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2014 Napa Valley Showhouse at Caldwell Vineyards

Compelling design tales emerge from the Napa Valley Showhouse

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
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    Creativity just seems to flow like wine at the Caldwell Vineyard. John Caldwell first uncorked it back in the winter of  ’84, when he launched his vine and wine business by “importing”—yes, some might say smuggling—grafted French grapevines across the Canadian border in the trunk of a Rent-a-Wreck. That maverick ingenuity was just as strong in 2014 at the third annual Napa Valley Showhouse, which included three separate historic structures: the main house (a remodeled Victorian farmhouse), the property’s 1920s cheese barn, and a 1930s water tower that’s been reinvented as a living space. Designers drew on the vineyard’s rich history to create impactful rooms, some with plotlines equal to the offerings at the Napa Valley Film Festival, beneficiary of last fall’s event. So help yourself to a fine Cabernet and get lost in these intriguing spaces. Cheers to unending design inspiration. 

    Photography: John Merkl  
    Produced by Jenny Bradley Pfeffer

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    Victorian Farmhouse

    A welcoming entrance to the farmhouse begins with the basalt stepping-stones leading to the porch. Giant lanterns on the stairs light the way, while lanterns from Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights frame the front door and enhance the farmhouse feel.

    Click below to watch a video of the interiors in the main house.

     

    Exterior lighting  (“French Quarter Light,” electric): Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, bevolo.com

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    Porch by Miyuki Yamaguchi

    On the porch, guests can lounge in a teak wing chair or on a faux-bois bench, sip a glass of wine, and take in the gorgeous hillside vineyard view. Soft grape-hue textiles, metals, and found objects mingle effortlessly, while an olive tree and other local plants embody the essence of Napa. “Living in beautiful wine country, I wanted to celebrate the natural beauty of Napa, its relaxed lifestyle, and the love story of owners John and Joy Caldwell by creating a serene, yet elegant, romantic space,” designer Miyuki Yamaguchi says.

    Interior designer: Miyuki Yamaguchi, Miyuki Yamaguchi Design Studio, 510/917-6090, miyukiyamaguchi.com.  

    Wing chair (“18th C. Teak Wingback Chair”): Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
    Seat cushion (“Capri/Port); throw (“Chesapeake Throw”/Aubergine); wire table to left of chair (“Amalfi Glass Top Hour Glass Side Table”): Janus et Cie, janusetcie.com.
    Lavender-and-gold pillow (“Atlantis”/Lilac #4656-02, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com.
    Seat cushion and pillow fabrication: Kay Chesterfield, kaychesterfield.com.
    White candle on wire table (“Olive Leaf”): The Olive Press, theolivepress.com.
    Large vase to left of chair (“Large Grey Vase”): Calypso, calypsolandscape.com.
    Olive tree: Tim O’Shea, Greenworks Design, greenworksgardens.com.
    Console table to right of chair (“Mill Console Table”): CB2, cb2.com.
    Crate table under console (“Vintage Market Crate Chair”): Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
    Candles on console (“Pillar Candles”): Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.
    Old grapevines above console:  by Calypso, calypsolandscape.com.
    Vineyard wooden sticks behind wing chair: Pacific Nurseries, pacificnurseries.com and Calypso, calypsolandscape.com.
    Wooden bowl on crate table (“Live Edge Wood Bowl”): Coast Wholesale Florist, coastwholesaleflorist.com.
    Cowhide rug: Hides and Co., cowhidesrugs.com.
    Seat pad on hay bale bench (“Capri”/Port): Janus et Cie, janusetcie.com.
    Fabrication: Magnolia Lane Soft Furnishings Inc., magnolialane.com

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    Living Room by Cathleen Gouveia 

    Inside, designer Cathleen Gouveia played light against dark, rustic against refined to create a living room that’s a study in contrasts. “My work is usually formal, but the Farmhouse required a more rustic look in keeping with the architectural vernacular of the house and the surrounding landscape,” Gouveia says. She set the stage by covering floors in French white oak, juxtaposed against walls painted a deep charcoal hue that’s ideal for showcasing art. Custom handblown pear pendants supply subtle lighting, while earthenware speaks to a connection with the land.  

