Casa Madrona Cottages Now Open

by TruexCullins, July 27, 2011

TruexCullins Interiors has been working with the Terra Resort Group on the complete interior renovation of this historic resort in Sausalito, California.  This winter, the Casa Madrona opened their new street-level lobby, expanded and reconfigured to better welcome guests and introduce them to all the rich flavors of the property.  (See photos of the Lobby in our January blog post)
Now, the Casa Madrona is celebrating their next major milestone with the grand opening of the 22 renovated cottage rooms and suites, situated along the hillside overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Previously, each of the individual cottages had been decorated in wildly divergent themes:  an impressive array of styles including the “Renoir Room”, “Lilac and Lace”, “Bridgeway to Hollywood”, and “Kathmandu” (complete with Indian elephants and tribal patterns). While there was certainly never an argument for lack of character, our charge with the renovations was to provide a more consistent overall experience for the guest, no matter what part of the property they were staying in.  At the same time, the design allows for the celebration of the individual moments that occur within each of the uniquely positioned cottages.
We wanted to refocus attention on the things that really make this resort special: the amazing hillside location with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay; the creative and independent spirit of the community of Sausalito, with its rich nautical history; and the historic significance of the resort itself, anchored by a grand Victorian mansion dating to 1885.
And now we have new photos to share of the completed cottages, thanks to photographer Cameron Neilson:
The beds are a prime feature in the rooms, with mahogany posts and decorative glass inlays.  Each suite also typically includes a casual seating area, a work desk, a fireplace, and an exterior terrace.  Unique elements from the cottages’ previous life such as stained glass windows were retained and integrated into the new design.
The guest bathrooms in each of the 22 cottages are all unique in their size and configuration, but they are each finished with the same palette of materials and finishes.  A glass shelf continues from behind the vanity into the shower, with alternating bands of matte and polished porcelain tile.  The vanities pick up on the seaside influence with nautical pull and rod details, and they are uniquely scaled to fit into each bathroom, maximizing the space available.
All of the guestroom furniture pieces and bathroom vanities are custom designed by TruexCullins Interiors and built by Sorrentino Marriani.  The beds, tables, desks and vanities establish a consistent, coordinated palette that includes mahogany wood with English dove tails, contrasting painted crème surfaces, and clear glass knobs.  It is a classic urban look with a distinctively nautical influence.  You can see the entire “Sausalito Collection” at
The full-service spa was also completely overhauled with new finishes, furnishings, and lighting.  In this view, one of the showers is visible on the left, and the steam room is on the right, with porcelain tile and LED lighting:


The new Casa Madrona is beginning to attract some good attention.  The popular Bay Area blog 7× was so impressed with the makeover that they recently implored its readers to “Take a Staycation at the Revamped Casa Madrona in Sausalito”.
TruexCullins continues to work with the Terra Resort Group on the remaining Upper Cottages, with construction planned imminently.  And then, we look forward to the grand finale of the renovation project: the 125-year-old Victorian mansion which will be refreshed and renewed as a fitting focal point to the resort.

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