Marin Home / BACKSTORY
After facing the sticker shock of Marin
home prices, though, they decided to rent for a
while, living first in Corte Madera and then San
Anselmo. When their second lease ended earlier this year, they decided to buy. On their wish
list? An aesthetically interesting home that was
move-in ready, in a good school district.
So they threw the kids in the car one Sunday
and took a tour of open houses, including this
renovated Eichler. When Forrelli walked in,
she was struck by how tranquil it seemed. Her
first thought: “This actually feels good.”
Their realtor, Debbie Bernier, thought so
too. “I was really surprised to find an Eichler
in this condition, on a flat lot, in the Dixie
school district, in this price range,” she says.
Forrelli, who reads design magazines
in her leisure time, found that the house,
with its floor-to-ceiling windows and many
sliding-glass doors, was a fitting backdrop for
her style, a mix of midcentury modern, artistic
and, of course, natural. In the living room, for
example, beneath the classic Eichler beamed
ceiling, she’s combined a gray Design Within
Reach sectional couch with a “Dune” rug by
Liora Manne (“It looked like sand to me,”
Forrelli says) and vibrant cubist-style paintings
by Douglas Theralson and Marlina Vera.
But her favorite room in the house is the
master bedroom, which has glass doors and
is anchored by a slatted palm-wood platform
bed, above which Forrelli has hung a wonderfully simple piece of cream-and-black fabric.
The windows have no curtains, so the couple
wakes to a view of the hills. “I love this house’s
feeling of peace and openness,” says Forrelli,
“and the way it allows me to bring the elements of nature in.” m
RIGH T NEX T TO the front door of Taryn Forrelli and Mark Elliott’s San Rafael home, there’s a cutout in the covered outdoor entry way, which allows a soaring evergreen
to shoot through. It’s a fitting welcome, as both
Forrelli and Elliott work in the natural products industry and fell in love with the home, in
part, because of its openness to the landscape.
“Our lives are very much about being in touch
with nature,” Forrelli says.
In fact, that’s partly why they moved. The
couple, who are both cyclists and hikers, were
living in Boston with their two children when
Forelli, a naturopathic physician by training, was offered a job at a vitamin company
startup in San Francisco. “We were tired of
the cold weather,” she says, “and it was time
for a change.”