Lifelong art patron Louise Newquist designs her homes to be simple, neutral and uncluttered to showcase her extensive collection of art by world-renowned artists.n From Orange County, she and her late husband, Dr. Richard Newquist filled their home was with three-dimension art and lavish garden sculptures.n After loosing her husband 21-years ago, Newquist donated her garden sculptures to a museum and moved to the Napa Valley in 1998.n She bought two-acres in the Napa Carneros region. She pulled out a four by eight-foot piece of plywood and began sketching her new home.
Her former Carneros home was featured in the coffee table book, Napa Valley Style by Katheryn Masson. Her artistic design used corrugated metal siding surrounded by drought resistant landscape. The color and textures were a work of art themselves and reflected the serenity of the area.
“Raw materials are delicious,” said Newquist, whose artful eye finds beauty in the nature that surrounds her.
Five years ago, Newquist changed her lifestyle from receptions for nonprofits and art related venues, such as the former COPIA and di Rosa Preserve.n As she approached 80 years old, the upkeep on the property became too much for her and she moved to a local retirement home.n She donated much of her art collection to the Oakland Museum.
She moved into a retirement home and immediately set out to bring her exquisite taste to her two-bedroom apartment. Newquist got to work redesigning her new home with the simplicity of her personal aesthetic; the dark cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen are gone; the walls are painted a Swiss Mocha White and the carpet is a light comfortable tone.n All the light fixtures are replaced with handmade works of art.
“The white walls are just a background to accent the art,” she said.n “The dark colors interfere with my paintings. I also took the doors off all the rooms to recreate a more open free flowing space.”n For the past five years her apartment has been a work in progress, and now it is the home she loves.
“The serenity of this place is lovely,” she added. “I want to live in a place I love and be around the things I love.
Her favorite art pieces, including a resin sculpture with a natural color of lavender by artist De Wain Valentine, are not decorations. They profoundly express the world that Newquist loves so well.n She keeps a list of the artists in her collection and their backgrounds.n All of the artists, but one, who is from Canada, are from the United States.
Everything is meticulously and thoughtfully placed by Newquist’s talented eye.n Even her collections of books are displayed in an artful fashion.
“People should get used to living with art,” she said.n “It’s a wonderful way to live.”
Newquist, with her simplicity and style, has a gift to put together a living space that, like her, is warm, inviting and intriguing.
“I’m a stay at home kind of person,” she added. “Though I do like to out from time to time to local restaurants.”n At 87, Newquist would rather be home in her self-made piece of paradise. NVL