DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
MARK ON THE CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
Julie Hawkins’ eponymous firm brings a personalized, intimate approach to wineries, tasting rooms, and restaurants.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JOHN MERKL
As one of Northern California’s emerging interior design firms, the highly sought-after Hawkins Interiors, is known for its chic and personable approach to curating spaces. Napa Valley, the surrounding Northern California region, and travels around the globe have been an endless source of inspiration for the founder Julie Hawkins and her studio. It has led to a careerlong investigation into the relationship between natural beauty and how to create spaces individuals can immerse themselves into to develop deep and meaningful connections - all of which define her signature palettes and materials.
“When approaching hospitality projects, it is important to create spaces that organically pull you in and offer a moment of respite,” says Hawkins. “Our goal always is to deliver to our clients, beautiful and functional spaces that by design, and as a reflection of our intent, foster connection.”
The firm brings an inviting touch to its growing portfolio, which includes hospitality and residential spaces. To date, their work spans the West Coast, from Northern California to Oregon, and as far as the Midwest.
Calistoga Restaurant & Brewery
Nestled in the quaint town of Calistoga, this long-adored local restaurant and bar pack a big design punch. Always bustling with locals and tourists alike, the cool and classic design palette brings a level of unexpected sophistication to the popular region. For the outdoor garden, which abuts the Napa River, Hawkins Interiors worked with Ann Baker Landscape Architecture to design an inviting space with various configurations, from a communal picnic-style table to cozy loungers by the fire. Standout project vendors and manufacturers include Farrow & Ball, Rejuvenation, Urban Lumber Company, and Fermob
Mira Winery & Hospitality House
Hawkins Interiors collaborated on the 1,300-square-foot indoor, private tasting room in Yountville, CA, with VRA Architects. Designed to achieve a curated balance of old and new world sensibilities, the tasting room is a warm and inviting space punctuated by a sense of sophistication. From inside, guests can gaze through French iron doors that open up views to the mountains and beyond. Outside, the patio is furnished simply with a wood table and chairs, providing the perfect spot to take in the landscape and enjoy a moment of respite and solitude. Standout project vendors and manufacturers include Stark Carpet, Lee Industries, Jeff Menchaca, Zia Tile, and Cement Tile Store.
Hawkins Interiors collaborated with the winery owner, an established artist, to create tasting rooms that truly feel like home for this special project. The estate consists of several different, unique rooms, each with its memorable moments. Hawkins designed living-room-style spaces where guests would want to linger for hours to enhance the welcoming vibe desired by the clients. Standout project vendors and manufacturers include Stark Carpet, Palecek, McGuire, Serena & Lily, Restoration Hardware, Paul Ferrante, and Lee Industries.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP:
Mira Winery & Hospitality House: The tasting room serves as an intimate space for small gatherings and get-togethers. Photography by Tubay Yabut
Calistoga Restaurant & Brewery: For the remodel of this 2,500 square foot restaurant and bar, Hawkins Interiors created a casual vibe with classic design elements. Photography by: John Merkl
Larkmead Winery: In the main tasting room, guests can enjoy an abundance of natural light while tasting a variety of wines and delicious pairings. Photography by John Merkl