Barbara Colvin Hoopes died at home in Yountville, California, on Sunday, March 11, toward the end of a foggy morning that had just turned gloriously sunny. She had spent several hours typically forging ahead on a project with friends ... and literally ran out of steam. She was in the beautiful space she had created, looking out on the vineyard she loved.
Barbara's accomplishments and enthusiasms filled more than one life. Her appreciation of beauty and her joie de vivre remained undiminished, especially in the company of new grandson Rohan Aghera and his parents, Lindsay and Miten. Barbara loved becoming an honorary member of the Aghera family and cherished her friendships with her in-laws.
Barbara's extraordinary creativity was rivaled by her generosity with her time and her ideas. She loved to inspire others. No design project was too large for her to envision, no detail too small to warrant her attention and delight—and no occasion unworthy of a celebration with family and friends, at a beautifully set table graced by the freshest of flowers and a theme feast cooked by Barbara.
After founding two beloved women's apparel brands in the '70s, Barbara thought she might retire. But when Veranda unexpectedly put her now iconic Yountville home on its cover, Barbara found herself with a second career: designer of interiors and exteriors. Over the past 12 years, she designed homes up and down California, and from Seattle to New York. Barbara's style is recognized throughout the design world for its expansiveness, its impeccable eclecticism, and its promise of easy living.
Barbara collected many things, including books, folk art, and gifts for her family and friends. She was globally curious. The world was her oyster, and she found pearls of interest, and new friends, everywhere she ventured.
Barbara leaves behind her daughter, Lindsay Blair Hoopes; son-in-law Miten Aghera; grandson Rohan Aghera; sisters Carol Faucett (Russell) and Mary Alice Stielau (Chuck); seven nieces and nephews, and ten grandnieces and grandnephews. Barbara was predeceased by her brother Donald.
Barbara would have celebrated her 70th birthday with family and friends on May 13. A memorial celebration is being planned on the 12th.
Please contact Emily@bcolvinco.com for details.