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8 Hello

Feeling adventurous.

14 News

New store openings, exhibits, and design events.

Consummate entertainer Rick Baye’s stylish tips for your dinner soirees.

32 Ask

66 Tech

One of the 10 best sound systems in the country drops in one of the hottest night clubs in the Pacific Northwest.

19 Raves

72 Architecture

GRAY’s picks for the coolest products in the market.

Team Diva Real Estate has advice for finding an agent, making an offer, and what to look for in a house.

22 Interiors

34 Décor

76 Library

A 1904 building becomes a French-style marché and café with a secret Bohemian-inspired upper floor.

28 Fashion

Claire La Faye’s frothy, one of-a-kind wedding dresses.


30 Entertaining


Real estate stagers’ ideas for making sure you get a good bidding war going.

39 Inspired

We ask all the Mitchells we know about their style and favorite things. Why? Because we can.

A beach house reminiscent of a beach ball, and an architecture firm’s own office. Debra Prinzing proves that beautiful bouquets can be made from local materials 365 days a year. And, after blogging, magazine features, and TV, Heather Christo releases her first cookbook.

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80 Travel

A showhouse in the oceanside town of Seabrook, Washington, gets a new life as a luxury rental, thanks to Tracy Chumbley.

87 Resources

Design resources from the issue.

90 Zodiac

A design horoscope for sophisticated Aries and cheerful Taurus.

44 Sea & Sky

Vancouver, B.C.’s Victoria McKenney designs a condo in the clouds with a view of False Creek below.

50 Design, Build, Move

They just finished their second home, but the owners of H2 Design + Build are ready for their next project.

58 Intended

Randy Rapaport is a developer of high-profile condo buildings in Portland. But in his own condo, in a building by Holst Architecture, he’s an auteur of a fine art and furniture collection.

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A family with an eye for seeing the beauty within confidently adorn this Bohemian-inspired Vancouver apartment with things they love.

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I’ve always considered myself the indoorsy type. So when a dear (and very

Always a gracious host, designer Rick Baye pauses to serve refreshments to the GRAY team during our photo shoot for this issue’s entertaining story on page 30.

patient) friend asked if I wanted to go clam digging with a group of people on the Washington coast, I was skeptical. But in the spirit of being a good Washingtonian, I threw all caution to the wind and agreed. After all, my New Year’s resolution was to try new and adventurous things. Needless to say, it was cold. And it was hard. But it was also fun. And as we stood on the beach watching the last minutes of the winter light fade over the ocean, I was awestruck with the coast’s inspiring beauty. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have multiple bodies of water that shape our landscape. From the rivers to the lakes to the ocean, water is a major part of our culture. That’s why in this issue of GRAY, we decided to feature an airy beachfront home in Seabrook, Washington, (hello, summer vacation dreams) and a modern condo in Vancouver, B.C., with lots of fun details and a great view of False Creek. We’re also thrilled this issue to have Portland-based writer Brian Libby peek into a stunning Oregon condo full of art, color, and plenty of natural light. And in a further spirit of adventure, I’m very excited to get started with this issue as the new editor of GRAY. I have an amazing team of writers, stylists, photographers, and designers behind me, who all come together to produce this magazine each issue. It’s all about collaboration. We love to hear your feedback, and always welcome story ideas, projects, or just a little note saying hi! P.S. How are you doing with your resolutions?



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“Jim Olson: Art in Architecture” is opening in the Lightcatcher Museum in Bellingham March 10th. The exhibit is a culmination of the architect’s first 50 years of projects in the Pacific Northwest, and includes installations of his residential and commercial structures, as well as examples of his work as founder of firm Olson Kundig Architects.  The Whatcom Museum, Lightcatcher building,

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You may not realize it, but your love for modern Italian design was probably influenced by two individuals: photographers Aldo and Marirosa Ballo. The husband-and-wife team photographed all the big names (Kartell, Artemide, Alessi, Pesce, Sottsass) in the latter half of the 20th century, and their iconic images contributed to the heydey of Italian design. The exhibition of the Ballo’s images, on view March 15 to June 16 at BAM, explores the relationship between object, image media, and marketing.  Bellevue Arts Museum,

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1. It was in the stars that we would be totally taken by the Nebula Console table from Arktura—the dynamic design is based on an algorithmically derived pattern inspired by the organization of the cosmos. Far out, indeed. $3,790 at Retail Studio, Portland, 2. Influenced by color, nature, geometry, and the 3D object, artist Haley Ann Robinson also draws inspiration from the lush forests of Oregon. We love this collection of wood blocks for its energetic, contemporary take on organic design. For Totokaelo Art-Object, from $140 at Totokaelo Art-Object, Seattle, 3. Designed especially for Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, a non-profit health organization helping underserved communities in the city, the Chair+Bench 1.2 represents both the individual and collective spirit of the clients. Each chair was salvaged, and the resulting piece features a table, bench, and shelving along with the seats. Consider us inspired. Available for custom order through Organelle Design, Vancouver, B.C.,

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raves Designer Brad Ascalon set out to design a table with an elegant frame that could withstand the weight of a substantial piece of marble. And so, with the Atlas of Greek mythology in mind, he did, except this table’s beauty is not a myth. Atlas Coffee Table, $1,865 at Design Within Reach studios,

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6 4. Portland-based Rejuvenation reimagines the mod chandelier, in three stunning finishes. The Kiku chandelier has the graphic simplicity required to place it firmly in the realm of future design classic. $2,480 at Rejuvenation, Portland and Seattle, rejuvenation. com. 5. Playfully living up to its name, Abnormals Anonymous wallpaper studio plays with unique themes such as insects and all manner of the earth’s creatures, resulting in something wholly unique and utterly mesmerizing. $10 per square foot or $85 per linear yard at Guesthouse, Seattle, 6. Each one of these hand-formed ceramic spoons with driftwood handles is a treasure, and one that you won’t want to keep buried in the kitchen drawer. These beauties are begging to be put on display. By Linda Fahey, $40 each at Butter Home, Seattle, 7. The design team at Eugene, Oregon–based Wall Star Graphics put a modern spin on the enduringly popular chevron pattern by making this clever broken, geometric version. You won’t be able to resist picking out your favorite color in the rainbow of designer shades available. $175 at Wall Star Graphics,




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Stay. Le MarchĂŠ St. George, a charming neighborhood shop and cafĂŠ in Vancouver, B.C., houses a stylish, second-floor secret.

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Janaki Larsen and her family kept the floors original to the 1904 space, added period-appropriate moldings, and then took down walls in order to create the open floor plan. To decorate, they filled the apartment with reupholstered Craigslist finds and inexpensive antique store treasures; almost all of the paintings are by Janaki’s mother, artist Patricia Larsen. GRAY ISSUE No. nine


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Opposite: The stairs leading up to the apartment feature a photograph done by Janaki’s sister, Klee, and a vintage chandelier. This Page: All of the window treatments are simple Belgian linen, next to another work of art by Janaki’s mother. The space, in addition to being an apartment, has at times held a pop-up restaurant, shop, art gallery, and more. GRAY ISSUE No. nine




o ahead—just looking won’t hurt, will it? These famous last words that come before so many major purchases aren’t often spoken before buying a building in near shambles, but Janaki Larsen’s family just has a knack for seeing the beauty in things. Even things that may be “covered in putrid blue stucco,” as she puts it. But after having driven by 4393 St. George St. for a long time and dreaming of turning it into a market, Janaki, her husband Pascal Roy, and her aunt Marie Brennan bought the turnof-the-century building in 2009. One year later, it became Le Marché St. George. “It think it was meant to be,” Janaki says.



