White is the hue of choice throughout the home and rarely is this color palette disturbed throughout the interior. By using a single neutral color for the backdrop visual fragmentation of the interiors is avoided and each space seems to flow into the next.
Making the best possible use of the unique topography of the area and the existing home the gorgeous contemporary extension of the is an absolute delight! Designed by Thellend Fortin Architectes this new addition not only alters the contours of the home from the outside it brings a sleek minimalist charm to the interior as well. Clad in the cantilevered extension adds another level to the house while ensuring that the homeowners have the perfect view of the pool and landscape outside.
The living area of the house is draped in neutral hues with elegant decor in gray and open shelves shaping a tranquil environment. Visually connected with the living space is the dining and kitchen area that comes alive with pops of orange and turquoise.
The Eleanor Smith cottage is listed on the Berkeley Historic Landmarks page. Built in 1927 it still stands but the house it was associated with did not survive to the present day. This sweet cottage is located close to Chez Panisse Alice Waters’ famous restaurant that championed local organic food in the 1970s—though this cottage is much older.
Draped in white the living spaces along with the kitchen present a glossy neutral backdrop where black and gray usher in a touch of visual contrast. Decor is kept as minimal as possible and adds to this unassuming color scheme that is devoid of any bright hues.