Interior Design: Barry Design
Photography: Richard Barnes

Atherton Residence
We designed this house for our client who wanted a traditional, Georgian house (the wife was from the South) but also wanted a modern layout that would work for their active children, numerous friends, and entertaining that they enjoyed.  We took this project on as a challenge, (as most of our work is not classical) to see how to best design a house of this scale that would not only excel in its proportions and quality, but would also work for a modern family.

What resulted was a grand house, which is formal but in typical casual California fashion, opens directly onto a very large, south-facing backyard with a swimming pool and pool house. The house is organized with the entertaining rooms, the living room with piano alcove, dining room, and flying staircase in the front; the family room with open kitchen, conservatory-like breakfast room, his and hers studies, and the guest suite enjoying the rear yard, southern exposure.  Other features include an outdoor loggia with fireplace, in-ground trampoline and bocce court.

The second floor features a generous master suite, with spa-like master bathroom, his and hers closets, and a secret attic room for star-gazing. Three additional bedroom suites and a laundry room complete this floor. The basement centers around a large game room with a sit-at bar, gym, media room, second guest suite, workroom and craft room. In total, the square footage is approximately 10,000 square feet.