Be Enchanted by This Hotel’s French-Chateau Style, Plus 5 Tips on How to Achieve the Look at Home

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. 

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The remodel of the guest suites included incorporating antiques throughout, including some of cofounder Sally Jordan’s Louis XV pieces. All photos by R. Brad Knipstein.

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

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This bathroom features Schumacher Italian Panoramic mural wallpaper, Chatham Pivot Mirrors by Restoration Hardware, Sorenson 12 Lantern pendant by Remains Lighting, Bryant sconces from Circa Lighting.


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

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Above the custom bateau tub in this bathroom hang 19th-century French pastoral oil paintings that the designer found on 1stDibs.com.

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.

ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS

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The guest suites feature rugs by Tony Kitz Gallery of San Francisco; plaster walls by Kraftwerk of Santa Rosa; and painting and staining by JDM Painting & Staining Specialists, Inc. of Healdsburg.

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

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In this bedroom, the botanical wallpaper is Meadow by Peter Fasano. The bed is the Francois bed by Baker Furniture. The nightstand belonged to Sally Jordan and was refinished. The bench is from Oly Studio.


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.”

DETAILS, DETAILS

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The drapes, window seats and pillows in all the suites are by Tom Malatesta & Co.

Haidamus finds inspiration in European design and global travel, which permeates her work down to the smallest details. 

“In this living area, I love the draperies made of wool from Dedar, the late 19th-century pair of biscuit plates found on 1stDibs and the window seat,” she says.


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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.