Nest: Placerville Redesign

This home in the foothills combines wine country with gold country with modern and vintage touches.
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placerville nest design

Kristin and Chuck Mansfield moved from Healdsburg back to his hometown of Placerville, looking for a place to lay down roots. What they found—one of the only true midcentury-modern homes in the area—is now flourishing with two kids and major cool factor.

Located on a leafy, tree-filled acre and just a short walk to downtown, the home features copious views of the property. “We love the outdoors, and with all of the windows and trees surrounding us, it really does feel like we’re outside, even in the living room,” says Kristin, who leads the west division for Cline Family Cellars. Chuck, the vineyard and orchard manager at his family’s Goldbud Farms, suggested bringing his former high school classmate, Molly Carter of Molly Erin Designs, to help with the home’s reimagining.

To highlight the house’s unique character, Carter introduced natural woods and moody hues. She also sourced furniture through her retail store in Placerville, Brass + Oak—a gold mine (pun intended) for mid-mod wares. And to highlight Kristin and Chuck’s work (wine!), she introduced open shelving and a sleek buffet in the dining room for displaying bottles. The pandemic has hindered their entertaining endeavors, but with lots of immediate family close by, the Mansfields still have good reason to raise a glass and enjoy their home.

placerville redesign kitchen
It’s the homeowners favorite space. “I love the kitchen,” says Kristin Mansfield. “We took out a wall that separated the kitchen from the living area. The flow of it all is so much better for our family.”

placerville kitchen redesign

placerville entry redesign
The design process started with the entry’s walnut built-ins, which drew inspiration from the home’s original walnut paneling on the walls and ceilings. Designer Molly Carter then mixed in vintage rugs with plants and modern textiles.
Art by local painter Jacquelyne Price
Art by local painter Jacquelyne Price
kid's craft area
“A majority of windows are floor-to-ceiling. But it still feels so private because of all of the trees on the property,” says Carter.