    Wall paint (“Jailhouse Rock” #C2-950); trim paint (“Whiteout” #C2-740): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Chandelier: available through Cathleen Gouveia Design, gouveiadesign.com.
    Area rug: McGuire Showroom San Francisco, 415/986-0812.
    Farmhouse sofa (custom); sofa fabric (custom white satin with nickel nailheads): Ma(i)sonry, maisonry.com.
    Throw on sofa: Sloan Miyasato showroom, sloanm.com.
    Pillows on sofa (“Ruffle Pillows with Metallic Thread”): discontinued.
    Art behind sofa (by Alison Haley Paul): Aerena Galleries, aerenagalleries.com.
    Pedestal to right of sofa (“Claro Walnut Pedestal” by Michael Danielson): Ma(i)sonry, maisonry.com.
    Sculpture on pedestal (Falling Snow, by Gail Folwell): I. Wolk, iwolkgallery.com.
    Chair to right of sofa (antique Arras garden chair): Ma(i)sonry, maisonry.com.
    Throw on chair (Belgian linen): Anthem, anthemsf.com.
    Black chair (“Laura Kirar Guernica Lounge Chair” #A-105):  McGuire, mcguirefurniture.com.
    Pillow on chair (custom): Anthem, athemsf.com.
    Table to left of sofa; table lamp (gray cowhide lamp with custom topstitching): discontinued.
    Art flanking windows (by Pam Sheehan and Laura Adler): Paul Thiebaud Gallery, paulthiebaudgallery.com.
    Window shades (“Pacific Basin” #KW92, lined with translucent liner in “Sheer Asher” #SH06): Hartmann & Forbes, hfshades.com.
    Pair of coffee tables (petrified wood, one-of-a-kind): Sloan Miyasato, sloanm.com.
    Horse sculpture: by Sharon Loper,  sharonloper.com.
    Vase (by Michael Smolcich); vase on tray (by Michael Smolcich): custom ceramics for Cathleen Gouveia Design, gouveiadesign.com.
    Wooden tray on coffee table: Anthem, anthemsf.com.
    Napkins on tray: hand-knotted Belgian linen.
    Table behind black chair (gold-leafed vine table): Anthem, anthemsf.com.
    Wooden tray on table (teak with rope handles): custom.
    Large vase holding flowers (by Michael Smolcich): custom ceramics for Cathleen Gouveia design, gouveiadesign.com

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    Living Room by Cathleen Gouveia 

    Then she layered in furnishings and accessories: antique French garden furniture, wood and metal pieces, a touch of leather, and plenty of luxurious handwoven fabrics that add to the room’s rich mix of textures. 

    Interior designer: Cathleen Gouveia, Cathleen Gouveia Design, P.O. Box 1033, Belvedere-Tiburon, CA 94920; 415/203-8663, gouveiadesign.com.  

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    Dining and Family Room by Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff

    Tapping into Napa’s artistic and culinary heritage, designers Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff created a memorable Farmhouse dining room. At the heart of the space is a custom dining table made by a local artist. It’s surrounded by chairs crafted from local wine barrels.

    Paint (“Darwin” #C2-810): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Area rug (“Zambia”/Straw): Stanton, stantoncarpet.com.
    Carpet installation: California Carpet, calfloor.com.
    Chandelier (“Etoile Linear Chandelier” #S5316): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Dinnerware (“Convivio”): Match, match1995.com.
    Stemware: Roost, roostco.com.
    Flatware: Cost Plus World Market, worldmarket.com.
    Table linens: Napa Valley Linens, nvlinens.com.
    Vine sculpture on table: Surrounds Building Works, surrounds-studio.com.
    Dining table: Fog Fab, fog-fab.com.
    Dining chairs (custom, by Ryan Maas): West End Napa, westendnapa.com.

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    Dining and Family Room by Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff

    Earthy table linens complement the gorgeous wood underneath. Simple stemware and flatware allows the beautiful vista beyond to be the star of the show.

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    Dining and Family Room by Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff

    The window seats, outfitted with comfortable cushions, invite guests to move from the table to continue their conversations while taking in beautiful views. 

    Interior designer: Elizabeth Cameron and KathleenPfaff, West End Napa, 1460 First St., Napa, CA 94559; 707/254-9500, westendnapa.com.  

    Ceiling light (“Small Basil Flush Mount” #AH4014, by Alexa Hampton for Visual Comfort); lamp on chest (“Cannes Table Lamp”/Burnished Silver Leaf #ARN3100, by Aerin); sconces (“Dauphine” #S2401): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Chairs; coffee table; chest; mirror: designer’s collection.
    Upholstery: Michael’s Custom Upholstery, michaelscustomupholstery.net.
    Art over fireplace (by Richard Von Saal): Vonsaal Design Build,  vonsaal.com.
    Sculpure beside fireplace: Surrounds Building Works, surrounds-studio.com.   

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    Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Catherine and Justine MacFee 

    The rustic yet refined kitchen is a study in juxtaposition, artfully pairing original Farmhouse details with modern elements and custom pieces. The mother-daughter design duo of Catherine and Justine Macfee embraced the area’s farm-to-table culinary history, serving up a space for preparing meals that celebrate the bounty of gardens nestled among the vineyards. To highlight outdoor views, the designers chose taupe cabinets, stone counters, gray wall tile, and a painted floor that all recede from the spotlight. 

