Lakefront Life

In 2014, two native Oregonians who are now career professionals living in Washington, D.C., began looking for a vacation home in the Pacific Northwest. They tried Bend, the Oregon coast, and even the Willamette River without luck. While viewing a parcel of land on a bluff overlooking Yale Lake, they spotted the perfect lakefront property. A little sleuthing came next.

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Magnolia House

Architecture is a little bit like yoga: it’s all about balance. This new contemporary home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood follows the rules of a great outfit and mixes luxuries and basics for home that hits the bull’s-eye: High-end and on-budget.

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Brachvogel expanded the portico to protect the entry from weather.

Island Makeover

For Peter Brachvogel of BC&J Architecture of Seattle, the 2014-16 makeover of this 1931 Norman-style home was a second time around, and a first-time collaboration with interior designer Taylor Ogle of Taylor Anne Interiors in Santa Barbara, who was intimately aware of the home’s shortcomings having spent her teenage years there.

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In the kitchen, a motorized control allows residents to open the clerestory window above the range for natural ventilation. White ceilings with exposed wood beams give it a crisp, farmhouse-inspired look. “We wanted the ceilings to be as light as possible so the interior would glow with natural light,” says architect Nathan Good.

Skyline Sustainable

Luxury, meet sustainability. This LEED Platinum home wraps best-in-class energy and water efficiency features in clean, warm, contemporary design.

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Meydenbauer Bay on Lake Washington with downtown Bellevue in the background.

Seattle’s Vibrant Eastside

Garnering national attention with rankings among “America’s most livable” communities, Bellevue and Mercer Island, for now, still offer opportunities for buyers to put down roots in neighborhoods coveted for their proximity to high tech and outdoor recreation.

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Bainbridge Island Lake house

Art. Family. The outdoors. The things that make life meaningful for this family are the same things that guided the design of their new home on bainbridge island. Abundant light, plenty of room for a growing tribe, and places of honor for a lifetime of international collecting make this home one of a kind.

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Outward Focus

Classic Northwest style gets a contemporary breath of fresh air in this Mercer Island home. Warm tones, tons of light, and an abundance of natural materials (yes, that includes steel and concrete) bring the outdoors in on even the darkest days.

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Time Honored Modern

This young family loved their classic Tudor home, but they didn’t love its small rooms or tiny windows. A down-to-the-studs remodel transformed a cramped space into an open, airy, light-filled home with enough room for everyone to grow.

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Creating Home

What began as a dream to create a Northwest Spa-type space became a 7,500 sq. ft. home that, while often voluminous with striking windows that bring the outside in, always feels cozy and intimate, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Barclay Home Design and Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

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This cabin on the shores of San Juan Island invites the outdoors in at every turn. The same variegated blue stone used for the patio also forms the floor of the main entry room, creating a sense of continuity and cohesion. A built-in bench around two sides of the dining table keeps the small space streamlined, while the bank of windows in the corner provides an immediate connection to the shoreline just outside.

Island Retreat

The Pacific Northwest has its own kind of vernacular architecture: cozy, naturalistic homes with a focus on craftsmanship and strong links between the interior, the exterior, and the horizon. This cabin on San Juan Island incorporates the best of contemporary design with heritage materials that evoke the essence of the Northwest.

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 NEXUS is transformative in the Seattle skyline because it’s not just another place to live but truly a different way to live. 
Blaine Weber, Principal
Weber Thompson Architects

Seattle’s New Era of Condos

Seattle is officially the fastest growing large city in the nation.

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Howe’s custom bench done in marbleized silk by Claremont faces off with a pair of French chairs reupholstered in gray wool and juxtaposed against a spritely hoofed side table.

Loft Life

Take one dream team: architect James Dixon and interior designer Georgia Tapert Howe, add a daring client ready to trade years of living in a west village townhouse filled with antique furnishings for a badly laid out loft in the NoHo district of Manhattan, and what do you get? A miracle!

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The traditional farmhouse kitchen is built around custom cabinetry from Warmington & North, a Seattle-based cabinetry specialist. Warm neutral tones on the walls, cabinets, area rug, and furniture enhance the glow that comes from wrap-around windows.

House of Possibilities

Born and raised in Seattle, Sara Kranwinkle knows the value of a good location. She also loves Queen Anne, the neighborhood where she and her family have lived for the past 13 years. So when the double ...

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Custom cabinetry from Northwest Custom Cabinets stretches all the way to the ceiling, eliminating awkward unused spaces at the top. Jewelry-like chandeliers add feminine sparkle to the room, while warm-toned dark hardwood floors create an anchoring base for all those bright surfaces. The Thermador range and oven includes a main oven and a steam oven, making it ideal for entertaining family or clients.

Sunny Side Up

Dark Northwest winters call for bright, light, glowing interiors inspired by the architecture of beach resorts. This new home’s kitchen combines timeless traditional elements with a glamorous contemporary edge for a space that feels straight out of sunny, sun-drenched southern California.

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Style Pop

Traditional, meet contemporary. This turn-of-the-last-century home in one of Portland’s most historic neighborhoods gets a much-needed refresh without losing its heritage feel. Bright color, pop-art inspired details, and crisp, clean lines set the stage for modern living while staying true to architectural details from another era.

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Windows are strategically placed to maintain privacy from nearby neighbors.

Filling in the Gaps

Residential designer Matthew Daby of M.O. Daby Design met a growing family’s need to remain in their long-time community by building a modern infill home alongside their existing bungalow that remains respectful of the neighborhood. 

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“Anytime you are dealing with an open plan,” says interior designer Kricken Yaker, “it’s tricky to design.” She balanced the masculine elements, with textures that softened the space. Steelhead Architecture’s L-Shape kitchen design enhances the flow.

Modern Man

Determined to give his top floor condo a polished, masculine look, patrick ginn turned to steelhead architecture and vanillawood’s design build firm to create a sophisticated spin on bachelor pad style.

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Dark and with limited counter space and storage, the kitchen provided the impetus for the remodel that would eventually touch almost every surface in the house. After painting existing cabinets and woodwork white, new cabinets and an island were added to expand the work areas.

Magnolia Bliss

Jenny Taylor of August Taylor Design brightens up a 1910 Seattle Magnolia Craftsman with a fashion forward design that reflects her client's personality.

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Designer Michelle Dirkse balances supersaturated color with soothing neutrals to create contrast and dimension, and that approach extends all the way to artwork and accessories. “There’s already enough color in the home; we didn’t need to bring in more color with artwork,” explains Michelle. Blue and white paintings from Mya Kerner echo the dark navy and neutral tones used throughout the home, while a bright watermelon pink coffee table provides a whimsical pop of color.

Modern Family

When a young Seattle couple purchased their condominium in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood, they contacted interior designer Michelle Dirkse for a major style update.

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With sweeping vistas of the Columbia Gorge, this naturalistic oasis in Mosier, Oregon, proves that a garden can be beautiful and tough at the same time.

Field of Dreams

With sweeping vistas of the Columbia Gorge, this naturalistic oasis in Mosier, Oregon, proves that a garden can be beautiful and tough at the same time.

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