Design Project: An Art-Filled Modern Home In Napa Valley

This stunning Napa Valley home has art at every turn, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer views for days...

Get the look: The neon light-up artwork is by James Porschen. The Diamond painting at end of hallway is by Danielle Mourning.


This light, bright and modern home is built on the Wildhorse Valley Reserve in Napa and overlooks the whole valley, including the 27 acres that belong to the house. The 6,000 square foot home was designed to capitalise on sweeping views from every room. The property sits over three levels, all accessible via a generous sized lift – as well as a modern staircase. The lower level includes a 3-car garage, a lift, and various mechanical rooms and storage spaces. The middle level includes open floor plan living spaces that incorporate the kitchen, dining room, pantry, living room with large stone fireplace, office, laundry room, master suite with his and her walk-in wardrobes, and two bathrooms. The upper level includes three additional bedrooms, all en-suite.

Elena Calabrese was brought into the project to consult with the builders on the interior design and pre-sale staging (the property is on the market here). She elegantly combined contemporary design with organic components, incorporating clean lines to suit the open living space and majestic hilltop landscape. She also worked closely with Alex Ray Art Advisory on incorporating art in every space. The result is a very curated and sophisticated interior to match the property’s luxurious style.

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The hallway (also pictured top) features art at every turn, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the expansive views from this second floor setting.

Get the look: Diamond art by Danielle Mourning, butterfly sculpture by Pamela Hadfield, antiques, books and geode lamp are designers own. The Custom painted jade seagrass console table is designers own.

A butterfly sculpture by Pamela Hadfield gives a sense of whimsy.

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The kitchen area, living room, and master bedroom all have pocketing glass walls that open to the main outdoor living space. In addition, the far side of the living room has pocketing glass walls that open on either side of the stone fireplace with views overlooking Lake Madigan.

Get the look: painting by Pagan Brooke. Antique vessel, crystals, and horn bowl are designers own. The chair is by Article. The custom ottoman is by Nathon Anthony. The wood sideboard is by Fourhands.

The interior style nods to midcentury modern, while still incorporating natural linens and rustic touches that suit the Napa landscape. Brass accents such as the side tables offer pops of glamour.

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Not to be left out, the dining room has a glass wall that opens to attractive boulders retained during construction with spectacular views beyond.

Get the look: The artworks are by Diane Rosenblum, the one on the left is called “7 Deadly Sins”. The table is by Restoration Hardware. The dining chairs are by Industry West.

There are two monochrome artworks to get your attention, but the real eye-catcher is the view through the full length windows.

Leather dining chairs from Industry West add to the rustic ranch-style look.

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The white kitchen features white oak slab and white laminate cabinetry.

Get the look: Kitchen island lighting by Pure Edge. Stool are from CB2

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The light palette is punctuated with minimalistic black lines; a simple hanging pendant, chic cabinet handles and a black tap.

Get the look: Kitchen island lighting by Pure Edge. Stool are from CB2

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Floor to ceiling glass doors slide open onto the terrace.

The modern kitchen island faces a large and elegant built-in TV area, with Kelly Wearstler upholstered Milo Baughman swivel chairs.

Get the look: coffee table by Atra, vintage Milo Baughman swivel chairs in Kelly Wearstler graffito fabric.

On the other side of the built-in TV unit is smart wine storage.

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The open-plan space opens out onto a striking terrace. Titan Builders, the developers behind this property, created the custom-made fire pit.

Get the look: topographical map by Jeremie Lenoir. Custom firepit by Titan Builders. These are Italian outdoor chairs.

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Aside from the main living room, there’s an informal family room too. Black and white photography, brushed linen and leather details add a rustic ranch-style vibe.

Get the look: The black and white portrait is by Jock Mcdonald. The sofa is by Camerich. The floor lamp is by Seed Design. The leather ottoman is by Fourhands. Rug by Loloii

A painting by Gary Paller and a matching burnt-orange footstool adds a pop of colour.

Get the look: Art by Gary Paller. Cushion fabric by Larsen.

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The master bedroom feels elegant and grown-up, with more black and white photography and designer furniture.

Get the look: The black and white photo is by Josrphine Cardin. The vintage milo baughman chair and ottoman are designers own. The bed is by Camerich. Sconces are by Visual Comfort. Side tables by Serena and Lily custom painted. Bedding is from coyuchi.

A blush sheepskin throw is draped over the vintage Milo Baughman chair.

Get the look: Vintage milo baughman chair and ottoman are designers own.

This corner opens up entirely, connecting with the terrace and swimming pool.

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An extra large freestanding bath is the piece de resistance in this limestone tile-clad bathroom, with antique brass fixtures adding to the luxe look.

The smooth curves of the bath are a contrast to the rugged landscape that’s visible from the corner windows. Thoughtful details like the basket of towels and artworks on the walls help create a spa bathroom feel.

Get the look: The artwork is by Jon Mayberry.

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A guest bedroom looks equally inviting, with a textural bed set up with linen headboard, linen and silk cushions, a soft bolster and a wool throw. There’s more black and white photography to continue the property’s theme, while geode lamps are a fun, luxe touch.

Get the look: The photograph is by Jonathan Smith. The iron side tables are by Fourhands. The geode lamps are from Regina Andrew. Upholstered linen bed by Camerich.

Baskets are a soft, textured and welcoming way to house extra cushions and a potted fig leaf.

Get the look: Baskets by Palachek

Get the look: The artwork is by Gary Paller. Bedding is from Coyuchi. Baskets by Palachek



Matte charcoal field tiles form a chevron pattern in the second bathroom, punctuated by schoolhouse light fixtures. The antique brass plumbing ties in with the rest of the property’s fixtures and fittings.

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To complete the indoor-outdoor entertaining possibilities, the upper living level incorporates a wide hallway (pictured top) between the two bedroom wings with glass walls and outdoor patios to each side. The front patio overlooks the city of Napa and contains a stone fireplace, making it the perfect location to take in stunning sunsets, whereas the smaller rear patio overlooks the pool area below and the expansive views beyond.

Downstairs, The main living level surrounds a large outdoor living space that includes a 70 foot long infinity pool with integrated spa that overlooks Lake Frey and has views to the Bay and Mount Diablo.

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The concrete bench was made custom.

Photography / Lauren Edith Anderson/Senscreative

Art Advisory / Alex Ray

Developer / Titan Builders Napa, CA

Agent / Hilary Ryan

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