SERRANO, CA – While designers are often tasked with designing a specific room in the home, such as a kitchen or bathroom, sometimes the task also involves designing the entire interior—and more.
For Nar Bustamante, the right atmosphere for this newly built home was influenced by its location, a community called Serrano in the California foothills on the way to Lake Tahoe.
“The home offers amazing backyard views of these beautiful rolling hills and large oak trees and features an infinity pool, large outdoor kitchen and entertainment area,” notes the president and principal designer of Nar Design Group in East Sacramento, California. “The general vibe is a really sophisticated mountain modern.”
Today's mountain style has come a long way from the “old log cabin feel,” he claims. “Today it’s a lot more sophisticated – lots of clean lines – but people still really want to appreciate nature. ▪
“A big focus at Mountain Modern is depicting the outdoors and outdoor/indoor living.”
Quarter sawn white oak cabinets complemented by textured Takase teak laminate cabinets, both from Crystal Cabinets and accented with matte black handles.
60″ Italian stove and hood.
Bustamante celebrates the high ceilings by bringing the cabinets all the way to the top.
“Log cabins gave us all that structure, but now it’s about letting nature in but not trying to overwhelm it. We try not to compete with nature.”
Silestone Eternal Calacatta Gold Polished Quartz Countertops and Backsplashes by Cosentino.
The Galley 6′ workstation and chrome faucet.
Designer interior in white on roller shutters and upper cabinets with chrome frames.
To increase functionality, there is a rear kitchen/pantry area which helps with storing goods and small accessories.
“Large windows and large rooms are a must. People used to like to feel comfortable and comfortable in a warm hut with a burning fireplace. But now it's almost the opposite. People like to feel free and outside and not so closed in.”
In keeping with the idea of outdoor/indoor integration, Bustamante created a large outdoor kitchen and entertainment area that includes an outdoor TV and The Galley workstation.
The Fossil Gray stained NatureKast Cypress Resin cabinets are paired with Cosentino's Dekton Lunar on the edge and Dekton Radium on the island.
“Californians don't like fuss and don't want to be pretentious, although they do want to be special, so those are a lot of the gestures here. There are many components to a simple life in California.”
Crystal Cabinets' textured Takase teak laminate and khaki linen laminate cabinets are topped with Cosentino's Dekton Rem, paired with Brizo polished chrome plumbing fixtures and burnished brass handles.
Same his and hers vanities positioned opposite each other.
An “incredibly elevated” dressing room for her.