It has been given modern updates while retaining its original features.
Just because your home is old and historic doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with fresh, modern colors and patterns. Like his 1908 Seattle home designed by the prominent British architect, it’s important to balance everything. “It’s a 6,500-square-foot home with six bedrooms and five bathrooms,” said Kenna Stout of Brio Interior Design, who worked on the project with a team that included designer Nat Rauschenbach. To tell. “The architectural style has been described as an eclectic American Colonial Revival style that incorporates classical Greek and Renaissance elements. Most of the original features were left intact, with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms. We designed this remodel for our busy family of five and two dogs.”
Kenna’s clients wanted their home to be “bright, warm, playful, unique, eclectic, and colorful.” The couple’s original roots are in Florida and California, and they wanted to incorporate those design sensibilities into their new home, including an indoor-outdoor flow and more natural light and sunlight. “The family wanted to create a home that reflected their unique family and background while respecting the original architecture and details,” Kenna adds.
And these original architectural details greatly influenced the design choices made for the renovation. When choosing new accents and details, they prioritized individuality and a high level of craftsmanship. “We also strived to incorporate the client’s vibrant personality and unexpected details,” he says Kenna. “We layered in bold colors and patterns that felt fresh but still relevant to the times. We incorporated traditional tile trim profiles and patterns and collaborated with manufacturers who create handcrafted artisan products.”
The main spaces that needed improvement were the kitchen and bathrooms, which had been renovated over the years and didn’t quite match the architecture of the house. The kitchen was Craftsman style and the bathroom was straight out of his ’80s. “Creating a carefully curated home that enhances functionality, maximizes storage, and adds beauty was at the forefront of our design goals,” Kenna explains. “There were also many rooms that needed to be better equipped and decorated. We used the client’s existing pieces and added new, antique, custom and vintage pieces throughout to complete the home. .”
Bringing in natural light and connecting to the outdoors was a priority in the kitchen. Kenna achieved this by enclosing the original porch adjacent to the kitchen and creating a cozy nook that also functions as a daily living space. “The original goal was to have a nana wall opening leading to the outdoor deck, but structural limitations made this impossible, so we chose windows that could be stacked fully open over the garden. Instead, we decided to install a breakfast bar indoors under the window,” Kenna explains. “The new enclosed area needed to double as a mudroom, so we ordered a copper shoe rack and added hooks for backpacks and jackets. We further maximized the functionality of the space by adding a reading table and surrounding the entrance to the lower floor, creating a warm, sunny area that can be used for a variety of purposes and relaxing at any time of the year. I made.”
Plenty of storage space has been added to the kitchen, including a hidden walk-in pantry under the stairs, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, and a dedicated baking area with pull-out appliance garage. With two sinks and his two dishwashers built into the design, the space was ready for entertaining. The front of the cabinet is made of hand-blown glass made in Germany. Living finishes such as unlacquered brass, copper, marble and natural stone were chosen. They develop a patina over time and look as if they’ve been there for years.
But the most eye-catching detail in the kitchen is the copper range and its dreamy backsplash. This range was a big hope for her husband, as he grew up with a copper range and has fond memories of honing it every year. “The Tiffany Blue quartzite countertops and backsplash in the kitchen were a special find while shopping slab yards with our clients,” Kenna explains. “We all loved the bold statement and unique features of this stone. We conducted durability tests and found the material held up well and the client was happy to move forward.”
As for the bathroom, everything needed updating. The layout of the main bathroom has been changed to include a bathtub where two people can have a comfortable conversation. Shower with multiple shower heads and body spray. Marble floor heating. Towel warmer. Two variations of him with custom medicine cabinets. “We added a new stained glass window to add warmth, interest and privacy to the bathroom area, illuminating the interior with warm sunlight. Additionally, we repurposed an adjacent closet to increase square footage and create a primary suite. We added space for a stacked washer/dryer,” Kenna adds. Other bathrooms have been updated with new finishes, light fixtures, window treatments, and wallpaper.
The finished design is a perfect blend of old and new, and even the new pieces look like they’ve always been in the house. “The owners are very happy with the completed project. They were very collaborative in the process and the project went through many iterations throughout the design process,” says Kenna. “Overall, we achieved their goals and they can now enjoy the fruits of our collective efforts.”