to build a home for their next chapter, and settled on a rambling parcel of land in Calistoga, known for its wineries and natural hot springs. “When we first walked the property with the clients it was empty, just open fields. No existing structures at all, no vines,” says Luke Wade of Wade Design Architects. “There are horses kept at one end, so perhaps at one time it had been used as pasture.”

With the land as his reference point, Wade designed a main house, guest house, pool house, and barn along an imaginary east-west line to allow for maximum views to the north; every room opens out onto the grounds, newly landscaped by Bernard Trainor. San Francisco-based Lauren Geremia of Geremia Design designed the interiors with nature in mind: “I wanted the project to last forever, so the materials are earthy and natural, durable, robust, and all fairly light and ethereal,” she says. “They allow the outdoors and the views and the fresh air to really flow through spaces without much transition from day to night, inside to out, room to room.”

Join us for a walk through.

Photography by Suzanna Scott Photography.

The house takes cues, first and foremost, from the landscape. “The scheme developed as a series of chambers, with breezeway portals opening out to a vast terrace, overlooking the setting and vistas beyond,” Wade says. “An outdoor room cleverly embedded in the center of the terrace is the true heart of the home and property, with pool house, guest house and barn unfolding from this locus. Aesthetically, the stated aim was serenity through spareness.”
Above: The house takes cues, first and foremost, from the landscape. “The scheme developed as a series of chambers, with breezeway portals opening out to a vast terrace, overlooking the setting and vistas beyond,” Wade says. “An outdoor room cleverly embedded in the center of the terrace is the true heart of the home and property, with pool house, guest house and barn unfolding from this locus. Aesthetically, the stated aim was serenity through spareness.”
One of many living areas that opens seamlessly onto the grounds, thanks to steel-frame windows and doors by Jada Windows, and flooring—complete with radiant heating—that continues from indoors to out. The interiors are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover “to make it feel cohesive,” Geremia says.
Above: One of many living areas that opens seamlessly onto the grounds, thanks to steel-frame windows and doors by Jada Windows, and flooring—complete with radiant heating—that continues from indoors to out. The interiors are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover “to make it feel cohesive,” Geremia says.
Another living area with low-slung furniture and natural wood beams. “The organic and wood elements are casual, tactile, and intimate and serve to underscore a sense of place,” Geremia says.
Above: Another living area with low-slung furniture and natural wood beams. “The organic and wood elements are casual, tactile, and intimate and serve to underscore a sense of place,” Geremia says.
The kitchen features pale Cloud Tile by Portland, Oregon-based Tempest Tileworks and a trio of Brendan Ravenhill pendants over the island. The island countertop is Mandarin white-honed limestone.
Above: The kitchen features pale Cloud Tile by Portland, Oregon-based Tempest Tileworks and a trio of Brendan Ravenhill pendants over the island. The island countertop is Mandarin white-honed limestone.
The back counter is brushed stainless steel. Note the pot-filler faucet above the range: see Domestic Dispatches: Why Your Kitchen Needs a Pot Filler Faucet.
Above: The back counter is brushed stainless steel. Note the pot-filler faucet above the range: see Domestic Dispatches: Why Your Kitchen Needs a Pot Filler Faucet.
A breakfast nook features a built-in leather banquette. The pendant light is the Open Meshmatics Lamp by Atelier Rick Tegelaar.
Above: A breakfast nook features a built-in leather banquette. The pendant light is the Open Meshmatics Lamp by Atelier Rick Tegelaar.
The dining area, with steel-frame doors on either side.
Above: The dining area, with steel-frame doors on either side.
The master bedroom has a subtle palette of greens. The pom-pom coverlet is the Palomita Blanket found at Anyon Design (it’s no longer in stock there, but something similar is available from Mexchic). Next to the bed are glass Paris Sconces by Olampia.
Above: The master bedroom has a subtle palette of greens. The pom-pom coverlet is the Palomita Blanket found at Anyon Design (it’s no longer in stock there, but something similar is available from Mexchic). Next to the bed are glass Paris Sconces by Olampia.
The bright master bedroom is anchored by a Victoria & Albert Barcelona Soaking Tub. “It’s my favorite room in the house,” Geremia says. “It’s focused on ritual and relaxation.”
Above: The bright master bedroom is anchored by a Victoria & Albert Barcelona Soaking Tub. “It’s my favorite room in the house,” Geremia says. “It’s focused on ritual and relaxation.”
The twin Trapeze 2 sconces are from Apparatus.
Above: The twin Trapeze 2 sconces are from Apparatus.
A guest bedroom, with olive-colored pillows found at Napa Valley Vintage Home and a pair of Frankfort Articulating Wall Sconces.
Above: A guest bedroom, with olive-colored pillows found at Napa Valley Vintage Home and a pair of Frankfort Articulating Wall Sconces.
The series of indoor rooms leads directly to outdoor living spaces.
Above: The series of indoor rooms leads directly to outdoor living spaces.
Just off of the master bathroom is a private outdoor shower, with half-walls, so “you can watch the neighboring horses graze,” Geremia says.
Above: Just off of the master bathroom is a private outdoor shower, with half-walls, so “you can watch the neighboring horses graze,” Geremia says.
A gravel courtyard, for long, unhurried outdoor dinners.
Above: A gravel courtyard, for long, unhurried outdoor dinners.

N.B.: Follow the architect and designer at @wadedesignarchitects_ and @geremia_design.

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