For more than 40 years, Jordan Vineyard & Winery has been making refined chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon in the heart of Sonoma County—and welcoming overnight guests at its French-inspired chateau.
With fewer visitors last year due to the pandemic, the winery embarked on an ambitious $1 million remodel of their guest suites, engaging the talents of San Francisco interior designer Maria Haidamus, in collaboration with Loczi Design Group. It’s the first time the suites have been remodeled since they were built in the ‘80s, and the transformation is stunning.
Given the circumstances of working under a tight timeline of only eight months during a pandemic, the project was not without challenges. “We couldn’t travel or go anywhere for inspiration, and the furniture had a very long lead time,” Haidamus says.
The masterful redesign manages to retain much of the Old-World luxury of the original guest quarters—even preserving cofounder Sally Jordan’s Louis XV French antiques—but imparts a modern European aesthetic.
“When I first walked into the suites, I was inspired by their architecture; they had great bones,” Haidamus says. “My goal was to embrace the French chateau heritage of the property and update it by layering in refined furnishings and finishes to make the suites more sophisticated and sumptuous.”
To that end, Haidamus’ thoughtful redesign incorporates furniture from the Louis XV, XVI and XIII periods; botanical wallpaper; totally remodeled bathrooms with custom bateau bathtubs; and grand stone fireplaces with new gas inserts. Here, she shares some of her favorite design elements.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS, INDOORS
Adding interest to the walls, botanical wallpaper replaced dated toile patterns in the guest suites.
“This panoramic Iksel wallpaper from Schumacher is one of my favorites,” Haidamus says. “I love bringing the outdoors in.”
A STAND-OUT SETTING FOR A TUB
A laser-cut marble backdrop provides a dramatic setting for a freestanding bathtub by Drummonds.
“The marble detail represents understated elegance, and is striking at the same time,” Haidamus says.
In a living area, the wood beams, which were originally light in color with orange undertones, took on a whole new feeling once they were stained a darker shade.
“We chose a dark walnut stain in order to make them stand out and highlight the architecture of the room,” Haidamus says.
A BED FIT FOR A KING
King beds replaced queen beds throughout the suites, including this bed designed by Baker upholstered with dark Mokum fabric.
“Ornamented, curvaceous and instantly striking, it makes an immediate statement,” Haidamus says. “The François Bed, as we call it, reinterprets vintage style through a modern lens, with a high-backed design and flowing, exposed-wood detailing.”
Haidamus finds inspiration in European design and global travel, which permeates her work down to the smallest details.
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Lotus Abrams is the managing editor at Marin Magazine. She has covered everything from beauty to business to tech in her editorial career, but it might be writing about her native Bay Area that inspires her most. A modernist architecture fan, she lives with her husband and two daughters in an Eichler home on the San Francisco Peninsula.