Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Classic House

Classic House via La Dolce Vita
As I was flipping through the pages of the newest issue of the national edition of LUXE, I stopped dead in my tracks upon seeing this classic, chic home in Northern California. Located in Palo Alto, the 1920s Dutch Colonial house had undergone multiple renovations over the years, but the current owners, along with interior designer, Kristin Rowell of Scavullo Design and architect Carl Hesse of Three Design Studios were able to make the house look better than ever. The “facelift was driven by the existing colonial style” and now the interior and exterior work together seamlessly.
I was drawn to this house for its beautiful, classic bones. Symmetry abounds and the millwork and architectural details are timeless. I wish new home builders would focus more on building classic homes like this that stand the test of time as opposed to McMansions filled with gimmicky “design features”. I digress. Back to this stunning home—you’ll notice the palette is very subdued. Each room blends beautifully into the next because the neutral palette is used throughout with the occasional pop of color from an abstract painting or French Bistro chair. As much as I love using color and pattern, this house has inspired me to go neutral on a project soon. It’s so gorgeous!
Classic House via La Dolce Vita {The entryway introduces the palette of crisp white millwork and espresso hardwoods. The architecture of this home is so graceful. The simplicity of the decor actually makes a very bold statement. The French Deco Horn Sconces are a personal favorite.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita {The living room is crisp and inviting.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita | Bistro Chairs {I love the welcoming simplicity of the breakfast nook. The linen curtains add warmth and texture while the French Bistro Chairs add a great pop of color.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita | Bistro Stools
{The kitchen was custom-designed featuring classic white cabinets and carrara marble countertops along with Halophane Pendants from Urban Archaeology and some charming French Bistro Stools.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita | Lindsay Adelman Chandelier {The dining room is an exercise in restraint. Everything, except or the artwork is completely neutral. The slipcovered chairs and dining table have clean, minimal lines, while the Lindsay Adelman chandelier adds a modern, unexpected touch.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita
{The Butler’s Pantry features the same classic elements as the kitchen.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita 
{The master bedroom features a custom built-in and relaxed grey and white bedding.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita {I love the creany dove gray color of the cabinetry in the master bath. As much as I love white cabinets with carrera marble, sometimes, the result can be a little too cool, bordering on sterile, so I love seeing the marble paired with a warmer paint color.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita {I am obsessed with the bed in the guest cottage. The simple, clean lines and polished nickel finish are so chic. It looks perfect paired with simple white linens.}
Classic House via La Dolce Vita {Classic Dutch Colonial Elevation}
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Luciane at said...

Oh, this is stunning, Paloma. Timeless, classy without being boring!

I hope everything is GREAT with you!

I was missing you and decided to stop by... :-)

Big hugs,

Luciane at

Emily said...

incredible. Cannot wait to get my copy of this in the mail!

Unknown said...

This is a spectacular home. I was surprised when you said Palo Alto cause it looks so southern. Love the pool house and bathroom and kitchen!
xo Nancy

p&f said...

beautiful house and decor!

Carol Maryott said...

Wonderful Post! Love the bedroom built in shelves and drawers. The bathroom shows elegant creativity.

Love the entire look throughout the house.

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

I am so in love with this house. It's perfect. I t had me on the front porch!

Tammie Burton said...

Paloma, This is just the inspiration I needed! We will be closing on a Dutch Colonial home in Virginia very soon. Can't wait to get started on the design process!!

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