A San Juan Islands Home For 12 Goes Rustic


rustic entry chandelier fabricated vintage...

In a San Juan Islands home conceived by architect Geoff Prentiss, designer Mike Powers chose a Circa Lighting sconce and an RH chandelier to illuminate the entryway, painted in Benjamin Moore's inky Ebony King. Builder Rick Dalgarno's company fabricated the door, which incorporates a vintage wood panel and a handle from Rocky Mountain Hardware. The hanging kilim is from One Kings Lane.

Circular chandeliers by Circa Lighting...

Circular chandeliers by Circa Lighting are set at the height of the bridge to make the great room feel more intimate. The hammered-copper table from Blackman Cruz and the leather ottomans from Mosaik Interiors were both finds from Los Angeles. Powers designed all three sofas and covered them with chenille by Calvin Fabrics. The floor lamps are from The Antique and Artisan Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut.

rustic great room fireplace

Arranged in front of the great room's fireplace made of locally sourced stone are a pair of RH chairs and a coffee table from Horseman in Brooklyn, New York. The custom area rug is by Tai Ping. Some of the stones in the fireplace are un-grouted and can be removed to reveal hidden outlets.

rustic neutral kitchen dark palette

Circa Lighting fixtures line the outer perimeter of the kitchen, while lighting by Schoolhouse Electric hangs from the beadboard portion of the ceiling. Accenting the space are cabinet pulls by Rocky Mountain Hardware, RH stools and a breakfast table by Get Back. The space includes a Kohler faucet, a Miele dishwasher and a Viking range and oven.

rustic dining area brown wood...

Wood from Delta Millworks in Austin, Texas, creates a dramatic backdrop in the great room's dining area, which is slightly elevated to differentiate it from the space's living area below. A custom stone top sits on an RH base to form the dining table; the host chair and benches are also by RH. Joining the vignette are a copper candle stand by Robert Kuo and artwork by Rufino Tamayo. Oak from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is underfoot.

rustic exterior sitting area

NorthStar WoodWorks supplied the doors, and Window Craft supplied the windows that line the home's rear façade. The Adirondack chairs and ottomans from Crate & Barrel provide seating for waterfront viewing. Two RH sofas wearing Perennials textured linen are tucked under the covered area that can be enclosed with glass-front NanaWall doors. Barn Light Electric fixtures provide visibility at night.

rustic neutral bedroom glass windows...

As with all the guest rooms, the space dubbed the "Cottage Bedroom" is simply furnished. The bed rests on a striped wool rug and is joined by an upholstered wing chair and dresser, all from RH. The ceiling fixture and sconce are both by Circa Lighting.

rustic bathroom white tile walls...

Daltile supplied the wall and floor tile for the space known as the "Treehouse Bathroom." The vanity and medicine cabinets are from RH, and the sink and shower fittings are by Waterworks. A sconce by Circa Lighting and a Schoolhouse Electric fixture over the Kohler tub complete the look.

When it comes to families, things might not be cheaper by the dozen, but for one tight-knit clan that routinely gathers at a San Juan Islands retreat in Washington, 12 is the magic number.

Charged with creating welcoming surroundings for two grandparents, six grown children, and four grandkids, designer Mike Powers outfitted the home’s sunken living room with three oversized sofas and two rectangular coffee tables big enough to play games on.

“Twelve people need physical and psychological space and big, simple pieces were the way to go,” he says. In the adjacent dining room, a table designed to seat everyone is flanked by four benches. “Who wants to straighten twelve chairs, three times a day?” Powers says.

Architect Geoff Prentiss designed the series of five connected rusted steel and reclaimed wood buildings topped with gable roofs — a nod to local barns and sheds. A central core houses the living and dining rooms and kitchen, while an outsized barn contains a covered outdoor living room. Three guesthouses are linked to the social core via a series of indoor corridors, and all buildings face the waterfront.

“Everything is angled to maximize the sunlight and the views.” Prentiss explains.