Designer Spotlight

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Designer: Miyuki Yamaguchi


Miyuki Yamaguchi knows that in wine country, outdoor spaces are essential. They are where many in Napa spend much time lounging, dining, reading, relaxing and sharing time with family and friends. As the leaves turn red and the autumn air becomes crisp, hummingbirds, squirrels, deer and wild turkeys venture about. We appreciate the Napa Valley’s air, earth and wildlife. And of course we enjoy sipping wine. 

The front porch greets the house’s guests with an amazing vista of the hillside. Miyuki did not want to compete with the natural landscape, so featured just one faux-bois bench, topped with lavender-hued pillows and a plush throw to offer a welcoming gesture. Partnering with landscape designer Matthew Schoenwald of Calypso, Miyuki created a quiet yet elegant softscape to highlight the autumn season and the indoor/ outdoor transition. 

A surprise awaits towards the north side of the porch: the seasonal arrangements and curious objects on the burlap table are a focal point. Around the corner is the ultimate outdoor living, library, and sanctuary spot. Guests will want to sit deep in the Old World teak wingback chair, feel the warmth of the candlelight, have a conversation on the hay-bale bench. Custom pillows, inspired by the area’s lavender landscape, add softness and comfort. Ancient grapevines and vineyard sticks, along with the leaf “fossil” on the cement table by Sonoma-based artist Pamela Holmes, remind us of the abundance found in this wonderful wine country.