It’s not very often that you get to see a real-life dream house. Sure, you can ooh and ahh over all those celebrity homes and epic Airbnbs, but seeing them IRL is a whole other experience. Sunset Magazine totally understands this and is here to satisfy all us home-decor nuts with their latest idea house, where some of the greatest minds in design have come together to create the ultimate living space. We were able to tour the 2016 Bay Area Sunset Idea House in the sunny Oakland Hills, and you’d better believe that it was ah-mazing! This four-story home is nestled high in the Claremont Hills with gorgeous views of Downtown Oakland and the San Francisco Bay. Chock-full of decks — seven to be exact — this house was made for outdoor entertaining and weekend lounging. The interior, curated by local design legend Lauren Geremia, is a mix of eclectic, modern and Berkeley-inspired, craftsman styles and is perfectly adorned with locally made art. Scroll on to get the tour, and if you’re in the Bay Area, get your discounted ticket ($20 with the promo code BRITCO5) here.
If any home were to give you major #deckenvy, this would be it. The two larger lounge decks have party-ready seating areas and glass railings to really show off that view. Imagine having your morning coffee on the bottom-level couches or cozying up by the fire pit with a glass of wine on the entry-level deck. Anywhere you hang, you will be seriously stunned by the epic San Francisco Bay views.
The first floor opens to one large living, kitchen and dining area, all with huge west-facing windows and plenty of natural light. The use of layered rugs — here and throughout the house — makes for a cozy and texture-filled space.
Speaking of texture, how gorgeous is this woodland-esque wallpaper? Geremia and her crew covered the wallpaper with glass to avoid any water damage or splatter stains. Now that’s a hack worth pinning!
To give a nod to the artistic and eclectic Berkely culture, Geremia added an art room to bring a more creative and local vibe to the main floor. Filled with sketches and prints from one of the featured local artists, Lena Wolff, this art room is sure to inspire.
Did we mention the bathrooms in this house are totally swoon-worthy? This sparkly gem is made better with hand-painted wallpaper from Sarkos. To keep the space from feeling too dark, Geremia incorporated lots of gilded accents and dark hardware for a surprisingly bright and warm room.
The local art and flea market finds were the real stars of the show in this house. Combined with more modern and minimalist furniture, textiles and palettes, these graphic beauties made every room tell a unique story.
And that’s a wrap! Check out more photos online and on Instagram with the hashtag #SunsetIdeaHouse. You can view the full list of designers, products and artists here. To see this space IRL, buy discounted tour tickets ($20 with the promo code BRITCO5) and get ready to start planning your very own dream home.
Are you ready to dream up your own idea house? Head to the Brit + Co Pinterest page for all kinds of home decor inspo.
(Photos via Sunset)