A typical 1940s interior—think lots of small, defined spaces separated by doorways and walls—made the kitchen and dining areas feel cramped. By removing interior walls and raising the ceiling to the roofline, this project transformed a historic home into a light, bright, airy space. Yet by keeping the original built-ins and echoing traditional design elements like crown molding and lapboard in other areas of the home, the remodel stayed true to the underlying structure.

Seward Park Gables

Repatriating unused attic space to create open rooms with dramatic gabled ceilings.

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Paramount for the kitchen of this Gleneden Beach retreat was to merge the indoors and out, and to lighten a once dark, cavelike feel. “The challenges were to create a large open space and maintain the structural integrity of the loft above,” says C&R Design Remodel co-owner Beth Rhoades. “This required beams over the kitchen’s new location. We also needed to address the cooktop ventilation. The end result was to sheetrock those to have them disappear in the space.”

Oceanfront Haven

Paramount for the kitchen of this Gleneden Beach retreat was to merge the indoors and out, and to lighten a once dark, cavelike feel.

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In one portion of the kitchen, designers Alex Childs and Brooke Prince created a dining nook. A built-in bench matches the cabinetry and conceals storage space underneath the cushions. The pedestal table and bentwood dining chairs incorporate touchstones of mid-century modern style.

Mid-Century Marvelous

This family’s cherished mid-century modern home in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood got a new lease on life thanks to a little help from White Space Design Group. A full remodel revealed open spaces, light-filled rooms, and a refreshed aesthetic that interprets vintage style through a modern lens.

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Key architectural elements of this 1927 Tudor style home with French Normandy flourishes remain intact today: voluptuously curved mahogany windows, trim and leaded glass windows restored to their former glory. In the living room, Chadbourne + Doss Architects brought the existing fireplace front and center with a faceted blackened steel surround. Gleaming Blaze lighting by Modern Forms draws the eye to new cove uplighting. Homeowners’ artwork, a Buddha photograph, adds drama to historic architecture.

French Normandy Redux

Sometimes it takes a village to move homeowners from one side of the globe to another. In this case, it was Bob Boyce’s sister Ann, who convinced Boyce, who had gone to Shanghai as a graduate of Northern Arizona University for a Chinese language course in 1994, and went on to become a well-known Shanghai restauranteur, that he should move to Seattle.

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Extensively restored c.1903 Federal Style exterior is painted in Benjamin Moore Philipsburg Blue) includes new copper entry roof. ABOVE Front parlor décor began with 19th c. Pakistan hand-knotted rug from Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs tied to Benjamin Moore Bella Blue walls; Kravet Versailles drapery with Morgik Metal unlacquered hardware. Bay Area estate sale leather wingbacks and side tables. Antique former gas chandelier inspired King’s Chandelier sconces over original fireplace with Lisac’s Fireplace & Stoves gas insert. Hobart M. Cable piano came with house. 8-light French doors replaced inappropriate louvered doors.

Federal Way

Although this Northern California family had never lived in an old house before, they were so fascinated by them, they wanted to relocate to Portland, Oregon, to live in one. That desire led them to this c. 1903 Federal Style home designed by Whidden and Lewis, a prominent architectural firm of the day.

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Grain matched walnut cabinetry is the main focus of the kitchen — used on the island and a bar area at one end of the kitchen and on the concealed refrigerator at the other, they are complemented by Gold Bronze upper cabinets, and Gold Bronze hardware and trim. All materials combine to complement each other and carry through the themes of minimalism and clean lines. Puck lights, mirrored toe kicks, and modern surfacing material used in the countertops and backsplash further emphasize the kitchen’s aesthetic while providing brightness and visual interest.

A Towering Success

The kitchen of a dated condominium in a sterling downtown Seattle location was taken down to the studs and is now ready for the future in a luxurious remodeled clean line space that relies on warm woods, modern materials, and German engineering to create a beautiful and functional kitchen.

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A Place to Gather

Axiom Luxury Homes, Blondino Design, and Ponciono Design help A family create their dream home on a golf course in Camas. With an open floorplan and a contemporary farmhouse aesthetic, bright white custom cabinetry from Hayes Cabinets is central to the bright and airy look the homeowners desired.

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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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