A Camo Jacket Inspires The Colors Of This Lake Home


contemporary neutral entry hall

Architect Jim Romano designed the entry door of a home overlooking Lake Sammamish. Fabricated by Quantum Windows & Doors and with hardware by Sun Valley Bronze, it opens to a hallway where designer Dixie Stark kept things simple with a reclaimed-wood bench found by the homeowner and a hanging lantern by Troy Lighting. Custom white-oak floors, topped by a Tufenkian Artisan Carpets rug, run past a Moe's console.

contemporary staircase bronze sculpture

Romano's concept for the staircase, executed by Beautiful Custom Stairs and installed under the supervision of builder Klaus Toth, celebrates the simplicity of the structure and allows northern light into the space. The forgedbronze Troy Lighting fixture is from Seattle Lighting and the hand-carved granite sculpture is from the homeowners' collection. Lighting designer Brian Hood collaborated with the team on the home's lighting plan.

contemporary neutral dining area walnut...

Centrally situated, the dining area marries the warmth of the Costantini Design walnut table and teak chairs with the subtle textures of a wooland-silk Tufenkian Artisan Carpets rug from Andonian Rugs. In the adjacent living room, the floating black ring Fontana Arte light fixture is from Seattle Lighting, and the round Powell & Bonnell table set between the sofas is from George Associates.

contemporary neutral living room striped...

The homeowners chose leather A. Rudin sofas from Trammell-Gagne for the living room because of their ability to withstand heavy use; a Jim Thompson fabric covers the cushions, while the throw pillows are in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric from Jennifer West. Completing the arrangement is a coffee table from Schoenfeld Interiors and a Berman Rosetti chair that swivels. Mayer Designs crafted the metal fireplace surround.

contemporary brown kitchen quartzite backsplash...

The custom cabinets by Seattle Cabinet & Design feature Ashley Norton pulls from Chown Hardware and play off the kitchen's quartzite counters and backsplash from Pental Surfaces. Albert Lee supplied the Wolf appliances. The faucet and pot filler are by Waterstone.

contemporary neutral sitting area glass...

Just off the kitchen in the sun room, glimpses of the rolling lawn, a design feature envisioned by landscape architect Ken Philp and installed by Greenbank Site Development and Landscape Services, can be seen through Loewen windows from Windows, Doors & More. Gathered around the Palecek coffee table are four A. Rudin chairs in Brentano chenille and topped with pillows covered in Mokum fabric. Above is a Hubbardton Forge light fixture from Seattle Lighting.

contemporary bedroom gray accents

Draperies by Blind Alley in a Trend sheer frame views from the first-floor master bedroom's seating alcove, furnished with a pair of Crate & Barrel chairs. The custom white-ash bed with an upholstered inset is by Wood-Works Cabinetry & Design. Underfoot is a bamboo rug from Andonian Rugs.

contemporary bedroom outdoor sitting area...

Off the upper-level office-guest room, the covered deck creates a perch to take advantage of the spectacular lake vistas. The partially enclosed space can be used year-round, and an exterior spiral staircase connects it to the main terrace below. The chairs are from the homeowners' collection.

A camouflage jacket was the key to unlocking the color scheme for a home on Lake Sammamish, Washington.

“I always look at things like what they are wearing to give me hints for dressing their rooms,” says designer Dixie Stark, who was inspired by the olive greens in her client’s clothing.

Inside the Pacific Northwest contemporary with clear cedar siding, ash brown beam work and cocoa-colored cabinetry provide the background canvas. Twin leather sofas and a bamboo silk and wool rug in the living room, along with quartzite kitchen counters, are all defined by subtle olive undertones. Cut velvet pillows touting gold, brown and moss stripes quietly recall the camouflage inspiration and complement the predominantly neutral scene.

“It’s not a screaming palette,” says Stark. “Everything is intentionally subtle because the house is really a lovely backdrop for the view.”

Floor-to-ceiling doors let in plenty of natural light and offer vistas of the water, while the elegant yet laid-back design provides the best of both worlds for the homeowners, who wanted to ensure their new abode offered a relaxed atmosphere for family and friends.

“The living and dining areas are prime for formal entertaining, but you can set a cocktail on that sofa and not worry about hurting the leather arm,” Stark says.