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Girly Modern Goes to Wine Country: Part II

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If there’s one thing I love in this life more than decorating, it’s wine!  I was ecstatic when I received an invitation to design the guest suite at the Cardinale Winery for the first-ever Napa Valley Showhouse.  Cardinale is one of my favorite stops in wine country,  their cabernet sauvignon is delicious.  I mean, really, so so good.  Anyway, as you can tell by that professional and descriptive review, this is clearly not a wine blog.  Back to decorating…

Traditional Home invited me and 10 other talented designers to their inaugural Napa Valley showhouse event.  My mission was to design a room in Cardinale’s on-site guest house which includes a large living and dining area, kitchen/family room, a master bedroom, downstairs cocktail lounge and tons of outdoor space.  In my last post, I shared my design process and the inspirations I used to transform the master bedroom with attached bathroom and balcony.  And now for the finished product! The Traditional Home issue won’t hit the stands until next spring so here’s a sneak peek of my designs and the details.

I was immediately drawn to the view from the guesthouse.  A picturesque landscape of California realness, I knew this balcony, attached to the bedroom, had to be a welcoming and functional aspect to the design.  I used Lane Venture lounge chairs and side tables with Sunbrella yellow zebra fabric to keep the space inviting and unencumbered.

In the bedroom, I wanted to portray a girly modern elegance complete with luxurious fabrics.   The Icarus wing pendants by Tord Boontje in the corner added a sense of airy lightness to connect with the balcony view. Throughout the bedroom, I had specific ideas of the design and feel I wanted to convey so I created a lot of custom looks for this room. The following are custom designs by Coddington Design:

  • Wing chair upholstered in Lee Jofa fabric
  • Settee designed in silk mohair generously donated by Christopher Hyland
  • Glam and fun puzzle coffee table

The bedside table is actually a vintage writing desk from Empiric with an ebony finish and cream lacquer “boots” on the legs.  We custom-designed the platform bed and headboard with light button tufting and wood outer framing to complement the existing hardwood throughout the room.  The headboard’s fabric is by Romo and the tiffany-blue lamp is from Coddington Design.

The custom bed linens were sewn by Madina Aryeh including the pillowcase shams in bird fabric by LuluDK.  The double sided blanket is by Pindler and Pindler and the solid throw pillow is by Malabar.

I created the vintage feel in the attached bathroom with aqua and coral toned wallpaper by Thaibaut.  The asymmetrical gold mirror is by Monument and the Randolf gold leaf 2-arm sconce from Coddington Design completes the feeling of relaxed rustic charm.


The bathroom’s custom Roman Shade was handcrafted by Madina Aryeh of San Francisco.


It’s the official Coddington Design company belief that people who don’t like unicorns are against magic so we parked these stone beauties, on loan from Monument, as the design gatekeepers to keep this beautiful oasis full of good vibes.

It takes a village to design three rooms in six weeks!  Thanks to Madina Aryeh for making the gorgeous drapes, bedding, and bathroom shade, James Bacchi and Annette Shutz  from Arthaus, Seth Pariser from Christopher Hyland, Lisa Chadwick from Dolby Chadwick Gallery,  Paul Rattay and David Livingston for the beautiful photos.  The team at Coddington Design loved working on this project and we hope you enjoy it, too!

The showhouse is on view until the November 11th but If you can’t make it to Napa Valley in time, be sure to take a virtual stroll with this video tour.

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  1. Mel, you did a superb job and everything had your little touch that is identifiable. Good design lurks in the details and you never miss them! Congrats again and glad to be a part of it. Thanks for the kudos.
    Seth

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