Caribbean getaway near San Francisco – House Tour

Caribbean getaway near San Francisco – House Tour

Only an hour’s drive from misty San Francisco, Sonoma county’s rolling hills and blistering sunlight make it feel a country away. Therefore, the appeal to Southern-born designer Palmer Weiss, who became adoringly obsessed with the landscape on weekend trips from the city, purchasing 4 acres with her hubby to build a residence.

Caribbean getaway near San Francisco - House Tour
Caribbean getaway near San Francisco

“I wanted it to be relaxing and silent, very much about bringing the outdoors in,” the woman says.

Alternatively of going the typical Tuscan-architecture-in-wine-country route, Weiss imagined a Caribbean getaway and hired North Carolina-based architect Mark Paullin to bring it to life. But the intent – “no marine, no white sand, or aqua water, just many greeneries,” Weiss explains-required a subtler beachy feel. A loggia was originally designed to be open to the components, but Weiss closed it at the last second to keep out unwanted pests.

“I wished it to feel like a swimming pool house,” says the designer, who chose for tile flooring and twin wicker sofas in a fabric motivated by the color of their yard.

“With the doors open, you truly feel like you’re outside the house. It’s the best of both worlds.” In other places, light weight textiles, soft wood highlights, and leafy views are the order of the day. The house is also filled with cards and board games, as Weiss enforces a strict no-cell-phone rule outside of the sleeping rooms. Guests are quick to locate the chocolate brown napping nook on lazy afternoons. “I wished it to be like a cave in the middle of the day,” the woman says. “When I was a child, after a day at the seaside, you’d draw the curtains, turn on the window conditioner, and snooze.”

Napping nook

Napping nook
Napping nook

Designer Palmer Weiss had planned to use this area off of the dining room as wine storage, although decided it would get more use as a seating place that increases as an additional guest room, thanks to the daybed.

  • Striped material: Wellfleet Ticking, Schumacher.
  • Damask pillow fabric: Verona, Le Gracieux.
  • Wall paint: Benjamin Moore’s Middlebury Brown.
  • Oil painting: antique.

House Tour by Loggia

“I didn’t want to show up into the house and have to pack off squirrels off the couches! “ says Weiss, who chosen a closed instead of an open-air loggia at the last second.

  • Sofas: Classic Day Bed, Wicker Works, upholstered in Fabricut’s Zenith.
  • Cocktail table: custom, the Raj Company.
  • Wall paint: White Sand, Benjamin Moore.


«I’m certainly not a minimalist, but as someone who’s surrounded by design and color everyday, I needed this to be more relaxing and quiet,» says Weiss.

  • Pendant lights: Sorenson 16, Remains Lighting.
  • Counter stools: Constance Bentwood, Ballard Designs.
  • Cabinet paint: Grant Beige; wall paint: White Dove, both Benjamin Moore.

Master bedroom

While she’s known for bold colors in her personal work, Weiss stuck to a more subdued color scheme here.

Master bedroom
Master bedroom
  • Bed: Spiro, Tritter Feefer.
  • Bed hangings: Large Cosette, Les Indiennes.
  • Bedding: the Company Store.
  • Bench: Southport Rattan, Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs.
  • Nightstands: the Raj Company.
  • Sconces: Primitive Swing Arm, Circa Lighting.
  • Rug: eBay.

Guest bedroom

“I needed an airy, tropical, West Indies kind of vibe,” says Weiss. “My hope was that guests would really feel on vacation being here.”

  • Headboards: Balboa, Serena & Lily.
  • Bedding: Urban Outfitters (discontinued).
  • Desk: Northbrook, the Raj Company.
  • Shade fabric: Birds, Les Indiennes.
  • Rug: eBay.
  • Stool: vintage.
Guest bedroom
Guest bedroom

“I love the flexibility of a couple of queen beds. You can pack in four friends (who actually like each other) or a husband and wife with a youngster.”

Powder room

Powder room
Powder room

A shiplap-and-grasscloth combination is at the same time casual and stylish.

  • Wallcovering: Raffia Weave, Donghia.
  • Mirror: One Kings Lane.
  • Sconces: Reed, Circa Lighting.
  • Lampshades: Pooky.
  • Sink: McCoy in Camel, Bradley.
  • Faucet: Waterworks.

Window seat

Window seat
Window seat
  • Banquette fabric: Lakewood in Spruce, Glant.
  • Pillow fabrics: John Robshaw Textiles, Muriel Brandolini, and One Kings Lane.
  • Tables: 2B Mod.

Weiss designed the kitchen around this corner banquette. “From here, I can watch on the girls in the swimming pool, enjoy TV-shows, and chat with my husband” she says.

Palette Guide – Caribbean getaway House Tour

Palette Guide of napping nook, guest bedroom and loggia

Palette Guide – Napping Nook:

  • Wellfleet Ticking in Driftwood, Schumacher.
  • Middlebury Brown, Benjamin Moore.
  • Verona damask, Le Gracieux.

Palette Guide – Guest Bedroom:

  • Birds in Gold, Les Indiennes.
  • White Sand, Benjamin Moore.
  • NHL in Oliclar/Blue, Claremont.

Palette Guide – Loggia:

  • Zenith in Amazon, Fabricut.
  • Kori in Buff, Peter Fasano.
  • Lucknow in Green, Carolina Irving Textiles.

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