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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In the kitchen, a motorized control allows residents to open the clerestory window above the range for natural ventilation. White ceilings with exposed wood beams give it a crisp, farmhouse-inspired look. “We wanted the ceilings to be as light as possible so the interior would glow with natural light,” says architect Nathan Good.

Skyline Sustainable

Luxury, meet sustainability. This LEED Platinum home wraps best-in-class energy and water efficiency features in clean, warm, contemporary design.

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Meydenbauer Bay on Lake Washington with downtown Bellevue in the background.

Seattle’s Vibrant Eastside

Garnering national attention with rankings among “America’s most livable” communities, Bellevue and Mercer Island, for now, still offer opportunities for buyers to put down roots in neighborhoods coveted for their proximity to high tech and outdoor recreation.

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Bainbridge Island Lake house

Art. Family. The outdoors. The things that make life meaningful for this family are the same things that guided the design of their new home on bainbridge island. Abundant light, plenty of room for a growing tribe, and places of honor for a lifetime of international collecting make this home one of a kind.

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Outward Focus

Classic Northwest style gets a contemporary breath of fresh air in this Mercer Island home. Warm tones, tons of light, and an abundance of natural materials (yes, that includes steel and concrete) bring the outdoors in on even the darkest days.

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Time Honored Modern

This young family loved their classic Tudor home, but they didn’t love its small rooms or tiny windows. A down-to-the-studs remodel transformed a cramped space into an open, airy, light-filled home with enough room for everyone to grow.

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