Quiet Sophistication

Award-winning interior designer Lisa Staprans creates a multi-generational dream home for a Silicon Valley family.

  • Category
    Homes, People
  • Photographed by
    R. Brad Knipstein
  • Interior Design by
    Lisa Staprans
  • Architecture by
    Karin Payson Architecture + Design, San Francisco

  • Built by
    Rano Perrizo of North Current Builders

Upon entering her clients’ 6,800-square-foot Saratoga home, Lisa Staprans knew immediately what had drawn them to the property. “The home’s setting in the hills is marvelous—you can practically take in the whole Valley from up there,” she recalls. But, Staprans also understood that the home’s choppy floor plan was not conducive to modern living.

Her first task was to assemble a team of experts to bring a new vision and flow to the project. “My clients wanted a serene space—a sanctuary,” she notes. To that end, Staprans selected a soothing color palette of cloud white and soft greys punctuated with watery Adriatic blues, touches of black, and warm wood tones. Major structural changes needed to be addressed as well. “We relocated the staircase and made seismic upgrades throughout,” she adds.

The resulting space is wonderfully open and light-filled. “Walking through the front door,” relates Staprans, “offers views that will take your breath away.” The two-story entry features a front door flanked by windows with Fortuny fabric shades, mosaic tile floors from Waterworks, Paul Ferrante’s stunning “Josette” hanging lantern, and a crisp console by Jiun Ho. The minimalistic table is topped by an impressive watercolor that Staprans sourced from Epoca SF.

The welcoming family room features two distinct conversation areas. One is set before a set of floating walnut bookshelves and a chic fireplace complete with floor-to-ceiling surround of “Everest White” marble from All Natural Stone. Staprans took an antique Mongolian headpiece and reframed it dramatically. “I love to reframe pieces and give them new life,” notes the designer. Four armchairs by Jiun Ho upholstered in a dove grey alpaca from Sandra Jordan face a polished nickel cocktail table with “Starfire” glass top and Patera limestone base from Chai Ming Studios. On the other side of the room, a marvelous “Mayweather” sofa with geometric tufting from Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger faces a pair of swivel chairs from A. Rudin. Staprans points out, “It was important to my clients that the home be filled with spaces that could be enjoyed by multiple generations—where family could gather and spend quality time together.”

The kitchen is another such space. Staprans gutted the former kitchen and started over, centering the remodeled space on a large island with a gas range and custom steel hood. Built-in shelves display the family’s cherished collection of teapots. Jiun Ho’s “Ulu” breakfast table with built-in lazy Susan is so sculptural that it doubles as a piece of art. And is perfect for not only enjoying a meal but for indulging in the time-honored tradition of tea. The table is surrounded by Ho’s ‘Marula’ chairs upholstered in smart fabric from Kravet. A nickel-plated chandelier by San Pietro adds a finishing touch.

The dining room also features a circular table wrought in Calcatta “Oro” marble from Poliform with a custom lazy Susan at the center. Chairs by Hewn, upholstered in a royal blue abstract fabric from Jiun Ho, inject the space with vivid color.

A decidedly softer shade of blue mixed with pale charcoal lends a feeling of serenity in the master suite. Staprans covered the walls in Weitzner’s delicate “Marco” wallpaper in titanium and hung gently pleated silk drapes. A duvet in Kravet’s “Whisper Ikat” features waves of soothing hues that are echoed in a bold abstract painting from Sloan Miyasato and the room’s silk rug.

Many want a spa-like feeling in their master bath, but Staprans has achieved it with a deep soaking tub, massive walk-in shower with waterfall shower head, double sinks and vanity with faucets by Waterworks, and a custom pedicure chair and foot spa by Michele Pelfas.

The project demonstrates Staprans’ masterful ability to design spaces that are simultaneously sumptuous and textured, but also gracious and understated.

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