Family History Gets New Perspective In A Seattle Home


modern exterior entry pivot door

For a home in Seattle, architect John DeForest created a low-slung structure that nestles into its lakeside setting. Constructed by builder Mike Suver, the concrete, glass, steel and wood elements of the facade continue throughout the dwelling's interior. A custom Cor-Ten steel pivot door by NorthStar WoodWorks marks the entry.

modern stair hallway sitting area...

Designers Nancy Burfiend and Whitney Maehara opted for a neutral palette for the home, beginning in the stair hallway with armchairs by McGuire upholstered in an Opuzen fabric. Between them is a table from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Two contemporary works on paper hang in the space--Meant to Be by Andreas Kocks above the chairs and Gekka-o by Julie Speidel in the stairwell. The rift-and-quartered engineered-wood flooring is by Advanced Floor Design.

modern living room neutral wire...

Facing each other across a Kravet coffee table in the living room are Ralph Lauren Home sofas; the Berman | Rosetti lounge chairs are from Trammell-Gagne. On the Meyer Wells console are Liaigre lamps from Susan Mills Showroom, and tucked underneath are stools from Baker. The wire side table is by Kathy Kuo Home. Anchoring the space are a custom silk-and-wool rug from Stacy Logan and a painting by Leo Adams.

modern family room leather sectional...

In the family room, a leather sectional from Design Within Reach is paired with a swivel chair from A. Rudin upholstered in a Kravet fabric. The Antoine Proulx coffee table is from Trammell-Gagne, and the custom rug is from Room & Board. A. Rudin barstools pull up to the kitchen island; overhead are pendants from YLighting. The Wolf appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerator are from Albert Lee. Peeking through the door are the grounds designed by landscape architect Randy Allworth and installed by Alliance Landscape Services NW.

modern kitchen white-oak cabinets

The kitchen features white-oak cabinets by Interior Environments, Linnea hardware and quartz countertops installed by Lambert Stone. Mixed-media works by Mark Rediske hang by a door that leads to the dining area of the great room. There, the dining table is by Room, and the McGuire chairs are from Baker. Underfoot is a hand-knotted wool rug by Tai Ping in San Francisco.

modern bathroom freestanding tub chandelier

Teak paneling appears in the master bathroom and carries through to the exterior. The Moooi chandelier from Inform Interiors hangs above an MTI soaking tub from Seattle Interiors.

modern neutral bedroom bronze sconces...

A slatted-teak wall warms the master bedroom. On the custom bed is a Link Outdoor coverlet. The bronze sconces are by Contardi, and the drapery fabric is Larsen. A mixed-media work by Andre Petterson hangs above the steel-wrapped fireplace.

For architect John DeForest, a call from a repeat client–who happened to be a childhood friend–meant returning to a house where he had spent much of his youth. The property had been in the owners’ family since 1970, when his father purchased the waterfront parcel of a larger estate. The homeowners considered a remodel, but decided to rebuild and make better use of the site while retaining the original ’20s dock, teahouse and boathouse.

To develop the new Seattle home, DeForest put the owners through his rigorous but playful process. First came homework to get the clients first thoughts. Then came building blocks. “The blocks correspond to spaces, so we can try out options,” says DeForest. “There’s some risk of giving up control, but it brings up things the clients may not have told us and it creates a richer discussion.”

For the interiors, the owners brought back designer Nancy Burfiend, who had also done their previous home. Burfiend let the architecture and views drive her decisions, which included a soft color palette and low furnishings to echo the horizontality of the home. “It’s elegantly understated,” she says. Outside, landscape architect Randy Allworth incorporated existing trees into a modern design, adding a great lawn, maples for color and natives like huckleberry, ferns and red twig dogwoods.