INN ON RANDOLPH SHOWHOUSE | NAPA VALLEY, CA CS
Crossville helped the designer of this Napa Valley showhome helped create a tranquil wine country retreat on a tight timeline.
The Inn on Randolph’s carriage house, an exclusive guest suite situated at back of a lovely in-town retreat in Napa Valley, is a beautifully balanced getaway. The renovated structure—that was once what its name implies—is now home to a private bedroom and bath just off a courtyard area on the inn’s property. The talented Kim Scodro of Kim Scodro Interiors completely reimagined the carriage house as part of the 2015 series of showhouses by Traditional Home Magazine. With a fresh sensibility, Scodro struck an ideal balance, creating a space that blends the outside with the inside and converges the demands of commercial design with all the comforts of home.
The carriage house bathroom features Crossville tile collections throughout. Jessica Leibovich, creative director of Kim Scodro Interiors, explains the importance of materials selection in the design of the bath.
“Because the space is more of an inn and not your typical hotel, it was important to create a space that felt as home-like as possible. We also had to be mindful that it is actually a commercial space, so we made sure to use porcelain tile rather than natural stone. It wears better and is more durable.”
In terms of design, Scodro and team took a residential approach. “We find that you can be a little more creative and whimsical in a residential space, so we had fun,” shares Leibovich.
From bedroom to bath, the carriage house is tranquil and almost luminescent—awash in muted, ethereal colors, finishes, and textures that are as luxurious as they are quaint.
“We definitely wanted the bathroom to feel connected to the bedroom. Even though they have separate identities, they still had to feel related. We wanted both spaces to feel light and airy.”
In the bathroom, the calming, luminous aesthetic is interpreted through tile selections in a gentle palette of gray and white. Leibovich describes the choices as “neutral and current,” an appropriate accompaniment to the hues and overall feel of the bedroom area. “Grays and whites are highlighted in both the bedroom and bath. The light gray and faux marble in the bathroom blend well with bedroom’s gray wood tones found in the furniture.”
To adorn the bathroom walls, Scodro opted for Crossville’s Color By Numbers in the 1812 Overture color, a subdued gray tone. Leibovich says that because the shower enclosure is open at the top, it “made sense to carry the wall tile across the whole bathroom wall.” The simple shape of the tile positioned in the timelessly popular herringbone pattern adds character and interest.
For the floor, Scodro went with Crossville’s Virtue collection because it “looks like a luxurious marble found in a residential space, but it’s actually porcelain as well.” She chose simple shapes that create a “beautiful, floral-like pattern.”
As is common with showhouse projects such as this, Scodro and team worked on an extremely tight timeline and had to manage portions of the installation remotely from their office in Chicago. Thankfully, all went as planned—even with the tile installation, according to Leibovich.
“Interestingly enough, we had no issues with the tile in this project. It turned out just as we envisioned. A challenge we encountered with this project was that it was a showhouse, so decisions had to be made very fast. We couldn’t be there when the tile was laid out, the lighting was installed, and the mirrors were hung, so we had to make sure our drawings were very accurate. Luckily, it was spot on.”
Spot on, indeed. The carriage house at the Inn on Randolph is a gem in the heart of Napa Valley, offering as much “home” in a “home away from home” as any traveler could hope for. The suite’s beautiful bathroom, decked in durable and sustainably manufactured porcelain tile, will endure to offer a peaceful respite to visitors for years to come.