The shop that occupies the space downstairs is only three years old, but it certainly feels like an idyllic, old-world general store that one only expects to see in movies anymore. That’s not surprising, given Janaki’s background in the film industry as a set decorator, and skills as a ceramic artist. Her eye for composition makes everything just so. A revival of the neighborhood store of yesteryear, or French “marché,” the shop stocks various gourmet foodstuffs and sundries alongside a charming café. Larsen’s aunt owns the 830-square-foot residence above the marché, which has also been extensively renovated—much of it by Pascal, with help by their architect friend, Barbara Bernal.

From Left: In keeping with the found nature of the furnishings, the ornate dining table was a gift from a friend. The simple, modern kitchen has open shelving, and the refurbished fireplace features are ceramics crafted by Janaki. The bed linens were found on a buying trip to Mexico, and can be purchased in the shop below the apartment.

They transformed the former two-bedroom apartment with a choppy layout and pink-tiled kitchen with three layers of linoleum into the open, elegant space that it is today. The best part? They did it on a small budget. “Our whole family are total scavengers,” Janaki says. “No two things in the apartment are from the same place.” Through Craigslist, thrift shops, antique stores, friends, family (all of the art on the wall is the work of various talented members of Janaki’s family), they achieved a flawless haute bohemian look. “Nothing is extremely precious, expensive, or designer,” Janaki says. “It’s beneficial to be confident in the things that you love, and not to worry if they all go together.

There is always a common thread in what people like, so it just ends up working.” The other piece of advice Janaki has is that patience is a virtue. “It took a good year to get it to this point, and it’s because we didn’t settle. Sometimes you have to live without a coffee table if you can’t find one you love. I’d rather not have something then have something to fill the space.” Things certainly don’t have to be perfect to be picture-perfect.

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When it comes to the bridal creations of Claire La Faye, “more is more,” she says.

“I love texture. I literally have to restrain myself when it comes to designing. … I could never be a minimalist.” After taking one look at the Portland designer’s collections, who would want her to hold back? La Faye’s work captures the romance and beauty that most brides are looking for on their wedding day. The Milwaukee-native got her education at Parson’s The New School of Design in New York and then did a stint Los Angeles, where she designed red-carpet creations for pop artists such as Courtney Love. In 2009 La Faye moved back to Portland for the second time and set up shop. “Portland is a great place for me–



it’s a city abuzz with creative energy and community. It helps me find the balance I struggle with every day between work, family, and personal sanity,” she says. What sets her work apart is that the dresses capture the personality of brides who don’t want cookie-cutter wedding dresses. La Faye’s creations are works of art that incorporate silk, beading, feathers, tulle, and netting. At the top of La Faye’s inspiration list are colors other than the traditional wedding white; she loves using blush, pale gray, robin’s egg blue, warm champagne, and even black in her collections. What’s next in the designer’s idea book? Look for lace in illusion backs and necklines as well as sleeves and floral elements. ❈



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“I favor the modern silver flatware patterns are ites of the late 1950s and early 1960s (favor those by Georg Jensen and A. Michelson), ething and if I don’t have enough salad forks or som I just throw in a fish fork and mix and match.”

Dining by Design Interior designer Rick Baye gives us a glimpse into entertaining like a pro with chic, simple ideas that work for all occasions. Written by stacy kendall : Photographed by alex hayden



Vintage place settings by Georg Jensen and A. Michelson; 1960s red plates by C. Voltz; Cuatro white platters and bowls, CB2,; White napkins from Cookin’ at Madison Park, Seattle, (206) 328-2665. Tablecloth fabric is Santorini, by Trina Turk for F. Schumacher, Designer Fabric Liquidations, Seattle,

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★ A few yards of fabric—unfinished edges and all (fold them under) can be a great tablecloth, placemat, or napkin. It’s a great way of introducing color without tremendous expense. ★ The Cuatro platters from CB2 are an amazing price for the look.


ick Baye has owned Designer Fabric Liquidations, a Seattle cult favorite among the design-minded for 10 years. But among his friends, and anyone lucky enough to have been invited to his impeccable home, he is known for his gracious entertaining skills and stylish parties. Baye created a table setting for spring for us by sticking to a monochromatic palette in one bold color and then using a swathe of fabric coupled with his signature trick of mixing of new and vintage dishes and glassware. “This look is very easy to pull off, Baye says. “The color of the cloth and the plates weren’t the same shade but it didn’t even matter—it still looks fabulous. I threw in some inexpensive mums, and the red background made them pop. I like things very relaxed because it still just comes down to the people, great food, lighting, and music.” Go to for elegant and easy food ideas from Rick.

★ I like to combine crystal and glasses, like those by Orrefors, Crate & Barrel, Baccarat, and Pottery Barn. ★ Small party or large, I never use paper plates or napkins or plastic cups or utensils. I’ll break everything out of my cupboards and mix it up. ★ Napkins: white or taupe linen in bulk just last forever ... always starched and pressed—always! ★ Flowers are a must. Orchids mostly, but whatever looks great where I’m buying them.


★ My partner, Bartja, makes a new playlist for each dinner party. We like groovy lounge music because it makes people want to stay and talk. GRAY ISSUE No. nine



reaL estate:

do’s and don’ts Buying or selling a house can be incredibly hectic and stressful. And then there’s all the advice: everyone has ideas and tips they want to share, but how do you know which ones to follow? We consulted two of Seattle’s savviest Realtors, Kim V. Colaprete and Chavi Hohm of Team Diva Real Estate (based at Coldwell Banker Bain on Capitol hill) and put together some of their insightful tips for both buyers and sellers. After all, a diva always knows best! Written by RAChEL GALLAhER

Tips for Buyers Finding an Agent: “look for someone who is experienced, has a lot of energy, seems like someone you would like to hang out with, and is willing to be awesome on your behalf.” What to Look for in a Home: looking for a house is a very personal experience. Make sure to find one that makes you feel excited, one you could see yourself living in for a long time. Find that one house that inspires you to want to put time into it planting a garden, building a new deck ... having fun! Making an Offer: According to the divas, today’s market is hot, hot, hot! Make sure to have your financing in order and understand what you are buying. As a little bonus, they suggest sending a nice letter about what a great homeowner you will be. Best Prep for Moving In: don’t forget the dog! (It’s a lesson the divas learned the hard way.)

