Tim Hammer of CAST Architecture wrapped the structure in fire-and-ice resistant energy-efficient, aluminum-lined windows, corten steel panels and a four-foot-high concrete skirt. The bronze-hued steel panels and pale gray concrete blend beautifully, especially in summer, with the hardscrabble landscape of stones, grasses and trees. The glossy white panels covering the interior and veranda ceilings beguilingly bring the outside in.

Home on the Range

A Seattle family hires CAST Architecture to design a vacation home in Washington’s Upper Methow Valley. The outcome is a rugged, modern getaway.

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This single level, custom design by Tim Schouten of Giulietti | Schouten Architects and built by Ryan Matson features low maintenance materials, and a mixture of warm woods and natural stone inside and out. A walnut screen wall that emulates the horizontal design of the 10’ entry door divides the spacious entry seating area from the lengthy galley kitchen. Dropped cedar ceilings provide intimacy and good task lighting, while its strategic openings provide natural daylight from the clerestory windows above.

Natural Connections

Giulietti Schouten Architects creates a single story home with two private living quarters linked by beautiful, multipurpose common spaces.

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Diane in her upstairs studio with their fox terrier Lily.

Cottage By The Sea

Cannon Beach retailer Diane Speakman fills a 1890s cottage in Gearhart with French antiques, family heirlooms and prized artwork.

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The floor plan of this Vancouver, Washington kitchen designed by Andy Morr of Hayes Cabinets is thoughtful, creating spaces where you know exactly what you’re supposed to do. The abundance of white takes advantage of the natural light but is offset with the sheen of the grey marble and the warmth of the rustic wood tones.

Classic White

Designer Andy Morr divides a kitchen overlooking the Columbia River into four distinct zones, then ties them together with a bright white palette.

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A new expanded entry to the home provides a more hospitable foyer. The bright door and custom bench are harbingers of the design elements inside. The chandelier at the door was originally purchased by the homeowners through Vanillawood for a rental and has moved with the family from house to house ever since. Art is from Portland’s Fourteen30 Contemporary Gallery.

The Bright Stuff

Vanillawood design team Kricken and James Yaker transform a 1960s home in Portland for cosmopolitan clients who moved from Europe.

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In Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood, the rooms of a 1970s contemporary home are opened up to each other and to the outdoors. The stunning and unique use of materials provides innovative solutions to bring light indoors while improving the home’s function and ratcheting up its aesthetic appeal.

Open Air Living

What’s old is new again in this remodel of a 1970s home in Seattle.  Architecture by Olson Kundig.

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What began as a 17-year-old’s vow to live on the San Juan Islands one day, ended 54 years later with New York artist Marie Gladwish collaborating with her son, Seattle architect Gary Gladwish, on an Orcas Island home that both opens to and reflects the environment surrounding it.

Living With the Land

When Marie Gladwish was 17 years old, she dreamed of living on Orcas Island. Her son, Seattle architect Gary Gladwish, made her dream come true.

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In this Portland kitchen designed by Barbara Sumner, the island’s horizontal bookmatched solid Western walnut from Crosscut Hardwood was used to ground the outer perimeter of the room. Sumner used walnut, quartz and stainless to unify the 16-foot-long island and seating area. Stainless steel legs were manufactured by Hanset Stainless, which also clad the cabinetry.

Modern Farm House

Portland designer Barbara Sumner had just three months to transform a Forest Park home for a family returning from living abroad.

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Inside and out, this kitchen in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood is all about natural beauty. Painted in pale greys and white, the hardwood shelves, cabinets and drawers showcase the owners’ ironstone and glassware collection, accentuated by polished nickel lights from Circa Lighting.

Substance & Style

A kitchen remodel was inspired by soft English watercolors.  Portland designer Heidi Semler used pale greys and whites to achieve the look.

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A trio of wrought iron pieces: the custom birdcage lanterns by Gearhart Ironwerks of Oregon, iron travertine coffee table and newly installed iron railing are modern touches that enhance the view when seated on the Restoration Hardware sofas. Behind the wooden salvage door lies a wine butler that delivers bottles from the cellar below. Vintage McGuire director’s chairs are refurbished with outdoor leather, while Wicker Works swivel chairs done in a Schumacher fabric plays off sofa pillows done in Travers “Tazza”.

Historic Rancho Santa Fe

Portland designer Joelle Nesen heads to Rancho Santa Fe to create a desert masterpiece for her longtime Northwest clients.

