The Italian Villa

Located on East Line St in Bishop, Robin is restoring a vintage "Italian Villa". "The Servanti House" built in 1936, is a long time landmark in Bishop, Calif. It's situated on almost 1 acre in downtown Bishop, second largest property in town, next to "The Joseph House" now owned by Max, Hilda and Miriam, (see their web site: Immigrants from Italy, The Servanti Family, tore down an old Victorian Home, that originally occupied the property and built their "Modern Italian Villa".

The Victorian was built around the turn of the century (1904) when the local Bishop family Doctor, Dr.C.E. Dorrance lived there. It's said that he planted the Sequoia and the Redwood trees to commemorate the birth of his son, around 1900 (before the house was built). The trees are now the focal point in the center of the yard, towering over 75 ft tall.

Only the third owner of the property, Robin feels that she is a steward of this unusual property. The property is zoned for multiple dwellings, the lot could house several apts.

When she saw it in 2003, she felt that it needed to be preserved for the future and to have a little piece of local history restored.
The expected completion date is mid 2005. One of the great features of the property is its over 200 antique rose bushes. The garden is being restored lovingly, for passers-by to admire, as it has been for 70 years! Roma McCoy commented to Robin that she admired the garden from that time prior to her marriage to Dave in the year, 1941.

The Servanti's were also rock collectors and that is evident in the over 600 ft of rock wall they made that surrounds the property that is made of hand crafted bricks embedded with stones and minerals collected throughout The Eastern Sierra and Nevada.
Although the structure itself is small, the home has had a large presence in the hearts of the Bishop locals. Everyone comments how happy they are that Robin decided to take on this challenge and upgrade a little piece of history.

Having lived in the Eastern Sierra since 1970, Robin observed this home and garden as well. When she saw it for sale, her imagination started spinning!! Not unlike the remodel of the Sierra Design Studio building in Mammoth Lakes, circa 2000, she saw the possibilities of a dramatic restoration.

Stay posted for the "After Photos" this summer.

Cabin in the Sky

Located on two lots in "The Bluffs". This home was designed by Elliot Brainard and constructed by builder Al Preschutti. A virtual "log mansion", it is one of Mammoth's finest homes.

Robin worked from the beginning with the owners, architect and builder on details that include, but aren't limited to: floor plan, cabinet design, flooring materials, tile and granite selection, electrical layout, furniture layout, paint scheme, front door design, fixture specification, all interior furnishings, refinishing of clients furniture, window treatments, mural, etc. This project is now completed.

Home and Condominium Remodels

Our remodel crew includes Chris and Sean Johnson, Chet Baker-paintings, Loring Craig-electrical, Ernie Ruiz-tile constructor, and several other local contractors. For information on updating or remodeling your home please contact Robin at

Log-style Furniture

Robin Stater and Sierra Design Studio is synonymous with log furniture and cabin furnishings. Since Sierra Design Studio opened in 1988, Robin has designed and worked with local craftsmen to provide the finest in custom log furnishings — log beds, log-style dressers, log railings and log desks. At the Western design Conference, Robin was contacted by Chase Reynolds Ewald to submit her designs in log furniture. One of her log and slab pine desks was accepted to be published in the book, "Cowboy Chic, Western Style Comes Home". This was a great honor for Robin.

Juniper Crest

We are currently working on several of the new Juniper Crest homes that are Mammoth Intrawest's current project. We are designing all of the homes there, including styles from Contemporary to Cabin style and one with a complete remodel, completed by the Sierra Design Team, including Chris and Sean Johnston and Chet Baker Painting.



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