When you live less than 20 miles outside San Jose and in the greater San Francisco area, two of the most populous and busy cities in the US, you need a retreat; a place to leave hectic city-life behind and relax.
This home in Atherton, by Architect Lauren Goldman of l’oro design, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy family and friends. Partnering with interior designer Jeanne Moeschler of jm.ID., Lauren created a polished and tranquil space.
Built as a spec house, the home features an open floor plan on the first floor and more privacy upstairs. Says Lauren, “the home is designed to cater to large entertaining and provide privacy for family life. All entertaining spaces feature large French doors that open out to a backyard common patio. The bedrooms are upstairs and face the backyard for an added level of privacy.”
The “modern farmhouse” aesthetic allows for contemporary or more traditional furnishings. Goldman provides some insight into her vision: “I was raised in a clutter-free modern house. I’ve always been drawn to the clean lines of a contemporary house, but I’m also deeply fond of old homes with tremendous character and charm. The moldings and trim that reflect a certain era set up the framework that defines the edges of rooms, windows, doors and cabinetry to give them a sense of permanence and nostalgia.”
“While we weren’t designing for a specific family (which is atypical for our firm), we created an adaptable design that can accommodate families of various ages and sizes. An office can double as a playroom or homework room. A downstairs guest room with a full bath can also serve as an office or study.”
“A strong symmetrical layout reflects throughout the home and creates a balance between the interior and exterior spaces.”
Unlike most projects where the interiors and exteriors are designed separately, Lauren considers both simultaneously, which means she approaches every job and space with a rare eye.
“The entire rear of the home, which has all the public spaces in it, opens up to the backyard and a shared patio, an extension of the inside to the outside. It’s easy for parents to keep their eyes on the kids while in the kitchen.”
The entry is a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary elements. The wall detail, reminiscent of barn or ship-lap siding, paired with hardwood floors, modern stair spindles and an airy chandelier create a timeless quality.
“The floorplan supports the way people live today, with less formality in entertaining. Although spaces are divided by their function, there are large openings between them with no closed doors, so entertaining and every day living flows from one to the next.”
Generous living areas offer ample space for entertaining and play.
The fusion of farmhouse and modern details is carried into the kitchen. I love the mix of stark white, contemporary cabinetry with a furniture-style island and deep sink.
Chandelier: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Located in the butler pantry, situated between the formal dining room and kitchen, this bar is set up for gatherings of all sizes.
In this bedroom, the high ceiling, large window and architectural chandelier create an inviting place to escape at the end of the day.
Chandelier: Two-Tier Ventana by Jonathan Adler
We believe in creating spaces that enhance the way people live in the most natural and comfortable way. Lauren Goldman
Lauren’s children certainly appreciated this calm and fun bedroom.
Lighting: George Nelson Ball Pendant
Rope Mirror: RH Baby and Child
One key to Lauren’s ability to create beautiful, livable homes is bringing her own life experience to her projects. As a mother of three young children, she understands the needs of a growing family. “I’m always considering spatial configurations with families in mind. When I suggest a playroom off a family room, I also recommend considering that space for other uses down the road, like a study for a teenager.”
Sanctuary Seekers – how have you created flexibility and room for change in your own homes?