    Paint (“Parchment” #C2-915): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Floor (by Matt and Ami Vannoy): Nor-Cal Floor Design, norcalfloordesign.com.
    Floor paint (“Urbane” #C2- 808 ,with stripes in “Filament” #C2-798): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Area rug: antique.
    Cabinetry color (“Filament” #C2-798 on exterior and “Vroom” #C2-584 on interior): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Countertops and backspash tile on sink wall (Colorado limestone): Wheeler Zamaroni, wzsupply.com.
    Sink (farmhouse sink); faucet (“Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet”): Kohler, kohler.com.
    Refrigerator (Sub-Zero); range: original to house.
    Oven hood (custom): Catherine Macfee Interior Design, macfeedesign.com.
    Backsplash on far wall (custom design): Country Floors of America, countryfloors.com.
    Stool under counter (antique): Sonoma Country Antiques, sonomaantiques.com.
    Art on counter by window (by Martin Snipper): Lost Art Salon, lostartsalon.com.
    Dog sculpture; bowl holding persimmons (French antiques); terra-cotta bowls (French antiques): Catherine Macfee Interior Design Collection, macfeedesign.com.

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    Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Catherine and Justine MacFee 

    The orange in cabinet interiors repeats in a rug and a leather bench in the breakfast room. Metal, stone, wood, and natural fibers lend rich texture.

    Interior designer: Catherine Macfee, Catherine Macfee Interior Design, 10004 S.E. River St., Truckee, CA 96161; 530/584-5000, macfeedesign.com.  

    Table (“Metal Basket Base Table”): Sonoma Country Antiques, sonomaantiques.com.
    Chairs (“Havana”): Catherine Macfee Interior Design, macfeedesign.com.
    Chair-cushion fabric (vintage): Louise Mann, Mann-O-Print, houseofmann.com.
    Large vase centerpiece; banquette (custom design); fur hide over banquette back (antique reindeer hide): Catherine Macfee Interior Design, macfeedesign.com.
    Banquette leather (“Artisan Leather”/Saddlebag #ART04-AC13): Edelman Leather, edelmanleather.com.
    Large art in center of grouping (by Ross Curtis); art at left, top and bottom (by Martin Snipper); art at right, top (by Jennings Tofel); art at right, bottom (by Gary L. Shaffer): Lost Art Salon, lostartsalon.com

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    Master Bedroom by Annie Bowman and Ralf Runge

    Following the Caldwells’ wish for a pared-down, carefully edited room, Annie Bowman and Ralf Runge designed a timeless master bedroom with classic furnishings. The bed, with its fluted footboard and rich mahogany patina, gives a nod to an earlier era. The nubby upholstered headboard keeps the look clean and leaves bedding options wide open. Matching nightstands and lamps provide pleasing symmetry, and light, casual draperies flow with the room’s serene mood.

    Flooring (“African Mahogany”/Onyx, engineered): Mirage Floors, miragefloors.com.
    Windows: Marvin, marvin.com.
    Wall paint (“Mirage” #C2-5249 W, retired): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Area rug (viscose and wool in “Satin Grey”): Sunrise Home, 415/456-3939.
    Drapery (100 per cent linen in Whisper White): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Drapery hardware: Carol’s Roman Shades Inc., carolsromanshades.com.
    Bed; bedside table (“Andrew Side Table” #5468-70, by Alexa Hampton); Headboard fabric: Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Duvet: designer’s collection.
    Brown pillows: Legacy Home, legacylinens.com.
    Dotted pillows on  bed: Ryan Studio, ryanstudio.biz.
    Table lamps (“Torquay”): Mr. Brown, mrbrownhome.com.
    Box on bedside table (“Malik”/Gray bone finish): Made Goods, madegoods.com; available from Mecox, mecox.com.
    Art by window: designer’s collection.

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    Master Bedroom by Annie Bowman and Ralf Runge

    In a cozy reading corner, a faux bois floor lamp and zebra-patterned bench bring the outdoors inside.

    Interior designer: Annie Bowman and Ralf Runge, Sunrise Home, 831 B St., San Rafael, CA 94901; 415/456-3939, sunrisehome.com.   

    Wall paint (“Mirage” #C2-5249 W, retired): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Chair (“Audrey Lounge Chair” #7627-24, by Mariette Himes Gomez); chair fabric (#4023-61): Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com.
    Pillow on chair: Ryan Studio, ryanstudio.biz.
    Art behind chair: designer’s collection.
    Floor lamp (“Forest Park Floor Lamp” #73101-659): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
    Table by chair (“Marble Arabesque Table” #9.91790): Global Views, globalviews.com.
    Bench (“Hilary Bench Long”); bench fabric (hair on hide, faux zebra): Oly, olystudio.com.

