At this time of the year, our clients’ thoughts turn to renovations and improvements to their vacation homes. Here at Ireko, we are thrilled to be working on a home in Kenwood with a design savvy couple based in Southern California. Though the design project is still underway, we wanted to share our progress.
This particular home in the wine country of Kenwood, originally built over the period of 1968-1970, spoke to the couple’s sense of style and relaxed feel. Kenwood is located at the northern end of California’s Sonoma Valley.
Starting with a Flexible Space Plan
The large living room presented our first design challenge and would set the tone for the rest of the house. Due to the room’s generous size, it could be used for multiple purposes.
Michael and I started with a sense of space plans, creating four to five different approaches to space usage and practicality. Each plan had different approaches and created different types of conversations, such as singular, in pairs or groups.
We worked with the owners and ultimately they chose to mix some of the ideas based on their lifestyle and entertaining plans. The living room was designed to accommodate large groups of friends and family but would not feel overwhelming when the couple was at home alone enjoying a glass of wine or relaxing at the end of the day.
Most of the time, the couple and their children would use the home. To accommodate this smaller group; we suggested an expanding round dining table with leaves and four chairs. The table expands from 42 to 58 inches, increasing the seating from four to eight people. This setting provides the flexibility to entertain larger groups but also creates a more intimate feel for the couple and their children.
We chose a 30-inch square game table that turns into a round table and presents a place where two people could enjoy the morning sun over a cup of coffee or watch as dusk settles with a glass of local wine. This table can also expand to accommodate eight people.
Incorporating Subtle Design Elements
Smaller design elements such as the butterfly cocktail table with a maple top and a Étagère bookcase add to the contemporary and natural style of the room.
Our interior design team did not want the room to be about bold and bright colors and so chose earth tone color palettes of grays, creams, tans, chocolate brown and black to incorporate subtle, natural colors for an overall Zen feeling.
We are certain our clients will find their California wine country vacation home comfortable and stylish, a true reflection of the hospitality and culture of this region.
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