When I was brought on this 12.000 sf project, I was working for the renowned architecture company Anderson-Brule Architects in San Jose.
The architectural plan had already been drafted up in layout. The client’s wife of French nationality wanted to recreate the living environments of her happy childhood mostly spent in Spain. She also loves the color cobalt-blue. So we made sure to incorporate it
The Spanish feel is expressed by a connecting breezeway with a series of arches, the “bell-tower”, French clay roof tiles and antiqued wood windows and doors and an atrium-like inner patio with limestone tiles.
On the inside we selected a series of hand painted floor tiles with green-blue and yellow Mediterranean inspired motives, which we used through the home. The material-and color palette is introduced in the entry hall, where you see the hand painted tiles on the risers of the stair case.
The rooms are human-scale in size and height, light fills each space through many pairs of French doors. The owners wanted to keep the rooms very uncluttered looking. We designed many built-in cabinets with dedicated purpose: for example velvet-lined drawers for heirloom silver, cabinets for games, DVDs and CDs, floating book shelves, and a a built-in desk area in the kitchen.
Special attention was given to the couple’s master suite. Its own hall way leads past a large walk-in closet on one side and the spacious bathroom on the other side, while leading into the master bedroom with sitting room, fireplace and French doors to the park-like back yard.
The walk-in closet has been custom designed to comfortably store his and her clothes. We had banks of drawers installed for jewelry, watches, handbags and shoes. A large Upholstered bench offers seating.
The master bath features a large shower with a huge arched window and cobalt-blue BISAZZA glass mosaic tile floor. The same blue glass tile is repeated on a free standing wall dividing the vanity areas from the tub and shower part of bath room. Ann-Sacks tiles add texture and relief to this wall clad in limestone tiles.