A coffee table by Taracea provides a solid anchor around which color and pattern “dance,” according to interior designer Jay Jeffers — from the floor covering by Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne to the ceiling wallpaper by Boeme. The art above the fireplace is an oil on canvas by Olivier O. Olivier, represented by Modernism, while the oil on canvas above the fireplace is by Suhas Bhujbal, represented by Andrea Schwartz Gallery.

The clients loved the Atherton house they moved into a few years back, especially its large windows that illuminated high-ceilinged rooms. But they missed the color that had infused their previous home in San Francisco. Enter interior designer, author and now hotelier Jay Jeffers, who designed and reopened The Madrona, an 1880 Victorian estate in Healdsburg, last spring. He would end up working with the clients for nearly two years to not only further brighten the home — particularly spaces meant for gathering and entertaining — but also bring back classic elements the previous modern-minded owners had covered up, like fireplace mantels and wall paneling.

“I’ve found it interesting that there’s no stigma in terms of what’s masculine, what’s feminine,” Jeffers says of working with homeowners who embrace and encourage color choices, in this case with tributes to Indian heritage as well. “It’s more the vibrancy, the life, the energy that it brings to the room.” With the clients’ family in Southern California and based in India, it was key that the 8,400-square-foot property feel as intimate and welcoming as it does visually interesting.


By the pool, a trio of Tidelli loungers offer shade in style. 


Quintus dining chairs, covered in Cowtan & Tout linen, helm the ends of a Jay Jeffers–designed dining table, fabricated by Thomas Sellars with a base by Viya Home. Custom touches also include window coverings fabricated by Susan Lind Chastain and upper walls and ceiling moldings painted by Willem Racké Studio, with wallpaper from Carlisle & Co. The oil on canvas above the Casey Johnson console table is by Ilya Zomb, represented by Caldwell Snyder.