Some places seem to be magical and they get even better when you combine the natural beauty with talent. Designed by GR Interiors, this shingle-style beach house is as charming as it it serene.
Located in Laurelhurst, a residential neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, USA, and overlooking Lake Washington, this home proves that certain things really happen for a reason and every reality starts with a dream. This is exactly what happened with the owner of this home. She used to play golf with the old owners of the house and didn’t hesitate to tell them how much she loved their home: “I told them that I coveted their home, and if they were ever to give it up, they had to call me first.” She doubted the call would ever come, because the former homeowners were committed Seattleites, but then one fateful day, it did.
According to Luxe Magazine, the new homeowners loved everything about this place, expect certain details that were soon redesigned. They replaced the carpeting with wide-plank wood floors, added crown molding, and made other modifications to bring it closer to their aesthetic, as well as created a playroom for the kids on the bottom level and revamped the master bathroom. Then, to push it to the next level and achieve the coastal vibe they love, they started working with designer Graciela Rutkowski. “Their mantra was, ‘Nantucket, Nantucket, Nantucket,’” Rutkowski says. “They wanted a casually elegant beach house, without it being too beachy—no shells or coral.”
The result is a beach house that is serene, calm and undoubtedly, timeless.
Beach House with Serene Interiors
The designer explains more about her approach in this space to Luxe Magazine: “To create the coastal serenity they wanted, Rutkowski took cues from the natural surroundings. “We wanted to play off the lake and the sky views, which means blues and grays here in Seattle, to make it seamless inside and out,” she says. The couple had already painted the walls pale yellow, which they wanted to keep, so Rutkowski used a neutral palette of furnishings and then added splashes of yellow accents to tie everything together. She also incorporated pops of navy blue and red, and some lively motifs. “The house is pretty linear—a lot of windows and no draperies to soften anything—so a bit of swirly pattern, the ikat in the pillows and the floral in the powder room, add movement and softness,” the designer explains. She artfully blended more formal elements, such as the skirted sofa, with naturalistic woods that evoke the home’s waterfront setting.”
The Lee Industries chairs are covered in a Schumacher fabric. Sofa is from Lee Industries as well.
The reclaimed-wood coffee table is by Restoration Hardware.
Arteriors lamps sit atop a Noir sofa table.
Ikat pillow fabric is from Fabricut.
Sit & Cuddle
The interior designer found the perfect furnishings for one of the home’s prime viewing spots: near the living room window. “When we moved in, we thought that it was going to be two chairs facing each other with a lot of space in-between,” the owners recall. “But Graciela said, ‘Nah. I’ve got just the thing.’” The designer then brought in a tête-à-tête, which has been a big hit with the kids. “We wake up early, and our kids will come and cuddle on that every morning,” they say. “We play I Spy and we thumb wrestle—it’s magical. After dinner the kids will ask, ‘Can we snuggle on the tête-à-tête?’ It’s a place to hang out for all of us.”
Tête-à-tête is by Lee Industries.
The custom accent pillows are covered in fabric by Clarence House.
The kitchen got a makeover by refacing the cabinets, adding a farmhouse sink and a refreshing tile backsplash. A blue kitchen island adds color and a subtle coastal feel to this space.
Wicker stools are by Serena & Lily.
Blue backsplash tile is from Statements.
Farmhouse sink is by Kohler and faucet is by Grohe.
Countertop is marble.
The sunny dining area features a washed-wood table from the owners’ collection that accommodates up to six people. Slipcovered chairs by Lee Industries take their place at the head of the table beneath a Darlana Linear Pendant Chandelier from Circa Lighting.
Oh, who wouldn’t love to wake up in this serene bedroom every morning? I love the neutral colors and the peaceful view.
The interior designer designed the headboard and re-covered Noir’s stylish bench in a herringbone tweed. The custom draperies were fashioned with Osborne & Little fabric, and the Stark rug was custom-cut for the space. Perfection!
Custom window treatments adds warmth, while the Worlds Away Venus Capiz Pendant light adds elegance to this master bathroom.
Wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
The homeowners wanted the lakeside deck to function as another room, with both a lounging area and a separate dining space to enjoy the stunning views.
The wicker furniture is by Brown Jordan.
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