In the kitchen, cabinets by United Wholesale are painted a vibrant teal, and grounded with black accents, via the black pearl granite counters, Hudson Valley Lighting, stove hood, and fireplace surround. Rowland carried the patterned Ann Sacks tile to the ceiling, and specified reclaimed wood shelves to suspend over the windows, so everyday items are easily accessed. A large island covered in Upper Spectrum Maple White quartz cedes into a comfortable, custom seating area in front of the fireplace. Mafi wood flooring by Greenhome Solutions brings character.

Color Story

When a Seattle-area couple move to more acreage in Duvall, Washington, they tap Rebecca Rowland Interiors, alongside contractor Lakeville Homes, to transform their run-of-the-mill Saltbox into something much more personal: a home bursting with vibrant color, bold pattern mixing, and reflective of their favorite pastimes.

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Custom banquette by Superior Cabinets features Thibaut fabric from The Dixon Group. Benjamin Moore Snowfall White walls with Balboa Mist millwork echo painted upper kitchen cabinets. Bistro style Pottery Barn chairs grace white painted Gat Creek (Designer Furniture Galleries) dining table. The Light Factory fixture provides touch of whimsy.

Bungalow Glow Up

When the characterless, laminated kitchen cabinetry from a 1980s remodel of this 1927 Craftsman Bungalow in Seattle’s charming Maple Leaf neighborhood began to yellow and peel, this couple, with three lively children and a dog, knew it was time to update the one room where everyone loves to congregate – The Kitchen.

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From Seattle Design Center: Regency style John Pomp sideboard from Trammel Gagne ties to Carlisle Wallcovering on credenza from Jennifer West. Arteriors oval glass crystal chandelier echoes Powell & Donnell table base. Silk starburst Turabi rug pattern radiates from center of table.

Glam Touch

The bonds of trust created between the new owners of this Lake Washington waterfront home, NB Design Group, and Schultz Miller contractors fueled the successful transformation of this 6,000 sq. ft. home that features elements of sophistication reminiscent of Hollywood Regency Art Deco glam mixed with unexpected, playful touches.

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The living room is a light-filled sanctuary, thanks to tall windows and glass doors to the exterior deck, and an interior scheme by designer Colleen Knowles. The chic seating area has a J Redmond sectional and accent chair, the latter from Inform Interiors, around the Donghia coffee table. The Tufenkian Rug is from Driscoll Robbins. The dining room furniture is by McGuire, with statement-making Melt Pendants by Tom Dixon, also from Inform Interiors.

Light-Filled Haven

Colleen Knowles Interior Design leads an interior refresh on a sharply contemporary home on Mercer Island, Washington, swapping out bland finishes in favor of iconic modern furnishings, a soothing color palette, and sculptural forms, in order to create a chic personal haven for the new owners.

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Existing agricultural buildings inspired architect Kirsten Ring Murray to create a steeply pitched metal roof. Horizontal torched spruce siding resembles weathered barnwood. Steel pivot entry door plays off utility room at left, its patina changing with exposure to elements. Island Gardens Company landscaping features a trio of willows creating symmetry with tree at left. Small evergreen Douglas Iris, heather, and creeping thyme are ground cover. Deer fence posts are small steel I-beams.

A Storied Past

An architectural jewel designed by Olson Kundig’s Kirsten Ring Murray that’s perched over the ever-changing San Juan Islands’ waters of False Bay gets a recent makeover by the San Francisco interior design firm of Geremia Design that specializes in art curation.

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The exterior is covered in T1-11 plywood with randomly spaced battens, and the roof is standing seam metal. The exterior storage, enclosed entry, and interior pantry walls are all wrapped in the same material for continuity from inside to out.

Buck Mountain

A compact cabin on Orcas Island, designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by Tye Contracting, maximizes a steep slope and connects to an array of views, from sweeping vistas of the archipelago, to close-ups of the madrone forest.

