Overlooking San Pablo Bay, Calmére Estate Winery is a Napa Valley winery experience born from the richness of the land. With sweeping views, olive trees, organic gardens, and plenty of entertaining space, Calmére’s aesthetic experience brings the outdoors in, and connects people to what is natural, sustainable, and alive.
In the spirit of creating something that begins in the field and ends in a glass, the first floor tasting room flanks the production area. Open views offer people the opportunity to be a part of the process from start to finish. Designed to reflect the textures and various elements of the land, the tasting room features details as diverse as rusted metal bar carts, a leather banquette, large concrete, metal bistro tables, blown glass, a rollup garage door, and reclaimed wood walls. The wood used for the walls hails from the family’s Pope Valley property and layers their family history into the space.
Calmére Estate’s design reclaims traditions from the outdoors and makes them modern and fresh in a space that’s both industrial and natural. It’s a return to something familiar, in an entirely unexpected way. With the land as a steward, many of Calmére’s design elements are all locally sourced or made by local artisans. Beautiful buildings from the property like an old tractor barn and pavilion were preserved and refurbished to provide further experiences that serve the purpose of connecting people back to the land.
3 Badge Beverage Corporation Firehouse
Named after old fire service badges from the Sebastiani family, 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is built upon a philosophy of commitment and craftsmanship. The company is led by 4th-generation vintner, August Sebastiani out of an old fire station in Sonoma, California—the very same station his grandfather helped build and where his father volunteered.
Lauren helped with design elements and finishes that would transform the station into a welcoming headquarters for brand. She assisted with furniture design and acquisition, office layout and even sourced reclaimed wood from August’s grandfather’s original winery and had parts of it made into a custom conference table, floating shelves for market research and a desk for August.
Traditional Home House, 2013
Designed in collaboration by Christine Teicheira and Lauren Pique Designs for the Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse in 2013.
In Wine Country, designing kitchens for entertaining and enjoying fine wines is a given. Thus, wine played a starring role as the kitchen was designed in a bungalow on the estate of the Charles Krug Winery, owned and operated by the Peter Mondavi family.
As a prominent entertaining space, the kitchen needed to be spacious and functional—they wanted a gathering space as well as a kitchen. Working within a tight timeframe, Christine and Lauren got creative fast. The existing cabinets were painted and upper cabinets on the cooking wall were removed, which provided a more spacious feel. Base cabinets on that wall were rebuilt so that a new 36-inch-wide gas cooktop could be centered, creating needed work space on either side. New stainless-steel refrigeration units, including a 42-inch-wide refrigerator, an under counter wine refrigerator and a wine station boosted the kitchen’s functionality.
Taking cues from the stainless-steel finishes, the cabinets were painted a deep blue-gray. They were topped with a brown granite with a slightly textured finish that maintains its good looks no matter what’s spilled.
The kitchen’s glamour statement is a chevron-patterned tile backsplash made with polished white marble and narrow mirrored strips behind the cooktop. And the crowning touch is a petite crystal chandelier.
Photography: John Merkl
A full remodel and thoughtful refresh for a Napa Valley property, including a full kitchen remodel, a full bathroom remodel and finishing touches on this property, which was designed to be an exclusive Wine Country rental property.