project 01

san anselmo

Memories of summer camp and the surrounding redwood grove were consistent inspiration for the design of this new home. Re-use was important to my clients, to the extent that we used only felled trees from the property to panel all interior walls. Many of the light fixtures were salvaged and repurposed from the site's original home. We created a year-round space by designing a screen porch off the kitchen, reminiscent of East Coast camp cabins. 

Situated on a shady lot, the house needed clever solutions to create a feeling of openness and contrast with the darker paneling. I brought in color-infused cabinetry, lighter oak floors, bright tile and stone, as well as textiles with light undertones.


The client’s collection of antiques and art injects a warmth that is often missing in more modern spaces. My task was to incorporate these treasures, but balance them with contemporary selections. The bathrooms and kitchen were designed to have a vintage feel, but with cleaner finishes. 

I worked with this client and their architect for over two years, managing every design detail from start to finish. Despite being new construction, guests often remark that the house feels like it's always been there, which was my clients' goal.

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