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    Master Bath by Leslie Kalish and Gayle Leksan 

    In the master bath, designer Leslie Kalish says, “It was really important to us to maintain the tremendous history of this property.” She and design partner Gayle Leksan called on elegant details including wainscoting and large moldings, along with the simple elegance of the freestanding tub, to reflect the master bath’s place in this historical Victorian farmhouse. At the same time, amenities like a steam shower and heated floors speak to modern luxury. The palette here, as in much of the showhouse, was inspired by views of the vineyard. “We wanted the space to feel restful, peaceful, and connected to that setting,” Kalish says. “An airy, light palette, a beautiful antique Oriental rug, and the stunning tile hit just the right note.”

    Interior designer: Leslie Kalish and Gayle Leksan, LMK Interiors, 1009 Oak Hill Rd, Suite 301, Lafayette, CA 94549; 925/962-9610, lmkinteriors.com.  

    Wall paint (“Paper Clip” #C2-476); ceiling and trim paint (“Whiteout” #C2-480): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Washstand (by Waterworks): existing.
    Countertop (“Frosty Carrina” #5141): Caesarstone, caesarstoneus.com.
    Sinks (“Kathryn”); faucets (“Bathroom Sink Spout with Column Design” #K-72760-CP, Artifacts Collection); handles (“Bathroom Sink Lever Handles” #K-98068-4-CP, Artifacts Collection) bathtub (“Reve Freestanding Bath” #K-894-F62-0); showerhead (“2.5 gpm Single-Function Showerhead with Katalyst Air-Induction Spray” #K-72773-CP, Artifacts Collection): Kohler, kohler.com.
    Bench under washstand: The Gardener, thegardener.com.
    Basket under washstand: Roost, roostco.com.
    Mirror: Vacaville Glass, vacavilleglass.com.
    Sconce (“Calliope Bath Light” #TOB2185, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Art by window (by Rob Delamater): Lost Art Salon, lostartsalon.com.
    Area rug (#1903, antique Oushak): Tony Kitz Gallery, tonykitzgallery.com.
    Shower tile (Reclamation Porcelain Tile Collection in Steel City); floor tile (Reclamation Porcelain Tile Collection): Crossville, crossvilleinc.com.
    Bench under window (“Danica”): Ironies, ironies.com.
    Pillow on bench: West End Napa, westendnapa.com.
    Roman-shade fabric (“Maroc”/Cloud #MAR3): De Le Cuona, delecuona.co.uk.  

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    Guest Suite by Tish Mills

    The romance of Napa Valley’s old barns fueled designer Tish Mills’s vision for the guest suite. For a glam take on barn wood, she wrapped the bedroom in a natural-fiber wallcovering hand-blocked with a silvery metallic finish. Its strong horizontal pattern provides a perfect counterpoint to the room’s angular lines, which are also softened by the wave pattern of an easy-on-the-toes rug and layers of textural bedding. The monochromatic palette creates a restful cocoon energized by a touch of vibrant purple. “It’s a reflection of Napa sunsets,” Mills says. “I wanted the space to be balanced and peaceful while exciting the senses at the same time.” 

    Wallpaper (“Seaboard”/Pier #WL414-36): Hartmann & Forbes, hfshades.com.
    Ceiling and trim paint (“Cool Fog” #BD-9, by Barry Dixon): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Flooring (“African Mahogany”/Onyx, engineered): Mirage Floors, miragefloors.com.
    Area rug (“Tibetan #44738, wool and silk): Moattar, moattar.com.
    Headboard fabric (“Lana”/Beige #31330110): Casamance, casamance.com.
    Bed skirt (“Tarascon”/Beige, White #6550133); coverlet (“Epicea”/Natural #31200666): Camengo, camengo.fr.
    Duvet (“Nalin”/Latte #3555/01); duvet-cover flange (“Pailin”/Silver Cloud #3557/20); pillow shams (“Khao Rom”/Ashes #3553/04): Jim Thompson Fabrics, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
    Left bedside table (“Bedside Chest”/Plume #3454, by Barbara Barry); right bedside table (“Round End Table”/Plume #3457, by Barbara Barry): Baker, bakerfurniture.com.
    Table lamps (“Cameron Table Lamp”/Quartz #SP3005Q-NP): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Prints  by bed (by Scott Kirk): Harmonious Living by Tish Mills, harmoniousliving.net.
    Print by doorway: Baker showroom.

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    Guest Suite by Tish Mills

    The mood continues in the adjoining bath, where soft marble and chrome finishes pair with beadboard and tile in a light, bright personal space. 

