Seattle Tudor Revival Receives Charming Makeover

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A vintage Tudor revival in Seattle receives a 21st-century makeover, preserving its charm while making it a stylish abode for a family.

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Designer Lisa Staton incorporated her clients' existing Camerich sofas into the living room of their reinvigorated Seattle Tudor Revival. Bold lighting energizes the space, including Circa Lighting sconces and a Serge Mouille fixture overhead. The custom coffee table stands atop a multicolored rug from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets.

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The play between traditional and contemporary forms found throughout the home is apparent in the reconfigured family room. Here, a custom sofa in a plush velvet veers in a classic direction while the Le Corbusier chair, a vintage Pace Collection coffee table and a pair of armchairs from Big Daddy's Antiques skew modern. Soft color and pattern come from the antique Turkish carpet from Tasdemir Rugs and a stool from Susan Wheeler Home.

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Moe's host chairs with brushed-gold details join a set of Wishbone chairs from France and Son around the dining room's Crate & Barrel table. A pair of Circa Lighting sconces flank a photograph by Deb Achak from Winston Wachter Fine Art.

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In the kitchen, builder Scott Johnston installed the new soapstone countertops and backsplash from Meta Marble & Granite and fabricated by ProGranite Surfaces; Arnada Company crafted the cabinetry. The farmhouse-style sink has a Kohler faucet.

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A work in indigo and gold on paper by Brook Perdigon from Seattle Art Source (to the right of the window) overlooks the reconfigured kitchen, where Lambert & Fils pendants light the island. CB2 supplied the cabinet hardware and counter stools, and the Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator are from Albert Lee.

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The airy office opens out to a garden by landscape designer Karen Stefonick and installed by Tri-Scape Landscaping. A vintage chair pulls up to a Blu Dot table, which yields plenty of space to work. Rounding out the furnishings are a carpet from Tasdemir Rugs, a chair from The Citizenry and a CB2 ceiling fixture.

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To update the Tudor Revival home in Laurelhurst, it was painted in a crisp white accented with black trim to match the metal windows. The Union Lighting and Furnishings lanterns reference historical precedents but have a pared-down appearance that hints at the mix of modern and vintage elements within.

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Pindler fabric dresses the master bedroom's custom bed frame. The grouping stands on a Moroccan-style carpet from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets. Light comes from a West Elm table lamp and a George Nelson fixture that Staton says, "hangs like a glowing harvest moon over the bed."

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Glimpses of the Cascades and Lake Washington are visible from the master bedroom's seating area, which features a pair of Camerich armchairs and an ottoman, all from Alchemy Collections. The swing-arm light is from CB2.

To fit a homeowner’s big, bold statement pieces into her new Seattle Tudor revival required some visual sleight of hand by designer Lisa Staton.

Since the home had so much character, the challenge was preventing the transitional and modern Scandinavian furniture from competing with the beamed ceilings, arched doorways, elaborate window and door trim, angled nooks and arched inset windows.

To start, an alabaster white was painted inside and out. The architecture of the interiors now recede enough into the background to allow for some design sass, yet still maintain the character of the 86-year-old house. The design team also lightened up the color of the oak floors with a clear, natural coat to help it recede.

In the living room a brand-new custom soapstone fireplace mantle changed the scale of the room enough to allow for the deep-blue Italian sectional and French antique chairs. “Creating the bold, modern, but elegant and simple fireplace was the key and allowed the large-scale furniture to feel correct in proportion and visual strength,” the designer says of the decision.

Because a previous remodel made the home’s layout choppy, builder Scott Johnston cleared up the flow, even down to removing wall sconces that prevented a clear path down the narrow hallways. Today the house retains its age-old appeal, yet sings in a fresh new way. Says Staton: “We wanted to give the house warmth, character and tradition, but with a crispness to it.”

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