Tips for Sellers Finding an Agent: “the bottom line is that you need an agent who is built for the new market. that means they know what the Interwebs are, and they know how to market your home using fabulous photography and social media. homes are selling, but the homes that are selling for top dollar are expertly marketed by the next generation of real estate pros.” Rooms and areas to focus on: get your house in order before people come to take a peek. Focus on the front yard, kitchen, and master bedroom. If the kitchen isn’t visually appealing, potential buyers might get the impression that the home will need more work than they would like. Floors and walls: “divas love loud paint colors,” they say, but what many of us forget is that your home’s wall colors might not reproduce well online. don’t be blah-beige. Be fun, just think through how well it is going to photograph for real estate sites. For more tips, or to contact the Divas, visit



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When it comes to home staging, even the smallest touches can liven up your listings. Highlight your home’s strengths and downplay its weaknesses with these top tips from three Seattle-based stagers.




“Without question, in today’s internet-driven real estate market, staging is critical to getting the right exposure and top dollar for my client’s homes”. —Diane Terry, Windermere Real Estate Martina Clymer from Design Stage creates the illusion of an expansive interior with a simple and functional entryway vignette. A floating shelf and an interesting ottoman add an element of versatility, even in the smallest homes. “Space is a premium–­—whether buying, selling, or staying put in your home to enjoy. As a stager, and interior designer, I like to create a space upon entering even if one does not exist”.

John Vogel bench, $499 and Phoenix Dhurrie rug, $279 at West Elm, ❈ Wall color “Creamy” at Sherwin Williams, ❈ All other pieces stager’s own, Design Stage, GRAY ISSUE No. nine



Burbank Sectional Sofa, $3,660 as shown, at Alchemy Collections, Seattle, alchemy ❈ All other items stager’s own, Rosichelli Design,

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Creating an emotional experience can pull a buyer from one house to another in a matter of seconds. Jon Rosichelli from Rosichelli Design establishes a high impact and unforgettable look with a captivating piece of art that buyers won’t forget. “Staging with original art is essential in selling a lifestyle. It is memorable, and helps the potential home buyer connect with their own expression of originality and create an emotional connection to the space.”, he says. Don’t have a large art collection? Local art museums often rent out pieces on a monthly basis. Check out some great options at the Seattle Art Musuem, Portland Art Museum, or Vancouver Art Gallery.



boom. A luxurious master bedroom will attract and pull at potential buyers heartstrings unlike any other room in the house. Showcase your bedroom in the best possible light by adding layers of lush linens and soft textures. Andrea Braund from Andrea Braund Home Staging and Design notes “romance, relaxation and comfort are all descriptions of what we want to achieve when staging, always create a luxurious, fresh, and perfect bed when preparing a home for the market”.

Pearl shams, $149 ea.; Pearl coverlet, $328; Lowell duvet, $698; Lowell shams, $135 ea.; Chinchilla throw, $299; Giorgio Linen stripe pillow, $215; Giorgio Linen flange pillow, $200; Paseo Doble pillow, $190; Medium Woodbury vase, $125; Petite Woodbury vase, $95; Amethyst votive holder, $55; all at Table Top and Home, Bellevue, table ❈ Swami Bed, $2,169 as shown and City Nightstand, $579 as shown, Alchemy Collections, Seattle, ❈ Staging by Andrea Braund Home Staging and Design,







as the “T he world is changing, and ild ings, designers of objects, spaces, buan un usual ld packaging, and the like, we ho r hands amount of influence and poweorreinsuou inable. to make the future better. Mfunctiostanal. More beautiful. More Just all around better.”

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—GAGE MITCHELL, Modern Species

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Mitchell, Gage Mitchell, Mitchell Freedland, Mitchell Pride, Mitchell Young.

name game What are the chances? In a year and a half of making a magazine, a strange trend became hard to ignore:


We noticed that there are a lot of them in our little slice of the design world, so we decided to compile a small something on the ones we’ve discovered so far. Sure, there are probably also 100 Toms, Dicks, or Marys, but what would be the challenge in that? So without further ado, ladies and gentleman, we give you: the Mitchells. Written by stacy kendall




The Aviary

Mitch Setlow

Ken Mitchell, Co-founder of The Aviary, Seattle,

“I had been studying the creative process both through my work, academically, and personally. I felt that there were many people like me that wanted to find creative expression but did not know what that meant or how to start, or restart. And, I love the idea of marketplace—retail as community. Where else can you have strangers able to walk into your space and strike up a conversation?” Mitchell Young Eydis Einarsdottir

Mitch Setlow

President of Leathers, Issaquah, Washington, “I was mentored by the Liverpool antique mafia when I was a young carpenter, and would frequent the slums of England and the back alleys of London to find architectural pieces—from bar backs to church pieces. As a native New Yorker, world citizen, traveler, and furniture dilettante, I see furniture like art, food, or love. Variety is what makes a home a home!”

The Old Mitchell Press Building

Vancouver, B.C. This Armoury District icon is filled from top to bottom with design. It houses Bocci Studio, modern design boutique Living Space, and the master’s degree program studios for Emily Carr University. You won’t find much more of a creative space than this.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

1106 W. Burnside St., Portland, Located in Portland’s Pearl District, this airy showroom is filled with the classic and trendy furniture pieces that this company does so well. Inspiration around every corner.

Mitchell Young

Marketing coordinator at Judy Inc., Toronto, “I’m a total crafty kid. I love that DIY has become a huge part of the design community and has reached trend status! I can proudly display my foam-core deer head, cheaply printed photos, and my window-frame chalkboard and not feel like my apartment looks like the crafts room at summer camp.”


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President of Mitchell Freedland Design, Vancouver, B.C., “I love the sensitivity we [in the Pacific Northwest] have to our unique environment. We are so blessed with the ocean, mountains, forests, and some of the most unique coastlines— there is such great inspiration there. You can tell when it’s a Northwest designer because of the awareness of materials and light quality that we have here. We have an abundance of nature, and quality materials that we bring to the plate.”

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Designer and partner, Modern Species, Seattle, “My influences go as far back as my parents, who got me started in the fine arts—drawing, sculpting, painting, you name it. The next major influence would have been my coworkers and bosses at The Design Shop in Denver and Eye Design Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. I learned a lot about hierarchy, typography, and conceptual thinking from all those good folks. Today, though, I’m inspired and blown away by design gods like Matteo Bologna and Louise Fili, who have such finesse and charisma in their design that it makes me sick.”

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GRAY reader and owner of Samudra Yoga and Coffee, Bremerton, Washington, “The thing I love about this area now, is the idea that you’re not going to spend a lot of money. People are into found objects, and I love the perfectly imperfect feel. People aren’t trying to build showhouses anymore, but really personal spaces. It’s very grassroots—to make objects have meaning in their house and they don’t have to be expensive or precious. I think it’s a very Pacific Northwest thing.”

Mitchell Pride, Associate at Callison, Seattle, “Lately I’ve become more interested in [John] Ruskin, [William] Morris and [A. W. N.] Pugin in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The idea of arts and crafts is heavily present in the Northwest, with things so well-crafted and thought out, and not a lot of industrial processes. Artisans and craftsman know their way—it’s so present in the Pacific Northwest.” ❈ Nola Table Lamp at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams



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Over the dining room table, a light sculpture by Cristian Cubiñá from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre is reminiscent of clear drops of rain. OPPOSITE: An area rug from Once a Tree Furniture and a marble-topped coffee table from Room & Board warm up the gray-and-blue color palette. “We wanted something different than the traditional look we have now, and we really like the clean, contemporary look,” Joyce says. “We are really motivated to live with a lot less stuff.”


