The Palladian

Seattle, Washington

From timber to gold to sea trade, the history of Seattle is the story of raw elements, unfettered invention and leading-edge technology. To honor this unique city, the new interiors for The Palladian Hotel highlight a sense of heritage and place.

Originally built in 1910, the landmark property includes 97 suites and rooms as well as the lobby, bar and common areas. The ground floor’s clubby, speakeasy spaces serve as a conduit for vibrant street life while the guestrooms—light, bright and embracing vistas of city and sea—take inspiration from bohemian artists’ lofts. Works by local artists and artisans are found throughout the hotel. Restored details and industrial materials lend a gritty glamour to the interiors, which present Seattle’s tradition of discovery in a whimsical, modern venue.

Kona Coast Retreat

 

Set on a lava field poised at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this unique, custom-built residence reimagines a Hawaiian sanctuary with an unexpected, integrated and completely modern design scheme. A traditional Hawaiian, open-plan hale scheme, consisting of seven separate pavilions, is transformed into a contemporary mixture of rich texture, tone, and surface.

The materials palette underscores the deep connection to the site with lava basalt floor tiles and coral wall blocks. Collaborations include lighting by the artist Michele Oka Doner, who employs the shape of branches from the property’s indigenous Kiawe tree to explore the volcanic isle’s verdant nature. This distinctive home encapsulates an ode to the rugged Kona coast and the beloved beach culture of its owners.

The Buchanan

San Francisco, California

The Buchanan pays homage to local iconography with an interiors program that celebrates street life, urban culture and artistic achievement. Sitting at the vibrant crossroads of the city’s Japantown and Fillmore neighborhoods, The Buchanan comprises 131 guestrooms, a courtyard, lobby and common areas. 

The sultry materials palette includes an elegant mashup of artisanal and traditional influences such as the charred wood of Japanese whisky barrels, the imperfect blue of hand-dyed indigo textiles, the glimmer of whisky glasses and the raw, earthiness of handmade Asian pottery. A note of moody glamour is reflected in an undulating light sculpture inspired by Japanese whisky bottles. Original artworks and furnishings by northern California-based artists and craftsmen emphasize the sense of place.

RUSSIAN HILL TOWNHOUSE

 

This architecturally significant three-bedroom residence sits atop Russian Hill in San Francisco. The original John Bricknell Victorian was built in 1866 and transformed into a classic Italianate by the architect Julia Morgan in 1916. Later the home was residence to designer Anthony Hail. Recently, the home was purchased by a young family with an appreciation for innovation, creativity and play. The clients tapped NICOLEHOLLIS to reimagine the house with a modern sensibility while keeping its original “soul." A new kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom were required, as were spaces that were open and kid-friendly. The project involved a three-year full remodel. The renovation preserved the home’s myriad of original details, including moldings and fireplaces, and emphasized the expansive windows, natural light and large backyard. New furnishings include custom lighting by Bec Brittain as well as wallpaper by artist Damien Hirst and an extensive art collection. Custom furnishings designed by NICOLEHOLLIS include a mirror-polished brass bar cabinet in the dining room.

Hall Wines

St Helena, California

Grounded in the terroir of a world-class wine-growing region, the tasting room and visitors’ center for hall wines pushes the design envelope for a Napa valley winery while respecting the importance of place and tradition. The interiors scheme celebrates innovation and craftsmanship while retaining close ties to the location and the land. 

Complementing the world-class art collection, interior finishes are elegant and highly honed from integral color plaster to mirror-polish stainless steel. These materials marry with moments of theater such as the brilliant, all-red restrooms. Linking technology and nature, a 43-foot-long table that looks like it was made from a single massive log, offers a feat of organic engineering.

Pacific Heights Prewar

 

This urban pied-à-terre perched between street, sea and sky presents an elegant contrast study in black and white. Infused with historical nuance, the materials palette—marble, porcelain, lacquer and wood—is one of luminosity and depth. 

