The second level contains five completely unique bedroom suites each with its own sleeping, dressing and bathing areas. These rooms are sumptuous and serene enclaves in which to enjoy privacy and rest, and they are easily accessed either via the grand stair, or by one of two more discreet, stone spirals located at either end of each hall.
The bedroom suites overlook either the estate’s natural surroundings and tailored gardens or the Puget Sound beyond, and most of them are appointed with wood-burning fireplaces. Some rooms have French doors out to view balconies, while one offers access to a large sleeping porch.
Two additional maids rooms share a bath and other utility areas for household prep located in the right wing of the house, thus completing the upstairs layout.
Materials in all baths are of the highest order, with slab marble used for flooring, bathing and counter surfaces, and spectacular vintage and period plumbing and lighting fixtures throughout.
Over one year was spent searching Europe, New York and auction houses in New Your and Los Angeles to find the right pieces and accessories for all rooms occupying the two main floors of the house. Buying trips to France, Italy, England and Portugal with Brian Murphy and Albert Hadley were critical to finding the appropriate mix of 17th, 18th and 19th century pieces, with an emphasis on painted furniture, English fine wood, inlay and marquetry, Chinoiserie and gilt wood.
The gallery required a collection of paintings that had some significance to the family, so after a stay with them, Albert Hadley had the brainstorm of celebrating their love of dogs in a fabulous selection of historic canine portraits by such noted artists as John Emms, Maude Adams and Arthur Wardle.
All soft furnishing were selected for optimum comfort and style with the Parish Hadley team in New York City, and they are upholstered in the finest fabrics from Scalamandré, Brunschwig & Fils and Cowtan & Tout.
Some of the most storied items collected for the house include the gilt dining room table that once belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, a selection of painted pieces once owned by Dorothy Chandler and numerous paintings from San Francisco collectors. The living room is resplendent in exceptional painted antiques that include 2 sets of 18th century armoirs, a pair of 18th century consoles and mirrors, and an oversized 18th century painted leather screen from which the palette for the main public spaces was derived.
The walnut paneled library is home to a spectacularly oversized dog painting, contrasted by a pair of Italian marquetry side tables that lend focus to the room. The main floor guest suite is highlighted by a gilt-wood lion head and a set of fine 18th century watercolor paintings of African animals, while three Savonnarie carpets set the tone for furnishings in the living room, dining room an entry.
Upstairs suites include the Soldier Suite, the Raspberry Room and the Green Room, all meticulously curated with thematic collections of antiques that compliment their artisanal finishes and masterful architectural detail.