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Burke played with a palette of soft mushrooms and grays for the main rooms and hallways, adding warmth and showcasing the owners' art collection.
The stunning Ango chandelier, made from silkworm cocoons, is one of Burke's favorite pieces in the home. "It seemed to fill the space beautifully and be another almost piece of art as well as a lighting fixture," she says.
Chairs: Vintage Thayer Coggin, upholstered in fabric from Urban Burp; chandelier: Ango, Studio Workshops; artwork: Rebecca Whipple
The kitchen and bar nook got a coat of custom light mushroom — just a shade darker than white. The bar features simple white formica countertops, with playful undercabinet rope lighting for glam style.
Undercabinet lighting: Rope Lighting, Policelli Lighting
Sunlight filters in through the south side of the home — each room was oriented toward this natural light. Burke took out the original floor-to-ceiling drapes and put in sunshades. Heavy window coverings aren't necessary for privacy in the main rooms because the house sits high on the hillside.
Couch: Charles Sofa, B&B Italia
No major recessed lighting was installed — just chandeliers and sconces. "We wanted to keep it somewhat in the era of which it came from," says Burke.
The mirror and candle sconces in the living room were lucky finds at the local Alameda flea market. Burke stripped off several layers of paint from the mirror and then restained it in a custom color.
Armchairs: Vintage, Urban Home Berkeley; pillows: Custom, Osborne & Little; coffee table: Antiques du Monde/1st Dibs
"The fabrics we chose don't scream 'look at me.' Rather, they have subtle nuances and give off richness in their texture and feel," says Burke. Shades of blue upholstery in the living room play off the wall color in the entry and the view outdoors.
Artwork: Deborah Paswaters, Caio Fonseca, Anne Wolf; tripod floor lamp: Vintage, Omega
The serene master bedroom is one of Burke's favorite spaces in the house. Low-VOC paints and all-natural fabrics make for a healthy and allergy-free space. The gray linen custom shades are black-out curtains to encourage a good night's sleep. "We were trying to create a warm, calm, soothing sleeping cave and room," says Burke. "It's so restful in there!"
Rug: Stark Carpet; bedding: Bella Note; side table: Ironies
The stunning oak trees that inspired the color palette are visible from the bedroom window. The high position of the house on the hillside gives it a private, treehouse-like feel.