This Sonoma Home Has THE Most Genius Napping Nook

Where are my summer PJs??

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Patrick Cline

Just an hour from misty San Francisco, Sonoma County’s rolling hills and blistering sunshine make it seem a continent away. Hence the appeal to Southern-born designer Palmer Weiss, who fell in love with the landscape on weekend excursions from the city, purchasing four acres with her husband to build a house.

“I wanted it to be calming and quiet, very much about bringing the outdoors in,” she says. Instead of going the typical Tuscan-architecture-in-wine-country route, Weiss envisioned a Caribbean getaway and hired North Carolina–based architect Mark Paullin to bring it to life. But the setting—“no sea, no white sand, or aqua water, just a lot of greenery,” Weiss explains—required a subtler beachy touch. A loggia was originally planned to be open to the elements, but Weiss enclosed it at the last minute to keep out pests. “I wanted it to feel like a pool house,” says the designer, who opted for tile flooring and twin wicker sofas in a fabric inspired by the color of their lawn. “With the doors open, you feel like you’re outside. It’s the best of both worlds.” Elsewhere, lightweight textiles, pale wood accents, and leafy views are the order of the day.

The house is also stocked with cards and board games, as Weiss enforces a strict no-cell-phone rule outside of the bedrooms. Guests are quick to locate the chocolate- brown napping nook on lazy afternoons. “I wanted it to be like a cave in the middle of the day,” she says. “When I was a kid in Charleston, after a day at the beach, you’d draw the curtains, crank the window AC, and take a nap.”

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