Tour the Most Gorgeous Spaces in the Napa Valley Showhouse
We’ve fallen hard for the charming, inspired spaces seen in this year’s Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse. Inspired by the Caldwell Vineyard location, the harvest season, and the charming rustic architecture of the main farmhouse and property’s outlying cheese barn, designers crafted layered, thoughtful interiors to showcase their styles and aesthetics. Read on to tour three of the showhouse’s stunning spaces and hear about their designer’s unique inspirations.
Inspired by the rustic, romantic charm of the cheese barn, designer Jonathan Rachman created an elaborate backstory for the family he envisioned living in the space. “Instantly, I imagined the barn as the newfound home of an English family, the ‘Caldwells’ who had sojourned from Great Britain to the Straits of Malacca based on the invitation of Governor Stamford Raffles,” the designer describes. “It was there that the family learned they had inherited a winery thousands of miles away in Napa.”
Combining their English treasures with the fictional family’s purchases from Eastern travels, the home would become a place to show their love of both the East and West. “Their new home would be this winery, where they would blend heirlooms from Europe and Asia, as well as the American treasures they discovered, in the cheese barn,” Rachman describes. “Juxtaposing old and new, the Caldwell’s intention was to preserve the most nostalgic and rustic elements of the barn, while keeping it current.”
The designer transformed what would have been the barn’s breakfast room into a tasting room for the Caldwells to receive guests and transformed the adjacent full bathroom into “the master's bath.”
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An antique church pew embellished with custom back cushions suspended by polished nickel horse bits and leather straps grounds one end of the tasting room. Antique portraits and custom photo art depicting the current owners of the Caldwell Vineyard decorate the walls.
A stenciled pattern was applied to the walls to add depth and character. “[The stencil’s design] is a geometric rust outline from a match holder that I found on the wall of the tasting room during my first visit,” the designer tells us. “Its simple shape and colour became the impetus to the stencil.”
In the master’s bath, a patinated copper tub adds vintage charm to the design.
The vanity, which was fashioned from an antique dresser, features an antique English toothpaste vessel which the designer spotted in London and used as inspiration for the design’s colour palette.
“We saw a kitchen filled with light and character, with plenty of space for entertaining, but a room that was also in need of fresh colours, art, and high-end details to really bring it to life,” describes Catherine. “We were excited to begin infusing fresh, artisan elements that would completely transform the kitchen and terrace into an organic, luxe retreat that spoke to the natural beauty of the surrounding area and season.”
Designed to feel casual and elegant—like Napa Valley itself—the team opted for a hand-painted floor to replicate the movement of the grapevines on the property and commissioned the organic design of the hand-painted tile backsplash.
Inspired by a unique moss-covered rock spotted on a recent trip, the designers knew they wanted a deep burnt orange to be the focus of their colour palette. “The moment I saw that rock, I knew I wanted to design a room in that colour,” says Catherine. “As luck would have it, the orange colour is almost the exact shade of the grape leaves outside the kitchen window—I knew the colour was a perfect fit for this kitchen.”
“Although our style is definitely all about high-end retreats, I'm thoughtful about adding in industrial details when I can to create contrast and keep things from getting too sweet,” Catherine shares. “Since the showhouse is located on a working farm, I loved being able to incorporate industrial touches, like the custom vent hood, that speak to the heart of this home.”
“I can easily see him on a cool fall evening, with a fire crackling in the original stone fireplace, telling tall tales to his young grandchildren,” the designer shares. “Though the room is fairly large, we wanted to keep the contents a bit sparse, with just a few mementos from a life at high sea.”
The property’s remote location inspired the designer to create a comfortable retreat that feels completely removed from society. “We were entranced by the rustic charm of the room,” Wood shares. “It just felt like a home not only removed from the hustle and bustle of the city but also from modern time.”
The room’s exposed rafters reminded the designer of a ship’s keel, but instead of opting for a classic nautical palette of blue and white, Wood looked to nearby San Francisco to dictate the colour scheme.
“We wanted to tweak the shading a little bit and see if we could make it less bright and perky and more romantic and brooding,” describes the designer. “We decided to experiment a bit and use more of a classic San Francisco fog grey and marin blue as our base colours. It really felt like the right balance between the rich warmth of the wood ceiling and floors and the cooler hues of blue and grey.”
Rich textures and classic patterns add to the authenticity of the design, while large-scale models of sailboats ground the nautical space and make for charming conversation starters.
If you’re in the area, check out these inspired designs in person at Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse open until November 16.