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After creating five Christopher Kennedy Compound showhouses in Palm Springs for Modernism Week, in 2019 I was lured to Turlock, California by a homeowner looking to create an exciting interiors experience in a classic American town. ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME served as our national media sponsor and published the project and published the project on the pages of its beautiful magazine.

For the design of the primary bedroom suite, I turned Justine Macfee of the powerhouse San Franciso-based firm Macfee Interior Design, which is led by Justine and her mother, Catherine. Justine and Catherine created a show-stopping, chic, enveloping space.

When Justine told me that her concept was Diane Keaton at the Ranch...I knew this was going to be good!

ASPIRE and I sat down with Justine to discuss her incredible space.

CK: When you told me that your concept was Diane Keaton at the Ranch, honestly, I got goosebumps. And then your space was even better than I could have imagined. What does that concept mean to you? Justine: Bold black and white elements meet a fun splash of color. Old-world antiques meet fun contemporary textiles and fixtures.

CK: Did you step out of your comfort zone for this project, and if so, why? Justine: I was part designing for myself, part for the overall objective of the show house space, so that was a tricky budget balance.

Above: Justine incorporated antiques into a space that feels curated, cohesive, and totally current.


Above and Below: The show-stopping, floor-to-ceiling bed, was custom created by Macfee Design and is dressed in fabric by Schumacher.

To unify an asymmetrical room with a pitched ceiling, Justine painted everything in a rich blue by Dunn-Edwards Paints.

CK: What did you and your team accomplish that you thought would not happen in time?

Justine: With help from Hugomento in San Francisco, I was able to curate an amazing collection of artwork for the space – which of course for a normal client and circumstance, would take some time to gather/collect, but with Hugo’s help I was able to curate a really fun collection.


Above: The light fixture is "Go Lightly" designed by Barbara Barry for Circa Lighting.


About Justine Macfee and Macfee Design

Catherine Macfee Interior Design is a full-service design firm specializing in high – end residential and select boutique commercial projects. The award winning firm practices authentic and quality design with an eclectic and vibrant approach to Mountain, Coastal, Country, and Ranch lifestyles. Catherine and Justine Macfee are at the helm of this full-service design firm where projects involve drafting, space planning and interior architecture, working with architects, contractors, and homeowners with design consultation.

Founder, Catherine Macfee studied at the University of Oregon and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and is an Allied Member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), as well as the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Catherine’s award winning designs have been featured nationally in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful Kitchens, Sunset Magazine, Mountain Living, California Home & Design, Tahoe Quarterly, Diablo Magazine, Gentry Home, and the San Francisco Chronicle. With over 25 years in the design business, Catherine Macfee has cultivated her design firm to reflect the vision of who she is as an interior designer and style maker, and the lifestyle following that vision. Catherine’s business sense combined with her creativity is driven to push the boundaries. Catherine opened the Truckee Design Studio in 2012, which she operates in collaboration with her new partner, Justine Macfee.

Justine joined Catherine Macfee Interior Design full time after design school in 2009, and in 2013 Catherine brought Justine on as a partner as their business expanded. Growing up in the design industry with Catherine as her mother and mentor, Justine Macfee formally honed her skills in interior design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Artisanal and earthy, Justine delights in the unexpected and can find elements of beauty in the most mundane of materials, transforming them into focal points that delight and inspire.

Catherine and Justine’s combined style compass wanders towards the exploration of mixing classic lines with organic elements, creating inviting spaces that are inspired and timeless in luxury destination locations.


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