Counterbalance

Allan Farkas of Eggleston|Farkas Architects of Seattle teamed with Steven Hensel of Hensel Design Studios to transform this ultra-modern two-story loft into an open floor plan that embraces both its soaring industrial architecture and softer elements of the interior design.

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Notes of old world and modern farmhouse styles marry seamlessly in the great room where traditional wood floors are juxtaposed with relaxed modern furniture, and traditional plaster was worked into a contemporary design on the ceiling and walls. In the background, two sliding LaContina doors retract into the walls when open to provide unobstructed access to the backyard. The designer combined two circular chandeliers to provide proportion and warm lighting to the room.

Dreaming of Home

Looking for a home that was neither too big nor too small, a Wilsonville couple’s quest for the just right home led them to a street of dreams where they were able to build a bespoke home that weds old world character with new world verve.

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Sited on a 1.2 acre, heavily forested property, this home in the Portland area feels enveloped by the landscape. The exterior blends traditional stucco in two different shades as well as vertical red cedar. Wide overhangs protect the siding while also creating strong horizontal lines in contrast to the vertical cedar. A reflecting pool near the front entrance pulls in light and sets a spa-like tone even before you step inside.

Wildwood: A Forested Home in the City

Heart of the city. Heart of the forest. This sylvan retreat in Portland, Oregon, is close to everything, but feels a world apart. With a clean, contemporary style and warm, inviting spaces, this custom home nurtures a family’s connection to one another, and the outdoors.

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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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Fieldhouse

Inspired by early 20th-century national parks buildings, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer set out to create a secluded, yet playful retreat to enhance Their clients’ vacation home on Whidbey Island. taking advantage of Pacific Northwest materials and sensibilities, The Fieldhouse is designed as a place for sport and recreation.

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An open steel frame staircase with oak treads echo the home’s wide plank European oak flooring. Large Loewen windows bath the staircase in light along with a trio of Finnish Secto pendants. Artiss’s own slab ceramic box on paired black and white oak Josh Vogel coffee tables.

Harbor House

After purchasing this plum piece of real estate overlooking Bainbridge Island’s historic Washington State Ferry Dock, interior designer Tracey Artiss collaborated with architect Devin Johnson of Johnson Squared and Tish Treherne of Bliss Garden Design to design a home and garden with minimalist farmhouse style.

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Sleek Poggenpohl “+Segmento” walnut and white satin lacquer finish cabinetry creates a clean, modern framework around which the unique kitchen was designed. A composite stone with faint charcoal veining adds drama to the double waterfall edge island. Mirror finished custom hood design is a gleaming focal point.

Modernistas

When Six Walls Interior Design teamed up with Taylor Building & Design, LLC, to create an ultra-modern kitchen and bath for The Houghton House, an award-winning contemporary home designed with McCullough Architects that overlooks Lake Washington, the results were not only aesthetically pleasing, but also warm, inviting and highly functional.

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By reverse-positioning the living and dining areas upstairs on the top floor, Rogers and Hale give homeowners the opportunity to fully enjoy the spectacular views of downtown Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. A pair of Fleetwood doors open onto a balcony tucked between the two main rooms, while a floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood window provides a view downward into the first-floor entry foyer. The U-shaped central staircase with capped skylight rises directly behind it, opening onto the view.

Skyline Living

This luxurious custom-built home located on Queen Anne Hill pays homage to traditional Georgian style architecture with a modern twist. Designed and constructed by Richard Rogers of R&R Development Company in concert with Seth Hale of MAS Architect, the home’s Fleetwood windows and doors provide unobstructed views from the Cascades to the Olympics.

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Dumont reiterates black, white, and gold palette throughout entry: painted wood paneling, steel staircase, Visual Comfort Cubist pendant, Arteriors sconces, hex-shaped table, and artwork. French doors flank Marvin aluminum clad windows.

Water’s Edge

Charged with seemingly impossible guidelines to build a modern home on prime Mercer Island waterfront property, Brad Sturman of Sturman Architects, Inc., joined homeowners, contractor Gallagher Co., and interior designer Gwenaël Dumont of ID By Gwen, to meet not only the permitting demands, but also create an artful, clean-lined home perfect for the family’s needs.

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Williams’ architectural design lends new importance to the master by placing it above the garage now tucked out of sight below. Privacy comes from a wraparound concrete balcony. Shapiro Ryan’s wide concrete walkway rises elegantly through the graduated, terraced minimalist landscape, with grass eye-break before Williams’ wood and steel fencing perched atop concrete.