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Owner-designer Benjamin Silver expanded the footprint of this 1930s Herman Brookman home to 2700 sq. ft., restored the steel casement windows and added French doors, which flood the house with light from every direction. Nestled in the original bay window overlooking the vast manicured gardens is an 18th c. Buddha atop a chest from Cargo. Manolo Moridejar s painting (left) counters Benjamin s artwork, and furniture designs: a low, sleek sofa and cross-grain cut tree trunk coffee table mounted on steel opposite the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams “James” chair.

Past Perfected

Benjamin Silver transforms his 1930s estate in Portland’s West Hills into a showcase for antiques and contemporary furnishings.

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Designer Wendy O’Brien selected dark-stained and distressed Appalachian oak floors reminiscent of wine barrels for this new home in Lake Oswego.

All in the Details

Lake Oswego homeowner Ali Afghan assembles a winning team to build a Mediterranean Northwest home.

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Homeowners in McMinnville, Oregon asked for a comfortable, functional and timeless European-inspired kitchen with modern touches in which they could cook and entertain for at least the next twenty years. Designer Jason Ball achieved their design goals by strategically placing classically styled cabinets along the walls, featuring a furniture-like center island and using modern stainless steel appliances and other metal finishes.

French Fare

Portland designer Jason Ball blends classic European style with modern elan in a new McMinnville kitchen.

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Seattle contractor Ryan McKinney of McKinney Group, Inc. stretches his design wings and builds his clients a rustic, comfortable and functional kitchen that honors the home’s architecture while providing a family hub. Given a magazine photograph of a mosaic, McKinney tracked down a source and then reformatted the design to fit the space above the stove.

Rustic Charmer

Seattle contractor Ryan McKinney realizes a homeowner’s vision for an updated kitchen with homey authenticity.

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Light finishes on walls, ceiling and cabinetry, lighting from a variety of levels and sources, additional windows and the use of reflective hardware and stainless steel appliances and stove hood help modernize and brighten the new kitchen. Classically styled cabinetry and pillowed subway tile backsplashes complement the marble counters and porcelain floors and visually link the remodeled room’s design to the rest of the 90-year-old Mediterranean-style home.

Into the Light

A Seattle family with an old home faced a common dilemma: do you make the space suitable to living in the 21st century or find another?

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Homeowner Dale Pellow loves to cozy up before the outdoor tile fireplace with oak tree mantel to watch television, read, or simply enjoy a fire, which is possible year-round, thanks to heaters that keep the covered area free from the elements. Textured shutter style pendant lights crown Restoration Hardware outdoor furniture. The Larkspur dining table pairs with Restoration Hardware Capri linen chairs. Pental Stone project/grey tile grounds the entire patio.

Up in the Air

Perched on a hillside with views of Lake Oswego and the Willamette Valley, this contemporary home is built for entertaining.

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 The kitchen is my favorite room in the house for entertaining, doing homework and being together,  says Jennifer, who worked with Garrison to add a more modern take to the initial drawings, including picking the statement stone, cabinet fronts, hardware, colors, cabinet style, faucets, perimeter countertops, and backsplash.

East Meets West

Portland designer Garrison Hullinger teams with an East Coast architect to create a colonial home with contemporary interiors in Connecticut.

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Tone and texture are repeated throughout the downstairs. Teak cabinetry brings warmth and pattern to the kitchen. The wood s orange hues reoccur in the backsplash and pendant lights, concrete is used in the floors and counters and echoed in the wall texture, and the color blue moves from walls to stools to chairs. Pendant lights above the dining table are hung high to allow an uninterrupted sight line from the kitchen to the great room.

Idyll in the Sun

Bend designer Cherie Myrick creates a rustic contemporary retreat in Caldera Springs.

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The Dillons’ lakeside house was constructed around a towering fireplace stack that was left in the original concrete instead of being dressed with stone or brick. The siding is set horizontally in contrast to the tall vertical windows. Metal, glass and concrete finish the exterior.

Looking West

Bella Casa owner Richard Codanti combines contemporary design and comfort in this home near Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille.

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An extensive patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the wildlife as evening settles over the Rickreall Valley.

Happy Trails

This house overlooking Oregon’s Rickreall Creek Valley includes an expansive patio to enjoy wildlife and a barn for the owner’s horses.

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