Historic church in Mill Valley transformed into stylish family home

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An historic community church built in the 1930s has been given a complete revival into a chic family home by HSH Interiors, located in Mill Valley, California. It was important for the designers to design a time that respected the structures past but also be functional for an energetic young family of six. The interior spaces were remodeled and infused with a mixture of antique, vintage and contemporary pieces. The home showcases its charming past, offering a one-of-a-kind family home. A spacious and bright, open layout is perfect for the family who loves to entertain. The former main chamber of the church now encompasses the living room, dining room and kitchen. With beautiful vaulted ceilings, this great room feels open and airy. The homeowners requested to have a professional grade kitchen designed for the husband, who is an avid cook. The kitchen reflects gorgeous surfaces and finishes that the family enjoys spending time in.

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The scope of the project involved the removal of a dropped sheetrock ceiling that was located over the kitchen space. A pony wall separating the kitchen from the entrance hall was also torn down. The ceiling was open up to expose the original wood trusses, helping to visually connect the kitchen, which is positioned on one side of the former church, with the dining and living spaces on the adjacent end.

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Finishes were selected for the interiors that reflect a sense of luxury, but also as “a sense of workmanship in keeping with the community built church,” states the designers.

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What We Love: This beautiful church conversion reflects clean lines mixed with rustic and industrial elements. There is so much warmth and character displayed in this home, especially from the exposed wooden trusses in the great room ceiling. The use of ough-luxe materials shows a refinement while remaining very durable for a young family. Comfortable, relaxing furnishings and open spaces makes this home perfect for entertaining friends and family alike.

Readers, are you a fan of church conversions? If so, what did you love most about this one?

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Above: In the kitchen, the back wall is utilized for refrigeration and food storage, concealed from view from the main living areas by a secondary wall that houses the range. A cozy work space plays double duty as a home office with a lap top station and roll out printer. Nearby is a cocktail area, which encompasses a wine chiller, as well as roll-out storage for liquor bottles and glassware.

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Above: A chefs kitchen offers luxurious finishes such as the hand-hammered Francois and Company pewter countertop on the island. This helps to add texture as well as a workman aesthetic, as does the rustic Ann Sacks grey glazed bricks showcased on the backsplash. Additional touches of luxury includes the R.W. Atlas collection faucets soured from Waterworks.

Other notable luxe features in the kitchen: Miele appliances, a custom designed T-bar for the three-pendant light fixture over the center island, and a custom designed sconces hanging in front of the window above a black farmhouse sink from Kohler. There is also an appliance garage to obscure countertop appliances, a black range sourced from Blustar and solid brass hardware on all of the cabinetry.

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Above: Flooring throughout the main living spaces is imported wide plank French oak floors.

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Photos: David Duncan Livingston

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