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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Minimalist Luxury

What started as a single room makeover by Style Guide Interior Design grew into a wider renovation once the modern design aesthetic, which began from the floor up, started to transform this 1990 home into a dramatic showpiece still suitable for a young family of four.

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Generous Pella sliding glass doors and wood floors help pull the forested backyard and living room together. Sectional by Camerich, coffee table by Four Hands, and Jute Ottomans by Safavie add modern flair.

Make It Modern

A busy family of four, plus their canine companions, had a conundrum. They wanted to turn their confined-feeling mid-century house, into a light, modern, scandi-inspired dream home. Enter an Imaginative interior designer and an architect with a vision.

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Walnut paneling from DuChateau, 3-Form made the resin paneling which is infused with blue string. Hardwood flooring is also DuChateau. The floating chair is an outdoor piece from Dedon.

Making Connections

They say love is all you need, and that old adage certainly proved true with this beautiful modern home. A remodel and effective collaboration helped revive the spirit of this northwest contemporary home on Mercer Island. The colorful results are modern – yet warm, fresh, and fun.

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The bookmatched marble makes a stunning backdrop to the Waterworks tub. Robern medicine cabinets bordered by walnut perimeter,

Mastering a Small Bath

From modern fixture choices to stylish custom storage, this small master bathroom makes a big design statement.

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A reflective white lap siding ceiling brings light into kitchen. Phillip Jeffries grass cloth panels add panache to the bar. Curry & Co. French Empire crystal chandelier brings shine to Vanillawood sourced table; Kravet upholstered benches.

Refined Lake House

Downsizing from a large, sprawling home overlooking the lake, replete with infinity pool, to a down-to-the-studs remodel of a traditional 1950s lake house into a 3200 sq. ft. Northwest Cottage took ingenuity, creativity and collaboration from all involved.

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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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