Empty-Nesters Keep It Neutral in Their Transitional Granite Bay Dream Home

Like what you see? Take a peek at the talent behind the story… Interior Design & Styling: Marin Design Co. · Photography: Nicole Dianne · Architect: AMS Drafting and Design · Builder: Landmark Builders

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With the kids grown and dream home to build, Marin Design Co.’s clients requested two things – effortless beauty and functionality. Building on a platform of sophisticated neutrals and pulling in contrasting moments this couple was given a quiet refuge that can still handle the ruckus when family comes to visit. Imagine a calm and quiet sound as you tour this breathtaking haven, photographed by Nicole Dianne

From the designer… This Northern California transitional farmhouse home serves as a haven for our newly empty-nester clients. With this new build, we wanted to bring in some dimension with darker/moody colors, while still keeping it bright and fresh. To help our clients achieve their dream home, we put an emphasis on effortless beauty and functionality for their space. We wanted it to feel mature and elevated, while still being welcoming for the family to all come together for years to come.

We knew from the beginning that the gorgeous vaulted ceiling would be a focal point of the home and we did our best to highlight that through our design. The oversized stackable sliding doors let in ample sunlight throughout the room and the floor to ceiling white-washed stone fireplace plays into the rugged Northern California surrounding while drawing your eyes up to the ceiling.

With budget being a key factor, we wanted to prioritize the dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms. We wanted to elevate the well-loved white kitchen trend by anchoring the space with a deep espresso stained white oak island. It keeps the kitchen fresh and warm and complements the antique brass fixtures. This kitchen is the perfect blend of function and style. With plenty of storage and counter space and bi-fold windows that open up into the outdoor kitchen and allow for indoor/outdoor living, this kitchen is an entertainer’s dream. We knew from the beginning that we wanted the dining room built-ins to bring character to this new build. The dark onyx paint is the perfect frame for the antique styling pieces it holds.

The biggest design challenge we faced during this project was the black iron built-ins that flank the fireplace. We wanted the built-ins to be recessed and evenly spaced on both sides of the fireplace; however, the architectural plans did not originally allow for this. Luckily both the client and builder were responsive to our ideas and trusted us when we presented the concept of reducing the overall space in the great room and removing a window in order to achieve a recessed look. Although we were nervous about this concept, in the end, it all worked out and we couldn’t be happier with this decision. The built-ins being recessed give it a more intentional and custom feel. In addition, the black iron brings in texture and juxtaposes the fireplace perfectly.

At Marin Design Co., we do not underestimate the power of beautiful bathrooms and this project showcases just that. Four beautiful bathrooms were meticulously designed to show off our clients’ style and intentions. We incorporated wallpaper to tribute our client’s love for florals and create an elegant and sophisticated feel. The feminine touches, paired with the moody craftsmanship, lend an inviting and sophisticated feeling throughout the home and exemplify how to achieve perfect harmony in a transitional farmhouse.

Like what you see? Take a peek at the talent behind the story… Interior Design & Styling: Marin Design Co. · Photography: Nicole Dianne · Architect: AMS Drafting and Design · Builder: Landmark Builders

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