The town of Danville is a suburb in the East Bay area of San Francisco that lives up to its motto: “small town atmosphere, outstanding quality of life”. Home to the Eugene O’Neill historic site and many lovely parks, it is a peaceful retreat for its citizens.
For these Danville residents, Designer Kriste Michelini of Kriste Michelini Interiors created a gracious home perfect for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living.
“We were going for a warm modern feeling throughout this home by using white oak floors, concrete, caesarstone and lots of neutral textures through fabric”, says Kriste. “The inspiration was to simplify their lives — they’re a family of three with their son soon going off to college — and to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. We accomplished this by installing Nano doors between the great room and the outdoors.
“We also wanted guests to enjoy both the living room and the dining room so we designed a linear two sided fireplace with a floating hearth so they could have parties with overflow seating. They were in a traditional home, however, they really are modernists at heart.”
Art plays an important role in this home’s design, adding pops of color and creating a unique, yet unifying aesthetic for each space.
“Our curatorial approach to the art collection for this home was modernity with subtle explorations of color. The Heather Patterson mixed media painting imbues the living room with biological inspired patterns and unpredictable bursts of color.”
The entry leads immediately to the open floor plan of the public rooms; the living room, dining room and kitchen flowing easily into each other. A calm, neutral palette is enhanced by gorgeous natural materials such as the wood floors and stone fireplace surround.
“They have this amazing sectional from Roche Bobois that reclines – the husband and son never want to leave!”
“The front pivot door is a work of art. It really is stunning and sets the tone for the home. We added a few targeted areas for accessories but we kept them to a minimum to keep clutter at bay.”
The remarkable fireplace is a focal point that also provides a sense of privacy and helps define individual spaces without “chopping up” the floor plan.
Dining Table: Antoine | Leather dining chairs: Bottega Veneta | Chandelier: YLighting
The clean lines and graphic fabrics in the dining room are softened by the expansive outdoor views.
“The black walnut live-edge dining table is sculptural in its own right.”
“Anchoring the kitchen is a stunning abstract triptych painting by AJ Oishi. Oishi’s dotted geometric circles spread across three canvases in gradations of blues, the perfect impact for a long high stairwell wall that is visible from all entertaining zones of the house.”
counter stools: Roche Bobois | Pendant Lights: Niche Modern
Kriste’s tips for choosing paint color:
“Looking to do a paint refresh this spring? Going with gray can be a little trickier than one might think because it can take on a cool note when it has blue undertones to it or it can feel a little warmer if it has beige undertones to it. So be sure to get paint swatches, check them out at different times of the day and with different lighting before you make your choice. I would highly recommend grabbing a couple of pint-sized cans to test it out on the walls you’re painting. The dried paint almost always looks different than on the swatch.”
Bench: Schumacher | Area Rug: Stark | Nightstands: Lawson Fenning | Chandelier by Arteriors | Throw Blanket: ABC carpet & home
Although the aesthetic is modern, the feel of the master bedroom is lightened by color and textural bedding.
Rug: Stark | Eames Womb Chair: Design Within Reach | Table Lamps: Arteriors
The perfect art for the son, Jack’s room? “A photorealistic oil painting by Jeanne Vadebonceour of a crumpled piece of paper that reads ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. The painting nicely echoes the geometric wall designs on the opposite wall and the black and white palette of this teenage boy’s room.”
Outdoor furniture: Room and Board
“Roasting s’mores by this fireplace would be so relaxing!”
Kristen’s thoughtful use of color, texture and natural materials creates a warm, comfortable and quietly modern home perfect for the next phase of her clients’ lives.