60 WINTER/SPRING 2016 MARIN AT HOME
Above: The powder
room is the one place
where Quin and her
client veered from
the cool color palette
with a textural orange
wallpaper and matching
A glass vessel sink,
chrome sconces and a
shapely mirror complete
the boho-chic look.
and the husband’s request for an ice maker and wine fridge.
Colorful wooden barstools pulled up to a Calacatta marble
countertop and blown-glass pendants by Lindsey Adelman
add a touch of style.
“We didn’t have a huge budget,” says Quin, “so we needed
to prioritize and focus our energy on where they were primar-
ily going to live. I wanted to keep things simple. The original
vision was to bring in life and lightness and turn this house
into something useful, clean and modern.”
Not only did the furnishings need to be affordable and
durable, but they also had to serve as the main source of
color against the white backdrop. Choosing mostly retail
options with custom pieces where it really mattered, Quin
started with the green chairs in the dining room. This
prominent central space anchors the main level and can
be seen from the entrance, so it would set the tone for the
entire interior palette.
“My client knew from the very start that she wanted green
dining chairs,” says Quin, who chose a midcentury DWR
version and had them reupholstered in a jade green fabric
from Holland & Sherry. The green chairs surround a custom
dining table and complement a sky-blue Madeline Weinrib
rug underneath. Overhead, a sculptural steel-and-glass chandelier from Ochre completes the picture.
Sticking to this blue and green color scheme, Quin used
similar tones throughout the entire house except for a few small
concessions to the client’s request for orange. The powder room,
for instance, is a fun combination of organic shapes and hot colors. Though a self-proclaimed modernist, the wife has a personal
style tending toward eclectic boho-chic, which Quin channeled
through the textures and patterns of the fabrics in the living
room: a topaz velvet sofa, vintage rosewood chairs reupholstered in a mod orange fabric from Quadrille, and block-printed
pillows. The designer was also careful to choose materials that
would stand up to the bug-catching kids — anything white is
likely made from outdoor fabric that can be wiped clean.
The kids also influenced where media could and could not
be used. There is no TV on the main level. Instead, the clients
wanted the family to spend time together listening to music,
playing games and creating art. To that end, one end of the
living room is dedicated to the father’s record collection and
the opposite end features a game table with plenty of storage
nearby. The crafting is neatly contained in a room near the
laundry area, furnished with small-scale workstations and
glossy white IKEA cabinets.
Downstairs, the media room was designed for watching
movies. The only room painted a color other than white,
the den has dark blue walls that match the blackout drapes,
which can be completely drawn for the full movie theater
experience. But even here, nothing is precious; a ping-pong
table sits behind the grand sectional sofa, and the glass coffee
table is most frequently used for plates of pizza.
To save money, Quin barely touched the kids’ rooms,
which are likely to change in the next few years anyway.
Instead, she focused on the master bedroom, located at the
top level near the front door. This room offers some of the
finest views in the house and is where Quin’s “keep it simple” approach is best appreciated. The walls, floors, drapery
and furniture are all various shades of white, ranging in
texture from glossy lacquer to shaggy wool. Framed in each
window is a layered color study of Mother Nature’s bright
blues, grays, greens and dark blues. The effect is calming
and dramatic at once.
“In the end, the home is truly reflective of [the family’s]
lifestyle, interests and personalities, which is always the goal,”
says Quin. A former fine-art portrait painter, she understands
how to capture the essence of a person using only color and
texture. As a designer she’s added a third dimension, allowing
her to not only reflect but also to enhance her client’s lifestyle. n