For this homeowner, moving to Mercer Island, Washington from California meant purchasing a home in the location they wanted even if it came with some inevitable remodelling.
They did not shy away from moving into this 1980s home and turning it into the luxury residence they wanted and that suited their lifestyle as both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Coming from California, they brought a view of colour that was refreshing and lively. Therefore, it was up to interior designer, Colleen Knowles, to curate a mature colour palette that elevated the style of the home.
The owner’s father was Executive VP at Gumps, the storied San Francisco fine home goods store that is synonymous with San Francisco in its elegance, worldly style, and maverick spirit. Suffice to say, this set the owner on a course to execute the project with a quality and holistic vision from the onset. It was important to them and the design team that the home be done beautifully and that no corners were cut.
The prominent use of blue came from the many trips to California, to visit family, where they saw multiple examples of blue cabinetry that they just had to bring to their own home.
The use of colour and pattern, which is not neutral and not to jarring but just right makes this home truly stand out and become cohesive with the lush green setting. The inspiration and achievement of the design was to open the house up, bring the outdoors in and infuse joyful color into gathering space for friends and family.
We talk to Colleen Knowles about the design project.
One of the main design directives was to open the kitchen to all the other rooms and incorporate a bar separate from the cooking area to serve guests.
Reworking the layout of the kitchen, which is central to the floor plan, and removing a wall that cut the main floor in half dramatically changed the flow of the home. New vistas were opened up to the green belt and stream on the south side of the house.
White kitchen cabinetry is the ultimate in cool, laid-back chic. The design needs to be perfect, accessories need to be stylish and the result will be a kitchen with a slick, sophisticated edge.
Symmetry was key to giving this room a luxurious look. The layout meant that it was important to create a sense of flow between the spaces, but it was also crucial that each room had its own identity, so that they didn’t all merge into one. The living room is very grand, with dark wood flooring, a complimentary colour palette and carefully selected soft furnishings.
This space needed to be more informal, hence the choice of an L-shaped sofa and rough-luxe furniture. The relaxed seating brings cosiness to the space, while the houseplants provide a link to nature.
The hall has been kept light and bright to provide an undisturbed and uncluttered path to adjacent rooms.
A timeless and enduring hue, blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom.Simple pattern, subtle textures and soothing colours will create the perfect refuge from the stress of a long day.
Coveted for its subtle tone and beautiful veined effect, you can see why marble is such a hit in the style department – it looks good wherever it’s put and will continue to look striking year after year.
Photography: John Granen Photography
Interior design: Colleen Knowles Interior Design
Blue dining room ideas – 12 beautiful ways to decorate with this soothing color scheme
These blue dining room ideas are perfect for a cool and sophisticated look
By Nicky Morris •
5 ways to design a calm garden retreat, using neutral colors and low-maintenance planting
Restrained materials and a muted color palette are the secrets to this calm garden retreat in the Hollywood Hills
By Rhoda Parry •
This English 18th century mansion is full of modern comforts – and surprises
As the owners updated this gracious Georgian home they realized they were taking it back to its starting point as the ultimate party house
By Karen Darlow •
A light-filled San Francisco condo gets a Copenhagen-style makeover
An open-plan room with a view is the star attraction of this Scandinavian-inspired apartment in the Golden City
By Ailis Brennan •
Inside Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott’s sleek West Hollywood apartment
The rocker has snapped up a Stateside pied-à-terre for $2.3 million
By Ruth Doherty •
Inside Al Capone’s $10.75 million Florida beach house
The Chicago crime boss lived at the upscale address until his death in 1947…
By Ruth Doherty •
This elegant Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh showcases a beautiful display of color and pattern
Interior designer Jessica Buckley has brought life to a Georgian townhouse by layering vibrant tones, textures and patterns
By Vivienne Ayers •
This antique dealer's historic 17th century home is full of color and character
Restoring a 17th-century malt master’s house has given collector Ambrice Miller the space to turn her passion for arts and antiques into a business
By Pippa Blenkinsop •
Writer John Steinbeck’s beautiful Sag Harbor oceanside home is on sale for $16.75 million
The property was the Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winner’s ‘Eden’…
By Ruth Doherty •
Ellen DeGeneres buys iconic Robert Skinner-designed mid-century modern home in Beverly Hills
This timeless classic is situated in the Beverly Hills 90210 zip code…
By Ruth Doherty •