This charming shingle house — one of the oldest houses in Mill Valley, California — was bought as a fixer upper by a growing family. Oriented with great views of nearby Mt. Tam, the house pulls in sunlight and mountain breezes. The owners tapped veteran architect, Heidi Richardson, Richardson Architects, to return the rundown property to its former glory as well as adapt the interior for today’s more casual lifestyle.
Keep reading to learn more!
Hamptons-style Shingle Home
The house had been abused with numerous inappropriate additions and renovations over the years. Richardson Architects adjusted interior floor levels to achieve four full stories. A central staircase connects all levels, with the top two floors for bedrooms, the main level for living and entertaining and the lowest level for office and a playroom. A guest cottage is adjacent to the house.
Black Door Paint Color: Farrow and Ball Off Black.
Windows made by Loewen.
Location: Mill Valley, Calif.
Size: 4,800 square feet
For the interiors, the family turned to designer Katie Martinez, who infused the house with a modern palette. Light, bright colors are complemented with darker, moodier accents. Clean, streamlined silhouettes marry with shaker-inspired furnishings and elegant light fixtures. The house is as sophisticated as it is relaxed.
The wicker and steel Stroh Bar Stools are from Stahl + Band – similar here – Others: here, here, here, here, here & here.
Lighting: here, here, here, here & here (larger) – similar.
Built-in fridge is a Sub Zero 48-inch.
The wide-board flooring is Oak – similar here.
Kitchen Cabinetry: Custom cabinets. The cabinets, trim, and ceiling are painted Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Countertops: Island topped by Calacatta Gold marble, which is also applied as shelf over range.
Hardware: Sun Valley Bronze in a nickel finish – similar Pulls, Knobs, Appliance Pulls.
Faucet: Sun Valley Bronze – Other Recommended Faucets: here, here, here, here & here.
Backsplash: here – similar.
Range is by Wolf.
The kitchen opens to an airy breakfast room and Family room. Paint color walls in Ammonite from Farrow and Ball.
Dining Table: Gray-stained custom table – available through the designer – Other Beautiful Tables: here, here, here, here, here & here.
Dining Chairs: Wayland Sack-Back Armchairs made by O&G Studio of Warren, Rhode Island – similar here.
Lighting: Palecek Green Oaks Pendant – Others: here & here.
Sectional sofa is a custom design upholstered in a lilac outdoor fabric.
Recommended Sectionals: here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
The black window mullions are painted in Farrow and Ball Off Black.
The formal dining room features a dramatic charcoal black paneling. Simple lighting and furniture creates balance in this space.
Vintage dining chairs came from Nicky Kehoe in LA – similar here & here.
Pendant light is from Brendan Ravenhill Grain collection – Others: here, here, here & here.
Wood paneling painted Down Pipe from Farrow and Ball.
Featuring dark wood paneling, painted Down Pipe from Farrow and Ball and a custom grey marble floating vanity, this powder bath is sure to impress any guest!
Mirror: 1933 Gio Ponti mirror reproduced by Gubi – Other Mirrors: here, here, here, here & here.
Sconce from Aerin for Visual Comfort.
Brass taps and towel rail from Waterworks.
Wallpaper: Subtly patterned wallpaper — Schumacher’s Labyrinth in Alabaster.
Bench: Safari bench by Katy Skelton, made in Pennsylvania – similar here.
Rug: Vintage – Other Beautiful Rugs: here, here, here, here, here, here & here.
Sconces: Visual Comfort.
This lovely girl’s bedroom is painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Pillows are custom.
Sconce is Jielde’s Signal 1-Arm Wall Light.
The Max Lamb Splatter Stool from MoMA Design Store.
A custom floating desk is tucked into a small nook with Tongue and Groove paneling.
This guest bathroom features custom cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White, Carrera marble countertop and brass hardware. Timeless!
Brass faucets from the Waterworks Highgate line – similar here.
Sconces from Schoolhouse Electric.
Floor Tile: here – similar.
Hardware: Pulls & Knobs – similar.
Serenity is certainly found in this master bedroom. Paint color is “Ammonite from Farrow and Ball”.
Upholstered headboard: Serena & Lily (Great quality!) – Other Beautiful Beds: here, here, here, here, here & here.
Armchair: Serena & Lily.
Side Tables: Serena & Lily.
Table Lamps: Charlton Table Lamp by Aerin Lauder.
Moroccan Throw: Pom Pom blanket is from L’Aviva Home – Others: here, here, here, here & here.
The master bathroom is pure luxury! Vanity is custom and it features Carrera marble countertop.
Flooring: Geometric marble floor from Kelly Wearstler’s Mosaics collection for Anne Sacks – Others: here & here.
Faucets: Waterworks polished nickel faucets – similar here.
Mirror: here – similar.
Freestanding tub — Laura Kirar design from Kallista.
Hanging light — Serena & Lily’s Capiz Scalloped Chandelier.
For the outdoors, Integrated Design Studio (IDS) created an outdoor play area for the three little girls, complete with pool and outdoor kitchen, and an unobstructed view of Mt. Tam. What could be better?
Many thanks to the architect ( & Veronica!) for sharing the details above!
Design: Richardson Architects (Instagram).
Interiors: Katie Martinez Interiors.
Photography: Suzanna Scott Photography.
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