A Sonoma Home Engages Its Surroundings In Style

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The architectural team of Michael Guthrie and Ha Nguyen designed a Sonoma home with openings on either side to allow for views from the auto court through the house to the backyard and the view beyond. Dave and Nancy Roche designed the landscape.

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Designer Jeff Schlarb appointed an outdoor living area with a sofa and armchairs by Seasonal Living. A pair of Gandia Blasco chairs, accented with rope detailing, lend a sculptural touch, as does the clients' coffee table by RH.

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Schlarb placed a custom threecushion sofa by Weego Home upholstered with an outdoor fabric in the living area. The dining area just beyond features a John Pomp light fixture from De Sousa Hughes composed of blown-glass iridescent spheres.

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The Roches selected an arbutus tree, underplanted with Jerusalem sage, for a steel planter, which was fabricated by Steel Geisha Designs and oxidized to match the color of the tree trunk's bark. The dining table and chairs are by RH.

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A trio of Visual Comfort & Co. glass pendants with a black-and-brass finish lights the black Neolith-topped kitchen island, where Cliff Young barstools wear material by Jerry Pair Leather. Precision Cabinets fabricated the walnut cabinetry, and the backsplash is made with Calacatta Oro marble. The bifold door is by NanaWall.

The living area's fireplace incorporates...

The living area's fireplace incorporates the same steel and marble materials used in the kitchen. The wingback chair by Coaster and the oak-and-nickel coffee table rest on a textured wool rug by Stark.

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A canopy of Douglas fir forms the ceiling above the dining area, while the floors, here and throughout the main spaces, are concrete. The bog oak-and-steel table is by Luma Design Workshop from Sloan Miyasato, and the upholstered armchairs by Belle Meade Signature tout an outdoor fabric by Perennials

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A nightstand by Made Goods sits alongside an upholstered Brownstone Furniture bed in the master bedroom. A wool-and-bamboo-silk rug by Jaipur Living grounds the space, and the benches are by Vanguard Furniture. Teak Oasiq swivel chairs provide seating on the terrace.

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The north-facing master bathroom was designed to be totally private with a glass door by Fleetwood Windows & Doors that opens to vineyard views. The soaking tub is by Americh, and the tub filler is by Kohler.

Planning makes perfect.

That was the train of thought for designer Jeff Schlarb and architectural team Michael Guthrie and Ha Nguyen.

“It takes many layers of work to make something look effortless,” Schlarb says. The team sought to create a modern yet rustic look that was ideal for the couple’s comfortable and casual lifestyle in Sonoma, California.

“The owners wanted something that related to the wine country, so we included simple gables for a rustic modern look,” Guthrie says. The team wanted to play with what they already had: nature. The property’s existing trees were incorporated in the design, along with a wall made of local stone and metal-frame windows that run along the side of the home for easy access to the outdoors.

Landscape design duo Dave and Nancy Roche also teamed up with the crew, helping construct the property’s exterior. “We stockpiled boulders during construction and placed them in many locations, including outside the master bedroom. We also created a gravel terrace there with succulents embedded at the base of the rocks that highlight the native ones,” says Dave Roche.

The finished product didn’t come easy: The design team worked endless hours to plan and execute the home’s design to precise perfection. But at then end of the day, the home was everything the owners wanted. “Thanks to our team, the entire house feels anchored to the landscape with a continuous flow to the outdoors,” the wife says.