Take A Peek Inside A San Francisco Blogger’s New Book, Travel Home
Caitlin Flemming, the San Francisco blogger behind Sacramento Street, just penned her first book with her mother, Julie Goebel. Travel Home: Design with a Global Spirit focuses on the influence of travel in a designer’s life. The mother-daughter stepped inside the homes of some pretty stellar names, including Nate Berkus, Justina Blakeney, John Robshaw, Vicente Wolf and Jenni Kayne. Twenty homes are depicted in the book, with influences as widespread as Marrakesh, Paris, Cuba, Tokyo, Portugal and beyond with essays, interviews and tips for cultivating a global home. Armchair travellers, prepare for takeoff and click through to start the journey.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent thought they had found the perfect home in L.A.’s Hancock Park (they have since moved), but it couldn’t have been easy to say goodbye to this beauty. The living room alone has items from more than 30 places they have visited around the world such as Peruvian pots, ancient sculptures from Italy and mid-century modern furniture. What unifies all of the rooms together in this house are clean white walls, natural floors of wood and stone, a neutral palette and space for collections to breathe.
The kitchen in Nate and Jeremiah’s house is the heart of their home. This bistro-style space is the perfect mix of old-meets-new with a dark marble backsplash and 19th-century French lanterns.
Jewelry designers and sisters Annette and Phoebe Stevens of Anndra Neen have a heritage of artistry: their grandmother, Annette Nancarrow, made jewelry for Frida Kahlo. In Pheobe’s living room in Mexico city, her art collection — including a standout sculpture — is on full display, while a spiral staircase leads to a library sitting room.
Textile designer Mary Mulcahy, the founder of Les Indiennes, has turned her Germantown home in New York’s Hudson River Valley region into a design lab. The patterns she has created can be seen in her home’s upholstery, wallpapers and textiles, which are scattered everywhere. Each bedroom is an homage to Indian block-printed motifs.
In Vicente Wolf’s weekend home in Montauk, the sense of serenity comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as the carefully-chosen furnishings and white lacquered walls and ceilings. Modern, antique, and handcrafted items live comfortably together.
Author, blogger and Jungalow founder Justina Blakeney remodelled her home in Atwater, a diverse neighborhood in Los Angeles, one room at a time. Her principal bedroom represents an oasis, with French doors leading to the garden and a breezy, global-inspired aesthetic. The neutral palm wallpaper is one of Justina’s design.
The rustic kitchen of fashion retailer and interior designer Caroline Diani comes by its heritage look honestly. Much of the 1752 stone cottage she shares with her husband in Germantown, New York, remains original, including the exposed wooden beams and wide-plank floors. “Our home was a collection of all the pieces we picked up in our lives,” says Caroline.
Retailer Erica Tanov trained as a designer at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She started out designing lingerie, moving to clothing and items for the home, but she’s always gravitated towards exceptional fabrics. Erica’s bedroom in San Francisco features a wall of de Gournay wallpaper that has tarnished over time, and the linens on her bed are her designs.
Danish fashion designer Malene Birger has a passion for interior design, moving multiple times over the years. After decamping from London, she found her latest roost in Tremezzo, Italy, on the shores of Lake Como. The large entryway is painted a dark brown, creating an impactful gallery wall.
Malene’s inviting kitchen has open shelving on the upper walls to show off items she collected from around the world, as well as the paintings she created. Budget-friendly lower cabinets from Ikea keep the focus on her personal pieces.