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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Hunziker’s U-shaped Coraggio mohair sofa nestles before stately Fleetwood windows facing lake on Lapchi rug.

Mercer Island Refuge

When award-winning architect Brett Baba of Graham Baba Architects of Seattle teamed with revered “AD 100” Seattle interior designer Terry Hunziker, who has thrice remodeled what began as a humble 1960s lakeside cabin, the home’s simple roots soared to princely status.

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The original arched steel windows and sconces remain intact in the vaulted ceiling living room with expansive city views and 5,558 sq. ft. of terraces. Custom cold rolled steel firebox pops amidst a newly designed and constructed chimney.

The Envoy

By teaming the Garrison Hullinger Interior Design aesthetic with Olson & Jones Construction know-how, a perfect union was formed to modernize the 5,026 sq. ft. two-story penthouse atop the 1929 Envoy Apartment Building – Portland’s tallest high-rise of its day, which still stands like a sentinel overlooking NW 23rd and Burnside.

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A super-steep, relatively small site brought challenges, but also opportunity. Instead of building out, this home went up to fit just over 3,000 square feet on a city lot. Terraced walkways, patios, and staircases knit the home into the landscape, and the offset cantilevered form creates plenty of opportunities for rooftop outdoor space.

Sky Box

Steep site? No sweat. Lane Williams Architects and Shapiro Ryan Design transformed a difficult parcel in Seattle’s Madison Valley into a fresh, stylish hideaway. This custom-built modern home uses cantilevered forms, creative outdoor space, and clever shifts in perspective to take maximum advantage of every vertiginous inch.

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Because designer Jennifer Kowalski loves to cook and entertain, it helps her conversations with clients, like Julie Barbello, who also likes to host. The Barbellos’ remodeled open-concept kitchen, therefore needed to expand its former postage stamp-sized footprint, to incorporate full-sized appliances, an island large enough for baking, and plenty of room for two people to work. The kitchen’s fun, trendy look was achieved thanks to rich navy-colored cabinets with bronze pulls, white vertical herringbone-patterned wall tiles, and floating shelves that provide storage while also maintaining an airy feel.

Trendy Blues

The goals for this client’s West Seattle renovation were to open up the small existing kitchen and make it more functional for cooking and entertaining. A stellar team of designer, architect, and contractor worked closely with the homeowners to achieve their vision—a smart and trendy space as functional as it is bold.

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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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