Contemporary estate raises the style bar in Northern California

A dramatic yet harmonious blend of interior details that combine the chic with the practical.

The design brief was to create a modern, bespoke home that reflects the client’s unique global experiences and lifestyle. By incorporating cross border design aesthetics, this 10,000 square foot residence in Northern California exhibits common architectural and landscape elements of the resident’s community. However, the interior showcases the drama of an internationally influenced family with a passion for entertaining.

Originally destined as a developers home, the client’s bought this ground up construction and allowed RLI to make vast changes to the interior detailing, ensuring the home represented their personal taste. Drama was created using features such as a floating staircase in the entry and an imaginative glass art wall, which was influenced by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Collaborative efforts with artisans in Asia, Europe and the United States also helped to increase the drama of the home: specialist plaster in the entry, living room and master bedroom added texture to the walls, exquisite hand crafted bronze and nickel inlayed doors from India spoke to the family’s heritage, while vintage pieces such as chandeliers sourced at antique markets in England helped to provide a layered and eclectic feel.

The client’s desire for a colourful environment also inspired the design through the use of various fabrics that complimented the client’s important art collection. The result is a harmonious blend of interior details that combine the chic with the practical and provide a space that naturally flows from one room to the next, always drawing you towards something unique and special.

Designers: Rachel Laxer and Alexa Salter

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