Menlo Park Playful Modern

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Long before we met our cat-loving clients, they were tackling projects in their 1949 Menlo Park fixer upper with the kind of bold ingenuity you’re apt to find around Silicon Valley. They had already started demolition when we joined the project to help them achieve their vision of an open, light-filled living space, full of colorful visual interest and feline-friendly features.

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To introduce an open feel and more natural light, we revised the pitch of the roofline, opting for a more decidedly-midcentury angle. The added wall height gave us plenty of opportunity to make bold statements with color and millwork. In the dining room, an agate-like, mural by Caroline Lizarraga draws on a palette of rainbow hues. Its notes of turquoise are echoed in the nearby kitchen where lower cabinets received a coat of teal paint. Soft furnishings play with color and pattern—woolen triangles on the living room rug mix well with the wood-blocked pattern on the side chair and the intricate line work of the Hygge & West wallpaper in the entry vestibule.

In the living room, custom, floor-to-ceiling built-ins conceal a cat-playground, complete with scratch pads, tunnels, and chic floating shelves that double as a ladder. With plenty of spots to lounge up high, and discreet access to the litter box in the garage, this feature wall in the living space is functional for every member of the household. 

Permit architect: Bill Egan, Photographer: Suzanna Scott Photography