Good style does indeed exist in the suburbs. The current issue of Diablo which covers the East Bay includes a feature on the Lafayette home of Joanna Dawson. She co-owns Walnut Creek boutique Hush, which is also opening a San Francisco location any day now. Writer Tracey Taylor describes Dawson's eclectic decor: "Her ability to mix and match styles becomes clear as we stroll by a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed in the living area and a Herman Miller Noguchi coffee table and Charles Eames lounge chair in the TV room. These icons of sleek, functional design coexist with funkier pieces: the cherished old library desk in her study; a 1940s-style cabinet in her 12-year-old son’s bedroom, bought at a garage sale for $40; and a pair of beatnik Moroccan patchwork poufs in the master suite."
While pairing together iconic pieces can sometimes make a space feel like a showroom, Dawson adds warmth with large, personal photos.
The bedroom and chair shown above reflect a softer, slightly feminine look more Anthropologie than DWR, more B&B than hip hotel. We would so love to hang out in that bedroom; it strikes us as a lovely retreat. Dawson says her home "defines what I am comfortable with." And regardless of where you live or what size your home, we think that's what matters most. Images: All photos by Caren Alpert for Diablo Magazine