Go Inside These Inspired Wine Country Spaces At the Napa Valley Showhouse


In October, 10 designers from around the country revealed 16 wine country-inspired spaces inside the former residence of Peter Mondavi Jr. at Charles Krug Winery. The Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse, benefitting the Napa Valley Film Festival, is open now and runs through November 17.    

I loved the dining room by Julia Buckingham Edelmann with its textured blue and green palate and Modernique aesthetic. In homage to the Mondavis, Julia kept the original wainscoting but played it off with whimsical touches such as the vintage film reels and the framed lion’s head.  The gold leaf and micro glass beading on Maya Romanoff’s wall covering casts varying tones of green to blue during the day through the west-facing windows. The focal point of the room is the tabletop made with an 84” diameter antique wooden gear from a European watermill, Julia’s nod to Napa Valley’s farming tradition. The centerpiece is a mesmerizing porcelain sculpture called “Hidden Desire” by Tara Lynn, and the mid-century Danish chandelier was a Parisian flea market find.

Dining Room designed by Buckingham Design + Interiors. Photo by John Merkl

For Julia, nothing brings out greens and blues more than peacock feathers, used above in the placemats. She serendipitously found antique linen napkins pre-monogrammed with the initials PM while visiting her son in Berlin this summer.

Family Room designed by Vonsaal Design Build. Photo by John Merkl

In the family room, local Napa designer Richard Von Saal created a cozy, modern space that infuses Napa Valley spirit from the artwork to the furniture. Cowhide pillows and Matt Roger’s painting of galloping horses harken to Napa Valley’s ranching past. On the south wall, black and white photos of local historic buildings create an eclectic gallery. Von Saal, a design builder, fabricated the furniture from a huge piece of oak slab salvaged from a Calistoga winery. The lamp bases are upcycled telephone poles.

Master Bedroom designed by Ann Lowengart Interiors. Photo by John Merkl

In the master bedroom, bath, and dressing room, Marin-based Annie Lowengart really shows off her eye for detail and balance in design. In the master bedroom, Lowengart weaves together layers of soothing green that represent the lushness of wine country. At the same time, geometric patterns add vibrance.

Master Bath designed by Ann Lowengart Interiors. Photo by John Merkl

In the totally renovated bath, Lowengart used wood-grained tiles from Crossville on the floors and walls to tie in the countryside. The bold, clean look gets a feminine touch with Cararra marble counters and rock crystal sconces. 

Guest Sitting Room designed by EM Design Interiors. Photo by John Merkl

This guest sitting room by SF designer Emily Mughannam is small but feels so inviting and complete, as if an owner had lovingly put it together over a long period of time.  The chinoiserie wall treatment is by SF decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga, chaise by Restoration Hardware, and café table and side chair from Anthropologie.

Vineyard Terrace designed by Saint Dizier Design

For Healdsburg designer Jacques Saint Dizier, wine country style is all about comfortable outdoor living which he generously creates in this welcoming, year-round space. Guests are enticed to curl up and stay in these swivel bean bag-esque chairs and canopied sofa from Lee Industries. The eye-catching glass sculpture is by Tom Holland.

Vineyard Terrace designed by Saint Dizier Design

I love the finishing touches on this teak and steel dining table, such as the metal nests featuring farm-fresh eggs from Saint Dizier’s own chickens and the wood bowls holding olives that could have come right from the estate.

The Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse is open every day except Mondays through November 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $40 pp including tasting of Charles Krug Family Reserve wines at the renovated historic Redwood Cellar. 

The Showhouse runs through the Napa Valley Film Festival taking place throughout the Napa Valley November 13 – 17. Check the website for the full schedule of events. 2800 Main Street, Saint Helena.

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