Fresh and colorful cottage retreat in Sonoma, California

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Sonoma Summer House is a sun drenched cottage retreat designed by designer Stephens Hubel, located on a vineyard in the beautiful wine country region of Sonoma, California. Dialed up colors capture the spirit and energy of summer at this weekend retreat. The kicky yet sophisticated décor provide the perfect place for summer parties both indoors and out.

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A vintage replica of Winged Victory in the living room adds “history and looks great amid splashes of color,” states the architect. Mirrors installed along the back of the built-in shelving give the wall depth. A pair of Louis XV-style Lyon chairs by Restoration Hardware are covered in a Designers Guild in striped linen. The high-back Bruno sofa by Cisco Home is upholstered in Pindler & Pindler’s Miramar and trimmed in Nobilis’s Zen. Mirrored accent tables are by West Elm.

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In the living room, the designer painted the stone fireplace and Currey & Company’s Rainforest chandelier a powdery white, and the walls and ceiling a pale gray. A custom green silk pillow and purple-and-white pillows from Z Gallerie add zest to Restoration Hardware’s Kensington sofa. A side table with animal legs by Oly and a vintage swagged coffee table are made of white plaster, a motif throughout the house.

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Inspired by French cafés, Shubel designed zinc-top tables for the breakfast room. Hicks pendant by Thomas O’Brien.

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French 1920s cane-back chairs are paired with Ethan chairs from Aidan Gray Home in the dining room. Walls have a subtle sheen from the silver metallic grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries. Klemm chandelier by Oly. Painting by Pia Stern.

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In the master bedroom, the small-scale pattern of C&C Milano’s Gentleman Pied de Poule on a pair of Wisteria X-base stools plays against the bold blue-and-white stripe on Restoration Hardware’s Directoire bed. Carpet by Stark.

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A collage by Woody Biggs hangs above a writing table.

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In a guest bedroom, the designer crowned the king-size bed with a dramatic canopy and used contrasting black-and-white fabrics to add graphic impact. The coverlet is from Z Gallerie. A pair of 19th-century benches provides a landing zone for reading material. The nightstands are from Aidan Gray Home. The 19th-century limestone lamp is French.

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The architect transformed a garage into a poolhouse with French doors that opens up to a pool area. Doric columns mimic the main house’s exterior architecture, while the back wall was mirrored to amplify the natural light and space. Chakki ottomans by Serena & Lily.

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A Pindler & Pindler fabric covers a Pottery Barn armchair. Photograph of swimmers by Lisa Levine.

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In the poolhouse dressing room, cubbies are full of bright towels.

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A court for the French bowling game boules is set against a backdrop of Sonoma vineyards. Table and chairs from Chateau Sonoma.

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The homeowner occasionally brings furniture from her cellar and sets it up outside for alfresco dining under century-old oak trees. The table, chairs, white bowls, and settee are from Chateau Sonoma. The rug over the settee is from Anthropologie, as are the glasses, purple bowl, and pitcher. The urn holding flowers is a French antique purchased through the designer.

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The designer hung striped curtains across the house’s back porch and the front of the poorhouse to unify the buildings, control the light, and evoke the south of France.

Photos: Courtesy of Stephens Hubel / House Beautiful

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