    Interior designer: Tish Mills, Harmonious Living by Tish Mills, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., Studio D1A, ADAC West, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/814-3838, harmoniousliving.net.
    Bathroom designer: Leslie Kalish and Gayle Leksan, LMK Interiors, 1009 Oak Hill Rd., Suite 301, Lafayette, CA 94549; 925/962-9610, lmkinteriors.com
     

    Paint (“Cotton” #C2-836): C2 paint, c2paint.com.
    Door hardware (“Corbel Rectangular”/Silicon Bronze, Dark Patina): Rocky Mountain Hardware, rockymountainhardware.com.
    Area rug (Indo Khotan #44884, wool): Moattar, moattar.com.
    Roman shade: discontinued.
    Washstand (“Kathryn Fireclay Console Tabletop” #K-3029-0 with “Kathryn Square Tapered FireclayTable Legs” #K-2318-0); sink (“Kathryn Undermount Bathroom Sink” #K-2297-G-0); shower faucets (“HydroRail” #K-45210, with “Bancroft Valve Trim #K-T10584, and “Water Tile Ambient Rain” #K-98741): Kohler, kohler.com.
    Floor tile (“Virtue” porcelain stone #AV261, 2x2-inch hex); shower tile (“Savoy” porcelain stone/White Gloss #VS130, 3x6 inches): Crossville, crossvilleinc.com

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    Cheese Barn

    The second of the three buildings is the 1920s cheese barn brimming with cool, rustic features.

    Click below to watch a video of all the spaces in the cheese barn and water tower.

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    Cheese Barn Library by Thomas Bartlett 

    Just as the books in the Cheese Barn library transport you to far-off places, so does Thomas Bartlett’s design for this luxuriously comfortable lounge spot. “I was inspired by country residences I’ve visited during my travels,” Bartlett says.

    Finish on walls (custom mixed on site); ceiling and shutter paint (custom glaze): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Sofa: antique.
    Sofa fabric: Duralee, duralee.com.
    Pillows on sofa: antique textile.
    Framed bronzes behind sofa: Evans & Gerst Antiques, evansandgerst.com.
    Still life to left of sofa (by Arne Nybak); basket under still life; large ceramic planter holding orange tree: The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 707/603-9876.
    Orange tree: Four Winds Growers, fourwindsgrowers.com.
    Table to right of sofa (zinc-top demilune): Sonoma Country Antiques, sonomaantiques.com.
    Moroccan-style tables: designer’s collection.
    Pair of glass spheres on table: The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 707/603-9876.
    Area rug: Aga John Oriental Rugs, agajohnrugssf.com.
    Pair of chairs (“Rene Chair-Skirt” #151-1, by Jasper): Michael S Smith Inc., michaelsmithinc.com. Available through Shears & Window, shearsandwindow.com.
    Chair fabric (“Rumba”/Pale Blue #T2000-01): Templeton, templetonfabrics.com.
    Star-shaped Moroccan table between chair and sofa (one-of-a-kind); blue-and-white ginger jar on table (Mexican talavera): The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 707/603-9876.  

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    Cheese Barn Library by Thomas Bartlett 

    Touches from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sicily, and Morocco weave a rich storyline. “For me, the highlight of the room is the set of Majorcan 18th-century ladder-back chairs,” he says. “The rest of the design, from the Indian Sultanabad rug to the Sonoma antiques, radiates from there.”

    Interior designer: Thomas Bartlett, Thomas Bartlett Interiors, 20 Enterprise Court, Suite 4, Napa CA 94558; 707/259-1234, thomasbartlettinteriors.com. Retail location: The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 750 Main St., Napa, CA 94559; 707/603-9876. 

    Chest at left of image (vintage): The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 707/603-9876.
    Moroccan-style chairs at window: designer’s collection.
    Chair-seat fabric (“Albany Stripe”/Aqua #111338-01, by Michael S Smith): Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com.
    Chest to right of chairs and chest behind lounge chair (vintage); art on wall to right of commode (watercolor by Mexican architect Ambrosio Guzman); round table with scalloped edges (vintage); champagne bucket; champagne glasses with gold accents; lamp behind lounge chair (vintage); ginger jars: The Shop-Thomas Bartlett, 707/603-9876.
    Flowers: Big Ranch Farms, bigranchfarms.com.
    Photo frames (antique): Evans & Gerst Antiques, evansandgerst.com.  

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    Cheese Barn Living Room by Scot Meacham Wood

    In the Cheese Barn living room, exposed rafters reminded designer Scot Meacham Wood of a ship’s hull, sparking in his imagination the story of a retired sea captain who craved a dark and stormy retreat away from the main house. “The low ceiling—about 6 feet, 7 inches—could have been seen as a negative, but I think it creates an immediate sense of intimacy,” he says. He played off it in shaping a hideaway with a moody, masculine vibe in a coastal palette of navy, gray, and sand. Respecting the history of the space, Wood didn’t alter it. 

