Silicon Valley Home Interior Design in Morgan Hill. The Hindu Architect Chary Dagam † from L.A. had completed his last house before passing away, and the owners needed to do Interior Design and furnishing before moving in.
Just arriving back from the Christmas Holidays in London, I pick up a call. The Lady kept telling me the House had 72 Columns, was full of arches and was 12,000 sq.ft.. In Morgan Hill, California. I had never been there but the name sounded familiar. Could you please send me some snap shoots, I asked? In they came. Right on a Hill, very classic and symmetric stood this House, the last project of the L.A. based Hindu Architect Chary Dagam. They loved their home but the Architect passed away and they didn’t know what to do, could I give them a hand.
Silicon Valley Home Interior Design on a Budget. Before heading anywhere to meet a client I always ask if they have a budget for the scope they want our help at, and what is said budget? If the scope is way more than the budget, though not always written in stone, you better alert the potential client or you might be wasting your time
Any excuse to get out of the office and travel down beautiful 280 on a sunny morning is good. I said hello, and what is that on top of the main entrance I asked? She said Vastu! A. & M.C. are a young couple from India, who moved to the US to study, got married and stayed. She is an MD Heart surgeon and he is an IT., and have two lovely daughters. I came in, and it was all white, including the 72 columns.
They had a specific Budget I could spend., no more than….. plus my fees, and did we have to negotiate those. 12,000 sq.ft. and 72 columns? Well I was already there, the house was incomplete and they were very nice, so I accepted. In the end we came in at 1% over budget.
Lets Marbleize the columns first, I said. They loved the idea and we went on.
Window coverings were installed in all the bedrooms and we furnished mainly on the Split level Library, Living room, Family room and Breakfast nook. We softened the staircase with faux and did a sky ceiling dome.
My main contribution was selecting the furniture and materials and bringing in Color, we now had: Dark Red, in the Split level Library; India Greens in the round Living room; Red and cream in the family room; and, yellow in the Breakfast nook. Plus purple, dark green, chocolate and baby blue in the bedrooms. They say Hindus like a lot of color and it is true. We also added fireplace surrounds.
I think they like their Interiors. We came in right on budget, with a scope that extended far beyond our initial plan.
One of the things I liked in this house was the spaciousness, this is less expensive as you get further from the center of gravity or business. Both the Foyer and the Living room are double height. We used drapes panels hanging from the second level, to emphasize this height. The Fireplace was covered with a cast stone classic surround and over mantle.
Breakfast nook for 10.
Best of all. A few years later I returned for dinner and wine for their recently bottled reserve. They were pleased with what we had done for them, continued to add an enjoy!
Interior Design and Project management. Jerry Jacobs Design
Architecture by Shary Dajan†
Photographs. Bernardo Grijalva
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