California Cool

A Texas couple embraces the good life in Silicon Valley

  • Category
    Homes, People
  • Interiors by
    Heaton + Williams, San Francisco + Napa Valley
  • Photography by
    Thomas Kuoh

Designing a home for a loved one can be tricky, but San Francisco-based interior designer Courtney Heaton of Heaton + Williams thrives on a good challenge. “My sister and brother-in-law announced that they were moving from Texas to Silicon Valley and wanted my help decorating their new home,” she recalls. “They are empty nesters and with this home they wanted to embrace a new style.” Heaton delivered with a design that draws color cues from the vibrant California landscape, including beachy sand tones, pebble grays, blues that run from aqua to inky slate, and touches of avocado green.

Heaton grew up with a passion for design, working alongside her mother to transform homes in Dallas, Beaver Creek, and Fort Worth. In 2003, she founded her own design firm in San Francisco and has since become a go-to resource for busy tech families. In 2014 Laura William-Ulam joined Heaton, and last year the dynamic duo decided to re-launch their firm as Heaton-Williams with a focus on a timeless lasting aesthetic.

For this project Heaton relates, “The home and its finishes were complete when the home was purchased, so it was up to us to deliver furnishings, art, accessories and window treatments. The goal was a fresh contemporary look with a sophisticated edge.”

To play up the industrial-style post and cable staircase in the foyer, Heaton selected a handful of furnishing with sharp lines, including a console from McGee and a custom-made settee upholstered in a charcoal pinstripe and topped by a triptych of palm leaf prints by Jeanne Vadebongcoeur from Simon Breitbard in San Francisco.

In the dining room, medallion print drapes from John Robshaw add a dynamic touch. As does a blue lacquer sideboard by CEH beneath an abstract painting by Monika Steiner. Heaton surrounded the Hyde Park Home table with RH upholstered chairs.

“A generous sectional from HD Buttercup in the great room provides plenty of space to curl up and relax with a good book,” relates Heaton. “When friends and family are visiting, it’s the ultimate gathering spot.” Heaton added a pair of custom cube ottomans and a rug and coffee table from RH. The great room flows out to several outdoor spaces.

Heaton echoed the interior palette with furnishing for the patio and terraces. “We wanted it to feel cohesive with an understated luxury,” she relates. “Back in Texas, you just can’t take advantage of the outdoors like we can in California,” she notes, “This ability to live with your doors open for most of the year is the part my sister and her husband are loving most.”

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