Home & Garden: Calming Influences


Think about the way you feel when you plant your feet on a secluded beach or peer up into the stars on a cloudless night. You breathe deeply. Your thoughts clear. You feel as though everything has slipped into place, that things are perfect just the way they are. Interior design can evoke some of those same feelings when it’s not just about getting “the look” but engages all the senses to nourish the spirit and set mind and body at ease. That’s interior designer Joyce Hoshall’s specialty. You feel it in the home she and her husband, Bill, share in the Winchester Country Club community in Meadow Vista near Auburn and in the spaces she created for Hoshall’s Salon & Spa in Folsom, which this stylish and dynamic couple own and operate. “Design is in my blood,” Hoshall says. “It truly is my passion.”

After a year of living in Yountville, the Hoshalls—longtime Sacramento area residents—returned to the region last April, settling into a home with sweeping views of the Winchester Country Club golf course. Hoshall mixed new furnishings, art and accessories with some of her most treasured pieces to create a home that comforts body and soul.

So soothing: Belgian linen covers the down-filled sofa in the living room and the breakfast room chairs (all from Restoration Hardware). The soft, body-friendly fabric shows up throughout the home, including the snuggle-ready knole-style sofa in the master bedroom sitting area and the walnut chairs with mahogany stretcher bars in the dining room (all by Ebanista). 

Organic touches: Twig chandelier in the breakfast room (Pottery World)

Warmth from wood: Generously sized living room bookcase (Restoration Hardware)

Contemporary touch: Custom oversized cowhide rug in the breakfast room (Kneedler-Fauchere)

Treasured pieces: Vintage glass-topped table in the breakfast room (McGuire) and vintage zebra ottoman 

Playful elements: Peely-paint coffee tables (Restoration Hardware); leather mock-croc swivel chairs found in Palm Springs

Illumination: Iron lamp in the living room (Pacific Design Center); stacked-ball standing lamp in the master bedroom (Pottery Barn); bedside lamps (Restoration Hardware)

Calming colors: Ivory, oyster, gray and white are woven throughout the home, punctuated by accents of black, brown, yellow and green. Gray, from dove to charcoal, is used on the leather headboard, rug and comforter in master bedroom.

Going green: Living plants (always) include orchids, Ficus benjamina and Ficus pandurata (from Exotic Plants).