A Comfortable California Craftsman in Larskpur

Julie Rootes Creates a Sanctuary for a Former Navy Seal and His Family

A Comfortable California Craftsman in Larkspur | Interior Design by Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors | Photography by David Duncan Livingston | Modern Sanctuary | Living Area | Modern Living Area | Details and Accessories | Seating | Modern Rugs | Artwork | Lighting
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David Duncan Livingston
09/26/2016

Working with clients who have very different ideas about the perfect design can be a daunting task even for an experienced interior designer. The husband, a former Navy Seal, leans toward rustic details. The wife? She has a love of hides and fur. Throw in needed durability and comfort for this young family and you can see the potential challenges. Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors seamlessly blended all of these sensibilities and was still able to honor the California craftsman aesthetics of this home.

Partnering with Rob Wilkinson of Wilkinson Architectural Group, the home was fully gutted, then completely reworked with an easily flowing floor plan, gorgeous lighting and a soothing palette of whites, grays and blues. Relaxed furnishings and small pops of color complete the laid-back yet chic interiors.

A big surprise in this kid-friendly house? The luxurious materials and custom furnishings. Julie didn’t spare the use of marble, metal and hides to create strong statements while maintaining an eye for warmth and livability.

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David Duncan Livingston

As soon as you open the front door, you know you are entering a unique home. We love the unconvential approach to storage which complements the artwork and stylized bench in the foyer.

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Interior Design by Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors | Photography by David Duncan Livingston | Modern Sanctuary | Living Area | Dining Area | Modern Living Area | Modern Dining Area | Greatroom | Lighting | Seating
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Graphic patterns in strong colors keep the living / dining space feeling fresh and modern.

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   Custom rugs and fabrics were manufactured by ZAK + FOX and Holland & Sherry.

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 Julie has a skill for throwing in unexpected touches like this stone side table and cowhide rug. 

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 The client was new to purchasing art, so Julie helped with the selection and ensured that it was cohesive with her design. Artwork throughout the home was sourced through ArtHaus and Simon Breitbard Fine Arts.

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Julie used a variety of custom pieces, some of her own design, such as the master bedroom bed and dresser.

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This is a great porch for curling up on the swing and watching the world go by.

I have always been a fan of craftsman architecture and design. This bold, modern approach to a classic style creates a house I can see myself moving into tomorrow!

Meet the designer Julie Rootes of Julie Rootes Interiors
Bio:

A fashion aficionado turned interior designer, Julie Rootes draws inspiration from the catwalk to craft beautiful, functional interiors for her loyal following of San Francisco Bay Area clients.

Julie infuses each of her dynamic interiors with vibrant pops of color, bold prints, and custom details. Describing her aesthetic as California chic with a touch of Southern flair, the designer seamlessly melds the elegance of her current Bay Area lifestyle with her Texas upbringing. The result is fresh interior spaces with a delightful mix of modern and traditional. A devoted mother of three, Julie also prides herself in creating beautiful spaces that stand up to the demands of an active family.

Upon graduating from college, Julie worked in Prada’s retail buying division and the advertising world before embarking on designing interiors for a boutique commercial and residential development firm. These fast-paced and client-driven environments taught her exceptional customer service, time management, and budgeting skills. In 2011, she founded Julie Rootes Interiors, creating chic, residential interiors tailored towards families throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

Julie graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS in Business Management and Marketing with a minor in Fashion Merchandising and Design. She later studied Interior Design at San Francisco’s Academy of Art.

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