Interior designer Eva Holbrook and artist Jamie Williams purchased their cabin for the vibe. Surrounded by lush forest and located just 15 minutes from the beach, it’s the perfect setting for a retreat that doubles as their main residence. Their goal was to develop the property into a space that would allow them—and visitors—to "disconnect from civilization, breathe in the fresh air, and rejuvenate on a cellular level," explains Eva.
Eva is a lead designer for the luxury home staging firm Bella Casa SF, and she’s well-versed in revamping a space—although she also spends much of her time dancing, studying Zen Buddhism, and practicing tea ceremonies. Her partner, Jamie is a professional painter, a surfer, and in the past few years has been studying with the Yawanawá, an indigenous tribe in the Amazon of Brazil. Their "Bonny Doon Forest Temple" was created with healing in mind, and the two worked together to give the home’s "great bones" some extra TLC.
To create a grounded atmosphere, Jamie and Eva incorporated as many handmade, reclaimed, sustainable, and found objects and materials as possible. Eva often walks barefoot through the woods to feel the damp forest floor between her toes. She’s also inspired by Japanese-style onsen bathing. The couple channeled these rituals to develop an outdoor spa complete with a cedar hot tub, cedar sauna, shower, cold plunge pool, and sweeping redwood deck.
Eva and Jamie’s guiding principal for the interiors is "uncluttered simplicity." The home is swathed with tan oak, redwood, and Douglas fir finishes peppered with modern accents. Think: exposed beams on high, slanted ceilings, floating cabinets and shelves, midcentury stools, brass fixtures, and designer tile. The home is also infused with cozy elements, like vintage rugs and floor cushions, and lots of plants to create healthy, meditative spaces.
The remodel was completed in five months, after which the couple immediately moved in and began organizing events. Outside, a large yurt with a wood-burning stove hosts retreats and events—including weekly tea ceremonies for friends and neighbors, weekend Kundalini yoga workshops taught by Jamie, and monthly Kirtan song circles. They’ve also held a women’s cha dao and qi gong workshop and a holotropic breathwork retreat. Overnight visitors can even spend the night in the guest house for full immersion.
Interior design: Eva Holbrook Interiors
General Contractor: Testorff Construction