LeeAnn Baker Interiors is a full-service interior design studio that focuses on northwest elegance; understated and refined homes that capture the unique personality and lifestyle demands of each client.
The results are visually stunning and reflect the hues and simplicity of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to forming LeeAnn Baker Interiors in 2003, LeeAnn Baker Steding attended the New York School of Interior Design and honed her skills working for both interior designers and architects in Manhattan. With over 20 years of experience in the field, LeeAnn maintains a diverse array of projects in the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Montana. An alumna of the University of Washington, she lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two children.
This is a beautiful home that was originally designed by Stuart Silk Architects. When our clients purchased the home, they hired Menter Byrne Architects and us to personalise a few spaces including the relocation of the dining room to the area where the billiard room had formerly been. The client wanted to continue the coastal theme of the Cape Cod shingle style architecture, so we used quite a bit of white and blue.
We speak to LeeAnn Baker Steding about the design project.
The house was designed with a very dark billiard room that was front and centre between the light and bright solarium and the large family living space. The bookcase that was on the right of the living room TV cabinet was turned into a second passageway to open the rooms up to each other. The work is so seamless it is impossible to tell this wasn’t the original design.
If you live close to the sea, it’s important to combine practicality with aesthetics. Opt for sturdy wooden or stone floors that will cope with sand, while exterior decking is a good option – teak wears well with age. Choose furniture upholstered in durable materials. Consider washable slipcovers for sofas and chairs, while canvas, linen and hessian are resilient and suit a natural, coastal look.
The original layout had the dining room towards the front of the house and was much too small for a home this size. The dark teak walls and floors were removed and hardwoods were added to match the floors in the living room.
There are so many beautiful spaces in this home, but I have to say this is my favourite. The fabric for the draperies ended up inspiring the entire room. I love pink, but rarely get to use so much of it.
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