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The homeowners, a retired couple, were downsizing from their waterfront home and wanted something smaller. ‘The couple wanted a comfortable home where they could relax in between workouts and travels,’ says LeeAnn. They currently divide their time between Seattle and California, so a place that felt like home was of huge significance. Natural materials, texture, and comfort were key in this Mid-century modern home.


Snug seating, cosy reading spots and bare walls for their art collection can be seen throughout this property. Stark Grasscloth wallpaper in the living room and dining room add warmth and texture to this open-plan space.


The dining chairs have been upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric, while the dining table had a Caesarstone top made to make it more user-friendly.


The Brazillian cherry floors were removed and custom-engineered floors with a textured finish were added to enhance a sense of grandeur. The kitchen has been designed with marble surfaces and an asymmetrical island. Both these options are easy to maintain, yet visually appealing.



‘We wanted to bring in light because it was so dark,’ says LeeAnn. ‘The pony walls in the hall and staircase were removed and we added a metal railing with a wood cap to let the light pour in from the two-story entrance and clerestory windows.’



The textured walls add subtle interest to this laid-back, neutral space. Photography/ Andrew Giammarco Interior design/ LeeAnn Baker Interiors, (opens in new tab)