    Wall paint (“Vancouver Day” #C2-993): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Finish on floor: original to house.
    Drapery (“Breezy Linen”/Marine #9726.5): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Drapery hardware (Estate Collection in Oil Rubbed Bronze): Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
    Clock on wall: Antique & Art Exchange, antiqueandartexchange.com.
    Sofa (“Lord Clive Sofa” #376/84): British Khaki Collection, robertlighton.com.
    Sofa fabric (“Palm Harbor Plaid” #LFY00851F): Ralph Lauren Home, ralphlaurenhome.com.
    Large pillow (“Sikinos”/Indigo #32087.516); striped pillow (“Harbor Stripe” #31614.150); checked pillow (#27557.50): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Chest, left of sofa (“Campaign Chest”): Antique & Art Exchange, antiqueandartexchange.com.
    Lamp on chest (“Brush Stroke Lamp”/Navy): Bunny Williams Home, bunnywilliamshome.com.
    Table behind sofa: designer’s collection.
    Portrait on table; telescope: Antique & Art Exchange, antique antiqueandartexchange.com.
    Model ships: Garden Court Antiques, gardencourtantiques.com.
    Geometric carpet (“Fair Isle”): Dash & Albert, dashandalbert.com.
    Smaller carpet; tray on coffee table (antique): designer’s collection.
    Coffee table (“Graham Style Cocktail Table”): Kolkka Furniture, kolkka.com.
    Wooden chairs (antique): designer’s collection.
    Striped seat fabric on chairs (“Harbor Stripe” #31614.150): Kravet, kravet.com.
    Leather lounge chair: Garden Court Antiques, gardencourtantiques.com.
    Table to right of chair; tray on table: Antique & Art Exchange, antiqueandartexchange.com.
    Wallpaper (“Novolette”/Black and White) #97/2007CS, Fornasetti for Cole & Son): Lee Jofa, leejofa.com.
    Art of clouds (Sky, by Daniel Tousignant): Geras-Tousignant Gallery, gtfineart.com.
    Round dining table: designer’s collection.
    Pair of dining chairs (antique Windsor chairs): Garden Court Antiques, gardencourtantiques.com.
    Hanging lights over table: Jessie Black Home, jessieblack.com

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    Cheese Barn Living Room by Scot Meacham Wood

    Instead he built a theater-set wall that he covered in a thundercloud-inspired wallpaper. “To me, the design of the paper recalled maps from the early 1800s. It’s the perfect background for some of the more modern pieces, such as Daniel Tousignant’s Big Sky painting,” Wood says. He finished the room by layering in antiques that speak to tales of maritime history. “I can imagine my sea captain’s grandchildren rushing down to sit with him,” he says, “and devouring stories of the high seas.”

    Interior designer: Scot Meacham Wood, Scot Meacham Wood Design, 166 S. Park, Suite 1, San Francisco, CA 94107; 415/348-9848, smwdesign.com

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    Cheese Barn Kitchen/Breakfast Room by Jonathan Rachman 

    Imagination also inspired Jonathan Rachman, designer of the Cheese Barn kitchen and breakfast room. “This space speaks to the core of my soul: romantic, inviting, and warm, with a lot of stories to tell,” Rachman says. He concocted his own tale about an English family who moved to Napa, bringing with them treasures from home and from their travels. Anchored by an antique church pew embellished with an equestrian-theme cushion (the chic straps are repurposed horse bridles) and an expansive kitchen island, the English- and Dutch Colonial-style room is designed as a sociable gathering spot. 

    Paint (“E’pernay” #C2 639): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Stencil (custom) in custom metallic mix: Modern Masters, modernmasters.com.
    Hand-painted wall treatment: Caroline Lizarraga, carolinelizarraga.com.
    Countertop: Bianco Carrara.
    Sink (“Stages Under-Mount Single-Bowl Sink”); faucet (“Karbon” #K-6227-C15-BV): Kohler, kohler.com.
    Swing-arm lights (“Anette Library Light” #RL2270, by Ralph Lauren Home): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
    Wine dispenser (custom); standing pot rack (vintage French); art and accessories; leather goods; linens: Jonathan Rachman Design, jonathanrachman.com.
    Kitchenware; glassware: Margot Larkin for Jonathan Rachman, jonathanrachman.com.
    Banquette (antique church pew); pedestal side table (antique); chairs (vintage Lucite Chavari chairs): Jonathan Rachman Design, jonathanrachman.com.
    Banquette cushionchair-seat cushions: Jonathan Rachman Design for Bolt Textiles, bolttextiles.com.   

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    Cheese Barn Kitchen/Breakfast Room by Jonathan Rachman 

    Balancing the rich wood elements are see-through pieces like vintage Lucite chairs cozied up to bistro tables that are an intriguing blend of tiered glass and metal—the bases, in a previous life, were industrial spindles. “I wanted this room to function as a kitchen and a tasting room where the Caldwells can hold gatherings,” Rachman says. “But I also wanted it to reflect a romantic history.”

