House Tour: Beautifully transformed California wine country cottage


A circa 1870s wine country cottage was renovated by designer Laurie Furber, owner of Elsie Green House & Home, nestled on a sprawling 28 acre property in Napa ValleyCalifornia. The home was originally owned by a cattle ranch foreman, so the homeowner and designer decided to honor the history of the property by making the re-design simple and welcoming. The cramped footprint was completely opened up and creamy white paneling was installed on the exterior facade of the home.

A lush garden landscaping around the perimeter of the home features fruit trees, irises, rosemary and lavender. The result of this home renovation is a beautiful and timeless design that is very comfortable and inviting, a great living space for a family of three to enjoy nature and feel relaxed.


What We Love: This wine country cottage offers plenty of fabulous details including an outdoor dining area just off the kitchen, perfect for spending time with friends and family enjoying dining al fresco. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and the sounds of nature, this is a heavenly spot to enjoy a meal. Hope you enjoy the photo tour, please let us know your thoughts on this home in the Comments section below!

Note: We have featured many beautiful homes in the Napa Valley area here on One Kindesign, so in case you missed seeing them, we will share a couple of them here with you: Soda Canyon Residence harmoniously blends with surroundings and Contemporary weekend retreat in Napa Valley.



To give the newly renovated kitchen a more an aged aesthetic, the designer contracted a painter to make the new pine ceiling supports look like weathered beams. The kitchen is open to the adjacent living room, making the space feel more airy and bright. Crisp and clean white cabinetry contrasts with zinc and black leather bar stools. A local metal shop retrofitted the stools so that they would swivel, in keeping with the casual feel of the space. Task lighting from above the kitchen island are bronze sconces that were sourced from a company called ‘Circa Lighting’.


The living room features a collected look, with a mix of styles and textures. New pieces mix with one-of-a-kind finds, creating a visually pleasing design aesthetic. Baskets displayed on the wall above a velvet sofa were collected by the homeowner from their travels to Europe. They are displayed in a non-uniform pattern that adds a naturalness to the space, as well as texture.


To save space, this built-in banquette was incorporated into the design, paired with an antique pine rectangular dining table and school house chairs. Natural light illuminates the space through a wall of windows behind the window seat. The idea was to decorate with pieces from a variety of eras so that everything feels like it belongs.


This reclaimed piece of furniture was formerly a handy man’s work bench, then an artist’s easel, and is now revived as a bar cart.





This bathroom presented a dilemma of having seven windows with fabulous views and offering a great amount of natural light. With privacy concerns through the North facing windows out to a guest cottage, the designer needed to come up with a solution. The answer was to not demolish any of the windows, yet instead suspend mirrors in front of them from a pulley system. The pulleys (which were painted black) and sisal rope were purchased from a local hardware store. The mirrors were sourced from West Elm.


Photos: David Tsay for Country Living

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6 years ago

How can I achieve a rustic/french farmhouse look in a 1960’s 900sq. ft desert house? I have all antique french pine furnishings, old linens, etc. Beautiful old baskets and white ironstone. Yikes! I”m in the middle of the Las Vegas desert!