Best of the County and Beyond 2021: Home & Design

Find the perfect place to get your home up to scratch.

Best Architect

Marin: Crome Architecture, San Rafael

Though the team does residential projects, they are perhaps best known for their restaurant and retail work, with clients such as Pottery Barn Kids, Williams Sonoma and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Bay Area: Sutton Suzuki Architects

Runners Up

Marin: Chambers & Chambers, Mill Valley

Bay Area: Wade Design Architects


Best Builder

Marin: Lamperti Contracting & Design, San Rafael

This business that beganby recognizing the kitchen as a home’s heart (and making cabinets to suit) now takes on complex projects, including bathroom retreats and home renovations.

Bay Area: Hadley General Contractors

Runners Up

Marin: Diego Brothers, Inc., San Rafael

Bay Area: Jeff King & Company


Best Painter

Marin: Ross Painting, San Rafael

Contractors who leave a site tidy when they depart are a joy — add in plentiful compliments from voters about their thoroughness and professionalism and that
lands you at the top of our heap.

Bay Area: Flying Colors

Runners Up

Marin: Bob Kunst Painting, San Rafael

Bay Area: Karoll Julian


Best Flooring

Marin: Architectural Design Carpets, San Rafael

Carpets, area rugs and a huge range of wood flooring make this business foundational to our voters.

Bay Area: Carpet Connection, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: City Carpets, San Rafael

Bay Area: Chacon Flooring, San Francisco


Best Interior Design

Marin: Sandra Bird Designs, Kentfield

An eye attuned to the unique visual styling of Marin and the Bay Area and your own personal style blended into a harmonized whole earned a win for this long-time designer.

Bay Area: HSH Interiors, San Francisco

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Photo Courtesy Stephanie Russo.

Runners Up

Marin: Robert Federighi Design, Novato

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Best Kitchen Design

Marin: Kress Jack at Home, Mill Valley


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Known for their eye for color and custom furniture, this design studio earns a nod for its immaculate and modern kitchen design.

Bay Area: Henrybuilt, multiple locations

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Runners Up

Marin: Yami Arvelo of Moones Home, Novato

Bay Area: MAS Design, multiple locations

Best Landscaping Company

Marin: Yardzen, Sausalito


Providing a simplified approach to landscape project planning using online tools, this familyrun business also offers flat-rate packages designed to streamline pricing.

Bay Area: Zeterre Landscape Architecture 

Runners Up

Marin: Integrated Design Studio, Mill Valley

Bay Area: Kearney Gardens, San Francisco


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Best Real Estate Company

Marin: Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, Greenbrae

It’s all about location, location, location — and the team understands the value of your property.

Bay Area: Coldwell Banker

Runners Up

Marin: Engel & Vöolkers, Sausalito

Bay Area: Compass Realty, San Francisco


Best Home Organization Company

Marin: Changing Places, San Rafael

From concierge services to helping you move and organizing your home or business, Changing Places is a one-stop shop for life’s transitions.

Bay Area: The Balanced Abode, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: California Space Organizers, San Rafael

Bay Area: Diane Woodall Organizing


Best Outdoor/Patio Designer

Marin: Dig-It Landscape Design, Sausalito


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Principal Kellee Adams is a former organic farmer whose The Wave Garden was archived into the Smithsonian Institute’s library of noted.

Bay Area: Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture, San Francisco

If the stack of awards isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps their work with historic properties and rooftop gardens.

Runners Up

Marin: MAS Design, Tiburon

Bay Area: Patio World, multiple locations


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Visit our Best of the County winners page for more.

Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.