When considering real estate, Restoration Hardware Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman waxes contemplative. “What everyone underestimates is the value of time,” he muses. “It’s the one thing none of us can buy.” With the scarcity and desirability of time in mind, Friedman and his team at RH Interior Design transformed a vintage wine-country estate in St. Helena into a resort-caliber turnkey retreat, where every space has been impeccably furnished and every detail attended to.
Eight Palms’ tranquil formality in a gated entry courtyard. Balanced proportions and tasteful appointments create a pervasive harmony within.
Finishes and the color palette are consistent throughout, creating a sense of unity for all the major spaces. In keeping with the notion that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” extraneous elements have been removed, creating a serene but stylish minimalism.
Next to the sleek kitchen, a chic dining room is embraced by a breathtaking wine vault and opens to the aptly named great room.
Anchored by a warming fireplace and a dramatic four-poster bed, the master suite is a welcome private haven.
Its en suite sanctuary bath and spa is a symphony of floating glass that allows the space to feel airy and open.
Each of the five guest suites is equal in luxury and restfulness, accompanied by full baths with private outdoor showers and gardens.
One of the home’s original garages was transformed into a gym, yoga studio, and massage area with relaxing views of the vineyards.
The home and its freestanding guesthouse are, in a brilliant stroke, sited diagonally on the property, allowing for the placement of an elongated and majestic swimming pool at the center, flanked by eight stately eponymous palm trees.
Surrounding the pool are hedged-in chaises longues, an organic vegetable garden, and a loggia with an alfresco kitchen, and a sitting area with a fireplace.
The guesthouse and its terrace gaze peacefully out over the vineyard. A truly complete home is a rare thing, one that provides the invaluable “gift of time” that would otherwise be spent renovating, decorating, and fretting over details. “When you think about a fully designed and integrated home that is completely thought-through,” continues Friedman, “it’s beautiful, functional, logical. Everything just feels right.”
$8,500,000 / Saint Helena, CA 94574