11/30/2012 03:11 pm ET

House Tour: Inside Designer Glenda Martin's Last Project (PHOTOS)

John Merkl

Designer Glenda Martin had no idea that the last home she decorated would be so meaningful to those that loved her. But when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away only months after completing the project, her home became a place where her family and friends could be reminded of her spirit and the things that were most important to her. Our friends at California Home + Design spoke with the designer's family and shared this touching story and house tour.

Martin's daughter suggests that she may have chosen this 650-square-foot barn in Sonoma, California to be her refuge while she battled her disease because it was reminiscent of her childhood and Missouri farm roots. She kept much of the structure's original rustic charm intact, but updated it with modern touches like stainless steel countertops in the open kitchen, pops of color and vibrating patterns. And she painted the original wood white in her bedroom loft to create a bright and airy retreat. She was also influenced by Japanese design, which is where she came up with idea for the beautiful floating staircase that connects the spaces.

Click through the slideshow of images of this restful home, and head over to California Home + Design for the full story and more photos.

House Tour: Glenda Martin

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