Atmospheric elements merge and inspire the color palette for a couple’s condo overlooking False Creek in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Written by lindsey m. roberts : Photographed by tracey ayton




interior design: Enviable Designs contractor: Eyco Building Group




he hardest look to achieve in a home is one where the finished space appears completely effortless. In one empty nesters’ newly renovated and redecorated eighth-floor condo in Vancouver, B.C., this look is one that emerged gracefully from the proximity to clouds and views of a creek below. “Our color palette was really taken from the environment,” says Victoria McKenney, principal designer of Enviable Designs and interior designer on the project. “All you see is water and sky.” McKenney’s clients, Peter Holmes and Joyce Hall, purchased this condo in a 1993 building in Yaletown in 2011, after raising two children in a traditional, two-story, 6,000-square-foot house in Ontario. “We really missed the



mountains, ocean, and mild winters,” Joyce says, as she’s originally from Chilliwack, B.C., and Peter is from Vancouver. Both desired to be closer to family out west. When McKenney first saw the 1,000-square-foot condo, it needed a complete overhaul. The kitchen was closed off from the rest of the space, the sunroom was enclosed, and the living room was tiny. She knew that the floor plan needed to be opened up to better embrace the views. Vancouver’s Eyco Building Group was brought in to do a remodel, and Enviable Designs decided to switch the living room and the dining room in order to give the couple a larger living room, as well as more-flexible seating arrangements. Working in a concrete building was not easy, as the team dealt with metal studs and a concrete ceiling, but it was worth it: All main living areas now see through

OPPOSITE PAGE: Once the dining room and living room were switched, the dining room became a more intimate eating space, with white chairs from Once a Tree Furniture paired with a cozy bench from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, neither of which distract from the view. THIS PAGE: Eyco Building Group opened up the kitchen to the rest of the living space, and then added custom teak cabinetry. “I love the architectural aspect of how it ended up looking,” Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs says. “Very clean lined and sophisticated, but warm and inviting.”

unobstructed south- and west-facing windows to better views of False Creek, below. The trick with the finishings and the furnishings once the new layout was in place was to take a modern look that the clients asked for, but warm it up to make a cozy space. “They wanted a very contemporary-feeling space. Clean-lined with simple materials, but they also wanted it to feel warm and comfortable,” McKenney says. Achieving this all came down to a well-balanced, neutral color palette. Walls are gray, but they’re a warmer beige-like gray. Icy-blue, gray, and white furniture and accessories are warmed up with rust-colored blankets in the bedroom and wooden art in the living room. And the kitchen cabinets and island have a warm, brown teak veneer with visible

grain for texture, while the dark maple floors, which have a black opaque stain, help ground the entire palette. The use of texture also helped keep the space neutral but interesting. “It’s not all straight and linear, even though some of the components are,” McKenney says. “There’s a mixture of textures and shapes.” The main effect of keeping everything simple was that the focus is on the cloudlike atmosphere created by the overcast Vancouver days and reflections from the creek. Until the couple sells their Ontario home, their new condo is a restful pied-à-terre in the sky for weekend getaways. “We really feel like we are on vacation when we are there,” Joyce says. “Looking out at the water views from all rooms feels like you’re on a boat!”






tral furnishings such as the white headboard from Calligaris on the murphy bed from Instant Bedrooms and white sconces from Light the Store don’t compete with the views from the bedroom. Artwork by B.C. native Georgina Farah and pillows from CB2 add interest; a rust-orange dish from Anthropologie holds bracelets; a white desk from Style in Form; a bit of shine from the fixtures mixes it up in the bath. THIS PAGE: McKenney squeezed as much storage as she could into the 1,000-square-foot space, even getting creative with vintage luggage in the living room. Bird on top from Anthropologie. �



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Paul and Katie Hackworth love designing and building so much that they decided to make a business out of it. Written by lindsey m. Roberts : Photographed by alex hayden


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OPPOSITE: Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper makes the living room of the Hackworth’s Medina home as serene as the verdant landscaping outside the windows. Philippe Starck’s Ghost Chair from Design Within Reach and the Anaheim Glass Floor Lamp from Masin’s Fine Furnishings & Interior Design keep sight lines clear. THIS PAGE: In the dining room, Katie paired a wood table from Anthropologie with two wingbacks from The Standard and a polycarbonate Ghost Chair for a masterful mix of materials.



“A lot of people think it’s a house that we renovated because of its charm. But, you know, we just paid a lot of attention to details.” ­—KATIE HACKWORTH


Linen drapes from The Blind Alley and a comfy sofa from The Standard swathe the living room in comfort. Coffee table from Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design. OPPOSITE: A glass finial on the staircase makes for a moment of whimsy; art on the mantel doesn’t distract from its serene environment; a desk and chair provide an additional place to flip through design magazines and books. GRAY ISSUE No. nine

A striped Dash & Albert Rug Co. runner picks up the black lines of the kitchen countertops, which are stainless steel from Ballard Sheet Metal and granite from Terazzo Stone & Supply; another desk nook features a desk and rug from West Elm; the official home office has a vintage drafting table.


heir house is done to perfection, but the

family may be moving on soon anyway. That’s because Katie and Paul Hackworth of Medina, Wash-

ington–based H2 Design + Build are given over to the process of building beautiful homes. Six years ago, they gutted a 50-year-old English cottage-style house in Bellevue, hiring Seattle architect Ben Trogdon to help them design the remodel and an addition. A few years after that project was done, in 2009, they found their next one in Medina, a teardown on a 0.37-acre lot. After purchasing the house, the Hackworths decided to form their own business: Paul had been working in commercial property management and development, and Katie was a graphic designer. The husband-and-wife team combined talents to make H2 and set to work with Trogdon again on what they call “a modern farmhouse.” Why the modern farmhouse style in the middle of high-end modern and neo-traditional neighbors? “My style is a mix of modern and vintage,” Katie says. “I think the modern farmhouse fits that perfectly because it has the traditional shape, the higher-pitched roof, the traditional materials … then we streamlined the whole house so that it’s a bit sleeker than your traditional-traditional farmhouse.” Instead of a corrugated-metal roof, for example, the team went with a standing-seam. And an all-white exterior helps keep all the siding and details fresh. “It’s really distilling down to as few materials and finishes and colors as possible to really keep it clean and understated for a classic and timeless look,” Trogdon says.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Art is strategically place to create interest while keeping in the calm, neutral, theme; Siding in the kitchen nook carries the farmhouse theme indoors, with art from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; the Hackworths worked with architect Ben Trogdon to create their streamlined, modern farmhouse.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Color is appropriately allowed in the girls’ bedrooms, though white Jenny Lind beds from Land of Nod make sure the room is in keeping with the rest of the house; wallpaper from Anthropologie and tufted headboard from Urban Outfitters; toy suitcases pick up the pink in the wallpaper.



Katie played around with the layout of the art in the master bedroom until she found the right arrangement. Bedding is from West Elm and John Robshaw Textiles; in the master bathroom, a medicine cabinet for organizing; a cast iron bathtub from Waterworks is perfect for soaking after a long day.

