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.
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.
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.