Fine artisanship transforms the two-bedroom interior into a glamorous stage for entertaining and metropolitan living. The light-filled spaces also offer a subtle backdrop for the owners’ extraordinary art collection. Windows, glass doors and flowing architecture demonstrate a nuanced play of light, shadow and mood throughout the day.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel, California

The importance of place defined the interiors program for these twelve new suites at the resort Carmel Valley Ranch. The site, which offers a link to the original ranch property in Carmel Valley, inspired the authentic materials palette. Wood, steel, concrete, reclaimed rope and burlap render a nuanced, textural canvas. 

Suites are at once indoors and out with amenities such as an outdoor soaking tub and double-sided corten steel hearth. The residential design vocabulary complements the pastoral environment. Close ties to nature create an atmosphere that is blissful, familiar and rejuvenating.

Larkspur Hilltop

 

Architecture meets the art of living in this extraordinary, contemporary three-bedroom home comprised of a plinth and pavilion structure nestled into the northern California nature. An array of sliding glass panels retracts completely into the home’s core, dematerializing the structure into a native-oak-strewn ridge. 

Bridging architectural innovation with day-to-day functionality and family living, the interiors are accented with warm finishes, elemental materials and personal accessories. Anchoring the highly edited spaces, custom furnishings are crafted with exacting artisanship. Interiors are both timeless and welcoming.

Coffeebar

Menlo Park, CA

Coffeebar is a contemporary space in the heart of Silicon Valley’s venture capital, Menlo Park, California. The collaboration between interior design firm NICOLEHOLLIS, Walker Warner Architects and Coffeebar owner and founder Greg Buchheister reimagined a building that what was once a nail salon as well as an Asian food market into a curated, modern café that would draw in commuters and residents alike. Taking inspiration from Italian coffee bars, the interior features terrazzo countertops and walls.  A bicycle chain chandelier, bicycle enamel paint and an alcove partitioned with metal chain curtains pay homage to the biking culture of Silicon Valley.  A live-edge walnut communal table—designed by NICOLEHOLLIS and accented by striking butterfly joints in bright blue—anchors the space. Banquettes, hightop tables with terrazzo counters, and copper-top café tables edge the interior. Interior details include a copper-paneled water station, copper wall panels with exposed riveting and cedar walls. 

THOUSAND OAKS RANCH

 

The elegance of outdoor living inspired this sun-swept custom residence located in the hills of Thousand Oaks, California. The structure by architects Rios Clementi Hale frames the landscape in a nod to the California’s agrarian past. NICOLEHOLLIS developed a richly layered interiors program that includes artisanal millwork, extensive custom furnishings and refined materials, surfaces and finishes. The palette is one of grounded, restrained neutrals with brilliant mirrored and metallic touches. The flowing spaces offer a rhythmic progression from dark to light, from intimate to luminous. Unexpected details include hanging seating, ombré linen curtains and hand-painted ombré walls. The nuanced interiors also highlight a world-class art collection with works by Richard Serra, Damien Hirst and Ed Ruscha as well as up-and-coming artists.

TIBURON BAY VIEW

 

Recently relocated from Hong Kong, the owners of this remarkable property desired a residence where they could relax and entertain as well as relish the close connection to California nature. Set on a Tiburon hillside with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, the residence carefully balances public with private—including a flowing floorplan and discreet enclaves for the extended family. NICOLEHOLLIS designed an environment that showcases the clients’ impressive Chinese and contemporary art collection as well as embraces the clients’ modernist leanings. The interiors feature an expressive vocabulary of fine artisanship, custom details and rich surfaces, such as oversize brass panels in a distinctive silver nitrate finish. NICOLEHOLLIS commissioned an extraordinary two-ton cast bronze screen from artist Michele Oka Doner, which serves as a structural anchor to the entryway and formal dining room as well as a statement of artistic integrity. An extensive furnishings program, including many custom designs by NICOLEHOLLIS, reflects the highly curated sense of place.

The Angler's Hotel

Miami, Florida

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants tapped NICOLEHOLLIS for the renovation of the historic Angler’s hotel in Miami Beach. Built in the 1930s, the Angler’s has rich history and was a favourite destination of writer Ernest Hemmingway. Just steps from the heart of South Beach, the hotel now includes a brand-new wing with 85 rooms, conference areas, a bar and lounge, outdoor courtyard, lobby, common areas and pool deck.

