Cliff May was a father of the look. Skylights, natural lines, and lots and lots of light are signatures of his style.
A modern take on the Cliff May style: natural wood, concrete floors and that magical NorCal light.
Skylights galore. On the Northern California coast it is often too cold to actually be outside, so we are big fans of bringing the outside in.
Open ceilings, natural materials, neutral colors and lots of light: all Northen California dead giveaways.
Inside-outside homes, where the interior and exterior are hard to make out, are a way of life in Northern California.
Open stairs, minimal design, lots of natural wood and, you guessed it, natural light galore. This is modern Northern California minimalism at its best.
Much of the design of Northern California reflects the social atmosphere: elegant but casual and completely inviting. Yes, you could show up at a dinner party in flip-flops.
Eclectic is the name of the game. Layered fabrics, lots of white and some requisite ethnic touches are all marks of Northern California interior design.
Layered colors, exposed materials, mixed eras and bare windows create a simple opulence. It doesn't look overly decorated, but it does look intentional. Admission: This space is not in Northern California, but it gets its style from there.
Another indoor-outdoor room filled with light and airiness. The furnishings are classic modern pieces, and all the materials are exposed: wood, glass, cement.
A little touch of hippie is a must. Draped lampshades work, as do funky ethnic throws, scarf curtains and a casual mixture of furniture. (No matching sets allowed!)
In Northern California we know how to sleep through the dawn light. As long as the neighbors can't see in, windows are bare and big. And, when you wake up to a view like this one, the decor just needs to hold back and be comfortable. No art is needed. For that matter, no color is needed either.