Mill Valley Midcentury Modern


This project was designed for an aficionado of music, history and art. The owner wished to display his musical instruments; an antique yet operable turntable; a large collection of history books; and the beloved drawings and etchings his mother created near his childhood residence in upstate New York. Interestingly, he wanted to use the architectural vernacular derived from his previous residence to influence the design of his new interior. The existing space was enclosed by four walls with a narrow entry. It was a tight, dark and enclosed space. The project required remodeling the living room and adjoining spaces on a somewhat limited budget. The room went, “down to the studs” with one wall removed, to bring in light and open the space. The staircase to the second floor was remodeled, and the space was newly appointed with an eclectic midcentury modern vibe. The spaces were customized with white oak herringbone floors, tailored soft goods and draperies, and millwork throughout. The client’s color palette was set to work with his existing hand woven rug collection. In the end, the design was celebrated by The 2017 ASID Design Excellence Award for, “Best Interior Space in the Public Domain” (Living Rooms and Dining Rooms). However, the most rewarding result was when the owner spoke of how the new environment actually provided him with a new lease on life: he returned to dating and entertaining, playing his instruments in the space, and even taking up yoga. When his sons come home to visit they want to stay in, and hang out longer—with one even expressing his desire to move back. Apparently the remodel not only transformed his home but his life.