This traditional farmhouse style home in North West Boulder was in need of a completely new kitchen. The old oak upper cabinets, black granite countertops and mosaic backsplash were removed as well as the dropped soffet and heavy upper cabinets. White subway tile backsplash was applied up to the ceiling with floating walnut shelves to bring in more light and make the kitchen feel bigger. A custom blue was chosen for the lower cabinets to modernize the space and add a pop of color for this young family of four. Built in benches, with hidden storage beneath, were added to the eat-in kitchen to increase the functionality of the couple's vintage marble Tulip table and mid-century modern dining chairs. A blue and white Danish folk-life themed wallpaper picks up the cabinet color and ups the whimsy factor. Durable vinyl seat cushions go with the original vinyl on the vintage chairs and make cleaning up spills easy. Large brass and glass globe pendants and a traditional brass and crystal chandelier complete the space.
In the master bathroom, the vanity was given a facelift with a fresh coat of paint, the dropped soffet was removed to expose the vaulted ceiling and a white subway tile with grey grout backsplash was applied all the way to the top. Round brass mirror and modern brass globe pendants were used in place of traditional sconces to further accentuate the ceiling height and make this small master bathroom feel larger. Handmade ceramic encaustic floor tiles in a contemporary pattern were chosen to repeat the grey and white color palette with a vintage nod to the home's original age.
North Boulder Contemporary
This home's ideal location and spacious floor plan worked well for this busy family of four, but the outdated design and shared "Jack and Jill" bathroom for their growing children did not. The first challenge was to re-configure the Jack and Jill bathroom into a hall only access bathroom used by the daughter, and convert a guest suite into the son's private bed and bath. A classic grey and white color palette with carrera marble countertops and a custom white vanity were chosen for the girl's bathroom while an equally sophisticated yet more masculine design of dark wood, beige and taupe was chosen for the boy's bath. We replaced the vinyl tub/shower combination in both bathrooms with frameless glass showers and added more storage.
In the master bathroom, the unused and outdated fireplace was removed creating more space and floating walnut shelves were built in its place. Natural limestone was chosen for the entire bathroom including the slab surface undermount bathtub, frameless glass shower with limestone bench, oversized limestone floor tiles and a solid slab limestone backsplash with wall mounted faucets. White vessel sinks sit atop a soapstone countertop on the custom two tiered walnut vanity with soft-close hidden notch drawers. A full height mirror was installed above the vanity with modern blown-glass pendant lights instead of traditional sconces to reflect the mountain view from the window opposite.
Mountain View Danish Modern
This mid-century ranch in a coveted Silicon Valley neighborhood was completely remodeled from top to bottom. The new open living room needed an equally updated furniture and decor plan. This room functions as both a home office and the only living area for a family of four. The wife is a first generation Danish immigrant and had an honest appreciation and connection to mid-century Scandinavian design, along with a few heirloom pieces from her family. The two arm chairs were recovered with durable wool fabrics in a charcoal grey flannel and a pumpkin orange weave and the teak bench was placed under the window to provide additional seating as well as a place for kids to play games. A comfy new leather sofa was purchased to balance out the vintage pieces. And a modern, durable wool flatware rug that can withstand the constant inside/outside traffic flow this California climate allows for grounds the space.
The family are avid readers so a beautiful bookcase wall unit was installed for both form and function. A runner the couple purchased on their honeymoon in Morocco defines the office nook behind the sofa and adds a surprising pop of color.
Seward Park Foursquare
This 1906 foursquare craftsman home in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle was the original house on the block. The traditional farmhouse floor plan dictated the kitchen be in the back of the home open to the back gardens and separate from rest of the living spaces. To bring the home into modern times, custom cabinetry was installed and painted a distressed white to keep it from looking too new. Reclaimed slate chalkboard from a local high school was used for the new countertops along with classic black U-shaped pulls. A commercial grade range and hood were installed for this couple who love to cook and a butcher block island adds additional counter work space with seating for friends when they entertain. The swing door in the laundry room off the kitchen took up unnecessary space so the same original door was taken off and installed with exterior barn hardware to add space and style.
For the master bedroom, there newlyweds requested a "love nest" feel. The chinoiserie bird duvet cover from Dwell Studio paired with a modern walnut platform bed hit the mark without being too feminine. A small vintage chandelier, velvet curtains and fuzzy wool shag rug add even more warmth and coziness.
Lincoln Park New Craftsman
This new construction craftsman style home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of West Seattle was a beautiful blank slate. This busy family with two young children requested that the two living areas in close proximity on the main floor have specific purposes and decor to set them apart from one another, and keep either from becoming unused. The front room became a more formal and quiet sitting room designed primarily with the wife in mind, the living area off the kitchen became the bustling family "den." A soft, feminine color palette of spa blues and greens with brass and yellow accents made the sitting room more feminine and formal without being too much of either. The low egg-shaped marble coffee table creates additional entertaining space for large parties or an out of the way spot for family board games. The antique cherry desk was inherited from the wife's grandparents and holds particular sentimental value. It became the perfect spot for hand-written thank you notes and letters which she loves to do. The down-filled chaise lounge is the perfect reading spot with a cup of tea on Sunday morning.
The family den has a bolder masculine feel while maintaining a bright welcoming energy. The orange loveseat and cowhide ottoman are both unique and practice for hiding inevitable dirt and spills from the kids. The upholstered bench offers additional seating for the living area, or when facing the opposite way, to join the kitchen activity. The original oil painting over the sofa is of the husband's great, great grandfather and namesake.
An unused corner in the kitchen became a cozy breakfast nook with custom upholstered bench seating in kid-friendly Sunbrella fabric. The round white pedestal dining table adds to the casual "diner" feel and a mid-century modern globe chandelier with orange edison bulbs brings in some fun and originality.
Portage Bay Traditional
This 1905 Colonial Home in the North Capital Hill Portage Bay neighborhood of Seattle had no master bathroom. Taking advantaged of an unused balcony off the master bedroom, a brand new five piece master bathroom was added to create a luxurious retreat for the parents of three small children. The existing balcony structure presented a unique layout which the resulted in an open wet room shower design with garden tub combination. Carrara Marble was used throughout for a high end, spa like retreat in cool grey and white. Large Carrera floor tiles were carried over onto the shower walls in the wet room shower. Herringbone carrera tile was used on the full wall behind the vintage inspired antique grey double vanity with glass front storage towers. Moroccan shaped mirrors in antique brass compliment the traditional wall sconces with linen shades. A vintage inspired runner rug in shades of orange and pink adds warmth and color to the space and helps it feel more of the age of the rest of the home. A large garden tub surrounded on all sides by windows takes advantage of the hill-top territorial view and creates a quiet sanctuary. The chandelier adds a feminine touch while the masculine herringbone pattern repeated on the shower floor and toiletry recess niche ground the room.