Hillside Modern

Award-winning architect Lane Williams of Lane Williams Architects of Seattle teamed with landscape designers Clare Ryan and Martha Shapiro of Shapiro Ryan Design to transform this 1966 Clyde Hill rambler into a modern residence whose formerly intrusive garage now disappears below ground, allowing architecture and new landscape to fit gracefully into the neighborhood.

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There were two elements of the 1925 cottage kitchen that Chelly knew she would maintain: the arched entry into the breakfast nook and the original windows and glass. Adding display shelves with corbel brackets increased storage space, as did the construction of new cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron like the kitchen cabinets. Mixing modern with period correct furnishings inspired the combo of comfy Design Within Reach Globus chairs paired with a traditional wrought iron legged table from Rejuvenation.

Eastmoreland Cottage Kitchen

In 2003, Chelly Wentworth, now owner of C-Change Design, and her husband Phil moved from the Santa Cruz mountains to Portland, where Chelly began working for Neil Kelly as a Design Consultant.

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To open up the living areas, heavy traditional elements were eliminated, including quadruple crown moldings, massive Roman columns that blocked passageway from the living area to dining nook. Edgy fur chairs with bone pair with pinstriped velvet sofa.

High Contrast

When Ponciano Design teamed with Rebuild LLC to transform this 2006 Forest Heights home from traditional to classic modern for Portland’s 2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes, Ponciano created a very dramatic, polished classic look with plenty of glam.

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A cantilevered staircase with glass railing sits against interior/exterior envelope of Amber Rose flame cut stone contrasting with cold rolled blackened steel fireplace. Gregorious|Pineo Battista dining table; Holly Hunt chairs; blown/cast glass Trinh Nguyen artwork. Photo © Derek Reeves

Sustainable Dream Home

This couple’s dream to build a very sustainable, yet elegant contemporary hillside home wrapped in rich, warm horizontal cut stone that would also embrace its expansive views of Lake Washington and the Cascades became an award-winning reality when Stuart Silk Architects came on board.

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Spaced vertical mahogany boards create a screen framing metal clad wood Sierra Pacific windows.

River House

After decades spent dreaming of building a house on his Vancouver property by the Columbia River, Gary Miller and his wife Dell Ann Dyar, overcame complex permitting laws, density requirements, and BNSF Railroad permit, to build a modern home along the wooded river’s edge designed by Carmel architect Erik Dyar of DYAR Architecture.

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Refined Rusticity

Respecting and augmenting the original architect’s vision were top priorities for a striking Black Butte Ranch renovation, where natural materials, a stunning site, and classic Northwest language with a modern twist merge to create a family’s perfect legacy vacation home.

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A pair of 1930s Murano glass chandeliers from 1st Dibs, purchased before the project broke ground, add sparkle and panache to the sleek kitchen design. Lacanche range features a granite backsplash (Patagonia polished) from Pental Surfaces of Portland, which glows dramatically from complex backlighting. Double islands feature an MPP detail - laminated striated soft Douglas fir. Clean-lined Oregon white oak cabinetry by Heritage Woodcraft. A step-down area that looks out on pond via Reynaers windows features U-shaped bar. Artwork by Portland’s Andy Luce.

Once Upon A Pond

After 15 years spent living in a traditional home on a 26-acre farm-like property in Silver Creek Falls, Oregon, this couple found Bend architect Eric Meglasson of Meglasson Architect and Portland interior designer Holly Freres of JHL Design to collaborate on designing an ultra-modern home surrounded by nature on the shores of a beloved pond.

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Modernized Ranch

Torn between purchasing a new home and staying in the location they loved, a Portland couple settled on a bright, modern renovation of their midcentury ranch by Richard Brown Architect and Introspecs that retained a sense of comfort and warmth.

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Gig Harbor Classic

A client with a desire for a classic East Coast aesthetic modernized in the Pacific Northwest achieved her vision thanks to a major renovation by Marianne Simon Design and Ripple Design Studio.

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Indoor-outdoor fabrics from Architex and Christopher Farr Cloth are durable choices for the kitchen banquette, while artwork by Mia Farrington and Jennifer Gauthier brings visual interest to a nook located off the kitchen. Counter stool and dining chairs by Crate & Barrel and custom upholstered by Village Interiors.

Creekside Modern

Working collaboratively, a visionary client and NB Design group partnered to create this supremely serene escape, completely transforming a ranch-style home nestled in nature into a zen-like retreat for an active family of five.

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California Dreaming

California dreaming, Northwest soul. This midcentury home on Mercer Island had great bones and an outstanding location, but felt closed-off inside. A thoughtful remodel from Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape and Treebird Construction mingled the best of California modernism with a distinctly Northwest attention to craft to bring up the curtains and let the light back in.

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