Color-impregnated curly maple herringbone entry flooring by Provenza Floors. Kush Rugs; Kelly Wearstler black Souffle chairs; Barcelona Couch from Design Within Reach.

Modern Compound

Spectacular things happened when these homeowners, armed with a clear vision of the ultra-modern home they wanted to create, teamed with Shannon Ponciano of Ponciano Design and Craig Moody of Northwest Classic Homes for the third time to create a home like no other.

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Hunziker’s U-shaped Coraggio mohair sofa nestles before stately Fleetwood windows facing lake on Lapchi rug.

Mercer Island Refuge

When award-winning architect Brett Baba of Graham Baba Architects of Seattle teamed with revered “AD 100” Seattle interior designer Terry Hunziker, who has thrice remodeled what began as a humble 1960s lakeside cabin, the home’s simple roots soared to princely status.

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The original arched steel windows and sconces remain intact in the vaulted ceiling living room with expansive city views and 5,558 sq. ft. of terraces. Custom cold rolled steel firebox pops amidst a newly designed and constructed chimney.

The Envoy

By teaming the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design aesthetic with Olson & Jones Construction know-how, a perfect union was formed to modernize the 5,026 sq. ft. two-story penthouse atop the 1929 Envoy Apartment Building – Portland’s tallest high-rise of its day, which still stands like a sentinel overlooking NW 23rd and Burnside.

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A super-steep, relatively small site brought challenges, but also opportunity. Instead of building out, this home went up to fit just over 3,000 square feet on a city lot. Terraced walkways, patios, and staircases knit the home into the landscape, and the offset cantilevered form creates plenty of opportunities for rooftop outdoor space.

Sky Box

Steep site? No sweat. Lane Williams Architects and Shapiro Ryan Design transformed a difficult parcel in Seattle’s Madison Valley into a fresh, stylish hideaway. This custom-built modern home uses cantilevered forms, creative outdoor space, and clever shifts in perspective to take maximum advantage of every vertiginous inch.

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Island Blues

Color? Check. This custom contemporary home on Bainbridge Island pairs vibrant hues with floor-to-ceiling windows for a natural antidote to the Northwest’s sometimes-gloomy climate. Clean lines, an open layout, and strong connections to the gorgeous island landscape make this the perfect perch for an active family.

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A mix of materials, colors, and textures gives this kitchen a dynamic feel and echoes the rich natural world of the Oregon Coast. Quartz countertops are used in two different thicknesses and colors. The large-format porcelain floor tiles have a warm, stone-like finish. Custom walnut cabinetry is grain-matched for extra interest.

Sea Worthy

Some think best in in the shower. For Larry Helmke, inspiration struck on a plane. Armed with the seed of an idea, Larry and his wife Judy Helmke partnered with Mountainwood Homes to construct a dream coastal retreat on the Oregon Coast complete with naturalistic forms, captivating textures, and an intricately detailed interior.

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Schoener coded each kitchen cabinetry element to create this unique traditional design, from wood species to finish and custom LED interior drawer lighting.

Broadmoor Traditional

After years of working together designing various homes, the team of Bellevue interior designer Linda Schoener of Schoener Interiors, the homeowner herself, and Seattle architect Eric Koch of Partners Architectural Design Group, has begun to age like fine wine – with each iteration of the family’s latest home becoming more elegantly understated and livable.

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CABINETRY A standout in the mostly white kitchen, the mid-tone gray hue from Benjamin Moore on the cabinets is augmented by the gold in the hardware. COUNTERS + LIGHTING White Space chose Pental Quartz countertops with a subtle, yet warm veining to add interest but keep the kitchen’s clean, uncluttered aesthetic.

West Seattle Vibe

White Space Design Group’s collaborative process led to a design honoring the character of a craftsman-style West Seattle bungalow with a comfortable, yet sophisticated vibe that celebrates the clients’ vision and personality.

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Tree House

Taking cues from Puget Sound’s remarkable landscape, this custom-built sylvan retreat on Burien’s waterfront represents a collaboration between artistic homeowners and an all-star design team. Bold colors, fearless contrasts, and a layout inspired by the land combine to create a luminous space that appears to levitate among the trees.