It’s on the interior that the New England–inspired salt box gets more of a Northwest spirit. Here, the black window frames stand out against the white walls, which reflect the large amount of natural light throughout the house; the Hackworths worked with Trogdon to orient the house and the rooms so that the master bedroom and the back terrace get the afternoon sun. Wide-plank white oak runs throughout the whole house, helping to further bounce around the light. The windows also frame the vivid greenery that Seattle-based landscape architect Beers | Withington did for the couple, which provides much of the color for the mainly neutral interiors. “We have such a beautiful surrounding,” Hackworth says. If something’s really perfect and beautiful, then I don’t think we need to do that much. We just have this gorgeous backdrop to work with.” Katie did allow herself some variety in the children’s rooms, where splashes of multicolored pillows, art, and wallpaper signal that fun is to be had in this part of the house. In the sitting room as well, she allowed herself a deep-blue sofa, which pops against Cole & Son’s Woods wallpaper. Now that their Medina home is done, Katie and Paul are already itching to find the next house and get started. “I loved doing our own home so much that sooner or later, I think we’ll do it again,” Katie says. “When I get to have full reign and get to do exactly what I want, that’s really exciting to me. I would be sad to leave this one, but I know the next home we do would just be that much more fun.” h



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The great room of Randy Rapaport’s condo is a set piece for music, visual art, and cocktails, with a Ligne Roset furniture set complementing floor-to-ceiling glass and walnut floors.


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t isn’t the painting by legendary Northwest artist James Lavadour near the entrance to Randy Rapaport’s southeast Portland condo that excites him. Rather, it’s the moment when, during the artist’s recent visit to his place, Lavadour was inspired by the colorful psychedelic artwork from a Radiohead album, In Rainbows. “He told me, ‘Something just clicked and I feel like painting!’ Rapaport remembers.. Similarly, it’s not the sound of Radiohead on Rapaport’s immaculate vintage vacuum-tube amplifier that he wants to talk about, but his several visits with a retired analog-stereo repairman to learn the intricacies of the craft. Same goes for his story of working with Portland firm Bamboo Revolution on his custom walnut dining room table. Made from rare old-growth, regional walnut, its hidden tendons display not a single nail or screw. And, Rapaport proudly points out, “The leg and this top band make what’s called a waterfall, so it’s one piece of wood. It’s an old-world kind of making something.” Make no mistake: Rapaport’s unit in the Clinton Condominiums, which he developed and local firm Holst Architecture designed, is stocked with the finest objects, furniture, and artwork. There are the elegant Ligne Roset sofa, chairs, and rug in the living room, the antique Tibetan Bodhisattva’s headpiece in the den, the vintage Ligne Roset cocktail cart and Baccarat glass decanters in the kitchen. And there’s the sumptuous art collection throughout, featuring local painters Lavadour, Timothy Scott Dalbow, and Jason Vance Dickason as well as local glass sculptor Andi Kovel of Esque Studio. Everything is arranged with the delicate care of a Japanese landscape gardener: sparing, but with subtle, orchestrated beauty. Yet in nearly every case, Rapaport, a one-time child psychologist who in the 2000s became perhaps the



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OPPOSITE: Rapaport likes contemplating his large abstract painting by Jason Vance Dickason— or the view through the glass wall over southeast Portland rooftops—from his comfy Ligne Roset loveseat and matching chairs. THIS PAGE: Rapaport keeps a collection of rare vacuum tubes to power his 1958 vintage amplifier and stereo system. His study, below, includes another Dalbow painting left, a Jason Vance Dickason at right, and a Ligne Roset chair originally designed for French prime minister Georges Pompidou’s palace in the 1960s, as well as an ancient Tibetan headpiece.



city’s most acclaimed developer of boutique condos, gushes not over the objects themselves but the memory of working with the artist or artisan behind them. Beside the dining table, for example, the glass decanters hold a special custom whiskey that Rapaport worked with a local artisan distillery, House Spirits, to create. On the wall is a painting that he commissioned Dickason to create that is inspired by the shape and range of the French blue color of the vintage Baccarat vase on the nearby side table. This same curatorial attitude was applied to the building’s architect. Rapaport first worked with Holst in 2004 on the award-winning Belmont Street Lofts in Portland. Both that building and this one are unapologetically boxy-modern, yet situated in historic, eclectic neighborhoods of Craftsman bungalows, Tudors, and Victorians. Each building has become a neighborhood magnet for creative Portlanders, and helped to affirm Holst as one of the city’s most acclaimed firms. “What I do is I collaborate with artists and artisans and ask them, or challenge them in a friendly way, to step beyond and reach their highest aspirations,” Rapaport explains. “I tell them, ‘Make the best table you’ve ever made.’ It’s an inquiry and an experimentation. And then the outcome is very exciting.” ❈



OPPOSITE: The master bath includes a floating walnut vanity above tile floors, with a painting by an unknown artist; in the master bedroom a painting by Jason Vance Dickason hangs above the nightstand. THIS PAGE: Rapaport also collects religious iconography and artifacts, such as this photo by Jim Lommasson and an 18th-century Tibetan chest from Portland’s Cargo. GRAY ISSUE No. nine



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queeze a future-forward, slick torpedo shape into a 1912 automotive shop and you get the most unlikely of results: the hottest new dance spot in the Pacific Northwest. Q Nightclub on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, which opened last September, was the first club designed by the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), a national architecture firm responsible for multiple Apple stores, as well as Seattle City Hall. For the firm, it was also the most unlikely of commissions. “When the clients, FMJ Clubcorp, first contacted us, we



thought, ‘We’ve never done a nightclub before,’” says Ray Calabro of BCJ. “But they said, ‘That’s fine. We can provide the backup on the programming.’ What they were interested in was that we make great places for people.” FMJ Clubcorp wanted to do a club the likes of which Seattle hadn’t seen before, Calabro says. “They were interested in raising the bar.” On the must list was high-end service and cocktails and a sophisticated light and sound system to rival clubs in Miami, Los Vegas, and New York, and yet be distinctly Seattle. After looking around the city for locations, the team settled on a concrete double-height former garage. They sand-blasted old layers of paint off the cast-in-place concrete walls, leaving

where guests can relax and talk or watch the dance floor. the main bar in the background. THIS PAGE: Tucked over ceiling BCJ custom designed the lights hanging from the with a blackened steel countertop and a walnut away in the back of the torpedo’s main floor is the Bourbon Bar, the countertops. ent complem stools bar chair shell s fiberglas wraparound. Eames

