Naomi Brings Her Design to a Silicon Valley Couple’s French Country Mountain Retreat

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Recently I had the opportunity to work on a kitchen remodel with my husband who has his own construction business, Branagan Builders.


When Monica and I first purchased Warmth Company several years ago now, it was my fantasy that someday in the future Warmth Company would also be able to incorporate my husband’s talents along with my own passion for creating beautiful livingspaces. That dream has become a reality many times over. Having left the world of corporate housing developments, Tom saw an opportunity to work at what he is passionate about: craftsmanship building with integrity, honesty and creativity.

As my recent clients had just purchased their home, they were on a strict budget, which my husband welcomes as a challenge. We worked closely with them, listening to their heart and vision, helping them make their retreat a true expression of who they are.

I like to create a concept for my projects to help us hone-in the overall look so that when selecting cabinets, flooring, colors and such we can refer to it. Since the overall style of this retreat-house is Country French, and my clients work in Silicon Valley high tech, and like to cook for a hobby, I named the concept “Silicon Valley Couple’s French Country Retreat Kitchen”.

The biggest challenge was to open up the wall between the dining room and kitchen, turning the focus of the overall space toward the amazing valley views of the dramatic coastal redwoods. Listening closely to the couple’s design ideas and functional requirements, using the reliable and quality conscious subcontractors we have known and worked with for years, resulted in an amazing kitchen. This kitchen remodel is a reflection of my husband’s construction talents, quality products and my clients vision.


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