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…
In the living and dining areas large, uncovered windows showcase the view and create light-filled spaces.
Lighting: Restoration Hardware
The bar is hidden in plain sight with black honey-comb sliding doors for a touch of the unexpected.
“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
“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.
Though it looks like wood, the backsplash is actually made of porcelain tile, which is more durable and easier to clean.
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.
Each bedroom is tranquil and inviting – the perfect spaces to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views.
In the media room, Kendra used a smokey gray on the walls and cabinetry to create a cocoon-like effect, perfect for movie watching.
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.