One Part Adobe, Two Parts Modern: Valley Bar + Bottle in Sonoma, California


“We wished Valley to really feel like the kind of wine bar you bump into in New York or Paris,” says Lauren Feldman, who began Valley Bar + Bottle in Sonoma, California in July of 2020 with mates Tanner Walle, Emma Lipp, and Stephanie Reagor. The group is made up of two {couples}: Lauren and Tanner, and Emma and Stephanie, who all met beforehand at Scribe Vineyard in Sonoma, the place Emma Lipp was culinary director. They discovered a uncommon location within the historic Sonoma plaza within the Lesse-Fitch Adobe, constructed by Jacob P. Leese, the son-in-law of Common Vallejo, within the 1830s. Made from native redwood, fieldstone, and sand clay dug from a pit within the plaza, the adobe has beforehand been a house, college, lodge, saloon, and lots of eating places all through the years. “It’s rumored that the unique Bear Flag of California is buried within the adobe partitions,” says Lauren.

Working with designers Austin Service and Alex Mutter-Rottmayer of the Sonoma-based agency Hommeboys, the foursome stripped the constructing again to its bones, doing many of the bodily building and labor themselves. The ensuing design is one half historic adobe, two components trendy: “We wished earthiness and heat with some levity to maintain it attention-grabbing,” they are saying. With traditional colours in sudden pairings (mauve with pink or pink partitions, for instance), hand-painted particulars, and layers upon layers of ceramics, Valley represents the brand new wave of meals and tradition in Sonoma.

the handwriting through valley was inspired by a drawing created by oakland bas 9
Above: The handwriting by Valley was impressed by a drawing created by Oakland-based artist David Wilson and refitted as textual content by graphic designer Simon Renggli. The inexperienced paint on the outside trim is Kensington Inexperienced 710 by Benjamin Moore. {Photograph} by Annamae Picture courtesy of Valley.
wooden peg rails are painted the same color as the wall: sulking room pink no.  10
Above: Wood peg rails are painted the identical colour because the wall: Sulking Room Pink No. 295 by Farrow & Ball. The wainscoting was finished customized by the Hommeboys. {Photograph} by Conor Hagen courtesy of Valley.
“the culinary and farming traditions of sonoma are our foundation” 11
Above: “The culinary and farming traditions of Sonoma are our basis” says Lauren. Proven listed below are native flowers that get unfold all through the restaurant in varied handmade ceramic vases. {Photograph} by Annamae Picture courtesy of Valley.

Tableware at Valley is sourced from varied ceramic artists (“we’re ceramics-obsessed” says Lauren): Sandwich Store bowls and dishes, created customized for Valley; orange plates from ANK Ceramics; pink plates from HAY; and extra from Luvhaus, Sarah Kersten StudioMAP Ceramics, Ginny Sims, Silt Clay, and Heath Ceramics, in addition to classic ceramics. They’ve vases by Hiroko Ishida, Morgan Peck, Mondays, Jessica Hans, ANI Ceramics, and Freundeskreis.

fixtures and doors in the private event space, called upvalley, were already in 12
Above: Fixtures and doorways within the non-public occasion house, referred to as Upvalley, have been already in place, although not unique to the constructing. {Photograph} by Evil Twin California courtesy of Valley.
the walls and ceilings came decoratively painted with mission inspired designs. 13
Above: The partitions and ceilings got here decoratively painted with Mission-inspired designs. Working with native painter Tony Thom, they retained some particulars whereas stripping it again as a way to expose the adobe beneath. The hearth was the primary fire in all of Sonoma, constructed by Civil Conflict Common Joseph Hooker, who as soon as lived within the adobe. The tables are customized made by the Hommeboys, and the chairs are classic Michael Thonet Armchairs with Ram Inlay. {Photograph} by Evil Twin California courtesy of Valley.


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