Roaming the EarthAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Lark + Palm takes cues from their clients love for travel to curate their forever home
“The approach to this project was to update areas of the home while being sympathetic to the existing bones of the 1940’s structure and to create a cohesive visual aesthetic that takes into consideration the clients’ love of entertaining, natural materials and an organic modern point of view,” says Lark + Palm co-founder Ansley Majit of a 2,900-square-foot cottage in Larkspur the firm brought back to life for a young family that loves to entertain. She notes, “They were in the transition from needing a home that allowed for young kids to romp around to teens that are about to graduate and head off to college.”
They thoughtfully reworked the floorplan and overall flow to create more useful space for the family. “We converted the existing dining area into a study to allow for the home owners to dedicate an area for working from home,” says Majit’s partner Stephanie Waskins. The furniture and finishes took inspiration from the wife’s passion for travel and Egyptian heritage. “The family loves to travel, Rome being among one of their favorite destinations—which is reflected in the art we sourced for the study,” says Waskins.
“One of the most significant upgrades was to the guest bathroom that also serves as a 1/2 bath for the main area of the house. Previously the bathroom was in its original pink tile,” says Majit. “We love our custom designed sink in natural stone sourced from Da Vinci Marble and the brass inlaid tile is from Tabarka Studio.“
While the project was progressive, the final result is a cozy home loaded with personality. “The homeowner and L+P have had a successful (and enjoyable) collaborative experience during the process,” says Waskins. “There have been many reveals rather than one for all of the spaces.”