After immigrating from Brazil nearly two decades ago, Patricia Kohlhepp landed in Monterey, CA, where she met her husband, Allen, a market researcher specializing in qualitative research. After stints living in Washington and Georgia, the couple returned home to sunny California and settled in Corte Madera in Marin County. Nestled in the foothills of Mt. Tamalpais, they found and renovated this 1950s three-bedroom ranch, close to parks, bike paths, waterways and their daughters’ schools. As a previous school teacher herself, Patricia’s natural desire for all things creative is what led her to start her own textile business. While raising a family, Patricia also runs Wanderluster Bazaar, which sells one-of-a-kind products made from vintage textiles she sources globally. Just like her products, her home is awash with eclecticism. Rather than sticking to a singular style or trend, Patricia’s interiors are accented with mixes of classic staple pieces from across the globe.
Cultivated and colorful with surprising pops of color around every corner, the family home is anything but precious. On top of running the vintage textile shop Wanderluster Bazaar, Patricia opens her home up to dogs of all kinds (although mostly pugs) through her dog walking and boarding business, Wanderlust Dogs. On any given day, their 2,500-square-foot ranch home is filled with family and dogs, including their own schnauzers, Maggie and Samba. “Yes,” Patricia laughs, “I am the crazy [dog] lady!” Due to this, the renovations the family embarked on when they first moved in made for a chaotic and exhausting few months, which is just the way Patricia likes it. “Everything happened pretty quickly, because I like to move fast!” she says. “We had great contractors and sometimes it felt like a zoo with our dogs, the contractor’s dog, our chickens, and all of the materials strewn about the yard, but it worked out.”
The home offers great views from its location on a small hill, plenty of privacy and some of the only redwoods in all of Corte Madera. Although each day can be a bit of a whirlwind, the family couldn’t be any happier with the outcome and to have a cozy, welcoming space to call home. “Now I’m ready to move and do it all over again,” Patricia half-jokes. –Sabrina
Photography by Matt McCourtney