When lifestyle photographer and creative director Delbarr Moradi set out to design a modern farmhouse, she had full intention of living in it. Instead, she embarked on a passion project of home building, designing, and flipping.
Based in the Bay Area, Moradi and her husband worked together to create their dream home in Campbell, California. The space was completed with the perfect build-out and a Napa-inspired interior (made possible by designer Megan Bachmann). With lighting by Allied Maker, furniture from Design Within Reach and Lulu and Georgia, and organization tactics by BlissHaus, this modern space is our definition of a home. So, how does one set out to create the perfect living arrangement, and then leave it?! Read ahead to find out.
Lonny: How did the design process for this home start?
Delbarr Moradi: When Arash and I originally purchased the lot in 2015, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to build our dream home to raise our family. We were involved with every step of this process. We even drew out our floor plan on a napkin before meeting with our architect!
Lonny: What were your main sources of inspiration behind the design?
DM: We were heavily influenced by modern farmhouse architecture and design from our trips to Napa and Calistoga. As a family we often take trips there and find it a relaxing, great place to unwind. As an example, the Carneros Inn is always a favorite of ours because of its use of gorgeous neutrals, warm handed fabrics, and airy and modern landscape. Everything about that Napa style of architecture lends itself nicely to the open concept of indoor/outdoor living. We love the minimal, intentional, clean and sophisticated design.
Lonny: How did you bring your inspiration together to create this house?
DM: We had a vision for every detail and every room. It was a passion project that challenged our creativity and taught us so much about the world of home building. Modern farmhouse was just right for us, but our own take on this style is decidedly more mid century modern and a little less farmhouse. Good design has always been important to us, it makes us love being at home. And of course, since I'm a photographer, loads of natural light was a must.
Lonny: Why is this home so special in terms of architecture and design?
DM: We wanted to go with the darker paint colors for the exterior, and pair it with the bright, neutral interior. With our large, wood-cased windows and wall-to-wall sliding door that opened up to the family room and kitchen, we wanted to pour in as much of the natural light and fresh air inside. The natural light makes the open space in this home really sing. The large wood windows were a must have of ours and made an impactful statement! The flat-front wood cabinetry is paired with black and chrome finishes. The lighting throughout from Allied Maker really brought everything together for us.
Lonny: What did your design team for this project look like?
DM: We loved working with Megan Bachmann Interiors to help us bring our inspirations to life. She conceived a modern yet warm design by using natural materials to counter balance the more modern elements in each space. The result is a home that is comfortable and luxe, yet still family friendly. She was the perfect fit for our project and one of those serendipitous connections that gives you all the feels! When we met for our initial consult we realized Megan and I had actually lived in the same house in college. It was meant to be to say the least. Working together was a collaborative and creative process.
Lonny: So, tell us what happened once the home was finished?!
DM: The twist in all of this is that after completing the home in two years, and while we were gearing up to move in, we decided to sell the house. Ultimately, our dream was much bigger than to build a home for ourselves. It was a bittersweet decision but we couldn’t have been more proud to have built our first home and to embark on a journey to build more.
Lonny: What was that decision process like?
DM: This was a difficult decision for us because we put our heart and soul into this house. We chose only our favorite finishes and details, and we hope another family will love it as much as we did! It was incredibly sad to say goodbye to the house, but ultimately it was the best decision and we are so excited for what’s to come! We're looking forward to do MORE of the same for other people in an affordable way. We fell in love with the design process. And, my husband is in real estate development, so we are hoping to team up together and create more spaces.
Lonny: Last but not least, what brought you to Texas?
DM: Texas brings us a change of pace from the ever-evolving Bay Area. We were craving a different life for our kids, and this is a new adventure for us as a family.