feel like worn bookmarks, calling out to be refreshed with
Now, in the great room, seat belt chairs from J. Persing
are arranged around a dining table that is an heirloom from
the Santa Cruz house. Roomy, somewhat nostalgic McGuire
wicker chairs by the fireplace are placed around a peninsula
square coffee table designed by Terry Hunziker for Sutherland, all atop a handmade Tufenkian rug. Classics such as
a Saarinen breakfast table and an Eames coffee table in the
den are paired with new sectional seating made of twin beds
that accommodate guests who stay over when the three small
bedrooms are all occupied by family.
In the end, the house feels by turns like a timeless cabin, a
carefully crafted boat, and a camping tent. Whitewashed fir
and painted wood take on the color of natural canvas rather
than a solid bright hue, and pale blue, green and gold fabrics
simulate the muted tones of the dune grass that was carefully
harvested along the beach and planted outside the house to
complement its patina.
“Barbara avoided dramatic pops of color or stark whites
inside,” Butler says.
“She stayed within a middle ground of textures and colors
borrowed from the outdoors.
But mainly, her shot at the house has helped breathe contemporary life into it.” n
The bedrooms share an
and linens are kept simple to be easily shared.
Vintage chests and
benches from Butler’s
grandmother’s home fill
the connecting hallway.
A vintage indigo blue
textile from India that
hangs at the head of
one bed is from Kathleen Taylor in Sausalito.