Get a Glimpse Inside One of Marin’s Architectural Gems — Plus Fall Fashion!

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gr.dano cropped sweater ($89) available at gr.dano Boutique and Design Studio. Marine Layer pants ($78) available at Marine Layer boutiques and online.

Here we are given a rare glimpse into one of Marin County’s more shrouded homes, one that has remained in the same family for 50 years and sits on land that has traded hands only a few times since the original Punta de Quentin land grant of 1840. Quail Hill, a 20-acre property in Ross, was constructed around 1970 by Robert and Kathleen Pomeroy, the same family who helped to build the Golden Gate Bridge some four decades earlier. The Mitsuru Tada–designed home was inspired by the couple’s travels through Japan and is a fusion of midcentury and contemporary Japanese styles. 

 

The temple-like building cantilevers out over a canopy of trees and has scenic views of Ross Valley and Mount Tamalpais. Linen walls, a black marble fireplace, oak panels, Japanese shoji screens, slate flooring and imposing entryway doors that feature the Japanese imperial seal are among details that make this house one of a kind. As one would expect, the gardens surrounding the house are just as awe-inspiring. The family hired Nagao Sakurai, once chief gardener for the Imperial Palace of Tokyo and the designer behind the Zen Garden in Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo, among others, to create a maze of gardens that weave around the house and through interior courtyards, seamlessly blending the property into the natural landscape. We pair some of this season’s best fashion with one of Marin’s treasured architectural jewels.

Left: Marine Layer cardigan ($110). CP Shades white linen top ($190), Pamela Minton Designs necklaces ($27, $35), Tracey Cox mala beads ($190) and handbag ($485) available at Citrine.

 

Right: Hat ($120) available at Citrine. Soko Kiri hoops ($58) available at Marine Layer boutiques and onlinegr.dano top ($88).

CP Shades white linen top ($190), Pamela Minton Designs necklaces ($27, $35) and Tracey Cox mala beads ($190) available at Citrine. Paige denim ($198) and Brave belt ($110) available at Bella. Rothy’s lace-up sneakers ($165).

M made in Italy top ($62) and Leslie Francesca bracelet ($120) available at Bella. Marine Layer pants ($98). Pamela Minton Designs necklace ($553) available at Citrine.

 

This solid ash stool is from Oakland-based designer Yvonne Mouser’s The Bucket Stool Collection. It is designed in California and handmade by Amish crafters in Pennsylvania. Available in four sizes.

Marine Layer dress ($98). Leslie Francesca ring ($82) available at Bella. Pamela Minton Designs necklace ($33) available at Citrine.

 

The mug with Cortina pattern ($65) featured here is by Petaluma-based potter and tile maker Forrest Lesch-Middleton. He uses a technique called volumetric image transfer to apply screen-printed patterns onto the surfaces of his creations while they are being thrown on the wheel.

Soko horn strip circle hoop earrings ($78). available at Marine Layer boutiques.

gr.dano dress ($170). Soko horn strip circle hoop earrings ($78) available at Marine Layer boutiques. Leslie Francesca ring ($82) available at Bella.

Team Credits

Photographer: Justin Buell; Styling: Evan Nguyen; Hair and makeup: Julie Dy; Photo assistant: Jack Bober; Model: Xue Xue Zhang for JE Model Management

Special thanks to the Pomeroy family and Compass Real Estate and Neal Ward for allowing us to shoot at Quail Hill.


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