OPPOSITE: At the top of the torpedo is a mezzanine lounge

them as a raw element “If it were in New York, you might see every surface covered with a finish,” Calabro says. “They probably wouldn’t have let the concrete show.” For contrast, the team then filled the 12,000-square-foot space with shiny, long, smooth, curvilinear walls, rounded bars, multiple lounge spaces, a dance floor, and what they refer to as the “torpedo.” This two-story, white element hides restrooms on the ground floor, which have a unisex lounge and private toilet rooms with full-height doors. In the bathroom walls, red translucent windows in linear openings allow lights from the dance floor in, but aren’t completely transparent. On top of the torpedo is a mezzanine lounge, from which guests

can see the dance floor below. Over the dance floor is a custom lighting element by Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting, who has worked for clubs in cities around the country. “The room is a very unique shape, with few corners, curved walls, and an asymmetrical layout,” Lieberman says. The finished product transverses the space diagonally, with one-foot pieces of color-changing LED fixtures spaced to create the installation’s pattern; moving lights, strobe lights, and mirrorballs are spaced asymmetrically in the pattern’s negative space. It “really complements the form of the dance floor and the shape of the space,” Nate Lambdin of BCJ says. “It’s integrated into the architecture GRAY ISSUE No. nine


tech lights from the dance floor to enter the bathrooms (but not a neon yellow marker to alert passersby to the hip club as acts “fin,” a calls BCJ what street, the on gaze); anyone’s ion by Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting. installat light custom a has floor dance the inside; the Bourbon Bar;

ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Translucent red windows allow the

BELOW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Behind the main bar is an area nicknamed “the grotto,” with curved, sound-absorbing material; from the DJ booth, one can see Lieberman’s flashing dance lights; in the bathrooms, to the left is a unisex lounge, while to the right are floor-to-ceiling doors for privacy; a close-in view of the mezzanine lounge on top of the torpedo.

and not just this signature statement all there on its own.” To accommodate the lighting system, BCJ designed the colors and the finishes around it in neutrals. A light-gray, slightly glossy paint coats most of the interior walls to reflect the red, yellow, and blue of the dance floor lights. One of the clients’ requests was to create multiple spaces with distinct environments. “One of my favorite things about



the club is that there are a lot of places to see and be seen, and multiple points of view,” Calabro says. Besides the dance floor, restroom lounge, and mezzanine lounge, there’s the intimate Bourbon Bar at the back of the main floor of the torpedo, where over 100 whiskeys are offered. Peter Bohlin specified walnut wood panels that wrap around a blackened steel counter and a custom banquette provides lounge seating.

Guiding patrons through the space with its multiple stopping points is a long neon-yellow wall. Called “the fin,” it starts outside of the club on the street, announcing Q’s presence, and then leads people inside, where they can queue up to get into the club while being sheltered from potential rain. Once inside, the fin leads all the way to the back of the club. All of the high design would be for naught, though, without the state-of-the art sound system. BCJ powdercoated white the iconic purple speakers by English audio company Funktion One. Yanni Thomakos, Q’s sound manager, made sure that dancing on the main floor feels like being inside the music, while not prohibiting conversation in other areas of the

club. “The system at Q is absolutely immense,” Thomakos says. “Our dance-floor showcases a four-point surrounding array of flown cabinets supporting the mid-range, piezoelectric super-tweeters for clarity in hi-range reinforcement, and monstrous subwoofers on the floor.” What does that mean? It means that “at any point inside Q,” he says, “you will be immersed in the highest quality audio.” Calabro notes that the redesigned space isn’t all that different today from what it was designed to be 99 years ago. “You used to have these shiny high-end vehicles pull into this raw space. Now you have this glossy, shiny torpedo pulled inside of this raw space. There are some analogies that are quite subtle.” h GRAY ISSUE No. nine



Beach Ball House Written by bROOKE BURRIS Photographed by Michael Moore

Located on the sparse beaches of Westport, Washington, the Beach Ball House mixes bright colors and modern lines in a delicious piece of eye candy that pops against the neutral surroundings. But form and color aren’t the only attributes—the carefully planned design is also functional, specially built to withstand the extreme weather and shifting sand of the Pacific coast. When designing and constructing the home, the team at Castanes Architects PS knew they had to face elements specific to the location. Architect Jim Castanes explains that “major wind and driving rain” threaten windows and siding systems, and salt corrosion and extreme rainfall are potentially harmful to traditional siding. “As the wind is very strong in this location, the low level sand dunes were constantly changing,” Castanes explains. “We wanted the structure to hover above the dunes as a gesture to the ever changing reconfiguration of the topography of sand.” The choice to lift the home above the sand allowed them to work with, not against, the elements, not too much unlike a ball hovering in the wind. h




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Office Space Picture an architect-designed office for architects and you may imagine clean lines, functionality, and sustainability. Lay your eyes on the 39,000-square-foot office of Bremerton, Washington—based architecture firm Rice Fergus Miller and you get all of that … and more. The building had a gritty past as a 1948 autorepair center, though, before it went vacant for 23 years and then became today’s fresh, modern office space: We “purchased an abandoned former Sears auto center and turned it into a showpiece of high-performance sustainability,” says Elin Headrick, the firm’s director of marketing. In its transformation, the team mixed the old elements with the new, making their philosophy, Headrick says: “Anything that’s old stays old and raw. Anything that’s new stays new and clean.” In order to ensure maximum functionality, the firm felt it was important for the new office to achieve three main goals: a connection to the community, a space that enhanced the culture and workflow of the firm, and a space that was as sustainable as possible. For the sustainability aspect, Rice Fergus Miller put on a reflective roof, added extra insulation, and installed ceiling fans to help move air around. The furnishings provide a perfect modern touch for employees. The firm loves the finished project, but so do others: Last year, the space won a Gold Award from the Reconstruction Awards, as given by Building Design+Construction magazine.



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Prinzing was tired of hearing that locally grown floral bouquets couldn’t be done year round in the Northwest. (After all, isn’t it only moss that thrives in our winters?) So at the beginning of a dreary November, she decided to make a bouquet a week with whatever she could find in her garden or grown by local flower farmers; she would show the world what beauty could be found here. Over the course of a year, she used snips from trees, shrubs, herbs, such as conifer branches, hydrangeas, and lavender, “just looking at everything that grows as a potential growing element,” she says.The documentation of her experiment became her “floral manifesto” and the bouquets speak for themselves of her success. But don’t be intimidated. Though the book is new, Prinzing intends for it to inspire readers to go back to the old, by growing personal gardens, supporting local flower farmers, and having the confidence to arrange their own bouquets. “This is what our grandmothers did,” she says. “They just cut a few sprigs of this and that and put it in a jar on a windowsill.” Step away from the supermarket blooms covered in cellophane, and try 52 weeks of your own bouquets. ❈




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In the large main area of the luxury rental home in Seabrook, designer Tracy Chumbley chose to layer fresh neutrals such as gray, white, and tan so that no bright colors distracted from the waterfront views out the Anderson 400 series windows. Hunter Douglas Origami fabric shades allow guests privacy without distracting from the view. The crown jewel of the living area is the hammered metal fireplace with nailhead detailing down the sides.


