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It’s time for one of our favorite traditions! Each year, we spend the holidays reflecting on the stories and articles you loved most. It’s the “Best of Rue” and this is one of 2019’s top stories. Enjoy!

Previously published on March 18, 2019:

I was instantly drawn to the classic Mill Valley architecture, refreshingly clean aesthetic of the owner and the striking views of Mill Valley,” says designer Katie Raffetto of her recently completed project. 

The 1950’s home had been taken to the foundation in 2017. Katie says she came in late to the design process, after Heidi Richardson of Richardson Architects had completed the bulk of the renovation. “[The homeowner] had been working with a fantastic architect but decided she was ready for some extra help finishing up the interiors.” Despite the late start, Katie’s work is seamless with the home’s architecture, leading the selection of backsplash and then paint, wallpaper and window treatments and finished up with furniture. 

With a request for a clean, minimalist interior – including clear counters and limited accessories – Katie enjoyed the challenge of being more restrained than usual while still creating a welcoming environment for the family of four. She says, “It was my first project in my own backyard. I loved working on something close to home.  It was nice to get to work with some local vendors I was not familiar with.” 

See the full home in the slideshow!