For their Silicon Valley home, interior designer Lisa Staprans and her architectural designer and builder husband Armin, co-founders of design firm
Staprans Design, created a cozy retreat with rustic, yet elegant touches that pays homage to the natural surroundings. 53
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The home dates back to 1929 and is called “Toyon,” after the native California shrub, which was abundant on the property when it was first developed. At the exterior, buttresses, angled posts and a subtle multi-toned green roof echo the natural environment. The exterior colors, taken from the surrounding trees, are carried into the interior.
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The front garden has reclaimed wood adirondack chairs, made by a local furniture maker, and stone side tables that allow for peaceful enjoyment of the neighborhood while sitting in the front yard.
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In the living room, a light ceiling with contrasting fir wood beams warms up the hand troweled concrete fireplace. Throughout the home, Staprans used natural finishes that patina gracefully and comfortably over time. The open corner windows allow a tremendous amount of light in, creating an indoor-outdoor feel.
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The powder room showcases artisanal craftsmanship with a locally-made hand blown glass pendant light and a hand carved mirror. The space is open and airy with a bronze sink, a slab countertop made of solid claro, or California walnut wood, and rift cut white oak cabinets. The roman shade is part of Staprans’ "Social Fabric” line of fabrics and is made in Varanasi, India from hand loomed cotton and silk and features sari-inspired detailing.
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With its large windows, the family room overlooks the back garden. Adjacent is an en suite apartment.
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The guest suite has its own entry and kitchen, making it suitable as an office or even a separate live-in apartment.
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A vignette in the guest suite features a reclaimed wood table and black and white photography by a local photographer.
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The guest bath has a view to the garden. The shower mosaic features a leaf motif that was inspired by the trees outside.
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Minimal detail brings a calmness to the interior spaces, especially in the kitchen with its rift cut clear white oak cabinets and clear eucalyptus doors and walnut trim. The back garden and the surrounding
foothills are seen beyond.
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The kitchen features an island with a bar made of solid claro and hand blown glass lights made by a local artisan workshop.
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The dining room gets a dash of bold color from a painting by Raimonds Straprans. A solid claro dining table, steel console, and steel and glass pendant light by San Francisco lighting company
Phoenix Day continue the industrial, rustic feel of the home.
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Very few of the upstairs and downstairs walls line up. While this posed structural and mechanical challenges during construction, it allowed for an overall organic form to the home. The four inch thick walnut stair treads from Restoration Timber carry the walnut theme to the upstairs.
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Above the staircase a light well opens up to the sky, giving a tree house
feel, and allowing as much light as possible into the home.
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The master bedroom is perched up high in the trees with large windows that allow views of the surrounding hills. Beside the bed are tables made from reclaimed wine barrels and hand blown lighting from Rejuvenation Lighting. A painting by Raimonds Staprans picks up the green from the trees outside. The closet has windows with lots of natural light and view lines of the hallway, making the space feel open and airy.
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Rift cut white oak cabinets, honed blue limestone slab counters, plenty of
storage, and a large recessed medicine cabinet mirror create a light, clean feel in the bathroom.
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Every shower in the home has windows that look out into the trees, bringing nature indoors.
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In a guest bedroom, hand carved twin headboards, natural linen bedding and a
Moroccan rug complement the natural materials used throughout the home.
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The back garden has the same reclaimed wood adirondack chairs as the front yard as well as a gas fire pit and
plenty of places for outdoor entertaining.
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The leaves from the outside bay tress were used in the concrete in the entry areas
and driveway and also carried into the interiors in the stone mosaics inside the showers. Follow Staprans Design to keep up to date on their latest projects and announcements.