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Seaside vacations dreams come true in this light and luxurious rental home on the Washington Coast Written by rachel gallaher : Photographed by TRACEY AYTON



THIS PAGE: A long porch spans one side of the house, providing expansive room to enjoy the views. Seabrook’s landscape designer Stephen Poulakos chose native plants such as sea grass and Lupine to create the feeling of being down by the shore. The outdoor living space between the main house and the carriage house includes a gray, stone fireplace and a grill. Small arch top wall lanterns from Circa hang along the covered walkway, and are the perfect vintage-inspired addition to the simple space.


hen you’re looking to get out of town, nothing beats a stay on the coast. And whether you’re looking for a cottage for two or a large house that sleeps 18, the beachfront community of Seabrook, Washington, offers an array of options for getaways. Nineteen of those options in the area were designed by Portland-based designer Tracy Chumbley of Tracy Noelle Interiors, who counts Seabrook as an important part of her career. In 2007, Casey Roloff, founder of the town of Seabrook, contacted Chumbley to design the interiors of a home on the Oregon coast. “I’ve designed at least 40 beach homes, Chumbley says. “That was never really something I had as a goal for my-



self, but it’s probably a good 60 to 70 percent of what I do now.” From that collaboration, a close working relationship grew between the pair. After Coastal Living magazine’s show home at Seabrook in 2010 ended, Chumbley was given the creative freedom to stage the home as a rental while it was for sale. Later, when Anthology (another property management company) bought the home in 20111, she was hired again and given even more creative freedom. “They wanted to use the home as a luxury rental,” she explains. “But Seabrook is whimsical and a bit eclectic, so we had to work on achieving a balance there.” Since the house already had great structural design, Chumbley worked with a combination of colors and simple

Guests can pull the Hunter Douglas blinds shut (but who would want to with the stunning views?). Custom chairs and couches in the living room are comfortable but stylish, proving to be the best place to kick up your feet after a long day at the beach.



OPPOSITE: The large kitchen is perfect for large family-style meals, or for when just a few people want to scoot up to the island’s gray siltstone top in the West Elm barstools. THIS PAGE: To complement the oak island with its weathered wash, kitchen cabinetry is maple from Canyon Creek with Shaker style inset doors. Open shelves painted white allow most dishes to blend in, but the occasional colorful glass adds a delightful pop of color, while the Brizo SmartTouch faucet allows one to activate water flow with just a tap of the wrist.

furnishings to create a light and airy feel that reflected the stunning ocean views. Pewter-toned maple flooring from Armstrong runs through the living, dining, and kitchen area, creating a contrast to the Pratt & Lambert paint—China White on the walls, and Gossamer for the trim—but remaining light enough to enhance the beachy vibe without dragging it down. Also in this area are two custom sofas ordered through Bella Furnishings, one upholstered in a soft blue for a little pop of color—but not too much as the most important thing was to choose décor that didn’t take away from the stunning views. “When you have an oceanfront home, this is the rule of thumb: if you want pops of color, you need to be careful where they are placed,” Chumbley says. “The art is the beach; you want your eyes to go straight to the windows.”



Since the house can sleep up to 12 guests, the large dining table was a must. Stickley Furniture Company crafted it out of repurposed driftwood, and Chumbley chose West Elm chairs for a little modern twist. Upstairs there are two suite bedrooms, each with a bathroom, and then the master suite, which has handmade gray-and-white striped wallpaper and fresh white Versailles bedding to bring in the relaxing look of a luxury hotel. Since it is a beach house, there is, of course, a fabulous outdoor area with a fireplace, grill, hot tub, an outdoor dining space, and a cover just in case it rains. The expansive front porch overlooks the ocean, and is the perfect place to come out and have a cup of coffee in the morning. Now that’s vacationing in style.

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CLOCKWISE: Chumbley wanted to create the luxurious feeling of a hotel in the master bedroom, so she stuck with grays and whites, with a darker shade of gray for the throw pillows and high thread count Versailles bedding. A neutral Dash & Albert Hancock woven-wool rug brings extra softness to the room. The white trunks acting as a nightstand are from Home Goods in Beaverton, Oregon; So there’s always the option of toasty toes, Chumbley installed antiqued cement tiles from Exquisite Surfaces that have a radiant heating system by Upanor. The J. Tribble sink vanity ties in with the rest of relaxed furniture throughout the house, and distinctive Boston Library Lights from Circa add a slight industrial vibe. The stairs to the second level have whimsical striped risers—a remnant of the original interior design by Tim Clarke. ❈



Alchemy Collections (pg 34, 43) 2029 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-3309 and 909 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 682-7575 Andrea Braund Home Staging and Design (pg 34) 206-672-2444 Anthropologie (pg 44, 50) Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, B.C., locations Arktura (pg 19) available through Retail Studio 404 N.W. 10th Ave., #101 Portland, OR 97214 (503) 575-4868

Ben Trogden Architects (pg 12, 50) Seattle, WA (206) 343-9907 Best Practice Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, Wa (206) 217-1600 The Blind Alley (pg 50) 14102 N.E. 21st St. Bellevue, WA 98007 (425) 644-7181 Bocci (pg 39) Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (pg 66) Seattle, WA (206) 256-0862 Butter Home (pg 20) 1531 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 623-2626

Armstrong Flooring (pg 80) Multiple locations

Calligaris (pg 44) 102 1014 Homer St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2W9 (604) 646-4833

The Aviary (pg 39) 5410 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 641-4481

Callison (pg 39) Seattle, WA (206) 623-4646

Ballard Sheet Metal (pg 50) 4763 Ballard Ave N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 784-0545

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company (pg 80) 16726 Tye St. S.E. Monroe, WA 98272 (360) 348-4600

Bamboo Revolution (pg 58) 1300 S.E. Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97214 (503) 914-6262

Capers (pg 90) 4525 California Ave. S.E. Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 932-0371

Batali Associates (pg 66) Edmonds, WA (425) 672-8760

Cargo (pg 58) 380 N.W. 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 (503) 209-8349

BC&J Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 780-9113 Beers | Withington (pg 50) Seattle, WA (206) 322-3884 Bella Furnishings (pg 80) 8205 S.W. Creekside Place, Ste. D-1 Beaverton, OR 97008 (503) 644-6970 Bellevue Arts Museum (pg 14) 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 519-0770 Benchmark Custom Cabinets (pg 50) 6220 S. Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 472-1778

Castanes Architects PS (pg 72) Seattle, WA (206) 441-0200 CB2 (pg 30, 44) 1277 Robson St. Vancouver, B.C. V63 1C2 (604) 669-9797 Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 329-1654 Cielo Home (pg 41) 528 N.W. 12th Portland, OR 97209 (503) 445-0111 Claire La Faye (pg 28) Portland, OR (323) 684-9996 Coates Design Architects (pg 12, 79) Bainbridge Island, WA (206) 780-0876

Cookin’ at Madison Park (pg 30) 4224 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 328-2665 Crate and Barrel (pg 50) Seattle and Portland locations Dash & Albert Rug Company (pg 50, 80) available through Table Top and Home 1105 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-7322 and Home at Last 1815 N.E. Broadway Portland, OR 97232 (503) 249-4050 Design Stage (pg 34, 73) Seattle, WA (206) 829-9049 Design Within Reach (pg 3, 20, 50) Seattle and Portland locations Designer Fabric Liquidations (pg 30) 3204 Harvard Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102 (206) 721-7981 Demetriou Architects (pg 12) Kirkland, WA (425) 827-1700

