Residential Projects

Portola Valley Home

The architecture of this unique home was inspired by the wing spread of Portola Valley’s soaring red tail hawks. Swooping curves with geometric mass can be found throughout the home. Our clients acquired the home because of the spacious views to the western skyline.

Client Goals:
Create a custom office, furnish and reconfigure built-ins in the family room, furnish the living room, furnish the master bedroom, select finishes for the wine room (created from unfinished basement space), improve lighting, and accessorize indoors and outdoors.

Without the common grid-style room alignment, space planning was challenging. Expansive windows with views of hills and oak trees brought the outdoors inside. As light travelled through the home during the day it became very intense, so our first goal was providing control with motorized shades. Interior lighting was designed to showcase the clients’ stunning art collection.

The curved entry wall inspired the circular seating arrangement in the living room. A round rug was woven in selected colors of wool and silk. Carved detailing in the back of the chairs is reminiscent of bark. A signature circular bronze table and side tables complete this grouping. Verde Karzi granite was proposed for the office desk countertop, blending seamlessly with the tree-top color palette. The honed finish eliminates glare from the wrap-around windows.

The family room presented many challenges. To maximize seating we eliminated the built-in desk that projected into the room, and installed a long, serpentine shape sofa, custom designed and fabricated with Ted Boerner. A tailored rug and dynamic art anchor the sofa. The goal of the Master Bedroom was to create a sitting area for reading or napping. We designed a small breakfast table where our clients can start their mornings.

Photography: Russell Abraham Photography