Earlier this week, I mentioned in my “In the Mood” post that I am currently feeling super inspired by classic American style. There is no place that embodies effortless, chic Americana quite like Napa. At least not in my mind! I dream of retiring in Napa or at least having a charming, little place in St. Helena or Calistoga for our jaunts there. It has quickly become our favorite place. Fabian and I both feel completely relaxed, happy, and inspired when we are there. I recently tried to convince him that we need a weekend place in Napa. He quickly pointed out that having a place there would make a lot more sense if we lived in California, so there is that small detail! Kidding aside, the thing I love so much about Napa is that it is at once laid-back and old school while being sophisticated. It is pared down, yet completely luxurious. There is a great balance of the two worlds unlike anything I have experienced anywhere else. Most places either have small town charm and an old time sensibility or they are chic and cutting edge. Napa really marries both. I’ve said it before, but while I am not a country girl, I would gladly be a wine country girl in a heartbeat.
We usually stay at the Solage in Calistoga (read my Napa Guide here) which we love for many reasons, including the beautiful, modern farmhouse architecture. As I was indulging in my love of this style of architecture the other day, I came upon this beautiful home in Calistoga. It was designed by Stephen Willrich Architecture with interiors by Ken Fulk. I love the beautiful grounds, soaring ceilings, and crisp white palette both inside and out. While I was getting images of Claiborne Swanson Frank together for Monday’s “In the Mood” post, I came across an interview she did with the Napa Valley Reserve. In it, she says of her summers growing up in Napa with her equally beautiful and talented sisters Alexis Swanson Traina and Veronica Swanson Beard, “We loved our long summer days and spent most of our time on the tennis court or riding our horses. I loved swimming at Meadowood and long bike rides on our property, our dogs following us. I loved the warm summer nights and running on our lawn as our parents hosted outdoor dinner parties. Napa Valley was magical and remains in my heart the most beautiful place in the world.” I couldn’t agree more. Napa is truly beautiful and magical. It is splendid! Doesn’t this splendid home seem like just the place for making similar memories of one’s own?