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Photography: John Merkl and David Duncan Livingston
Location: Los Altos

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Heather Hilliard Design, an interior design firm in San Francisco, CA, was enlisted to design a colorful and light-hearted home in Los Altos Hills for a young family of three.  Prior to buying the new home in Los Altos Hills, the clients had moved seven times and lived in three countries.  Given the client’s frequent relocations, they were excited to purchase their first home and set down roots.  The clients were drawn to this property due to its large lot situated on a beautiful tree-lined street in Los Altos Hills. 

The clients are stylish, a bit edgy, bold and colorful in their dress.  We wanted the interior to reflect their chic style as well as her experience growing up in a home loaded with 18th-century French antiques.  To channel the clients’ informal, eclectic, and immensely warm family dynamic, we suggested a colorful and textured palette throughout the house. Furniture selection favored custom pieces, unique antiques and unexpected contemporary.  We tied the house together with refreshing tones of blue and green interspersed with a few floral and small woven patterns.  The living room features a traditional black and cream printed linen floral pattern on the sofa, a shocking neon green acrylic coffee table by Alexandra von Fürstenberg; a pair of French bergères in bright green hair on hide; textured grasscloth wallcovering, a traditional linen skirted console table, and pair of antique silver leaf chests flanking the fireplace dressed with a Mari Suri steel and bronze fire screen. The living room color palette is extended into the dining room with the same grasscloth wall covering and blue linen curtain and shade fabrics.  There is a nod to tradition in the style of the dining table, chairs upholstered in plum horsehair and antique chest and gilt mirror. The pendant creates a warm sparkle in the evenings.  

We turned up the intensity of color in the family room with the Pierre Frey intense green chevron fabric on the custom sofas and Soane leather chairs.  HHD combined large and small-scale patterns in the bold Quadrille printed wallpaper and the small floral on the linen curtains.  The green breakfast tabletop adds durability for the family and another layer of color in the room.  The library features a contemporary tall back sofa covered in soft and luxurious mohair in blue, a swivel chair, leather-wrapped pendant, vintage chinoiserie coffee table and antique secretary with a bright figurative still life painting. 

The highlight in the master bedroom is the blue and green traditional Les Touches Brunschwig & Fils pattern linen wallpaper installed on all walls and the ceiling, creating a cocoon of color and pattern.  The custom bed is upholstered in a periwinkle color fabric; and dressed in custom Matouk sheeting and an antique suzani textile. The chunky loop rug is cashmere and the chairs and custom settee are covered in luxurious silk velvets. Whimsy is found in the boldly designed “HOT” fire screen and massive figurative contemporary abstract painting. 

Carefully curated, the result is fresh and effortless, and always comfortable for a relaxed lifestyle embracing family and the beloved pet dog.  The doors of this home are always open to family and friends, and the home is a warm centerpiece of a joyful life.