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Clean lines and loft-inspired colors and fixtures ground and define the kitchen in what otherwise might have felt like a cavernous space. Contemporary lighting from Kelly Wearstler’s architectural Nodes line is used throughout the home, including a statement chandelier over the kitchen island. Glossa and Kestenbaum’s skill with space planning resulted in high-functioning spaces for enthusiastic home cooks and entertainers. Sleek cabinetry frame Wolf appliances and a concealed Vent-A-Hood. The oversized island features a built-in walnut cutting board from Cross Cut Woodworks and a dramatic waterfall countertop of PentalQuartz.

City Outlook

A stalwart urbanite strikes a balance between her city style and a new appreciation for the space and calm of a West Seattle oasis with sweeping views. The perfect marriage of metropolitan minimalism softened with natural materials and textures results from a collaboration between designers Kathleen Glossa and Tamar Kestenbaum.

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Lightening Up

The Landon’s kitchen went from dreary to cheery with some expert re-arranging and a new color palette. Situated within a sweeping rural landscape, including views of the Cascade Mountains, designer Charla Ray created an inviting hub for the Landon’s love of cooking and gathering. Casual bar and eat-in-kitchen seating welcome guests to linger. The singular hanging chandelier by Feiss is lightweight with an open silhouette so as not to obscure the view. Adding a second Sub-Zero refrigerator gives guests access to all the refreshments they need without navigating through the prep fridge.

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Modern Living on Elliott Bay

Inspired by this rare view of Seattle’s skyline, architect Lane Williams and contractor/homeowner Troy Adams designed and built a modern West Seattle home as stunning as its remarkable view. White Space Design Group produced the all-important visual flow with its choices of interior fixtures, finishes, and furnishings, while Spring Greenworks’ lush landscape design completed the whole.

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Richard A. Fisher Architects and White Label Interiors worked with contractor Chad Stevens to create a vacation rental on two lots in Suncadia, WA, which could easily accommodate thirty people, or several families, at once. Rustic materials, like heavy timber and stone, were mixed with modern detailing to strike the right balance in the natural setting.

Modern Recreation

Adventurous clients team up with Richard A. Fisher Architects and White Label Interiors to fashion the ultimate vacation destination in Suncadia, a Washington mountain resort. By combining National Park lodge vernacular with sharply modern elements, this is “Suncadia 2.0,” a whole new twist on tradition.

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The Italian countryside resort influence starts with a lush oasis of Mediterranean-style landscaping surrounding outdoor spaces designed for gathering and lingering. The state-of-the-art pool by VIP Masonry features a built-in jetted spa. The design allows a seamless covering of the pool that’s safest for children and maintains better temperature control. The evenings are lit with an elegant exterior lighting plan, including a rustic chandelier in the outdoor living and dining space and lanterns with a contemporary farmhouse ambiance.

Resort-Like Living

This modern Tuscan-influenced farmhouse featured in the 2021 Northwest Natural Street of Dreams is a dream come true for its owners. Built to host extended family and friends, every conceivable comfort and convenience creates a resort-like environment designed for comfort and relaxation.

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In the living room, two Piet Boon couches from Inform Interiors are flanked by Piet Boon marble side tables on one side, and a custom “Via” side table designed by Charlie Hellstern for the ‘Loom Collection’ and built by Stusser Woodworks Inc. The large-scale painting is by Tony Scherman, and Aleph Geddis carved the wood sculptures in the corner.

Work of Art

After finding their dream home – a unique Tom Kundig design overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle – the newest owners tapped Charlie Hellstern Interior Design to fill it with custom furnishings and soothing texture, as well as an all-new art collection.

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The homeowner’s love for Japanese architecture inspired Berry’s great room flanked by dual 35  Weiland Aluminum/Wood Liftslide doors from Portland Millwork and grounded by Island Stone split face silver quartzite fireplace. Biella Lighting Design.

Glass Link

The desire to set down roots in the Pacific Northwest led these world travelers to create an award-winning team: Rick Berry, Principal at Scott|Edwards Architecture, FQ Designs Group – Farhan Qazi and Kathy Vuong, along with Portland landscape architect Jonathan Beaver of studio, and Paul Steiner of Otis Construction.