OVID NAPA VALLEY

ST HELENA, CALIFORNIA

Taking its name from the epic Roman poet, Ovid celebrates both the artistry and science of viticulture, overlooking the expanses of Napa Valley. Designed by Howard Backen, the architecturally significant structure houses a limited-case production, working winery atop Pritchard Hill. Conforming to the hillside, the winery is built from reclaimed timber, corrugated metal and stone, which create an authentic dialog between architecture and land. For the interiors, NICOLEHOLLIS echoes this relationship, employing an earthy palette, rustic textures and moody shades. Accessories and furnishings emphasize an elegant agrarian lifestyle. As an ode to its poetic namesake, the spaces combine romance with moments of wonder highlighted by the grandiose cabinet of curiosities.

SAN FRANCISCO KITCHEN

 

Flemish still life painting served as the inspiration for this light-and-dark high-contrast San Francisco kitchen. The upper cabinets are steel framed glass. Lower cabinets are white with a Calacatta Gold marble backsplash. A Belgian blue limestone counter tops a gray kitchen island. Custom built-in cabinets by NICOLEHOLLIS provide a note of easy informality in the dining nook.

Brasswood Napa Valley

St Helena, California

A one-of-a-kind culinary village, Brasswood Napa Valley presented a unique opportunity within premier California wine country to rethink the expectation of a traditional winery. The site allowed exceptional freedom for multiuse programming including retail, a restaurant and hospitality functions, exhibitions and public and private events. Three years in the making, the interiors program honors the client's vision and heritage by exploring a new Napa Valley vernacular. Paying homage to Scottish highland estates, this manor-house-with-a-modern-soul honors the old world while celebrating the new.

The Brasswood restaurant, a cozy eatery and gastro pub, brims with warmth and welcome. Dark charcoal hues, white oak paneling, gleaming brass and rustic tartans capture the essence of an old-world haunt where world-class wine and cuisine celebrate agrarian living.

ATHERTON GIRLS' ROOMS

 

A professional couple reached out to NICOLEHOLLIS for the design of their three daughters’ bedrooms in Atherton, CA. The couple wanted bright, exciting rooms that were filled with “color, color, color” and designed to complement each girls’ personality. The girls like to collect “things” and needed ample storage to house their toys and collections. The design includes fun and unique patterns and bold wall treatments. The project involved an extremely tight timeline of 5 months from first meeting to installation. To accomplish this goal, the team artfully paired ready-to-purchase items with custom designed pieces. Highlights include custom turquoise ombre hand painted walls, custom furnishings such as a bed and desk designed by NICOLEHOLLIS and designs from Timorous Beasties, Oly, Jonathan Adler and Madeline Weinrib.

RUSSIAN HILL PIED-Á-TERRE 

 

This two-bedroom urban haven with classical plasterwork and dramatic views offers a careful balance of elegance and informality. For the interiors, the clients desired a neutral canvas to highlight the skyline while showcasing their love of modern midcentury design and contemporary artisanship. NICOLEHOLLIS provided a full drawings package, detailed furnishings and lighting program and art consultation and curation. Iconic pieces, including a wiggle chair, papa bear and wishbone chairs and Saarinen table anchor the space, mixed with custom creations by NICOLEHOLLIS, lighting by David Weeks and Tom Dixon and artwork by up-and-coming artists such as Christopher Badger, Robert Kingston and Bernadette Jiyong frank. NICOLEHOLLIS pieces include a blackened steel bar cabinet with polished interior. The firm also designed and commissioned a hanging TV cabinet above the fireplace with hand-block fabric panel doors by artist Miriam Dym. The breakfast nook has custom banquette that provides additional seating for a quick bite or intimate dinner. The master bedroom features an ombre headboard and leather hide-on-hair rug from stark carpet.

Sonoma Live Oak

Sonoma, California

Taking a cue from the ancient native oaks punctuating the nearby hillsides, this serene poolside sanctuary and guesthouse translates the beauty of nature into a composition of stone and wood. Soaring white oak ceilings, wide windows and built-in seating create surprising openness in the cozy spaces.

The earthy palette and textured fabrics and surfaces offer a close connection to the land. Materials show marks of the hand including forged iron, hammered bluestone and hewn white oak wood. Moments of artistry, such as the original butterfly artworks, add an element of lightheartedness and whimsy.