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Stephanie Williams, is an interior designer,  writer and travel communicator. Stephanie was the first editor of Qantas epiQure and her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, television and online.  She also has a love of fashion design, borne while working for Comme des Garcons

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EAT STAY: Love SingleThread Farms and Rooms

EAT STAY: Love SingleThread Farms and Rooms

90 minutes north of San Francisco, in heavenly Sonoma County, lies SingleThread, a farm-driven restaurant and inn, being described as the ‘most talked about foodie opening in the USA’.

Husband and wife owners’ Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s California upbringing along with their extensive international travels, and their experiences living and cooking abroad in both the UK and Japan has come together to create SingleThred. Their philosophy is rooted in a wealth of Japanese principles and traditions surrounding hospitality, food culture and service, while focusing on the seasons, nature, and products of Sonoma County. Their goal is to evoke an authentic experience of their wine-country lifestyle, which combines the art of sustainable agriculture with culinary excellence. They aim to fully integrate the farm into its hospitality spaces, and bring food sourcing to the forefront.

Kyle spent five years at Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Berkshire, with the job title of 'Head chef of research and development at the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen'. We’d like to apply for that job! Prior to the Fat Duck, Kyle worked with chef highly acclaimed French chef, Michel Bras, in Japan for three years.

The name comes from the idea of a single thread of hospitality, starting at Katina's small farm beside the Russian River, continuing with one of three 11-course tasting menus at the restaurant, then finishes with a gift of a copy of your menu, seeds and a floral posy. It’s just beautiful from start to finish.

But I know you’re asking - what does this have to do with design? Well, my friends, there are also five bedrooms above the restaurant, designed by AvroKO, the firm behind The Temple House Bar and Lounge in Chengdu, and New York's 1 Hotel Central Park.

The best part is, you can book in right now! SingleThread has opened reservation requests for both the restaurant and the inn – rates for a guest room start from USD$800 per night, and suites start from USD$1,000. To book, visit singlethreadfarms.com

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