Designer Jennifer Farrell’s Calibu Vineyard Project
We sat down with designer Jennifer Farrell to highlight her latest project, the Calibu Vineyard. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, Calibu Vineyard is a 7,300 square-foot, 19 room estate on a working private vineyard. Originally an English tutor style mansion that became a celebrity enclave, the home eventually fell into disrepair over the years and sat abandoned for a decade before it was recently reimagined into a modern Montauk-inspired oasis.
How long you have been an interior designer and what you would consider to be your style?
“My firm Jennifer Farrell Designs began in 2001, and my personal style is bold, clean, modern, drama.”
What is one of your current favorite design trends when it comes to tile?
“One of my favorite tile design trends is dimensional tile. There’s something wonderful and reassuring about a textural tile that pops off the flat wall, giving it a tactile sensuality and sensibility.”
Calibu Vineyard – Laundry Room
“In the laundry room, I wanted to add excitement to a space that is typically utilitarian. So I chose Code Calacata tile, which is a dimensional hexagon. It makes the focal wall in the laundry room so dynamic and exciting – actually makes it fun to do laundry.”
Calibu Vineyard – Primary Bath Suite
“In the primary bath suite, I wanted the wet room to have a solid wall of veined marble-look as the focal point for the space. But marble is not always practical in a shower room, so Expanse became the perfect choice. This large porcelain slab has a three-face pattern that became continuous along our huge local wall. It gives a nod of traditionalism to the space, but the installation choices make it very contemporary, with gold accents and a charcoal and white soaking tub.”
Calibu Vineyard – Downstairs Flooring
“On the first floor, all of the main rooms open out towards the pool and yard. So a hardwood floor would not be a great choice for areas that are prone to water. Pocono Oak was an amazing tile choice for the entire first floor, which we ran in a herringbone pattern. It is not only a beautiful wood look but incredibly durable.”
Do you have any general Tile Tips when designing a bathroom space or Kitchen space?
“The most important thing to consider in kitchens and bathrooms is water. Surfaces that are impenetrable to water, floors that have a nonslip texture, these are vital decisions when selecting materials. It can be a beautiful choice, but if it isn’t a durable and safe choice, then it is the wrong choice.”
What is your favorite room in the Calibu Vineyard (Ft. Emser) and why?
“The primary bath Suite at Calibu Vineyard is my favorite space. It has such a beautiful layering of tile textures and tones and patterns. Mizu taupe, Hanami gray, Pocono oak, and Expanse Arabescato form a rich color and texture story that makes the entire room enveloping and spa-like.”
What Tile Trends do you anticipate to see in 2023?
“I think in 2023, we will see tiles become more textual and dimensional, as well as asymmetric. We’ll see a lot of organic inspiration in tile stories, as well as more micro tiles. Matte and velvety surfaces will be of great appeal, with muted pastels and deep blackened earth tones in the forefront of color palettes.”
Additional spaces from the Calibu Vineyard project we love!
Hanami in white pictured on the fireplace above and BBQ kitchen area below, showing its wide range of install and design possibilities.
Passion in Azul, covers the wall floor to ceiling for a statement moment in this stunning kitchen space.