The dining area is found in the open communal area, with views out to the spacious backyard, which includes a large patio. Walnut bar cabinetry ties to the adjacent kitchen and includes a moon shadow (gray back painted) backsplash relating to the custom table with concrete skim coat, beverage cooler, wine rack and open glass shelving. Glass pendant chandelier features LED glass bulbs that do not block the view.

The Perfect Plan

A Lake Oswego family builds a house with ample gathering space for multiple generations.

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The exterior of this LEED-Platinum Certified custom home is primarily sanded concrete, which creates a uniform, finely textured finish. Sanded concrete is also used throughout the landscaping, including stairs and landings. Cedar wood cladding adds warmth as well as a direct connection to the home’s surroundings. These planks were milled from trees grown within 50 miles in sustainably managed forests.

Rising Above

Architect Jan Fillinger and builder Stephen Aiguier create an Oregon home that is a standard bearer in sustainability.

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The north end of the Pavilion House cantilevers over a reflecting pool and a lush paradise garden for spring and summer viewing enjoyment. Landscape architecture by Charles Anderson.

Pavilion House

Olson Kundig transforms a post-modern house on Lake Washington into a glass-walled, teak-ceilinged masterpiece.

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Organic Modern

A search for new ovens leads to an entire kitchen remodel for a young couple in Portland. Homeowner Christina Tello introduces rich walnut and bold granite.

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The multi-purpose building boasts an aptly diverse material mix. At dusk, with its LED elements aglow, the glass-encased box assumes the magical cast of fireflies in a bottle.

The Light House

A crumbling detached garage on Vashon Island is transformed into a light-filled flexible space that juts out over the waters of Puget Sound.

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Sumner started by refinishing the kitchen cabinets with a new product, a manufactured wood veneer that is durable, easy to clean, and comes in extra large sheets. She chose a striking Tiger wood grain to wrap the cabinets horizontally, resulting in a continuous flow of pattern that is easy on the eye and dramatic.

Lighting The Way

Portland designer Barbara Sumner blends soft neutrals, sleek materials and airy light fixtures to frame a Skyline home’s large paneled windows. 

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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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Joelle Nesen of Maison, Inc. transformed this 1997 So Cal estate built by home designers Bob and Jeff Holcombe for her long term Pacific Northwest clients. Her challenge was to marry their individual tastes into one harmonious vision for Southern California living. A pair of lofting olive trees embrace the entrance, where oversized antique Spanish wooden doors, guarded by a pair of antique bronze Cambodian Foo Dogs, purchased when the couple were married in Cambodia, open up a whole new world for the Northwest couple.

Border Crossing

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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