California Cool

Happy Friday, y’all! We’ve made it through another working week and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a weekend of relaxation. On the blog front, I’m trying to get the content organized and keep up with the many, many things happening right now design-wise (splendid showhouse rooms, magazine spreads and cool designers to follow). As a blogger, having too much to write about is a good problem to have but I found myself distracted lately, undecided as to what I should write about first.  Whenever this happens and I get creatively overwhelmed, I try to take a breather and look back at one design that I adore more than the rest.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I have a serious crush (read, obsession) on this Mill Valley home designed by one of my favorite architects Gil Schafer and the talented Rita Konig. Schafer’s second book is being released this September and a look at this gorgeous cover reminded me of his and Konig’s project. Then it hit me! It is part of that same project!!! Cue the floors and the chair on the left corner, as well as the patterned matchstick shades – definitely a Rita Konig touch!


I’m going to judge this one by the cover and say that ”A Place to Call Home” is going be at least as wonderful as Schafer’s first book, ”The Great American House”, now a classic. Since I can’t wait until the book is out to see the rest of this project, I played detective and gathered as many interior shots of the home as I could find. Some were published in Elle Decor last year, but most are from the portfolio of a local California architecture firm that managed the project, Chambers & Chambers.

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This is a side view of the exterior, with a modern dark gray paint that contrasts beautifully with the crisp white trim.


The entrance featured on the cover of Schafer’s book is styled differently here. It opens to the right into a tiny, but charming reading room we get a glimpse of bellow.

reading room

Oh, and how I love this living room! I think I’ve never liked a space more.  The architecture is stunning to begin with – vertical planks and ceiling beams give the room rustic simplicity while the row of French doors brings in plenty of sunshine, and lovely views. And don’t even get me started with the color scheme- the softest blue on the walls with subtle green and pink accents. The furniture plan is another amazing thing about this room – how Konig managed to fit all this furniture in here – without overwhelming – I’ll never understand. Try and count the sheer number of chairs! I dare you 🙂


I was very happy to find a different angle of the above  living room. More shades and more French doors!

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What about this perfection of a kitchen?


Or this chic breakfast nook?



The bedroom is another beautiful and feminine space in the home.


I was very excited to find a clear shot of the fireplace via photographer Eric Piasecki’s portfolio (below).

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The doors in the master bedroom open onto an intimate terrace.



A sunny stair hall leads to the upstairs rooms.


I’m guessing this is cozy built-in bed is part of the children’s quarters.


Back on the ground floor, we get a clear shot of the bar area. Dark lacquered walls are perfect for a moody party feel.



Below, we see another shot of the house and gardens. Dutch doors flung open bring the outdoors in.


What do you think? Would you call this place ” home”? I know I would!



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  1. May 5, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    This is a dream home! I can’t wait for the book to come out!

    • Eva Contreras
      May 5, 2017 / 7:12 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thank you, same here! As for the book, another great cover choice (and here I thought his previous book looked perfect 🙂 )