There's something about worldly-designed spaces that make me itch to hop on a plane and explore a newfound place, or own a little piece of history myself someday (hey, a girl can dream). What appears to be an old, historic Spanish Colonial, is actually a brand new Bay Area build with the perfect amount of character.
Casa Tortuga designed by Erin Martin is inspiring and anything but cookie cutter- as you find in many new homes today. This stunning space is what California dreams are made of.
In the living room, I'm immediately drawn to that intricate fireplace! It's composed of antique terra cotta tiles in the most exquisite shades of rust. The herringbone pattern and unique shape add a contemporary spin to the entire space.
Modern yellow chairs are the ideal compliment for vintage indigo textiles. Everything has been so carefully curated!
Have I professed my love for Kelly Wearstler? Well, it continues to grow; she designed a custom surfboard from a variety of wood species, which hangs in the masculine plank-paneled library. Mudcloth pillows anchor and balance the busy pattern of the board. The velvet sofa softens the space, making it the perfect place to read or relax.
The bedroom has a minimal, yet layered appeal. It feels light and welcoming with architecture true to another era. Natural wood vaulted beams lead your eye up to a beautiful brass pendant. White, crisp linens mixed with blue Spanish textiles add vibrance and pattern to the space without feeling overly busy.
I love the steel framed windows, that are certainly beginning to trend in interior design. Not to mention- that window seat! Mixing metals can be tough, but it is done with precision in this bedroom. The distance between the brass pendant, silver occasional table, and bronze drapery hardware feel intentional and balanced.
The upstairs retreat is said to glow in the evenings. Can you imagine sipping a cocktail in this cozy nook? The curved doorways within the architecture, light patterns gleaming from the pendant, tufted pouf, and purple Moroccan rug ooze femininity.
I suppose if you're pushing for color, you should really go for it. The black and green wall mosaic tile is a little busy for me, but I'm in absolute awe of the 1920s Turkish relief panel. It's like artwork for your vanity!
And that kitchen? Cement tile backsplash with a red range, they could've stopped there and I would've been smitten. Throw in oversized brass pendants and a marble countertop- it's game over. The designer definitely knocked this one out of the park!
Of course there's also an upstairs terrace... with the perfect natural driftwood table and modern occasional chairs. I'm also admiring the oversized terra cotta hex tile.
I’m applauding the look of this entire Spanish Colonial; I still have a difficult time believing it's a new build. Here’s how to recreate the look in your own home…
What do you think of this modern meets Spanish Colonial style? Which details would you bring into your own home? This one definitely has me dreaming of creating a colorful, worldly space of my own! xo, Sarah
images :: douglas brenner for house beautiful, see more here.