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Publication Date: 2014-10-26

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Step Inside a Sprawling Wine Country Home With a Chic-Meets-Casual Aesthetic

At Erin Martin’s insistence, the word “Marco” has been engraved in the concrete wall of the swimming pool at her client’s St. Helena home. Needless to say, anyone taking a dip is immediately possessed with the irresistible urge to shout “Polo.” “I want people to participate in design and not take everything so seriously,” says Martin. “This isn’t brain surgery, and people shouldn’t lose their minds over interior design.”

This refreshingly unpretentious approach appealed to her current clients, a pair of Virginia transplants who purchased a wine country Victorian and commissioned the designer to give it an urbane yet laid-back look. Martin recalls of her initial meeting with them, “The wife was so chic my first thought was Anna Wintour has nothing on this woman!”

At first glance, the quaint Victorian with its carved brackets and wraparound porch in need of invigorating seemed an unlikely domicile for an East Coast fashionista. So Martin topped the eaves and front door with a coat of black paint to infuse the historic architecture with a hint of modern style. “Black and white are strong in fashion right now,” she notes. Inside, thanks to the good taste and renovation efforts of the previous owners other than the addition of white Moroccan tiles in the kitchen the home was ready to be dressed.

Read the full article on SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens)

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