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The board and batten exterior creates an intentional architectural detail – a shadow line that looks as if one plane is floating in front of the other, since the return of the batten is unseen. An Ebony and Cape Cod gray stain by Sikkens products adds definition.
Photography © Jeremy Bittermann

Piercing The Light

Inspired by a hillside site overlooking the Cascade Range, Willamette River and Portland’s downtown, Allied Works Architecture created a modern masterpiece whose geometry splays open like five fingers of a hand to bring in light from above and views of the terraced landscape below from three stepback walls of soaring windows.

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Exposed beams inside and out team with concrete chimney and fireplaces. Poured concrete exterior forms for the stairs, pool and koi pond by GCW.

Pacific Spirit Art Estate

After razing a 1940s ranch home from this 300-foot-long hillside property that drops precipitously toward views of the ocean, Garret Cord Werner Architects and Interior Designers created a modern, yet intimate family home that nestles into a magnificent, graded landscape replete with koi pond, pool, ancient boulders and Native art.

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Modern Farmhouse

Contemporary lines meet timeless details. This Northwest remodel combines clean shapes with farmhouse warmth and a touch of modern industrial style to create an open, light-filled nest for a growing family.

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Impactful Minimalist

A place for everything, everything in its place. This Neil Kelly kitchen infuses a clean, modern aesthetic with thoughtful functional design to make cooking a pleasure and hosting a joy.

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Color Chameleon

With its crisp lines, clean tones, and gallery-like feel, it’s hard to believe this light-filled midcentury pad in Portland, Oregon, was once a dark 1940s fixer-upper. A full facelift from JDL Development and Guggenheim Architecture & Design Studio, including functional updates for a busy life, transformed this home’s sleeping and bathing spaces from merely adequate into a gorgeous contemporary retreat.

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Collectors' Retreat

Inspired by contemporary galleries, this sleek, minimalist home is a flexible showcase for its owners’ expansive art collection. Clean lines, minimal ornamentation, and elemental materials keep the focus on the pieces, the view, and the pleasure of one another’s company.

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To underscore the home’s established farmhouse style, Taryn designed a rustic hutch to bring a warmer, more traditional feel into the kitchen. Countertops and backsplash are Calacatta Vettogli marble sourced from Intrepid Marble & Granite. “Throwing in a lot of texture was important,” says Taryn. “In the kitchen alone, you have this really cool Ann Sacks white brick behind the range, the distressed wood hood, the hutch, and the backsplash, which is a beautiful glass mosaic.”

Brimming with Character

For a family with a plum private lot in Lake Oswego, a major addition meant all the benefits of a new home without the move. Architect Dave Giulietti and designer Taryn Emerson worked together to ensure this cottage-style home retained its farmhouse charms, even as it grew.

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The hearth room is the central hub for the family during the week, with its fireplace for coziness, TV for relaxing, and sofas for lounging as meals are prepped nearby.

A Country Estate

One Pacific Northwest family’s decision to downsize enabled their son and his blended family to start afresh by razing the parents’ smaller home to design, build and orient their new home more southward toward views of Mt. Hood, lush, rolling hills dotted with grazing horses and sweet sunrises.

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Cliff House

To design and build a modern two-story home that nestles into a cliff overlooking the columbia river gorge on the same footprint as a previous 1940s ranch house was a “tall” order that giulietti|schouten architects and don young and associates completed with aplomb.

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Bohemian Verve

This house in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood offered a growing young family great bones, a fantastic location, plenty of space…and a funky interior that felt gloomy and drab. Designer Heidi Caillier helped these clients create a home to nurture little ones and grown-ups alike with a crisp, modern bohemian style and durable features that make daily living a pleasure.

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Modern Interpretation of Hemenway

Modern updates and elegant high-end touches turned this humble ranch home into a modern palace. Perched on a forested hillside, this home maintains its original classic character and oneness with nature while being extraordinarily contemporary.

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