An Elegant Napa Valley Home

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I am getting very excited about our trip to Napa next week! Things tend to slow down a little bit in the office during the week leading up to Christmas, which has allowed me some time to begin reflecting on the things that I would like to accomplish in 2016. Travel is such an impetus in my life. It inspires and energizes me more than anything else. I find it to be a necessity for my spirit as well as my creative mind. Traveling allows me to appreciate things beyond my regular sphere of reference and helps me to further hone my eye. I see travel as a wonderful form of education and enrichment.

Napa Valley is a very special place for Fabian and I and in recent years, we have established a tradition of visiting twice a year. I have no doubt we will return in 2016! Our trips there have opened my eyes to a refined, yet relaxed way of life, and in turn, a similar design aesthetic. Everything in Napa is about quality and meaning. Luxury is not as overt or showy as it is in other places, but it is ever-present in the details and subtleties that make it so special. This beautiful home, a collaboration between the homeowner, Rela Gleason who designed the interiors with the architecture designed by McAlpine Tankersley exudes the effortless elegance I have come to associate with Napa. The stunning architecture is instantly identifiable as McAlpine Tankersley, but it certainly honors a sense of place for this Calistoga home. There is an indoor/outdoor approach in the flow of the space as well as many natural elements and textures– stucco, wood, stone– within the home. The interiors designed by Rela are classic Californian, bringing to mind great designers of the Golden State like Michael Taylor, Suzanne Tucker, and Rose Tarlow.

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{The Beautiful Living Room}

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{Stunning Lacquered Chinese Cabinets Flank the Dining Room}

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{The kitchen’s three islands are constantly in use when the homeowners’ children and grandchildren come to visit.}

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{The sunroom features a rustic, stone fireplace.}

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{Notice the striking red-cedar paneling in the library.}

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{The master bedroom features a custom-made, bronze bed along with a limestone fireplace, and gorgeous antique suzani from Suzanne Tucker Home.}

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{Stone salvaged while digging the home’s foundation was used to create an outdoor shower just off the master bedroom.}

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{Belgian-Inspired Simplicity in the Master Bathroom}

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{The Focal Point in the Master Bathroom is the Chic Concrete Soaking Tub}

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{This Guest Bedroom includes a Canopy Bed and a Variety of Antiques}

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{The Glorious View from the Flagstone-Lined Pool}

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{It doesn’t get more idyllic than driving through the vineyards in a 1949 Chevrolet Pickup with a sweet lab! On second thought, my dream would be driving through the vineyards in a vintage Land Rover Defender with my number one pup, Tate!}

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{Photography by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest}

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  1. i am deeply flattered that you chose to feature my home in your blog . Thank you. It was a great pleasure for me as a designer to collaborate with McAlpine Tankersley on this particularly personal project
    We each brought our unique skills and design point of view to create a magical place.

    I would, however like to clarify that this was a true 50/50 collaboration with Rela Gleason Design who should be credited the interior design , all material selections , and interior detailing . I am honired that you have found my work in the league of Michael Taylor, Rose Tarlow and my friend, Suzanne Tucker.

    Wishing you a wonderful visit in our special valley
    Reka Gleason

  2. My family and I had the pleasure of staying in the guest cottages on this property. Don, Rela and their sweet golden are kind, beautiful hosts. Rela’s design talent is apparent everywhere on the property. It truly is the most perfect Napa experience. What a pleasant post to open this morning to remind me of this wonderful vacation. Thank you!

  3. Rela Gleason and McAlpine Tankersley designed a new home for my husband and me in Menlo Park, CA. We are about half way through the construction now. They are an amazing team and produce beautiful work that is very different from other architects/designers and maximizes the beauty of the site. Rela is a phenomenally talented designer, attentive to every detail with an amazing eye and a rare ability to understand exactly what something is going to look like way before it is built. She is a joy to work with, meeting regularly with the contractor to make sure that the end result is perfect, dealing with every detail and coordinating things to make sure we have no delays. She has a unique vision and sense of design which results in a beautiful home that is unique, homey, simple and gorgeous–just like her lovely home that you picture in your blog. There are very few people who are brilliant at what they do. Rela is one of them. A true gem.

    1. Judy, that sounds like an absolute dream! What a joy to work with such an incredibly talented team. I hope to see photos of your home some day. With Rela and the McAlpine Tankersley team at the helm, I have no doubt that it will likely be published. Happy Holidays!

  4. I first saw this spectacular home circa 2011 in Architectural Digest. I fell in love. It is still one of my all time favorites. All this involved are, without doubt, extremely talented. Thank you for showing it again.

  5. Rela designed my new home best described as Cape Dutch influenced. It’s a jewel box–with attention to details not found in other new homes. She has a curator’s eye for what belongs and what doesn’t similar to Rose Tarlow and Axel Vervoordt. She surprises at every turn beginning at the front of the home with a “Man Door” inside carriage gates that leads guests inside to a breezeway called a Dogtrot that serves as a foyer overlooking a lushly planted courtyard. Rela’s work is pure magic. It’s been a privilege to live in one of her homes.

    1. Denise, your home sounds absolutely stunning. It is so lovely to hear from Rela’s clients, all of whom seem to have the greatest respect and admiration for her and the way in which she has transformed their homes. Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays!