Houzz Tour: Saddled-Up Chic for a Modern Barn-Style Home
A mix of textures makes this family-friendly house comfy, welcoming and stylish
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A young couple with a new baby boy
Location: Sycamore Park area of Mill Valley, California
Size: 2,715 square feet (252 square meters); four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms
Designers: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living and Barbara Chambers ofChambers + Chambers
The homeowners bought the house while it was under construction, so Triggs was able to help them choose the fixtures and finishes along the way. The house has a modern barnlike style that Triggs decided to play off without going all-out farmyard. “We didn’t want to do reclaimed, reclaimed, reclaimed everywhere,” she says. Instead she nodded to the home’s laid-back style via saddle leathers, more subtle rustic elements here and there, and chic finishing touches.
“These clients are neat, organized and stylish, but they are also bubbly, enthusiastic and have a casual bohemian Burning Man side,” she says. Incorporating these aspects of their personalities while designing a home that was comfortable for young children resulted in a casual yet elegant style.
Textures play a big role in the mostly neutral-colored home. Rustic and polished woods, saddle leathers, wools, and faux furs meet glitzy metallics. Triggs loved getting fringe into the mix, as on this comfortable leather armchair.
Gemsbok floor lamp: Dira; media cabinet: Mr. Brown; chair: Plantation; drapery fabric: Romo
The Indonesian coffee table was the first thing she bought, after happening upon it in an antiques store. “I saw it and thought, ‘This is it,’” she says. She texted her clients a photo, and they immediately approved. “When you find these things, you have to grab them as soon as you see them,” she says.
Sofa: Mr. Brown; sofa fabric: Beekman in taupe, Sunbrella for Donghia;pillows: Robert Allen, Kazen in taupe by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan + Tout and Lena in indigo, Raoul Textiles; rug: Stark Carpet
“I really thought about how people would transition from outdoor dining to outdoor lounging,” she says. A group of modern Adirondack chairs from Loll Designs forms one conversation area, while upholstered pieces form an L around the fire pit.
The outbuilding has workout equipment and serves as a man cave. The family also has an organic garden it harvests for meals and juices.
Lights: Palecek; pillows: Dransfield & Ross
Simple modern Shaker-style cabinetry and dark hardware play off the modern barn theme. The statuary marble countertops add the chic factor. The backsplash is a crackled ceramic tile that looks like gray-washed brick.
Charlotte counter stools: Nuevo; backsplash tile: Ann Sacks
Cloud 37 chandelier: Apparatus; dining table: custom, Big Daddy Antiques; Hadley 9-drawer buffet: Custom Furniture and Fabrics; rug: Himalayan Weavers; drapery fabric: Owando Stripe, Beacon Hill
Rug: custom, Himalayan Weavers; Jacques coffee table and Puzzle lamps: Jonathan Adler; Tibetan lamb stools: Outpost Original; sofa: custom in a Kravet fabric, Plantation; window treatment fabric: Katachi in Sketch, Pollack; drapery hardware: Vesta; pillow fabric: Annina in indigo, Beacon Hill, and Dante in cobalt, Romo
Pendant lights: Arteriors
Indoor-outdoor living extends out onto a small balcony, covered in artificial grass. “It makes their dog feel cozy out there,” she says.
Faux fur bench: vintage, House of Honey; window treatment fabric: Fresco in Chamois, Romo; rug: Stark Carpet; Markos pendant light: Visual Comfort; blanket: Serena & Lily
Lamps: Darryl Carter for Urban Electric; nightstand: Robert James; horn handles on nightstand: Ochre; sham fabric: Lee Jofa; bed: custom with Royal Comfort fabric by Robert Allen, Plantation; patio lounge chair: Gloster
Leather swivel chair: Lee Industries; chest: Robert James;dresser horn handles: Ochre
Mirror: Restoration Hardware; floor tile: Ann Sacks