Kentfield Mid-Century Modern

With two toddlers already in tow and twins on the way, renovating a classic mid-century modern home for a family who was relocating from the beaches of Santa Monica to the hills of Kentfield proved to be an exciting design challenge. As in all projects, managing logistics was as essential as applying our keen design eye.

Listening to the client's long-term needs and immediate priorities, we first developed a dynamic, overall design scheme for the house, broke down the construction into manageable phases, established a rigorous timeline (pre- and post- twins), and oversaw the execution from start to finish.

In keeping with our goal of restoring the best of the home’s mid-century roots while upgrading it for modern living, architectural changes came in the first phase with new windows, skylights, doors and hardwood floors. The second phase brought a new kitchen, three bathrooms, a lower level family room/playroom and en suite guest bedroom/home office.

Our priority was to make the most design impact with the least on the budget. Moving a few strategic walls opened up the interior of the house to add light and create a central hallway going from the front door to back deck. By doing so, it also enclosed it to make a proper entry, new powder room, and private hallway for the suite of four bedrooms.

The details made the difference, with clever use of gray paint instead of white on the moldings and doors; wall coverings in period grass cloth and large-scale organic patterns throughout; a fireplace face-lift with matte white tiles and sculptural stone balls; stock cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms upgraded with custom shelving, walnut countertops, glass tiles, and modern hardware. Bringing these elements together, the furnishing scheme continued the approach with vibrant, modern fabrics, unique vintage finds, and one-of-a-kind accessories taking center stage.