A Whidbey Island Home Gets A Modern Farmhouse Feel


modern white exterior landscape

Architect Martin Henry Kaplan rethought a Whidbey Island home, opening it up to its stunning waterside locale. The project's building superintendent, John Rogers, oversaw the installation of Andersen windows and doors from The Window & Door Shoppe. Landscape architects Randy Allworth and Brian Gregory worked with Alliance Landscape Services NW to create paths that enhanced circulation in and out of the house.

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Designer Brian Paquette brought character, texture and personality to the entry hall by combining a teak root console from Tirto Furniture with a vintage Moroccan rug sourced in Turkey and a ceramic lamp by Victoria Morris Pottery. Above hang a large abstract work by Michael T. Hensley and smaller figural works by Polina Tereshina, all from Linda Hodges Gallery.

modern playroom multi-colored mismatched fabrics

For the playroom, Paquette designed a versatile window seat, fabricated by Always Perfect, which features mismatched fabrics; the cushions can even be used to build eminently stylish pillow forts. A Cole & Son wallcovering from Kravet and zigzag Stark carpet add more madcap fun to the space.

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A corner of the living area comes with built-in bookcases giving it definition as its own space. It's tricked out with Garza Marfa leather chairs, which can be easily moved to provide more seating elsewhere, and an unlacquered brass table from Lawson-Fenning.

modern powder room leather-framed mirror...

Paquette, a firm believer in fun and crazy powder rooms, used a Malachite pattern Cole & Son wallcovering from Kravet in this one. It offers a lively backdrop for a leather-framed mirror from Design Within Reach, flanked on either side by Visual Comfort & Co. sconces. The sink is RH; the faucet is by Hansgrohe.

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A vintage carpet in the master bedroom's seating area sets the theme for subtle pattern and material mixing. From Cisco Home are a leather ottoman and a wing chair outfitted in a Kelly Wearstler linen for Groundworks from Kravet. The chunky wood Tirto Furniture table plays off the metal sconce from Visual Comfort & Co., while the window seat cushion is dressed in a Pindler wool, creating an ideal spot to watch the water.

modern kitchen blue blue cabinetry

DuChateau's Heritage Timber engineered wood replicates the feel of reclaimed building materials, bringing character to the floors. Calacatta Caldia marble from Lambert Marble & Tile tops the kitchen counters. Custom Lee Industries stools pull up to the island and Hubbardton Forge lights hover overhead. The BlueStar range and hood and Sub-Zero refrigerator are all from Albert Lee, the faucet is Hansgrohe, and the backsplash features tile from Statements.

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Swathed in rich mohair, the Cisco Home bed in the master bedroom provides a plush counterpoint to a rough-hewn wood-and-metal custom CFC nightstand and a Jayson Home hide rug. The artwork above the bed is by Jeremy Miranda.

modern white bathroom vanity

Gemkow Construction fabricated the vanity in the master bathroom, topping it with the same Calacatta Caldia marble that is in the kitchen. Honed hexagonal Ann Sacks Carrara marble tiles from Lambert Marble & Tile run across the floor. The mirror and towel holder are from RH; the faucet is Hansgrohe.

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A TV room features a steep ceiling angle, creating a cozy attic feel. Twin Cisco Home ottomans stand on a custom Kravet carpet before a sectional in a Pindler linen. Finishing the space are a Lawson-Fenning chair, a Visual Comfort & Co. table lamp, a Workstead floor lamp and a teak Tirto Furniture table.

modern great room multi-colored wood...

Romo fabrics from George Associates cover the living area's custom sofas and custom Lawson-Fenning lounge chair. The Lee Industries ottoman and the host chairs in the dining area in a Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks pattern from Kravet are from J. Garner Home. Metallic and textural accents come from the Stark carpet, the Visual Comfort & Co. floor lamp and the geometric Made Goods side table. Lighting from Rejuvenation hangs above the Noir table and Jayson Home side chairs.

It can be easily said that design is not one size fits all. A home that would be overlooked by one family, can be the perfect space for another. Enter the Whidbey Island retreat with an unconventional design that immediately appealed to a Capitol Hill family.

“One of its advantages,” the wife says, “is that, architecturally, it doesn’t fit into one style. It’s quirky, and we wanted to elevate that and be intentional about it.”

The Washington home’s floorplan, however, left much to be desired. So, architect Martin Henry Kaplan worked with the project’s superintendent, John Rogers, to bring the home up-to-date, replacing the old staircase with a Kaplan-designed steel-cable version as well as tearing down walls that obstructed views of the water, giving it a more open layout.

As for the interiors, the homeowners desired a modern farmhouse aesthetic that was colorful and fun for the kids. Designer Brian Paquette delivered by incorporating such elements as a deep cerulean tone in the kitchen and colorful furnishings sprinkled around the home, among others.

Find out more about the out-of-the-box retreat.