Mora House: A Silicon Valley Masterpiece

Mora House - A Silicon Valley Masterpiece

The Mora House, perched in the hills of Los Altos, CA and boasting around 12,000 square feet of space with large outdoor areas, is a lot of home to furnish. That was the challenge tasked to DZINE when Melvin Vaughn, developer and owner of Vaughn-House, needed an interior design that would live up to his extraordinary project. Designed by Swatt | Miers Architects, the contemporary five bedroom, nine bath house is the epitome of luxurious indoor outdoor living in Silicon Valley, with an open floor plan, 22 foot-high ceilings and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows that expose nearly 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. It is relaxing and private, immersed in nature, yet ideal for entertaining and hosting gatherings.




The design of the house emphasizes natural light, which proved to be an inspiration for the tranquil and airy aesthetic of the interior design. The design is one-of-a-kind and exclusive to the home; the furnishings are carefully considered and specifically chosen, representing the finest in contemporary European design. The palette is serene and sophisticated, but also contains elements of surprise and fun in the color choices of the accessories and art. The end result is a home in which the architecture and interior design are seemingly made for each other.




Subconscious N005.16, Subconscious N007.16 & Subconscious N008.16 by Daniel Diaz-Tai

Bringing diversity and interest to a house of this scale, while maintaining an aesthetic consistency, can be daunting. Over 15 storied European brands including Living Divani, FLOS, Baxter, Paola Lenti, Moooi, Porro, Bosa and Moroso were brought together to supply the indoor and outdoor furnishings, lighting, textiles and accessories.

To that end, interior design does not stop with the furnishings. The home’s lofty whitewashed walls proved to be the perfect backdrop to display pieces of fine art that complement and uplift the home. Our curated gallery program fosters partnerships with local artists and galleries to find pieces that are a natural continuation of the interior design. Over 50 works small and large fill the house, ranging from tintypes and kiln glass pieces to watercolors and digital photography.


Crush Series: EstrangedCrush Series: Lust by Silvia Poloto (left); Nightscapes by Will Day (right)


Subconscious N006.16 by Daniel Diaz-Tai


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Rosa Louca Dos Ventos Series: Intellect by Silvia Poloto

In addition to the art, accessories by Bosa add playful pops of color and character throughout the rooms. Bosa, whose innovation lies in its creation of unique designer ceramics, follows the classic, handcrafted Venetian way of making ceramics and utilizes a rich palette of colors and precious metals to ornament them. Fun pieces like the Hopebird sculpture in glossy gold finish and the oversized Oops vases break up the soft, neutral palette of the furnishings and add charm to the home.


Gold and Gray by Colin McRae

Want to take a virtual tour of this stunning house? We partnered with Wescover to provide you with a unique experience of walking room-by-room through the home, all from your computer or mobile device. Click here to visit the state-of-the-art virtual showroom.

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