Balancing City Living With Farmhouse Style in Sunnyvale

Balancing City Living With Farmhouse Style in Sunnyvale

Balancing City Living With Farmhouse Style in Sunnyvale


Designer Nina Jizhar turns new construction into a stylish retreat for a Silicon Valley couple. The result perfectly blends Farmhouse freshness with coastal cool.

Photos by Helynn Ospina

Every designer loves a blank slate. The freedom to do anything is invigorating—and this newly built three-bedroom was certainly a blank slate.

“They had just purchased a home that was torn down and rebuilt from the ground up by a developer,” Homepolish designer Nina Jizhar explains. “They chose not to bring any furniture from their previous place—literally during the initial consult it was just a mattress on the floor and some picnic fold-up chairs.”

Nina’s challenge was helping this young Silicon Valley couple turn that cavernous space filled with folding chairs into a sophisticated, timeless-yet-modern home. Luckily, Nina had no trouble balancing the best of both worlds, while sprinkling in the unexpected.

To start, she established a rich neutral color palette that carried throughout the entire house—fresh whites, greys, creams, and luxurious browns start in the entryway and move right through the living and dining rooms into the bedrooms and office.

“They wanted the spaces to be airy and fresh,” Nina shares. “They loved mostly neutral tones as the driving colors.”

While neutrals can be lovely, Nina knew you needed to break all that lightness. Statement pieces in the client’s favorite hues, calming blues and greens, add some surprises

Nina blended styles as well as shades. The open concept living/dining/kitchen combines eras without clashing, thanks to the unified palette. Layers of farmhouse, masculine, and coastal styles work together in perfect harmony.

Rustic details like the custom shiplap wall in the living room and the live edge-dining table pair nicely with the woven leather dining chairs and the linen armchairs with buckle details. To soften the clean lines and monochromatic colors, Nina incorporated touches of natural wood, coastal-inspired artworks and accessories, and cool, blue ceramics.

To finish off the space, Nina also chose to replace the existing, very heavy, lantern-style light, with fixtures that echoed the metal touches in the dining table and the cabinet hardware. The thinner, more delicate shapes of the shaded chandelier and pendant lights create a more open, airy feeling overall.

“We want to tie the base of the dining table in into the lighting so they create a really nice contrast in the space,” Nina explains. “So we chose black metal light fixtures but instead of choosing industrial looking fixtures, we opted for ones that are more classic and sophisticated.”

Bed: Serena and LilyNightstand: McGee & CoLamp: Arteriors Art: McGee & CoRug: Dash and Albert 

To make it even easier for the clients to choose what they wanted, Nina used Homepolish Concierge. Nina was able to assemble all of her furniture and accessory picks in her client’s Dashboard, so they could approve their selects and place their order in one streamlined place. The couple was totally in sync with Nina’s selects—choosing 99 percent of her suggestions. The only exception? A painting they had purchased at a local Maui gallery where they had honeymooned.

The bedrooms and office have Nina’s stamp on them as well. Using abstract art prints to add hits of color, she layers tons of textures into each room. From quilted comforters to velvet accent benches and chairs, each room feels calm and cohesive. Every spot lends itself to a quick nap or curl up with a favorite book. Plus, when you’re designing for tech professionals, you have to sneak in a little luxurious automation. One of Nina’s favorite features? Shades that can be raised or lowered with the push of a button thanks to a clever phone app.

Details like this truly make this a house feel like a tranquil retreat that you’d love coming home to.

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