While growing up, Napa Valley raised Kristin Maher didn’t necessarily appreciate the beauty of her wine-country surroundings. But over time, she has come to value and treasure the region’s beauty, its slower pace of life, and of course, the incomparable food and wine. These are the attributes that she seeks to emphasize in the homes and interiors that she designs for her appreciative clients.
“We believe your home should be welcoming and comfortable yet elevated. We feel a well-designed home can help you live a more intentional life.”
For 18 years, Maher has skillfully designed and redesigned homes and small commercial spaces that emphasize and enhance her clients’ lifestyles. Her Farmhouse Napa Valley Interiors offers design services for residential new builds, remodels, furniture, and styling. She utilizes earthy, organic textures, reclaimed and sustainable woods, and stone components that result in calm, serene environments.
“Napa is famous for its wine and food, but it’s also a lifestyle that emphasizes a slower pace, indoor-outdoor dining, and the bounty and beauty of the land,” said Maher, whose firm name is evocative of the farmhouse lifestyle—a back to basics, simpler time that shares some of the same values with the sustainable, intentional Napa Valley lifestyle. “In our designs, we love to use fabrics such as linens and cotton for a more natural feel and neutral palettes that stem from nature. We believe your home should be welcoming and comfortable yet elevated. We feel a well-designed home can help you live a more intentional life.”
Initially a pop-up venture, Farmhouse Napa Valley slowly evolved to include the Lifestyle Boutique, allowing customers easy access to a variety of home décor, furniture, jewelry, and self-care items. “We know that not everyone can hire an interior designer, so we love to share tips and suggestions with our customers,” said Maher. Guests will find earthy organic textures, reclaimed woods, and many of the elements that Maher uses in her home designs. Most of the furniture pieces in the Downtown Napa, Clinton St. shop are for sale, including some antique European items that are part of the handpicked “Farmhouse Found Collection.” She carries a few lines from local small businesses and is planning to expand her home décor items and art to include offerings from local artisans. She recently added to the boutique stock Farmhouse Baby, a line of organic cotton clothing and baby items.
“The first thing customers comment on when entering Farmhouse Napa Valley Interiors & Lifestyle Boutique (besides the wonderful smell, thanks to our soy candle and diffuser line from a small business in Michigan) is that they love how calm, peaceful, and beautiful it is,” said Maher. “That, to us, is the ultimate compliment and exactly what we love to bring to our customers—a sense of calm and serenity. Life is stressful enough; your home should be your haven.”