Behind The Cool Yet Kid-Friendly Vibe Of A 1904 Seattle Haven


Front facade of house

Longtime colleagues, residential designer Mike Troyer and designer Danielle Krieg, renovated a stately Seattle home. A pair of wall lanterns by The Urban Electric Co. flank the entry door painted in Sherwin Williams’ Caviar. The windows are by Loewen.

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Sutherland pieces outfit a quiet corner of the porch, including the Mariner dining chairs with stainless steel frames covered in a Perennials pattern, as well as a teak table, all purchased at Susan Mills Showroom.

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Benjamin Moore’s Super White sets a crisp foundation in the entry. In a clever bit of retrofitting, the Altura cabinet has an open back to catch mail coming through the slot. Underfoot is a carpet from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets.

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In the living room, Krieg included plenty of seating and spots to place drinks, such as the Holly Hunt sofa from Jennifer West Showroom, the Knoll chaise, a Verdesign armchair, the Magni Home Collection coffee table and an Urban Hardwoods side table. Lighting was an important consideration, and among the delicate pieces are an Ochre table lamp, a John Pomp floor lamp, and sconces by Alison Berger Glassworks for Holly Hunt.

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Antique metal tool chests from Housewright serve as coffee tables, adding texture and weight to the sunny sitting room, a space also appointed with a chair from Design Within Reach. Brentano’s Mixer from Trammell-Gagné covers the built-in’s cushion. The striped Tufenkian carpet is from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets.

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A Dacor wine station and True under-counter wine storage in the pantry meet the clients’ entertaining needs. Treating the window by Loewen Windows is a Roman shade in a Coraggio fabric, while the cabinetry is painted Benjamin Moore’s Evening Sky.

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The kitchen boasts accents such as polished nickel Water Street Brass cabinet knobs and pulls and pendants by The Urban Electric Co. The Waterworks faucet from Chown Hardware, with its gooseneck double spout, echoes the backs of Thos. Moser chairs. Among the appliances are a Wolf range and hood and Miele ovens. The vintage runner is from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets.

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On the expansive porch, overlooking gardens installed by TS Landscaping, a sofa pairs with swivel tub chairs and a powder coat ottoman, all by Sutherland, covered in Perennials fabric and purchased at Susan Mills Showroom. The lantern is by The Urban Electric Co.

Initially, residential designer Mike Troyer’s clients called him to their Seattle home to check out a slow leak in an attic skylight. But during the walk-through, the couple mentioned it would be nice to spruce up that third floor for visitors. It might also be nice, they said, to bring in natural light, and they walked him outside to a south-facing deck to show him the potential for views of Lake Washington and Bellevue to the east. Maybe they could even carve out a home office and designated work spaces while they were at it?

“As discussions progressed, it was obvious that they wanted to think about the entire home, updating other floors, too,” says Troyer, who began the project while working at Stuart Silk Architects before completing it under his own firm, Studio AM. The owners wanted multipurpose areas that allowed for working and entertaining, as well as play areas for their children. After six months of discussions, the residential designer and his colleague, designer Danielle Krieg, reimagined the 1904 residence from top to bottom. The duo brought in natural light, improved function and circulation, along with livable furnishings—all in a crisp palette. 

On the main floor, Troyer opened up rooms to each other with large cased openings in keeping with the style of the original home. “Previous remodels segmented the spaces from each other and did not allow for good circulation,” he says. At the home’s east-facing entry, the residential designer removed the large porch that restricted light into the living room. He created symmetrical openings around the fireplace in the west wall there, resulting in passages to the dining room and a sitting room through which light could now flow from both sides of the house. On the exterior, the kitchen’s expansion allowed Troyer to consolidate rooflines from earlier additions. 

On the second floor, a new hall allowed the residents’ bedroom to occupy the larger former sleeping porch while configuring a new sitting area and walk-in closet. In the attic, now a polished third floor, the formerly open space gained four distinct areas: a family room, a guest bedroom and bath, and, by enclosing that exterior deck on the south side, a home office. 

Aesthetically, one of the owners is from the East Coast and loved the Shingle style look, while the other owner was drawn to the existing moldings and casework in the home. In keeping with their preferences, the team landed on stained shingle siding with white trim and balustrades on the exterior, along with interior moldings and painted wall paneling. Much of the existing oak flooring was kept and refinished, says general contractor Henry Wasenmiller. “There were some areas of rot and areas that had settled, but we feathered in new materials and kept the face-nailed installation.” 

Troyer and Krieg have a 12-year working relationship, which shines through in the home. “We collaborate on every single detail,” Krieg explains. “We complement each other’s expertise to keep our vision in harmony.” Krieg, who worked with Carrie Anderson on the project while also at Stuart Silk Architects, was in on the early design schematics and chose hard surfaces to brighten the space: tile and marble for the main bath and marble for the kitchen’s countertops and backsplash. A bright white paint for the interior trim—on window casings, wall paneling in the dining room and attic, and on the kitchen’s ceiling—and the walls help bounce light. 

“The homeowners have an amazing sense of style,” adds the designer. She and the couple compiled images, shopped in San Francisco, and even visited stone slab showrooms together, deciding on a palette of greys and blues with pops of vibrancy—a cool but kid-friendly vibe. In the living room, for example, a big cobalt blue velvet sofa is an energetic accent that also balances the scale of the grand piano. Patterned pillows in fiery orange contrast with the blue banquette cushion in the kitchen’s breakfast nook but also pick up the warmth of the oval elm-topped table—a perfect surface for kids to do puzzles and build Legos. Soft shades of warm gray dress the residents’ bedroom, where an upholstered bed beneath windows covered in striped Roman shades offers a leafy view and feels almost like Nantucket.

Having been back in the renovated house during the past year, one of the clients remarks, “It’s serendipitous that we wanted this third floor to be a work space—and here we are, every day,” she says, laughing. “It’s not what we expected, but it’s been so great.” Says her wife, “I never thought I would love a porch like I love that porch. The world has been unpredictable, and just sitting here listening to the birds can really calm you. This is a really special place for us.”