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A Converted Barn Becomes Designer Glenda Martin's Legacy

The desire for a ficus tree in her home was what launched Martin's design career. "She wanted a huge ficus tree for the center of the staircase, but my family had no money to buy it," says Jessica. "One of the neighbors suggested Mom establish herself as a landscaper so she could get the tree for a wholesale price, and then the rest of the neighborhood could buy their plants from her. Mom thought it was a great idea." After Martin passed away, she left a plethora of notebooks containing her inspirations. The photo shows her at age 17, leaving Missouri for California

A Converted Barn Becomes Designer Glenda Martin's Legacy


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Interior designer Glenda Martin worked on the offices of some of Silicon Valley's largest tech companies and, later, on the luxurious homes of the people who founded them. But what she considered her best work was her smallest-a 650-square-foot barn-turned-house that she designed for herself in Sonoma County. Halfway through the six-month project, Martin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She lived in the home for only eight months before passing away. Through the windows Martin had carefully placed at each end of her bedroom, her family could see the sun setting in the west and a full moon rising in the east.