This contemporary Los Gatos Residence was designed by Lizette Marie Interior Design, in San Francisco, California. The large house was a redesign with the scope of the project to create a home that fits a large family and their relatives, who take turns visiting. The homeowner’s initial vision was to have black interiors, but when they started applying the dark shade to the Mediterranean home, it felt too heavy. The clients and designer agreed to use large black pieces, but lightened it up a bit. The house is large with high ceilings, so the designer was challenged to come up with furnishings that stand up to the large scale but also feel approachable and cozy in a family home. Spaces were broken down into several conversation areas that can work for small gatherings as well as large parties.
This spacious room is off the kitchen and used for everything from homework to informal meals to watching television. Family is important to the homeowners, and the entire clan lives on the wall of the family room in photographs.
The sheer black curtains, midnight-colored Murano glass chandelier and dark serpentine sofa provide the homeowners with the color they craved. Gold accents, such as the table base created by Gale, lighten the mood.
The dining room table was created by Lizette with local sculptor Adam Gale. Behind the mirror is a cow hide floor covering the owner fell in love with. There was no space on the floor for it, so it was used as an accent wall.
The family’s teenage son requested that the designer make his room “cool.” In response, a reflective blue wallpaper, groovy Robert Abbey lights and an attic converted to a hang-out space (the ladder at left leads to it) was designed to create this ultra-cool bedroom space.
The daughter in this family is the artist of the group. The designer created a magnetic wall on the side of the bed where she can post and rearrange photos and magazine pages. The light fixture contains slips of paper inscribed with her poetry.
The master bedroom, with its limited palette and streamlined design, gives a minimalist retreat.
The youngest son requested a bright room, whose painting hangs behind the bed where the inspiration was drawn from. The designer granted his wish by painting the walls orange and off-setting them with an electric blue comforter.
Photos: David Duncan Livingston
This beautiful home in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, California was remodeled by design firm Lizette Marie Interior Design. The family of four had just purchased their 5,200 square foot, five bathroom, four-and-a-half bathroom classic Tudor style home and was looking to do a few updates which turned into a larger project of full scale bathroom remodels, each one being distinct from the other, and new decor for the first floor rooms. The family loved to cook and entertain, so it was important to create a space where adults and kids could spend time together. It was also important to create a space that would be a designated ‘man cave’ and equally, a haven for the wife to escape.
The entrance to the home displays a clever concept completed by local artist Klari Reis. There are three semi-abstract maps with the perfect balance of color, scale and detail so they stand as works of art on their own, demonstrating a sense of the couple’s history. Each map shows where the couple has lived in the past, Manhattan, Gottingen and Charlottesville. The library (displayed above) is the wife’s escape, the first room that you see upon entrance to the home and creates a ‘wow’ factor. It is a soothing space to reconnect with her passion for history, a mix of red and purple. The basement was turned into a man cave, since it lacks natural light. It designed into a comfortable space for the husband to work from home or just escape from a long day. Built-in bookcases help to add color and accessories and divide the space, one for work and one for play.
The door is constructed from reclaimed barn siding, with a backing of colored glass on the reverse to allow for a writing surface in the play area. It acts as a divider between the man cave and the kids’ playroom but can be opened wide to connect the two.
Despite the lack of natural light in the playroom, it seems much lighter than the man cave due to bright colors, white walls and recessed can lights.
Photos: David Duncan Livingston
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