Uno, Dos, Tres

The three places you’ll find the Dobrinski family in their modern-Spanish home during this unconventional summer
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With vacations scratched and camps canceled, Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia are looking ahead to another long stretch of at-home time with their sons, Jack (7), Wyatt (4½) and Adler (2), and dog Murphy. It’s quite the juggling act with three young boys and a fast-growing business—Kele and Christina are the husband-and-wife team behind Colossus Mfg., a multidisciplinary design studio focused on reimagining residential and commercial spaces through branding, interiors and communications. Thankfully, their Land Park home is perfectly suited for both quality time and productivity. (The couple completely renovated it before moving in in 2016.) Here are the top three summertime hot spots in their swish Spanish home, the very first project by Colossus Mfg.

Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia
Christina Valencia and Kele Dobrinski. Photo by Create + Gather.


When the couple moved from San Francisco in 2016, the idea of spending time around a cool, luscious swimming pool was something they most looked forward to. The only problem was that there were limited options for where to actually put a pool. “Being a corner lot, the majority of our usable outdoor space was toward the street,” says Valencia. “We looked at the big dirt lot outside of our living room window and thought, ‘Why not?’” These days, they find themselves out front expending energy in the pool or out back winding down around the fire pit on the regular.

The backdrop for the backyard: Spanish-inspired tile and plentiful seating. Photo: Kele Dobrinski
The pool, fenced in just to the right of the home’s main entrance. Photo: Create + Gather

The kitchen

There’s nothing like a massive kitchen island to draw people in like a magnet. “You will find us piled around our kitchen island every day of the week,” admits Valencia who, thanks to the open kitchen layout, is able to keep an eye on the boys even when whipping something up on the stovetop.

Open to the kitchen, the dining room features original exposed brick and a beamed redwood ceiling, which Kele and his father restored themselves. Photo: Kat Alves
Photo by Create + Gather
Kele and Christina pondered what tile to add to the face of their kitchen island—they knew they wanted to make a bold statement. They ultimately chose a graphic black-and-white Spanish tile that helps ground the space in its Spanish roots while keeping the kitchen feeling fresh and fun. Photo: Kat Alves

The office

Located above the garage, Kele and Christina’s office is just a quick walk across the back patio and up a flight of stairs—so it’s kind of like leaving the house. It’s here where they recently reimagined the branding, design and storytelling for Canon restaurant in East Sacramento, fleshed out a full rebrand of The Tower District (formerly the Greater Broadway District), helped create a new fast-casual burger joint concept (coming soon) and developed numerous residential remodels throughout the greater Sacramento area.

A kitchenette and loads of natural light make the home office autonomous and inspirational. Photo: Kele Dobrinski
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The Colossus Mfg. office includes an impressive, 18-foot-long old-growth Douglas fir desk countertop. Coincidentally, the materials came from the rafters of the garage, over which the office resides. Murphy relaxes on the nearby sofa. Photo: Kat Alves