Monday, June 29, 2009

Modern by Design 2009 Showhouse: Bottoms Up!

Erin Martin

I have been promising to get photos up for the Modern by Design 2009 Showhouse produced by Metropolitan Home Magazine,so let’s get started! There was so much talent here that I had a hard time decided exactly where to start… I am starting from the Bottom floor and working may way up to the top. There are Four Floors in all, not uncommon in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco.

The tone of the Lower Level was set by the very talented Erin Martin of Martin Interiors. Erin’s studio and showroom are located in the picturesque town of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. Her aesthetic reflects that casually sophisticated feeling of the California wine country.

I had such a fun time chatting with Erin, and to describe her in a word, she is a KICK! Irreverent and hilarious, Erin’s clients must just have a blast working with her. I took Erin’s picture in an iron swing she designed and had fabricated by Ferrous Studios, Inc. It reminds me of a giant firewood caddy….that impression reinforced by the stack of firewood in the background.

Erin Martin Media Room Daybed Erin travels the world to find unique pieces and inspiration for her spaces, and her creativity really shines here. Note the quote by Plato burned into the reclaimed paneling on the wall above this cozy daybed….art, pure and simple.Erin Martin Media Room, Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009 Wet Bar She used linen slipcovers that look like hopsacking on the custom sofa: casual and comfortable.Erin Martin Media Room , Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009

The coffee table, another work of art, was created by a partnership between Erin, who created the concept, Brian Kennedy of The Freedom of Craft, who created the metal work and Delicate Cutters ( who crafted the leather top. Stunning! The area rug is from Sloan Miyasato

Erin Martin Media Room Detail

This mood-setting ball ottoman and cozy slippers reinforce the fantasy of a cabin in the woods….just the place to get away from a day of dragon slaying in the big city. We really could have hung out here all day.

But ……on to the other rooms we had to go! Erin was also asked to design the hallway which she outfitted with this striking light fixture from Circa Lighting, Venetian Plaster Walls and horse bust available through her own showroom.

Erin Martin Hallway Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009

One of the most jaw-dropping rooms in the showhouse was this Powder Room, also by Erin Martin. It caused quite a stir and a traffic back-up during the Opening Night Gala! But where else can you mount a HUGE water buffalo head above a Powder Room Vanity but a designer showhouse? That is what a showhouse is FOR after all: pushing design envelopes and creating that quintessential “stir”. “Shake it up”, I say!

The croc skin tile on floor walls and ceiling (love!) are by Walker Zanger. Vanity is by Kohler.

Erin Martin Powder Room, Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009

After tearing ourselves away from the Powder Room (and there were several trips back to show the husbands later that night at the Gala….the look of hilarity on there faces…priceless!)….we found the Au Pair’s bedroom.

Erin brought in a beautiful Indonesian four poster and covered it with soft wool blankets and a knit throw with leather tassels. The embroidered Swan pillow is a Martin design and the fabric wall hanging depicts a white peacock.

Erin Martin Bedroom Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009

I loved the unique wing back chair and Moroccan accent table in a little nook in this room. Available through the Martin Showroom.

Erin Martin Bedroom Sitting Area Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009 Erin also designed the Bathroom off of the Au Pair Bedroom using Walker Zanger tile, Circa Lighting and Kohler fixtures.Erin Martin Bathroom for Matropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009 Erin’s attention to detail is truly amazing……….I mean…..just LOOK at that gorgeous floor tile!! (Hehehe).Erin Martin Bathroom Detail, Metropolitan Home Modern by Design Showhouse 2009

Erin Martin captures a style that is comfortable, sophisticated, and perhaps most importantly, FUN! Definitely not serious, unless you are talking serious laughter, we had a hard time leaving.

You will also have a lot of fun spending a day at the Modern by Design 2009 Showhouse. The Showhouse runs through July 12 and you can find out all of the details here. I hope you get a chance to see it! The designers really “bring it” with their creativity and truly push the design envelope. They get you thinking. And THAT is what a successful Showhouse is all about!


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Wow, Katie! What a beautifully unique style she how she pushes some buttons too...Althou I wish the peacock hanging in the au pare room was hanging upright...seems upside down to me.

Can't wait to see the rest!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

And I also love her boots!

Renee Finberg said...

erin's work in a word is; COOL.
she truly is an original.

Michelle said...

The nature girl in me loves this...and bed alcoves are just the it.

Scott Fazzini said...

Oh, you kids in S.F. are soooo lucky! It certainly seems to be a breeding ground for hot design! Thanks for sharing!

Katrina Lynn said...

Is that a Beaver head in the shower!?! OMG


xo, K.

katiedid said...

Hi Linda!
I love that button pushing too! Maybe I just have a weird sense of humor. I don't know why, but I did think the peacock was a trumpeting elephant at first. ;)

katiedid said...

Hi Pamela!
Boots! Yes!!!!!

katiedid said...

Hi Michelle!
What is it about bed alcoves? They immediately make me think of coziness. There is something nostalgic and sort of romatically European about them.

Hi Scott!
It was a pleasure to see the Showhouse and I just had to share. :)

katiedid said...

Hi Katrina!
You caught that huh? Now that you say Beaver, it very well could be, but I thought it was a seal. Erin, if you're reading could you weigh in?

Laura Casey Interiors said...

She is one talented designer! I love the built in day bed and how chic and rustic at the same time. Great post!

The Countess of Nassau County said...

I am loving the floor in that bathroom, too cool for words.

But I must ask, what's up with you and the greige showhouses?

mary said...

One very talented and multi-dimensional lady. Thanks for this great post.

Cristin said...

LOL - where did the designer find that Water Buffalo!!!

What a fun house to tour. I haven't toured it yet, but hope too.


Yansy said...

Loving the house and how design forward she is. I also love her boots

Yansy said...

Loving the house and how design forward she is. I also love her boots

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Ianny said...

An ironic twist to modern interiors, is what Erin's design is. Extraordinary imagination!

I love that rugged and natural touch.

Teak said...

i like that pictures today
they are so beautiful
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Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

I really like the second picture!

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home builders Missouri said...

I cannot believe that this has been almost four years ago! For me, the designs will certainly work for my 2013! I so love the bedroom because it just looks so warm and inviting. I will definitely try this one out once we decide to do some home make-over. Thank you for this post.

ramsaygrace said...

I just adore the tiny "book nook"...that little cozy area in her home that would be perfect for afternoon naps or a good book. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home with us.