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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Shake it Up

A family of six gets a big boost with a remodel of thier Lake Oswego colonial that puts functionality front-and-center without sacrificing an ounce of style.

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In a New Light

Portland-based interior designer, Jennifer Leonard, creates a view-oriented condominium space with tons of entertaining potential for a Portland couple on the 22nd floor of the Cosmopolitan building.

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Polished Update

European-born interior designer Hester Capriotti, gives her century-old home in Portland's West Hills a modern refresh without losing any of its original charm—or party potential.

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Life on Hunts Point

Architect Dave Brunner and Fairbank Construction were called upon to transform a 1990s Hunts Point property into an updated home that took advantage of its stunning views of Lake Washington.

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Architect James Dixon of Portland, Oregon, and Chatham, New York, has long had a fascination for barns. 
This one - fashioned as a pool house - looks like a simple vernacular barn when seen from afar, until you get up close
and find it s part of a pavilion.

Hints of an Agrarian Past

Architect James Dixon of Portland, Oregon, and Chatham, New York, has long had a fascination for barns. This one - fashioned as a pool house - looks like a simple vernacular barn when seen from afar, until you get up close and find it's part of a pavilion.

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They created a garden shed that served double-duty: providing ample space for garden implement storage, while screening the raised beds on the south side of the home from interior view. 
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An Urban Enclave

Abutting a major arterial, screening was critical for this custom home owned and built by Treebird Construction. The owners had recently relocated from a more rural part of the state, and wanted to do everything they could to preserve the peaceful feel of the country.

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Light pours through the windows of this home, which was specifically sited and designed to capture every bit of that precious Oregon sunlight. Inside, an airy feel is anchored by the judicious use of rustic materials like stone, leather, and knotty oak.

Southern Exposure

Bahn mi sandwiches. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Scotch whisky aged in sherry casks. Tradition has its place, but sometimes, great things come from the collision of cultures. For this home in Oregon, cross-cultural thinking made it possible to create the feel of a European vacation in the heart of the Willamette Valley.

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Dana Gish and her husband found themselves drawn to a clean, traditional style that can be hard to find in the Northwest.

Classic Charm

Dana Gish and her husband have lived all over, from Southern California and Wyoming to Chicago, even spending time living internationally. But as they searched for a home to raise their children, they found themselves drawn to a clean, traditional style that can be hard to find in the Northwest.

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To create an open great room effect, Werner designed one long space inclusive of kitchen, dining and living room, with the kitchen bordered by a living green wall and illuminated by a custom skylight.

Solar Flair

Designer Garret Cord Werner spent a great deal of time studying this sloping Vancouver, BC lot to discover how to integrate his new home design into the landscape and still achieve the best view, privacy and livability possible.

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Sea, sand, sun, and salt spray. The perfect qualities for a second site are, paradoxically, also the things that endanger it. 
But on the windswept southern end of Whidbey Island, this family retreat combines nautical themes, industrial design, 
and a casual vibe with some serious durability features to ensure many multigenerational gatherings to come.

Treasure Island

On the windswept southern end of Whidbey Island, this family retreat combines nautical themes, industrial design, and a casual vibe with some serious durability features to ensure many multi-generational gatherings to come.

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A courtyard defines the first of several spaces leading to the lake. Contrasting finishes differentiate the various wood species. Windows were supplied by Sierra Pacific Windows.

Open Encounters

DeForest Architects teamed NB Design Group to build a serene lakefront home. The living spaces open to terraces, gardens and sweeping views of the water and Mt. Rainier.

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Navy blue sofas ground the light-filled formal living room that is walled by French doors.

East Coast Roots

A love of the shingle-style homes of the Hamptons and on Nantucket informed the build of a Southwest Portland family home.

 

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Bringing additional light into the kitchen was a central theme of this vintage home remodel.

A Colorful History

Kirk Riley Design undertakes a kitchen remodel fitting of a 1920’s Tudor home in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Navy cabinets with antique mirror details shimmer around brass hardware and fixtures.

 

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Borrowing design concepts from Italian farmhouses and classic Northwest contemporary, Susan and Paul designed a kitchen that maximizes every bit of that precious Seattle light. Full-length windows behind the sink let in abundant sun from morning till evening, and afford views of a terraced rock garden planted with native and Mediterranean plants. Fully custom cabinets 
in the kitchen and throught the home were built by Northwest Custom Interiors.

Natural Beauty

Architect Paul Moon and interior designer Susan Marinello collaborate to create a warm, modern interpretation of a classic Italian villa.

 

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The great room of Tracey and Charlie Brown s barn home opens onto vistas of Lake Chelan. The Stûv wood burning stove warms the great room; 16” to 18” wide Dinesen flooring is fabricated from old growth Douglas fir.

The American Barn

After taking photos of barns her whole life, Tracey Brown and her husband Charlie build their own barn home on an apple orchard near Lake Chelan in Washington. SkB Architects leads the design team.

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Above the fireplace, a Shou Sugi Ban panel made from charred cedar has been wire brushed to reveal even more of its grain. “In this house, we’re not doing high gloss finishes; we’re really expressing the character of the material,” says architect Regan McClellan.

Rock of Ages

Squeezed between Washington’s Chuckanut Bay and a steep ferny incline, a home made entirely from cast concrete rises and surprises with its warmth and natural feel.

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Designer and project manager Nate Ewan used Oregon juniper wood for some of the exterior siding. Tough as nails, juniper grows so well in Eastern Oregon that it’s considered a nuisance. Worse, the tree’s deep roots and high water needs, 30 to 70 gallons a day, mean it’s slowly draining the water table in an already dry climate.

Desert Light

A new home in Oregon’s High Desert is both a nod to mid-century design and a thoughtful reflection of its surroundings. Knotted juniper siding and rough-hewn accessories complete the look.

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