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Wallingford Farmhouse

When Atelier Drome of Seattle teamed up with Dacoda Homes to design a modern farmhouse-style home on a corner lot in Wallingford, their combined talents resulted in a 3-story home with full basement that fits perfectly alongside older homes in the neighborhood.

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This cozy family room, outfitted with a sectional and ottoman from Lee Industries and DMI rug, is a favorite spot to sit and enjoy the views.

On The Waterfront

Tammara Stroud of Tammara Stroud Interior Design worked with Gerry Homes and exterior architect Strobl Design to ensure this Lake Washington home suits its waterside setting.

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A bank of black cabinets by L&Z Specialties match custom-colored Blue Star range for modern flare. Stunning extra honed Calacatta Daltile installed by Alpha StoneWorks features beautifully crafted 4  linear ledge that draws eye to custom corbels supporting classic arch housing Vent-A-Hood. Rejuvenation Mission unlaquered brass cabinetry hardware is repeated on the more traditional (unseen) white cabinets opposite. Kohler Whitehaven sink from Ferguson. Arlene ditched low-quality cabinets and replaced flipper’s “hideous” wood floors with herringbone oak floors by Champion Hardwoods to better match original floors in adjacent dining room now made more accessible and alluring through a 5  wide opening.

Courtyard Oasis

An awkward previous kitchen remodel of this 1940s West Hills home got a bold makeover by Lord Interior Design, who paid homage to the homeowners’ stint in Melbourne, Australia. There, historic homes welcome visitors through hospitably designed courtyards and modern architectural additions reside happily alongside the past.

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The “wow element” in the kitchen, says Kowalski, is the Pental quartzite slab, which covers the backsplash behind the stove, and is accented with a gorgeous black metal hood, with inset Vent-A-Hood, flanked by sconces from Arteriors. Brass accents, including a Brizo faucet and pendants by Circa Lighting, warm the space, alongside the walnut endgrain butcher block counter by Grothouse that wraps the end of the island.

Modern Marvel

Crafted by McCullough Architects, Six Walls Interior Design, and the Highlands Builders Group, a custom home in a unique Seattle neighborhood does it all: blurring the lines between inside and out, and blending cozy family comfort with polished glamour.

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The homeowners had always wanted a blue kitchen. The dusty robin’s egg blue, a custom color from Benjamin Moore, compliments the orange stucco exterior of the house visible from several views. “It’s cheerful enough that it won’t blend into Portland’s often gray skies, but it has enough gray that it doesn’t feel like a color-crayon version,” says designer Charla Ray.

The New Nest

What started out as necessary repair work turned into a whole new kitchen – and more – for this Southeast Portland family of four. Landing on the perfect cabinet color served as the launching point for a welcoming blend between the home’s Mediterranean roots and the family’s mid-century style.

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Cuisine Dans La Forêt

Nestled in a wooded two-acre lot, this world-traveling couple transformed their kitchen into what could be described as a modern approach to French Farmhouse chic. Prioritizing forest views, natural materials, and a keen eye for understated elegance, the “forest kitchen” is the home’s new pièce de resistance.

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A Signature Creations custom rolling island in walnut, designed by Introspecs, lives in family room when not in use. Schoolhouse Electric Isaac chandelier in brass lights Room & Board walnut veneer table. New custom bench features storage drawers. Niche in cabinet keeps cookbooks above and dog bowls tidy below. Cabinets (left) store kids’ favorite cereals and snacks, keeping them from being underfoot in working galley area. Yukon Green Benjamin Moore cabinetry reiterates jewel tones found in original stained glass panels that inspired Introspecs and Emily’s formation of the whimsical color palette used throughout the house.

Stylish Bungalow Remodel

After eight years of living in their 1923 Laurelhurst Bungalow this young family of five hired Allisen Merino Aja of Introspecs of Portland to create a more family-friendly kitchen. Introspecs teamed with Olson and Jones Construction for the perfect collaboration.

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