A serene, light-filled home in Atherton, California, designed by Leverone Design for a high-profile alternative energy CEO and his family. Spread over 12,000-square-foot, this three storey Atherton home features a chic home office, a fabulous wine bar, seriously cool kids spaces (just check out the built-in aquarium wall), an indoor-outdoor spa bathroom, a gorgeous pool house, a games room and stunning landscaped terraced gardens.
Texas split-cut Limestone walls run from inside out. Wide plank oak flooring flows throughout.
The ground floor features the main living spaces including living room, family room, kitchen, breakfast room, home office and dining room. The top floor consists of the master suite, three additional bedrooms and a playroom with adjoining bathroom. In the basement there is a large home gym with steam room and whirlpool tub, a home cinema, bar and a wine room. In the garden, the one-bedroom pool house opens to the pool and outdoor seating area.
The interiors are a perfect embodiment of a relaxed but refined California aesthetic. Texture, tone and an earthy modernism define this residence.
The interior design is more about texture than colour, underscoring the owner’s preference for quiet, beautiful objects.
A 500-year-old redwood Natural Organic Sculpture sits on a custom sized console table.
A walnut and bronze pendant with weighted ends hangs over the oval dining table.
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The large trough on the table is made from onyx.
The chic home office features a custom leather desk, with darkened brass inlays and espresso oak and Ochre’s iconic Scorpion lamp.
There’s also a more relaxed living area used as the family room, which connects through to the main pool area.
The modern kitchen features handleless white cabinetry that stretches right up to the ceiling, with the rest of the kitchen in sleek wood.
There’s a breakfast room just off the kitchen area and family room, for every-day dining.
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Downstairs there’s a stunning wine room, with a wine bar area featuring a narrow glass table ledge with bubbles inside, reminiscent of champagne bubbles. But it’s the modern pendant lighting here that really steals the show.
The playroom features a 12 foot long custom lacquered desk with polished stainless legs and an indestructible ‘colourblock satin Lucite’ work surface. The fish tank is built into the wall. The felt rug features contrasting orange surging and wipe stitch detail in yellow.
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The custom glass painted tack board is magnetic, and is perfect for hanging up kids artworks.
The boy’s room features a subtle dinosaur theme just through the bedding and soft toys, so it can easily be switched up.
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The master bedroom features a wide headboard that frames the bedside tables. The custom fabric headboard features a darkened brass square edge detail.
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Alison Berger’s Moon Pendant lights hang either side, instead of wall lights, adding to this room’s chic, modern look. Custom bedside tables have integrated electrical and USB ports, and etched bronze glass tops with darkened brass frames.
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The spa bathroom in the basement sits next to the home cinema, home gym and sauna, and features a whirlpool. Floor to ceiling glass flood this space with natural light that comes in from the light-well garden.
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The colour palette is soft and muted, and the bathroom features lots of stone and natural materials.
At night, the frosted glass pendant casts a soft, warm glow.
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The lower level spaces are focused on fun and entertaining, for both the kids and grownups. The owners are dynamic young parents who love the outdoors, play underwater hockey and love to have fun. The games room includes an Air Hockey Table, French designed foosball table and James Perse Ping Pong table.
Off this room is also a fully-equipped home cinema with custom L-sofa and a Jim Zivic Hammock.
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The gardens are cleverly arranged over two levels, with the pool and terrace at the top, and a landscaped slope stretching down to the basement, to let natural light into the games room.
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Nestled in between the step planters is a a cascading waterfall, that ends in a small rock garden at the bottom.
At pool level there are multiple outdoor seating and lounging areas, including an outdoor fireplace area and poolhouse.
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Across the garden there’s also a barbecue area with outdoor kitchen.
Doors fold back opening the pool house living area to the pool, dining and lounge area, with outdoor fireplace and a concealed TV. The colour scheme was derived from the open kitchenette with soft blue-grey lacquered cabinets and warm grey concrete countertops.
The artworks above the sofa are made of hand ripped paper spirals.
Architecture: Pacific Peninsula Architecture
Builder: Pacific Peninsula Group
Interior Design: Leverone Design
Landscape Architect: Zeterre Landscape Architecture
Photography: Joe Fletcher