A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California

Designer Kendra Nash Uses Natural Materials to Complement a Gorgeous View

A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California | Interior Design by Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group | Photography by Albert Law of Pork Belly Studio | Modern Sanctuary | Living Area | Contemporary Living Area | Art | Lighting | Fireplace | Modern Fireplace | Seating
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Albert Law
01/30/2017

There are pluses and minuses to designing interiors for a newly built home. The blank canvas it offers opens a world of possibilities, but it can also be intimidating to start from scratch. Principal designer Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group was up to the task and looked to this home’s beautiful setting to provide inspiration for her design choices. Unifying the open living spaces through the use of natural and modern elements, Kendra creates a sophisticated home that seamlessly flows from one room to the next – a perfect space for entertaining.

“I was thinking about a modern farmhouse, but with a bit of a twist. I also wanted to combine a modern organic feel throughout, so you will find a mixture of textured wood, reflective metals, linear white wainscoting details, and stacked limestone. I am always thinking about light, medium, and dark tones because I think that, along with warm and cool tones, is what makes for a cohesive space”, says Kendra. Step inside…

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Albert Law

In the living and dining areas large, uncovered windows showcase the view and create light-filled spaces.

Lighting: Restoration Hardware

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Albert Law

The bar is hidden in plain sight with black honey-comb sliding doors for a touch of the unexpected.

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Albert Law
A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California | Interior Design by Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group | Photography by Albert Law of Pork Belly Studio | Modern Sanctuary | Kitchen | Contemporary Kitchen | Kitchen Island | Lighting | Kitchen Fixtures
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Albert Law

I love this kitchen; it’s a dream. We used simple shaker cabinetry details, but then added some interest with the chrome hinges and latches for the hardware. The countertops look like marble, but believe it or not, they are faux and completely durable!  It’s a company called Neolith. They have the most real looking faux-marble I have ever seen. We did a 2″ mitered edge to keep it feeling modern and an industrial faucet to frame out the island.”

Cabinetry Hardware: Restoration Hardware

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Albert Law

 “We stained the wood beams in the space to be a silkier tone so it all matched up well. The bar-height breakfast island is a darker gray Caesarstone which blends nicely with the wood tones and also mixes it up a bit so not everything is the same. We created interest by adding a dark metal hood over the stove and brushed nickel industrial lights for the island.”

Mix your metals!!! If everything is matchy-matchy then it starts to feel a bit elementary and sterile. Being a bit eclectic is key.

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Albert Law

Though it looks like wood, the backsplash is actually made of porcelain tile, which is more durable and easier to clean.

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Albert Law
A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California | Interior Design by Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group | Photography by Albert Law of Pork Belly Studio | Modern Sanctuary | Kitchen | Contemporary Kitchen | Kitchen Island | Lighting | Kitchen Fixtures
Photo by:
Albert Law
Photo by:
Albert Law

Kendra loves the comfort of the family room, created with a large sectional sofa and modern fireplace. With the bead board ceiling, mitered wood mantle and limestone fireplace surround, contemporary blends seamlessly with traditional.

A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California | Interior Design by Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group | Photography by Albert Law of Pork Belly Studio | Modern Sanctuary | Bathroom | Contemporary Bathroom | Bathroom Fixtures | Lighting | Art
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Albert Law

Cabinetry Hardware: Restoration Hardware | Lighting: YLighting | Tile: DaVinci Marble

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Albert Law

Each bedroom is tranquil and inviting – the perfect spaces to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views.

A Calm Contemporary Home in Northern California | Interior Design by Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group | Photography by Albert Law of Pork Belly Studio | Modern Sanctuary | Bedroom | Contemporary Bedroom | Bedding
Photo by:
Albert Law
Photo by:
Albert Law
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Albert Law

Cabinetry Hardware: Restoration Hardware | Lighting: YLighting | Tile: DaVinci Marble

Photo by:
Albert Law
Photo by:
Albert Law

In the media room, Kendra used a smokey gray on the walls and cabinetry to create a cocoon-like effect, perfect for movie watching.

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Albert Law

My goal is to always give the client a space that is even better than they could have imagined. Kendra Nash

Mission accomplished, Kendra! We are blown away by your gorgeous contemporary design of this Northern California home.

Meet the designer Kendra Nash of Nash Design Group
Bio:

Nash Design Group’s work is spread throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm works closely with local architects and builders to design clients’ homes starting with the construction phase, and then continuing through furnishings and finishing touches. From expansive estates to charming bungalows, Kendra, the Principal of Nash Design Group, is keen to the unique details of each space and brings a personal sense of style to every home she designs.

Kendra is inspired by her everyday surroundings: her husband’s tattoos, hydrangeas from her garden, a vintage fabric found at the flea market. She calls her design aesthetic “clean, versatile, and organic, but always with some spunky surprises.” Her designs often incorporate re-purposed family treasures or a client’s favorite piece, reworked into a new, cohesive design.

What is your Modern Sanctuary?
Out of all the rooms in the house, my Modern Sanctuary is the dining room. Since my dining room, during mealtime, is free of distractions from the television, computer, and phones; it encourages conversations within an intimate space, which allows us to connect with one another on a deeper level. In addition, in the dining room you can play with different lighting combinations -- such as a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, sconces mounted on the walls, and candles on the table -- to add drama and enhance the ambience of the room.
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