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Here is our story... In January 2018 I was shooting a Subaru commercial on Mt Tam and the Russian River, our crew ended up basing out of the Mill Valley Inn. We were there for about two weeks so I really got a chance to see this community up close. On a day off for the MLK holiday I walked around town a bit and was literally blown away by the abundant beauty that was here. I've never seen this kind of pure nature so close to a major city. I went back home to Los Angeles and pitched the idea of moving up here to the family. It took a few months but I convinced my wife and two boys that we should give it a shot for a year. After a couple months our kids said they never wanted to move back. I had been designing sets in the film business for 25 years, a career I stumbled into after studying Architecture at SCIARC and then working at Frank Gehry's office. I enjoyed my job as a Production Designer but my work would often keep me gone from home for long periods of time. I had been flirting with the idea of pursuing Interior Design (as it's essentially the same craft as Production Design) for quite a while. The only problem was we didn't know anyone in this new town. Two of our closest friends had moved from NYC to Nashville a few years back and they opened a furniture store called Wilder. They use their store as a platform to meet clients for interior design. We got on the phone with them and they passionately implored us to do the same. As we started looking for potential spaces I discovered a great location right in downtown. Turns out it had been the original location of the first ever Banana Republic store. We took it as a good omen and signed the lease with our fingers crossed. With our entire life savings on the line, we created a concept and designed the space. We added floors, walls, and cabinetry and ordered a store full of furniture and home goods in 10 weeks. Our concept was to create a highly curated warm modern furniture store. We wanted the furniture to be very high quality, renewably sourced, and with non toxic finishes.
Within a month of opening we met our first Interior Design clients. We are now a full service interior design studio with a growing team of very talented people helping us with a number of projects. We are also designing our own line of case goods and an upholstery line that will be in store winter 2019.
We have since bought a home in Mill Valley and are in the process of remodeling, we look forward to sharing the photos soon.
Thanks for taking the time to find out about us. We look forward to meeting you.
Julia & Floyd Albee