    Interior designer: Jonathan Rachman, Jonathan Rachman Design, 1661 Tennessee St., Studio 21, San Francisco, CA 94107; 415/440-1234, jonathanrachman.com.  

    Watch the video to see Jonathan discuss his inspiration for his showhouse space.

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    Cheese Barn Bedroom by Kari McIntosh Dawdy 

    Romance is everywhere in the Cheese Barn master bedroom. “My concept was a fabulous guest suite in the French countryside where the aesthetic is organic and rustic yet every comfort is accounted for,” designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy says. Exposed rock and plaster walls evoke the countryside, while soft white draperies bring on the romance. 

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    Cheese Barn Bedroom by Kari McIntosh Dawdy 

    Low ceilings inspired an ingenious solution: silver-leaf decorative painting. “The luminous quality of the silver leaf tricks the eye into believing that the ceilings are taller, while also creating an intimate glow,” the designer says. The clean-lined Parsons bed and wood-and-steel bedside tables balance the romanticism, while European folk art antiques lend a rich sense of history and texture. To finish the room, McIntosh Dawdy called on one incredible artwork, Cam the Arabian by Peter Samuels. “The majestic pictorial felt right on this gorgeous rural property,” she says.

    Interior designer: Kari McIntosh Dawdy, Kari McIntosh Design, 2 Henry Adams St., Suite M-73, San Francisco, CA 93103; 415/341-1466, karimcintoshdesign.com

    Fern wall texture and silver leaf ceiling (custom): Caroline Lizarraga, carolinelizarraga.com.
    Trim paint (“Milk Moustache” #C2-692): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Headboard and bed skirt (“Belgian Parsons Slipcovered Headboard with Bed Skirt”): Restoration Hardware, restorationhardware.com.
    Headboard textile (vintage rug); decorative pillows on bed: Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, upstairsatpierrelafond.com.
    Bed sheets (“Crochet-Trimmed Sheets”); bed cover (“Cozy Cotton Blanket”/Ivory, White): Coyuchi, coyuchi.com.
    Bed drapery (“Sheer Elegance”/Winter); drapery hardware (wrought-iron in bronze, rust): The Shade Store, theshadestore.com.
    Horse photograph (Cam the Arabian, by Peter Samuels): Peter Samuels Photography, petersamuels.com; available from Coup d’Etat, coupdetatsf.com.
    Bedside table: discontinued.
    Sconce by bed (“Chunky Swing Arm Wall Light”/Bronze #CHD5106): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com

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    Cheese Barn Bath by Jonathan Rachman 

    A vintage copper tub and natural stone walls led Jonathan Rachman’s design of the rustic Cheese Barn bath. The personal retreat tells a story of texture, patina, and history. But there’s also a touch of today, brought in with crisp fabrics from the designer’s line for Bolt Textiles and from sophisticated plumbing fixtures by Kallista.

    Interior designer: Jonathan Rachman, Jonathan Rachman Design, 1661 Tennessee St., Studio 21, San Francisco, CA 94107; 415/440-1234, jonathanrachman.com.  

    Roman shadeschair fabric: Jonathan Rachman Design for Bolt Textiles, bolttextiles.com.
    Chair (antique); pendant light: Jonathan Rachman  Design, jonathanrachman.com.
    Bathtub: original to home.
    Tub fixtures (“Hampstead Bath Faucet Set with Standard Spout and Handshower, Cross Handles #P22107-00-BZ); Kallista, kallista.com.  

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    Cheese Barn Deck by Melina Bartlett 

    Outside, nestled among the trees, the Cheese Barn deck provides the perfect setting for relaxing with a glass of Caldwell Vineyard’s wine. Designer Melina Bartlett outfitted the space with outdoor furnishings from The Bartlett Collection. The pieces were inspired by designer Thomas Bartlett’s visits to The Orangerie at Versailles and the Belmond Villa San Michele near Florence. Metal lanterns and antiques provide a final decorating flourish.

    Interior designer: Melina Bartlett, The Thomas Bartlett Collection, 707/738-7107.  

    Pair of chairs (Arm Chair/stainless steel #1600): The Bartlett Collection, 707/738-7107.
    Chair-seat fabric (“Odyssey”/Pumice #796-208): Perennials, perennialsfabrics.com.
    Redwood table between chairs (designed by Thomas Bartlett): Thomas Bartlett Interiors, 707/259-1234.
    Candle lantern on table: Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
    Console table (oval zinc-top table): Sonoma Country Antiques, 707/938-8315.
    Armillary spheres: Gilbert Country Antiques, 707/738-6335.  

