Craftsman Remodel with a Japanese Flair, Seattle, WA

Custom Built Ins, Closets and Cabinetry, Kitchen Remodel, Powder Room Remodel, Woodwork Refresh, Wall Paint Color, Flooring Refinish and Replacement, Lighting Fixtures, Electrical Update, Fireplace Remodel, Wallpaper, Furniture and Decor, Antique Art Restoration, Window Treatments, Home Office Design, Exterior Curb Appeal

This family grew up in this house, from generation to generation! Built in 1914, when Seattle was a “town”, this home on Beacon Hill has served as a gateway, setting the tone for the heart and soul of the neighborhood and community! Now with a new marriage and growing kids, I am honored to help this family home pass the baton!


Our to do list was long, and we worked in phases. Beginning with the exterior curb appeal, we then moved onto woodwork and hardwood flooring refinishing throughout, and in turn, to partial kitchen remodel. While pulling up old flooring and carpeting, we designed and built new storage solutions according to family member’s needs, making sense out of this space. Tweaking the traffic flow in bottlenecked areas, we also created custom cabinetry to solve such dilemmas. Our wall paint color scheme accommodates for the impact of wallpaper patterns, selections to help define a nature-influenced, Art Nouveau style statement.

The large foyer always has always been the drop off point for the boy’s baseball gear, backpacks, coats and boots. We designed and built these cabinets to house these particulars – certainly out of sight out of mind! An oversized, Prairie style entry lantern adds to this welcoming and colorful entry, along with area rug, and seat cushion selections, and the restoration of the antique painting aged with, and married to the original entry foyer.

The Living Room

Our wallpaper selections are that of plant imagery, organic shapes in keeping with both Japanese and Art Nouveau styles, a flair we brought to this interior. With rich jewel-tones creating lushness, comfort and ease, this hi-lo mix of furnishings is a combination of both new and rare-find consignment pieces. Dark wood slat window blinds marry well within these client’s warm and personal style, and a beautiful, tufted, green velvet sectional creates the ideal place to hang out.

Detail Living Room

The decorative pillows from DV Kap are the coolest! They do the job of bringing the all of the golds, greens, reds and lavender tones together in the room. We found this unique leather ottoman, an irresistible consignment piece, at Phase Two Interiors, and a beautiful tray from the innovative company, Notre Monde.

Fireplace Room

The fireplace “redo” was high on our to-do list, becoming a focal point for the interior; and with it’s newly crafted, dark wood, fir mantel, SW Roycroft Green painted brick, and handmade tiles from Oregon’s Clayhaus, these elements came together like puzzle pieces. The room shines now with newly refurbished hardwood flooring and wood work!

The Dining Room

The dining room table, chairs, bench seat and side board were custom made at Home and Timber, a family owned business in Michigan. With a lovely, rich, cherry finish, we paired these special furnishings with the Corona chandelier from Hubbardton Forge. The room is also illuminated with the Stasis Lamp by Hubbardton, and a subtle, Japanese sentiment helps these clients to feel at home. While figuring for enough seating for Thanksgiving dinner, the dining room is rich in color and fabrics, and invites everyone to sit down for meals to come!

Detail Dining Room

The dining room draperies were fabricated using sumptuous, iridescent gold taffeta, naturally crinkled and elegant; pulling the room together with dimmed lighting and twinkling atmosphere. A simple red tulip arrangement from Stems Vases helps the room to feel like Spring!

Great Room

We wanted to show this great room flowing, with three chandeliers all in a row. The dining room has a grand size pocket door made of old growth fir, as is the rest of this home’s 1914 millwork. The cross lap window trim joints give the space a Japanese sentiment, something that goes down in history with many stories to tell.

Powder Room

We gave a fresh, new look to the Powder Room with crisp, white painted wainscoting, and lovely gold leaf wallpaper. The Powder Room window was made to let the light in, and was designed and fabricated by Jonathan Clarren, Seattle’s own master glass artist. Compositions like this Powder Room, come together by joining the right elements and accessories, both old and new.


For such a small area, the kitchen design solution was one of our biggest accomplishments. It was a bottleneck of huge proportion, and crucial to find the right appliances in the right dimensions. The cabinetry match worked out well, and the refrigerator drawers added just the right amount of cubic feet to accommodate for friend’s cold drinks and summer popsicles! The Pantry provides for much need storage space, and this partial kitchen remodel accomplishes much improved movement within the space.

Detail Kitchen

The interior of this “everything pantry” has layers of shelving, with interior doors that open, one upon the other. The use of vertical space is key to this kitchen, and when you have an active family of 6, these things really make life happy!


The stairwell is the core of this home. It is a main passageway and has much of the Craftsman wood detail, a trademark of this home! The ginko patterned wall paper has meaning to these homeowners, and gives the space perfectly saturated colors, to complement rich, dark wood tones, and the Japanese inspired Orgami Pendant fixture with cork shade from Hubbardton Forge.


The exterior curb appeal went from “meh” to “warm and welcoming!” With new siding, landscaping, exterior paint colors, masonry, front door and porch light, upper terrace and french doors, this home has become an inviting place for friends, neighbors and family!:) Check out this page for more information on the exterior design of this home.


Thank you to all of our contributors! Carl Furfuro – everything 🙂 Tamlin Marx and Dragon Lee – Electrical Lake Washington Construction – Denis Sherlock – exterior siding Ivan Lindblad – mason Eastlake Paint Company – paint and millwork Halcyon Gardens – landscaping Albert Lee Appliance Metropolitan Appliance Dunn Lumber Frank the Door Store Element Hardwoods – floor refinishers Hertco Cabinets – cabinetry Pental Tile – fireplace hearth Hubbardton Forge – lighting fixtures Rejuvenation – lighting, hardware and furniture CabinetPak – cabinetry consultation Dalys Paint and Decorating – wallpaper, paint, stain, design resource Designer Fabric Liquidators – fabrics and wallpaper Sew Like the Wind – upholstery The Shade Store – window treatments Home and Timber – dining room table, chairs, credenza and bench Bellochio Consignment – furnishings Phase Two Interiors – furnishings Ballard Consignment – furnishings Adorn House – furnishings DV Kap – decorative pillows Berg Equipment and Scaffolding Co. Inc. – wall art Macys – area rug Amisco – counter stools Peterson Works LLC Array Art Conservation J and I Drywall – skim coats Herwig Lighting – porch light Rosen Plumbing Supply – powder room sink and toilet James Cunningham Plumbing – radiators during floor install D9WC – wallpaper install Dolly – consignment furnishings transport The Plant Shop – potted palm Jonathon Clarren – powder room window Stems Vases And special thanks to: Big, Lisa, Sam, Jack, Michael, Mom and Josie Chris Gromek, Tim McHugh and Robbie Liddane

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