Mod-Mediterranean

May 27, 2009

Many newer homes in the Bay Area Peninsula favor a Mediterranean style that has been borrowed from a variety of architectural sources including Spanish, Italian and French Country influences.  But what if you adore more modern interiors?  Can contemporary style work within traditional architecture?

This was the challenge a young couple with two young children put to Jacob Scherer of Miller Design Co.  “They like a more modern vibe and already had a collection of very modern pieces of art,” says Jacob.  “They asked me to pull together a clean, kid-friendly look.”  To accomplish this, Jacob worked with the architecture, blending both styles to deliver a Mod-Mediterranean home.

“I pulled neutral colors from the natural elements in the house and tried entirely new layouts.  I used clean lined furnishings and did not over do the color – letting the accessories and selected walls pop with warm, sunny colors.  The scale of the furnishings play a huge role in making the expansive rooms feel more comfortable and intimate.  The fabrics are a mix of geometrics and textured floral patterns satisfying the modern yin with the traditional yang.  Everything is kid-tested and durable.”

Once again, Miller Design Co. creates interiors for every taste and lifestyle.  Check out the va-va-voom of this Mod-Mediterranean home.

Miller Design Co. makes contemporary work within California Mediterranean architecture.

Jacob Scherer of Miller Design Co. makes contemporary work within Mediterranean style architecture.

The living room features four wide chairs and an ottoman to create a gathering area for friends.

The living room features four wide chairs and an ottoman to create a gathering area for friends.

The new family room furnishings pull the neutral colors from the stone fireplace.  The color comes from the pillows and the contemporary geometric rug.

The new family room furnishings pull the neutral colors from the stone fireplace. Color comes from the pillows & the contemporary geometric rug.

View of the family room from the kitchen.

View of the family room from the kitchen.

Close up view of the family room.

Close up view of the family room.

The dining room color creates drama and contemporary chairs and lighting fixture were added to exisitng furnishings.

The dining room color creates drama and upholstered chairs and a lighting fixture are clean and contemporary additions.

The Filoli Study - BEFORE

The Filoli Study - BEFORE

Filoli Study - AFTER.  The Miller Design Team rearranged the layout and brought in modern, properly scaled furnishings creating a room ready for living.  Long time volunteers and guests were ready to move in!

The Filoli Study - AFTER. The Miller Design Team rearranged the layout and brought in modern, properly scaled furnishings creating a room ready for living. Long time volunteers and guests were ready to move in! (All After photos by Dean J. Birinyi, DJBphoto.com)

Miller Design custom sofa with antique chest and Tutti Fiori Floral Design arrangement.

Miller Design custom sofa with antique chest and Tutti Fiori Floral Design arrangement.

The colors were chosen to make the portrait of Mrs. Roth stand out as the focal point.

The colors make the portrait of Mrs. Roth stand out as the room's focal point.

A Filoli treasure with a Bob Miller floral arrangement.

A Filoli treasure with a Bob Miller floral arrangement.

A view from the entry shows a succulent arrangement by Emily Joubert.

A view from the entry shows a succulent arrangement by Emily Joubert.

Thursday, May 7th was move in day at Filoli for more than 100 exhibitors, the Flower Show Committee, musical entertainers, and a dedicated staff of 100+ Friends of Filoli volunteers.  After a week of dreery, rainy days, the skies cleared and the sun shined on a beautiful morning of joyful activity as everyone arrived to set up their exhibits.  The Miller Design Co exhibit is about living in a beautiful space.  We set up a seating arrangement in the Study to show how one can mix current designs and fresh floral arrangements within a historical backdrop.  Enjoy a pictorial essay of move in day.  A future post will feature a before and after.

MDC White Glove Delivery arrives with the furniture.

MDC White Glove Delivery arrives with the furniture.

Letting them in through the side door of this historical estate.

Letting them in through the side door of this historical estate.

It's a blur of activity.

It's a blur of activity.

Jennifer plumps the cushions.

Jennifer plumps the cushions.

It's starting to come together.

It's starting to come together.

Broccoli Hydrangeas and bright pink roses await Bob's magic touch.

Broccoli hydrangeas and bright pink roses await Bob's magic touch.

Bob creates a simple, yet stunning arrangement for this new living space.

Bob creates a simple, yet stunning arrangement for this new living space.

The arrangement is complete.

The arrangement is complete.

A close up view.

A close up view.

Miller Design Co. reflects life as it would be in a modern day Filoli.

Miller Design Co. reflects life as it would be in a modern day Filoli.

The extraordinary design team - Bob Miller, Jacob Scherer & Jennifer Mills

The extraordinary design team - Bob Miller, Jacob Scherer & Jennifer Mills