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By Allison McCarthy | Photo: Interior photography by Philip Harvey | October 23, 2015
A jet-setting family trades city living for a quiet, internationally influenced abode.
Making the move from city to suburb is never an easy one for urbane world travelers, but after seven years of living in San Francisco, tech-industry vets Richard and Laurie Hashim were ready to settle into an everyday home for their growing family. Seeking a place where their three adolescent sons could ride their bikes to school and soccer practice, the couple zeroed in on a quiet cul-de-sac in Lafayette at the base of Briones Regional Park. “Our initial plan was to live in the Bay Area for a few years and then move on, but we fell in love with this place and never left,” Laurie says.
Built as a Mediterranean-style spec home, the 4,500-square-foot house had dated granite counters, bronze fixtures, textured walls, full carpeting, light maple cabinetry and small vinyl windows with plantation shutters. Despite a nondescript facade and interiors characteristic of early ’90s development projects, it had good bones. “It was nothing like our first place in Lafayette, an Eichler-style hillside house,” Laurie recalls. “We knew it would take a lot of work, but it wasn’t hard for us to see the potential.” With the right designer at the helm, the blank canvas could easily be transformed from ordinary to otherworldly.
For this task, the homeowners turned to Tineke Triggs, owner of San Francisco-based firm Artistic Designs for Living. Known for her eclectic modern style, Triggs was just the right person to help inject much-needed character into the space. “We wanted someone with great artistic style who could listen to our design ideas and make them even better,” Laurie says.
Taking cues from Richard’s Malaysian background and the family’s frequent travels abroad—along with the couple’s extensive art and artifacts collection from around the world—the design is a study in the subtle tones and textures of exotic lands.
Soft woods throughout the house evoke Southeast Asia, nowhere more so than in the master bathroom, which conjures images of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia, through the use of warm woods, fossilized-limestone floors in a seagrass hue, ceramic shower walls with a bamboo-like texture and glass vanity tiles with a smokiness that recalls seashells. A large picture window adds an indoor-outdoor feel and drenches the bathroom with light. Sliding doors lead from the cool neutral-colored master bedroom out to a private fire pit, further enhancing the fluidity between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Every room in the house shows signs of a laid-back family with sophisticated sensibilities. A custom light fixture by John Pomp Studios hangs above the dining room table, furnished with Holly Hunt leather chairs. The family room is awash in earth tones—warm walnut finishes, chocolate fabrics, a charcoal-ash sofa—and clean, contemporary furniture that’s durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of three boys and two dogs (an Australian shepherd and Maltipoo).
Muted hues are balanced with vivid pops of color throughout. “The homeowners really allowed our team to bring in a bold palette,” says Triggs, who considers color one of her muses. Look no further than the modern kitchen outfitted with deep-blue cabinetry and the dramatic library with a slate gray wall unit backed in red and gold Mandola wallpaper, horsehair vinyl walls and a custom ottoman in red Ankara mohair.
The Fortuny chandelier in the library was one of the first items the couple purchased for their first home. “We bought it in Venice for about $800, and at the time, we thought it was an extravagant purchase,” Laurie says, chuckling.
Culture is another one of the home’s dominant themes, and international accents abound—from Buddha statues and gilded deity sculptures to intricately etched bowls and porcelain vases. A vintage woven-rattan light fixture that Triggs found at a consignment store in San Francisco hangs in front of the living room fireplace and flawlessly matches the home’s objets d’art. “It reminds me of a coconut or native headdress, which feels very South Pacific to me,” says Triggs. Large, vibrant paintings—many of them by Richard and his mother, brother and nephew—decorate the walls in almost every room, and a Catherine Woskow piece commands attention from the rusted-metal floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the family room.
Wide-plank oak floors finished in rich walnut are adorned with a collection of rugs—from cream-colored shags to sleek animal hides—that tie all of the common rooms together in a cozy way. “Gray floors are such a popular design trend right now, but the homeowners opted for warm browns to complement the strong reds and blues in their abstract art collection,” says Triggs.
Pre-renovation, the property’s main attraction was its outdoor space. Surrounded by towering pines, the L-shaped ranch home frames a backyard oasis with terraced stone steps leading up to a swimming pool, waterfall, rocks and sand. “One step outside and you’re instantly transported to faraway tropical islands,” Triggs muses. “We wanted to connect the exotic elements inside to the backyard by opening up the sightlines to this tranquil space.” An open floor plan, large picture windows and five floor-to-ceiling Nano doors now fill the house with light and provide unobstructed views of the yard.
Inside and out, the Hashims’ home speaks to travels, cultures and far-off places, unfolding like a story from one room to the next. Some might even call it a global sensation.
Interiors + Architecture
Artistic Designs for Living
Master bedroom, master bathroom and living room tiles
Living room and family room furnishings
John Pomp Studios
Dining room light fixture
Living room and family room fabrics
Master bedroom, library, living room, family room and dining area furnishings
Romo Fabrics and Wall Coverings
Master bedroom fabrics and library wall coverings