Monday, August 15, 2016

An Elegant and Historic Napa Valley Getaway

For tech entrepreneur Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis Swanson Traina, a historic Napa Valley home provides an ideal respite from city life in San Francisco. The Victorian-style Oakville home was built in the 1860s by H.W. Crabb, a Napa Valley pioneer who founded the To Kalon winery.

The home is full of heirlooms and antiques selected by Trevor’s mother, Dede Wilsey (tour her gorgeous San Francisco home here).  “We have a number of family portraits, of my grandparents and my mother, and pieces of furniture I grew up with in various houses,” he said. The result is an inviting and eclectic mix full of warmth and charm.

Photography by Douglas Friedman for DuJour.

The parlor features chinoiserie-style decor and 18th-century wallpaper.

The secretary in the formal parlor belonged to Trevor’s mother.

Latticework covers the walls of the living room, and wicker furnishings and overstuffed linen sofas provide a cozy spot to unwind.

“It reminds me of that great comment by Marella Agnelli”—made after the socialite toured Sid and Mercedes Bass’ apartment in New York—“when she said, ‘It will take her another lifetime to understand wicker!’ There’s nothing more WASP-y than lattice and wicker. And the thing is, we come from wicker,” said Trevor. 

The butler’s pantry, adjacent to the kitchen, provides ample storage for multiple sets of china, glassware, flatware, and linens.

The dining room houses Trevor’s great-grandmother’s Federal-period dining table and sideboard.

The first-floor guest suite.

Antique bamboo cabinets filled with French and Chinese porcelain.

The pool and vineyards on the Traina's six-acre property.

To see more of this beautiful home, please visit DuJour.  You can tour the San Francisco home of Dede Wilsey, Trevor's mother here, and the Newport, Rhode Island home of his grandparents here.


  1. So sweet!
    Read "The Glory of it All" NY TIMES best seller by Sean Wilsey for a real eye-opening inside look!

  2. Gorgeous home! I'm a sucker for chinoiserie panels and lattice work. And who wouldn't want that divine butler's pantry for all of their china and crystal? That bamboo TV set is a first. But I couldn't find Trevor's mother's secretary mentioned in the photograph. All I see is a rather interesting flip-top console table. Or am I being pedantic again? They put it all together in a spectacularly pretty way. I want to stay in that guest room!

  3. Another beautiful post of a beautiful home. I especially love the chinoiserie.
    Thank you again, Andrea.

  4. The shades of pink and green are beautiful with such an elegant and vintage feel throughout the home.

  5. When can I move in? I love their style, not typical wine country style, even better!!

    1. You can move in right now. They're currently looking to hire a live-in Estate Manager couple, through Aunt Anne's agency listed on

  6. Not what I would expect from Napa, but stunning nonetheless! That butler's pantry - complete swoon! Hugs to you Andrea! xoxo


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