A Bright Bay Area Abode Is Rich With Texture


contemporary game room blue chairs

In the game room, the clients' existing chairs pull up to a long worktable from Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley. Artwork by Sally Gall, as well as the rest of the art in the home, was sourced by Lisa Lindenbaum of Lindenbaum Art Advisory. The jute rug is by Merida.

contemporary pantry kitchen wood cabinetry

Sconces by The Urban Electric Co. add a soft glow to the butler's pantry, where custom walnut cabinetry is punctuated with modern-style hardware by Sun Valley Bronze. The counter is made with composite material by Interior Resource Group.

contemporary bedroom bed bench

In the master bedroom, a custom bed is dressed with coverings by Rough Linen and paired with a bench by Thomas Hayes Studio and a linen-upholstered chair from Lucca Home. A sconce by The Urban Electric Co. hangs above the custom walnut-and-steel bedside table, and the rug is from Tony Kitz Gallery.

contemporary bathroom rug pendant

The master bath features a custom mirror and vanity with sinks and fixtures by Waterworks. The rug from Tony Kitz Gallery adds a serene quality and the shades, made with a de Le Cuona linen, lend texture. The pendant is by Magni Home Collection.

contemporary neutral living room sofa

Pillows made with a Jennifer Shorto textile adorn McGuire chairs in the family room, where Alison Davin kept the palette muted. A striated wool rug from Tony Kitz Gallery grounds the space, and draperies made with a Larsen textile from Cowtan & Tout frame the new folding doors.

contemporary dining area white-oak table...

The breakfast area, which is flanked by the kitchen and the family room, showcases an understated white-oak table that was custom designed by Jute. The modernist chairs by Hollywood at Home are upholstered with an outdoor fabric by Quadrille. The wood wall sculpture is from March.

contemporary neutral brown kitchen

The designer outfitted the kitchen with custom walnut cabinetry, hardware by Sun Valley Bronze and bar chairs by Token. A graphic cement tile by Popham Design defines the backsplash, and pendants by Rose Uniacke suspend above the island.

contemporary neutral living room

Designer Alison Davin transformed a Bay Area residence by employing a fresh palette and large openings that fill rooms with sunlight. She appointed the family room with a custom linen-upholstered sofa and an iron-and-walnut coffee table. A Bunny Williams Home wingback chair and swivel chairs by McGuire offer seating, while vintage stools lend texture. The mirror above the fireplace is by Soane Britain.

contemporary dining room blue chairs...

For the dining room, the designer hung a chandelier by Remains Lighting above a walnut-and-steel table she designed and upholstered custom chairs with a blue linen. The artwork is by Vanessa Marsh, and the rug is vintage.

contemporary outdoor pool sitting area

Near the alfresco dining area, Alison Davin arranged chaise lounges by Williams Sonoma Home along the side of the pool; an umbrella by Janus et Cie provides shade for the area.

contemporary outdoor sitting area neutral...

The family room and master bedroom open onto an outdoor space near the swimming pool. The designer arranged a dining table with chairs sporting woven seats and backs with a taupe colored umbrella, all by Janus et Cie.

I want to design houses that feel good versus ones that look decorated,” says designer Alison Davin, who transformed a Tuscan-style residence in the Bay Area into a warm and modernist home that’s filled with tactile fabrics and finishes.

From the moment the designer laid eyes on the house, she knew she wanted to peel back the dated details and simplify the aesthetic by filling the rooms with comfortable and tailored silhouettes and plenty of sunlight.

“The property is on several acres and steps down a hillside with three different grades,” she says. “My clients are very easy-going and they bought the house because they wanted it to be a hangout for their children and their friends as they grow up.”

Davin went with a mostly neutral palette. She customized a sofa wrapped in cream-colored linen for the family room, where she also arranged a brown-and-cream striated wool rug, cream-colored embroidered drapery linen and a pair of rush stools.

“I used a whole bunch of different textures,” she says. “I love using texture instead of color because I think it keeps the space calm and warm and gives visual interest that’s subtle.”

In the family room, the designer replaced small arched doors with massive bifold ones that tie the area to the outdoors and let natural light wash over the rich textures that fill the space.

“I think I’ve done a good job if, when a person leaves a house I’ve designed, they remember that it was warm and comfortable,” she says.