Great Room

Interior designer Suzanne Tucker divided the home’s great room into three areas. The trick, she says, is to create intimate seating but avoid piling furniture in the center of a room or lining the walls with it.

Great Room Details

Cut silk-velvet fabric and braided tassels suit this elegant Venetian-style custom sofa.

Great Room Sofa

“This house is very seductive,” says interior designer Suzanne Tucker. “It was obviously built with passion, and Laurie had great ideas about opening it up and making it flow better for family living.”

Great Room Details

Fresh blooms bursting from a corroded urn bring the home’s theme of rejuvenation to life.

Great Room Mantel

The carved limestone mantel, close to 9 feet tall, dates to the 18th century. Tucker bought it at a Paris flea market 15 years ago and kept it in storage, waiting for a room with the proper proportions to handle it. The Italian neoclassical tole lanterns, circa 1780, still have the original paint.

Great Room Details

Mementos of Laurie’s travels punctuate the home, giving every room a touch of storied personality.

Great Room Sitting Area

Three antique Oushak rugs define the great room’s separate seating areas, where ceiling peaks at close to 20 feet. In the renovation of her home, Laurie aimed to respect the original owner’s European vision while improving on it. She and architect Andrew Skurman added arched transoms and sidelights around existing French doors to give them needed scale and drama.

Hallway

A beautifully carved sideboard table exudes as rich a personality as the unique objects above it. A gilded rococo-style frame gives an air of royalty, to say nothing of the antique crowns displayed below.

Columns

The hallway’s carved spiral columns visually link to the kitchen (see next slide) and to other areas of the home where the spiral is repeated.

Kitchen

The kitchen radiates warmth with blonde woods, a copper range hood, and skylights. The thematic spiral columns are repeated on the island, where an intricately carved specimen adds textural interest. Barstools are made of rush.

Kitchen Details

Copper pots and pans hang from a rack attached to the range hood for easy accessibility.

Breakfast Room

Tucker left the breakfast room uncarpeted so its walnut-plank floor would gleam in the light from the French doors.

Outdoor Pavilion

The pavilion boasts views of Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam to the locals).

Exterior

The grounds of the McFarlin home are as stately as the 1920s villa itself.

Pool

An inviting pool can be seen from the arched doorways of an outdoor dining pavilion that was built where a dilapidated greenhouse once stood.

Portrait

Laurie cuddles Sophie, a Coton de Tulear.

Master Bedroom

Tucker designed the four-poster in the master bedroom to get the height needed for the vaulted space. The cosmetic-like palette of creams, peaches, and rosy pinks was chosen for its ability to flatter.

Master Bedroom Details

Tucker designed decorative window shutters to ensure privacy while letting in sunlight and the bay breezes. The pattern was designed after classic Byzantine masonry.

Master Bath

The scroll pattern used in the master suite shutters was also etched on the shower doors. The pattern of the bathroom tilework was designed by Tucker.

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Captivatingly Cozy Bay Area Home

Stunning and magical, this home has a special spirit

Written by Sandra S. Soria
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Breakfast Room

Tucker left the breakfast room uncarpeted so its walnut-plank floor would gleam in the light from the French doors.

Table (custom): Rossi Antiques, 415/671-1144.
Chairs (antique): Marjorie Rose Antiques, 415/440-4454.
Corner hutch (antique): Robert Domergue Antiques, 415/781-4034.
Flooring: antiqued wood.
Drapery; drapery trim; chair fabric; wooden candlesticks on table: owner’s collection.
Paint: custom.

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