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Tricia's House - Behind the Seams

July 25, 2017 15 Comments

When it rains it pours. I received two invitations to do a house tour: first from Naturally, Danny Seo (you can see the story in the Summer 2017 issue) and the second from the San Francisco Chronicle (you can see the story here). The shoots ended up being back to back - exactly one day after the other.

Having your home photographed for large publications concentrates the mind wonderfully. Suddenly I was looking at my dear familiar spaces with another set of eyes.


My house is an old duck-hunting cabin built over the water, and I did a lot of the carpentry myself, using driftwood I collected along the breakwater.  It is full of curiosities, so there was plenty to collect, organize and edit, and plenty to recycle!  That's the beauty of foraging: nothing matches but it all came together in the same spirit, so I can let it go just as gently.


I never know what I will find on my forays - giant kelp, an old crab net, a piece of timber worn into lace by the sea.  In garage sales I look for old tools and handmade items, boxes, maps - solid, useful, nostalgic things.


Above is the entryway table, made from slabs of cypress kindly given by a customer.  I use old galvanised bins as wastepaper baskets and storage - this one came from the side of the freeway.  My orienteering compass hangs at the ready.


The hats all get used!  The rope-trimmed table was the top of a wine cask, on driftwood legs. I slipcovered my sofas in white Orkney, Cushions Covers and cosy throws in soft colours from our collection make it one of the best spots in the house to watch the inlet, rain or shine.


The large central room is planked in dark wood, with skylights and a woodstove, and a long table for dinners and projects.  The crab nets came with the house - and can you spot the hammock?

The smaller sitting area is intimate and bright, a place to stretch out and relax. I salvaged two huge mirrors from a demolition site to reflect the water and framed them with driftwood (my mother was brilliant with mirrors.)


Our back door opens right onto the deck. We can enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle most of the year.


The bedrooms feature Rough Linen bedding, of course! One is all white, another in St Barts Aqua, to accent the driftwood headboard I put together years ago.


Both photographers captured the light and the scenes just beautifully. Each had their own style and method, and the two articles each had their own look and angle - very interesting to see how each interpreted my space.


A crab feast was the logical choice for the table on the dock. This is the best way to entertain - salads, fresh seafood, and crusty bread with butter. We toss the shells over our shoulders into the water, to nourish the next season of shellfish.  Recycling at its best.


When the shoot was over, we all relaxed, sat back, and ate the props!  Exactly what this house was made for.


15 Responses

Christina Stewart
Christina Stewart

September 19, 2017

Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I am interested in your rough linen sheets. Do you sell them directly? Do you have a catalog? Please let me know. By texting me at 951 318 3335. Thank you very talented lady!

Kelley
Kelley

August 09, 2017

LOVE! you are amazing ; )))

Tricia Rose
Tricia Rose

August 07, 2017

I realise I don’t know how to answer comments in this format, how silly! Thank you one and all though – and I live in San Rafael.

Christine Hueber
Christine Hueber

August 06, 2017

Love this! Are you in Point Reyes?

Janet
Janet

August 05, 2017

You are still so amazing. Watching your journey from so long ago makes me realise there are stil ‘out there women’ out there! Thanks for always being inspirational, although I must admit I don’t do a lot with the inspiration. :-)
Janet

Catherine Tracy
Catherine Tracy

August 05, 2017

Loved the privilege of touring your beautiful, cozy home. Envy your location! We all should occasionally step back and cast a fresh eye on our surroundings. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lisa
Lisa

August 05, 2017

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Jan
Jan

August 05, 2017

The perfect place for your life to evolve…love it! The colors and setting speak to me in a big way…

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

August 05, 2017

Absolutely love your home Tricia, and the way you’ve so beautifully ensconced nature into your surroundings. Brilliantly done! Kudos on two shoots & two different articles too!

Carol L
Carol L

August 05, 2017

Your home is charming, cozy and inviting. You have managed to design it as a water front cottage without all of the clichéd pieces seen in every other coastal home. Bravo.

Yvonne
Yvonne

August 05, 2017

Wow! Your beautiful linen in such a great space makes it luxurious and simple at the same time.
Venessa Balir
Venessa Balir

August 05, 2017

Lovely -thank you for sharing with us. Looks like your cabin iso n the Delta? – very nice . I am living the new St Barth{ one of my FAVORITE places} collection….
P.S. I am loving my rough linen bedding, too

Kay
Kay

August 05, 2017

I love your house. It has the exact feeling of comfort. It looks so easy and pretty.
I bought the 130 by 130 white sheet you offered several years ago. I use it for a bedspread and it is perfect.

Donna
Donna

August 01, 2017

Love you post and product. Please continue!

molly brown
molly brown

August 01, 2017

i just love the way you put it all together! that alone is a beautiful thing! add those exceptional linens and VOILA! masterpiece! <3 so so lovely!

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