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    Cheese Barn Cellar Lounge by Laurie Furber

    In creating a place for the Caldwells to relax and entertain, Laurie Furber, designer of the Cheese Barn cellar lounge, preserved the natural, rustic beauty of the building and gave a nod to Caldwell Vineyard’s history. “I wanted to give the space the feeling of dining outside,” Furber says. So she constructed a living ceiling, built using vintage fruit-drying racks on pulleys. They’re covered with live branches and white lights. “It gives the effect of a beautiful canopy of leaves with stars twinkling through,” Furber says. 

    Placematsdinnerwarestemware (#41095); Moroccan tea glasses; flatware: vintage, from Elsie Green House & Home, elsiegereen.com.

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    Cheese Barn Cellar Lounge by Laurie Furber

    The coffee table is a vintage barn door that was covered with lichen. “I preserved it just as it was with a piece of tempered glass on top,” she says, “and used a pair of vintage French sawhorses as a base.”

    Interior designer: Laurie Furber, Elsie Green House and Home, 2954 Treat Blvd., Suite C-D, Concord, CA 94518; 415/819-4437.  

    Wall paint (“Hammered” #C2-889): C2 paint, c2paint.com.
    Drapery (vintage linen); drapery rod (custom); wing chair (vintage, refurbished in vintage linen, custom); stool under wing chair (vintage); vases: Elsie Green House & Home, elsiegreen.com.
    Hanging light over table (“The Perfect Pendant” #90029); coffee table (custom); iron centerpiece on dining table (vintage): Elsie Green House & Home, elsegreen.com.
    Sofa (“Greenhouse Chic and Comfy Sofa”); sofa fabric (“Cambridge Charcoal #11006); striped pillow (custom , from Libeco Linen fabric): Elsie Green House & Home, elsiegreen.com.
    Dining table; dining chairs  with vertical spool backs): owner’s collection.
    Ladderback chair (vintage); chair with circle cutout (vintage); chair-seat cushions (custom, from Libeco Linen fabric): Elsie Green House & Home, elsiegreen.com.
    Photograph behind table: Suzanne Becker Bronk Photography, photodance.com.
    Chandelier over table (custom designed by contractor Brian Cutts and Elsie Green House & Home, elsiegreen.com.

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    Water Tower Landscape by Tim O’Shea

    For the Water Tower landscaping, designer Tim O’Shea called on Canary Island palm trees to flank the entry as guests climb the native volcanic treads through bold drifts of fountain grass and fragrant native plantings. It’s part of  a series of garden spaces that O’Shea created across the property. Down the hill, his Vista Lawn guides visitors to the main house, shaded by more Canary Island palms. Bold basalt stepping-stones create the entry path to the main house, where a dramatic sweep of soft underplantings reinforces the informal farmhouse mood.

    Landscape architect: Tim O’Shea, Greenworks Landscape Design, P.O. Box 1411, Lafayette, CA 94549; 415/847-8855, greenworksgardens.com

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    Water Tower Loft by Sarah DeWitt

    The Water Tower represents an iconic piece of architecture on this property, a place that speaks to the land’s time as a working ranch—and an opportunity for designer Sarah DeWitt to create a Moroccan-inspired fantasy escape. “The views inspire an exotic, enigmatic sense of soaring over the world—a place out of time,” DeWitt says. She used a wallpaper that can inspire visions of either sky or sea to set a joyful mood of celebration that’s energized by colorful patterns. “My favorite pieces are the ‘birdhouse’ porter chairs that lift rather than obscure and the octagonal tête-à-tête seating spot that draws people in to converse, share, laugh, and just enjoy the views,” the designer says. “It truly becomes the life of the party!”

    Interior designer: Sarah DeWitt, DeWitt Designs, 311 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 and 415 N. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705; 605/335-4354, dewittdesignsinc.com.  

    Wallpaper (“Big Smile Wallcoverings”/Sky #W381-01 by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition): Romo, romo.com.
    Paint color (“African  Purple” #C2 781): C2 Paint, c2paint.com.
    Flooring (“Old Hickory,” cashmere finish, engineered): Mirage Floors, miragefloors.com.
    Chandelier, octagonal tete-a-tete seat (custom design by Sarah DeWitt); pair of chairs by window: DeWitt Designs, dewittdesignsinc.com.
    Silver table beside chair: Caracole, caracole.com.
    Lamp on silver table: one of a kind.
    Lamp in corner: Zeugma, zeugmaimport.com
    Area rug (designed by Sarah DeWitt): custom. 

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    Water Tower Seating

    Chairs gather around a fire pit just outside the water tower. Colorful plaid throws are necessary for chilly nights.

    Special thanks to our showhouse sponsors: Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, C2 Paints, Circa Lighting, Crossville Tile, Kallista, Kohler, Marvin Windows and Doors, Mirage Floors, Stanton Carpet, Rocky Mountain Hardware

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