A Minimalist’s Haven

The truth is I’m not a minimalist, though sometimes I wish I was. I love layers, and color, and a richness of textures in most of my rooms yet I can’t help swooning over this amazing home designed by James Huniford. It’s beautifully minimal, devoid of much color but there’s nothing simple about it. On the contrary, it displays carefully curated collections in the most unexpected ways, skillfully mixing finishes and materials that only great talent can reimagine and repurpose.

¨I’m always collecting found objects. I love things that I can repurpose and use in a different way.¨

Café Design | James Huniford

For example, the hoops in the sitting room above are the work of early American weavers that the designer used to create a focal wall display.  Similarly, the spiked lamp bases are made from old farm equipment that was originally used to turn soil!?! Varying textures such as rustic, unfinished metal and wood with more delicate elements (leather or velvet) creates that necessary tension that makes a good interior a great one.

Café Design | James Huniford

The home is a circa 1855 farmhouse that the designer restored carefully, making only era  &  style appropriate design choices. The painted ceiling beams, the wide-plank flooring and a neutral color scheme make the interiors feel more spacious.


The pieces above the fireplace were sourced from a local welder and create a strong, clean statement – a signature of Huniford’ style. In the bay window below, a 19th century jewelers table makes this one of my favorite moments of the home.

Café Design | James Huniford

¨I’m not really into little vignettes. I’m into bold strokes. My visual

sensibility is based on what is going to have the most impact.¨

Café Design | James Huniford

In the master bedroom, a delicate four poster floats freely in the center of the room. But the unexpected focal point is the wooden chain that Huniford found on an old San Juan Islands ship.

Café Design | James Huniford

What used to be a cistern in its previous life, hangs above the bed in the guest bedroom like it had always been part of the decor. At a closer look, everything in this room has been carefully planned to continue telling this home’s story. A quirky vignette of glass bottles on the dresser ( an idea which I totally adore and will definitely steal!), the angled ceiling and the beautiful light that seeps in through the bare windows.

Café Design | James Huniford

¨I think a great interior is about editing, and being restrained, and knowing how to balance

out comfort, function, and the visual idea of what a room could be.¨

Café Design | James Huniford

The rustic dining room is another space of contrasts. The delicate curves of these early American chairs are juxtaposed with the more rugged trestle table and bench.

Café Design | James Huniford

A vintage poster and wall groupings add more vertical interest to the dining room.

Café Design | James Huniford

Last but not least, this stair top vignette below is one of the reasons I fell in love with this house in the first place!

Café Design | James Huniford

That’s all for today, folks 🙂 Have a great weekend  and see you all on Monday!



P.S:  For more images and designer tips from James Huniford, head over to OKL.


  1. ERL
    July 8, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Ah, finally a house i could breath in 🙂 But still a bit claustrophobic for me, with so many decorative items.
    Not that the other house are not pretty or anything like that!

    • Eva Contreras
      July 8, 2016 / 4:17 am

      Haha no worries, I understand! To each his own 🙂