Jean Larette

San Francisco interior designer JEAN LARETTE brilliantly transformed a 1970s ranch with low ceilings into a modern and contemporary farmhouse in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. This house is quintessential Napa where the goal is peaceful, no-stress living thanks to the valley’s luscious vineyard views and gorgeous rolling hills.

In the dining room, Holly Hunt Siren chairs surround a gorgeous teak table. The chandelier with hammered metal frame and onyx shades is from Ironies.

My favorite design element in the entire house are the wonderful glass paneled doors which allow the owners to have extensive views of the valley.

Jean believes that subtle details make the most splash and she favors texture over pattern, but in the living room she added this accent pillow in a delicate floral pattern to the sofa with charming effect.

At the kitchen counter, molded plywood stools designed in the 1950s by Norman Cherner. If you haven’t studied up on Cherner, you should because he was a true innovator of sustainable design and designed everything from glassware to pre-fabricated homes.

In another view of the spare, but functional kitchen notice the stainless steel accents and delicate artisan tile work in the back splash.

In the home office, the antique gold capiz shell chandelier is the Serena by Oly Studios. The over-sized lighting adds much needed visual interest to the small space.

In a bedroom, bright green accents bring a touch of the vineyard landscape into the home continuing the theme of bringing the outside in.

In the master bedroom, a modern four poster bed is decorated with simple white linens, a faux fur thrown and accent pillows covered in Tolede by Manuel Canovas. The red drapes add warmth to the vaulted space.

Jean is a former model who traveled the world and she loves to merge fashion with design and interesting objects from around the globe. The 3 drawer side table, part of the Hayes collection by Victoria Hagan, is home to a porcelain Foo Dog lamp.

In the children’s bathroom, Jean included a textured back splash that I love by Walker Zanger and Caesarstone countertops. I like the added Robern mirrored medicine cabinets to insure that bathroom essentials aren’t left to collect on the countertop.

In another view of the children’s bathroom, we get an idea of the depth and floor plan  and we see Jean’s modern take on the bathtub shower combination.

And my favorite “room” in the entire house is the outdoor living area with stone fireplace and comfortable Parati chairs with bright orange cushions by Carlos Motta. Is that not the perfect place to curl up and read a book with a glass of wine from your own vineyard? Lucky ducks. Se la vie!

Photos: House Beautiful

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