Expert Construction (pg 50) Seattle and Everett, WA locations (206) 417-7600 Eyco Building Group (pg 44) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 263-1337 The Fashion Group International of Seattle, Inc. (pg 38) The Fixture Gallery (back cover) Idaho, Oregon, and Washington locations Garrison Hullinger (pg 77) Portland, OR (971) 255-0326 Greif Architects/ Living Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 633-4293 Guesthouse (pg 20) 1135 34th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 H2 Design + Build (pg 50) Medina, WA (425) 442 5465

Duncan McRoberts Associates (pg 12) Kirkland, WA (425) 889-6440

Hammer & Hand (inside front cover) Portland and Seattle (503) 232-2447 (206) 397-0558

ecco design inc. (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 706-3937

Hank Drew Photography (pg 75)

Eggleston|Farkas Architects (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 283-0250 Elements of Nature (pg 79) Seattle, WA (206) 229-1136


Abnormals Anonymous (pg 20) Port Townsend and Seattle, WA locations

Haley Ann Robinson (pg 19) Holst Architecture (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 233-9856 Home Goods (pg 80) Multiple locations

Emerick Architects (pg 85) Portland, OR (503) 235-9400

House Spirits Distillery (pg 58) 2025 S.E. 7th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (pg 39)

Hunter Douglas (pg 80) Multiple locations

Enviable Designs (pg 44) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 440-8996

Interior Designers of Canada (pg 85)

Esque Studios (pg 58) Portland, OR (503) 289.6392

Instant Bedrooms (pg 44) 125 - 1080 Mainland St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2T4 (604) 669-2337

Ethan Allan (pg 58) Washington and Oregon locations

John Robshaw Textiles (pg 50) Washington and Oregon locations




Judy Inc. (pg 39) Vancouver, B.C. (778) 237-5839

Maison Inc (pg 75) Portland, OR (503) 295-0151

Prentiss Architects (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 283-9930

KASA Architecture (pg 12) Seattle, WA (206) 334-2521

Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design (pg 15, 50) 10708 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-9999

Q Nightclub (pg 66) 1426 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

Kravet (pg 44) 5701 6th Ave., Ste. 126 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 762-9370 and 1800 N.W. 16th Ave., Ste. 100 Portland, OR 97209 (503) 228-4040 and through Tritex Fabrics 106 - 611 Alexander St. Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1E1 (604) 255-4242 Land of Nod (pg 50) 2660 N.E. 49th St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 527-9900 Lapchi (pg 18) available through Atelier Lapchi 809 N.W. Flanders St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 719-6589 and Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets 997 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 292-1115 and Salari Fine Carpet Collections 2033 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6M 1Y7 (604) 261-3555 Le MarchĂŠ St. George (cover, pg 22) 4393 St. George St. Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2N2 (604) 565-5107 Leathers Home Furnishings and Accessories (pg 39) 1475 11th Ave. N.W. Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 392-7632 Light the Store (pg 44) 2045 W. 41st Ave. Vancouver, B.C. V6M 1Y7 (604) 879-6377 Ligne Roset (pg 58) 112 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 341-9990 Lincoln Barbour (pg 85) Portland, OR (503) 467-9470 Linda Fahey Ceramic Design (pg 20) Livingspace (pg 39) 1706 First Ave. W. Vancouver, B.C. V6J 0E4 (604) 683-1116



Milgard (pg 13) available through Sound Glass 5501 75th St. W. Tacoma, WA 98499 (253) 473-7477 and Windows, Doors & More 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011 Mitchell Freedland Design (pg 39) Vancouver, B.C. (604) 733-3600 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (pg 11, 39, 44, 50) 1106 W. Burnsi de St. Portland, OR 97209 (503) 972-5000 and through Once a Tree Furniture 750 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 5Y5 (604) 324-2126 Modern Species (pg 39) Seattle, WA (206) 512-8899 Neil Kelly (pg 33) Washington and Oregon locations

Ragen & Associates (pg 43) 517 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 329-4737 Rejuvenation (pg 20) Seattle and Portland locations (888) 401-1900 Restoration Hardware (pg 50) Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C., locations Retail Studio (pg 19) 404 N.W. 10th Ave., #101 Portland, OR 97214 (503) 575-4868 Rice Fergus Miller (pg 74) Bremerton, WA (360) 377-8773 Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre (pg 44) 2285 Cambie St. Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 2T5 (604) 879-2494 Room & Board (pg 9, 44) 2675 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 336-4676 Rosichelli Design (pg 34) (206) 682-4100

Once a Tree Furniture (pg 44) 750 S.W. Marine Drive, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 5Y5 (604) 324-2126

Samudra Yoga (pg 39) 1223 McKenzie Ave. Bremerton, WA (360) 377-4227

Opus Hotel (inside back cover) 322 Davie St. Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5Z6 (604) 642-6787

Scot Eckley Inc (pg 73) Seattle, WA (206) 526-1926

Organelle Design (pg 19) Vancouver, B.C. The Other Room (pg 16, 90) 1626 Lloyd Ave. North Vancouver, B.C. V7P 3M6 (604) 971-5336 Paul Schatz Furniture (pg 90) 6600 S.W. Bonita Rd. Tigard, OR 97224 (503) 620-6600 Peridot (pg 90) 1512 West 14th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6J 2B9 (604)736-4499 Pratt & Lambert Paints (pg 80) Multiple locations

Seabrook, Washington (pg 80) Rental Information: (360) 276-0099

Stock & Hill Landscapes, Inc. (pg 77) Seattle, WA (425) 334-8336 Style in Form (pg 44) 8289 North Fraser Way, Ste. 7 Burnaby, BC V3N 0B9 (604) 522-8955 Table Top and Home (pg 34) 1105 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 454-7322 Team Diva Real Estate (32) Kim V. Colaprete (206) 850-3102 Chavi M. Hohm (206) 250-6540 Terrazzo Stone & Supply Co. (pg 50) 13162 S.E. 32nd St. Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 644-1666 and 15303 Smokey Point Blvd. Marysville, WA 98271 (360) 659-4477 Terris Draheim (pg 29, 90) 5600 Sixth Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 763-4100 Thomas Jacobson Construction, Inc. (pg 4-5) Seattle, WA (206) 720-1800 Totokaelo Art-Object (pg 19) 1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 623-3582 Tracy Chumbley Tracy Noelle Interiors (pg 80) (503) 975-2376 Urban Outfitters (pg 50) Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C. locations Vanillawood (pg 79) 1238 N.W. Glisan Portland, OR 97209 (503) 327-8065 Wall Star Graphics (20) Eugene, OR

Sherwin-Williams (pg 34) Multiple locations

Waterworks (pg 50) Bellevue, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C., locations

SieMatic Seattle (pg 17) 2030 First Ave., Ste. 110 Seattle, WA 98121

West Elm (pg 34, 50, 80) Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C., locations

Sound Glass (pg 13) 5501 75th St. W. Tacoma, WA 98499 (253) 473-7477

Windows, Doors & More (pg 13) 5961 Corson Ave. S., Ste. 100 Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 782-1011

The Standard (pg 50) 10697 Main St., Ste. 3 Bellevue, WA 98004 (4255) 467-1164

Woonwinkel (pg 90) 935 S.W. Washington Portland, OR 97205 (503) 334-2088




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GRAY magazine issue No. 9  

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