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The lifelong dream: After spending her entire adult life designing for clients, Gwen finally had the opportunity to design and build a house for her own family. Part of the first Italian family to settle in Napa Valley in 1870, Gwen and her husband chose Napa to imagine their dream home, purchasing a 13-acre property called Secret Garden for its bountiful rose garden featuring 1000+ rose bushes. Already tired of the “Napa farmhouse” architectural style, which was in its heyday, Gwen and architect aimed to conceive a new genre of architecture for the area – to reference the urban buildings in their agricultural area, age well, and remain substantial, yet be instinctively modern in conception. The hilltop “barnhouse” rises 31’ in the living area, with walls of hand-applied stucco to match adjacent oak tree colors, overlooks their Ferrogiaro Vineyardin in honor of their ancestors.
Photography: David Duncan Livingston & SeaTimber
Architecture: Harvey Sanchez
WOW FACTOR ROOM
Surrounded by vineyards, the client’s Napa Valley home, purchased from Doors star Ray Manzarek’s estate, was an industrialist-styled remodel of an original farmhouse, the silo and exterior reminiscent of the earlier design. For adding a practical indoor/outdoor space, the client hired interior designer Gwen Callan A.S.I.D. to refine the design and specify lighting, finishes, tile, fixtures, and cabinetry. Inspired by the color of the Bonelli windows, a vibrant palette of gray, blues, and warm woods was chosen to complement the industrial, hard edges of the translucent ceiling panels and trim. Because of the simple rectangular building shape and large 12' sliding window opening, the space was named the "Party Barn,” providing space for entertaining, away from the confines of the existing residence. To preserve the black steel beams that became visible during construction of the 16’ ceiling, Gwen added black suspension beams and lighting, then complemented the strength and lightness of the ceiling with poured stained concrete floors. To define functional spaces, Gwen designed large armoires in walnut with steel trim, separating a generous sitting area with a large television and cozy wood stove and a spacious working kitchen featuring a salvage yard kitchen island and long farm table.
Photography: The Morrisons
Architect: MAD Architecture
When the client requested a spa-like mood for their new master bath addition, interior designer Gwen Callan A.S.I.D. crafted a serene environment incorporating the modern elements of the Napa home. She chose a limited palette of black porcelain tile for the flooring, sea-blue porcelain tile for the spacious walk-in shower, and a magnificent slab of quartz in aqua blues and grey for countertops. All finishes were kept within the limited palette so as not to disrupt the relaxing vibe. The unique lighting by Sonneman seems to illuminate the space quietly without disrupting the overall cohesiveness. Contrast is provided by the walnut cabinets, custom crafted locally. The adjoining rooms share the same pale gray walls and accent colors so that the entire master bedroom/bath addition works as a unified design unit. The result is an inviting, tranquil, spa-inspired retreat for the client to unwind in after a long day’s work.
Photography: The Morrisons
Architecture: MAD Architecture