Tour an Absolutely Stunning Wine Country Retreat
We’ve long been fans of Alison Davin’s work, but this most recent project, a family home in Sonoma County, California, has really blown us away. Inspired by a modern French farmhouse aesthetic, Davin and her team at Jute spent a year working on the home to inject contemporary refinement into the space while honouring its wine country locale. Though the home is a new construction, elements like reclaimed wood ceilings, custom light fixtures with the perfect amount of patina, and plaster-finished walls give the space charm and character. From the enviable views seen from the home’s dining area to the casual but refined exterior entertaining spaces, this home is truly awe-inspiring.
Given its country location, the clients wanted a space that was elegant and refined, but it also needed to function for their needs. "My clients wanted the home to feel livable, not overdone or precious," Davin says. "They wanted to really utilise every piece in the home, even if they are coming inside right after a dip in the pool."
The open living room and dining spaces enable seamless entertaining. As this space is used less often than other areas of the home, Davin utilised more-luxurious pieces and materials. The seating area’s coffee table is an antique dining table with shortened legs.
"The rustic charm of the home comes from the materials," says Davin. "The individual patinas, textures, and colouring of the natural elements including wood and stone, as well as the metals and other decorative finishes, give the home a unique balance between modern and rustic."
Custom dining chairs complement the table’s legs and the steel doors and windows that look out onto the property’s gorgeous grounds.
In the entry, an antique workbench found in San Francisco provides a surface for restrained decorative items.
Balancing the modern take on a French farmhouse with the inherently rustic and primitive nature of such a space wasn’t a problem for Davin. "The modern elements come from keeping everything streamlined—even the antiques," the designer shares. "We went for more-primitive vintage pieces rather than ornate items. We also kept things minimal by restraining the decorating—every piece has a function."
Off the master bedroom is a library niche with custom millwork and a reading nook.
The powder room’s custom vanity was made from a modern commode and is topped with a streamlined concrete countertop. "I love the modern vanity paired with the antique mirror from Galerie Half in the powder bath," says the designer. "It is one of my favourite moments in the home. The right blend of modern and rustic elements that make the space beautiful and unique."
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