Chic Farmhouse Design for Dash Point Home

When Terry and Kathy Kleeberger decided to upgrade their Dash Point home, they envisioned a lighter, brighter space. “We loved the rustic, cozy feel of the house but wanted to update and brighten up the kitchen,” say the Kleebergers.

The project began in January 2019 and was completed that June. The homeowners brought in the experts at Signature Design and Cabinetry to help with the design. “We wanted to keep it cozy and inviting, creating a comfortable place for friends and family while incorporating some chic farmhouse charm,” say the Kleebergers. The couple also envisioned a space with tools and equipment for plenty of ongoing entertaining both indoor and outside.

“Remodels can be difficult and typically take longer than expected, but it all came together beautifully,” say the Kleebergers. “The cabinet design, ordering and installation was seamless. In the end, we have tons of storage and love the new pantry and wine cooler. Entertaining is so much easier with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, too. We now have an expanded space for people to enjoy in and around the kitchen.”

For Additional Information

Signature Design & Cabinetry

signaturedesignandcabinetry.com

Images by: Denise Knudson Photography

8 Tips For Choosing A Kitchen Designer

Very few homeowners have the knowledge to design, build and install a new kitchen. That’s why many of us employ an expert kitchen designer. But how do you know if you are choosing the right kitchen designer to work with? It comes down to a bit of research and gut feelings. Design mistakes are costly, so it’s worth connecting with more than one kitchen designer to get a feel for the designer who is right for you. Consider the following eight tips when choosing a kitchen designer:

  1. Design ability and creativity
    How do you know just how good a given designer’s ability is? Check how long they have been designing kitchens. Ask to see some examples of their work. Will they be able to show you 3-D visuals of designs they create for you before going ahead with any work? Conceptual design can look amazing, but you want a designer with an eye for the practical realities of kitchen life too.
  2. Technical knowledge
    Your kitchen designer should have architectural drafting and construction experience. He or she needs to have a good knowledge of buildings and industry trends to bring you a state-ofthe-art kitchen design.
  3. Product knowledge
    Providing the right products and appliances for your kitchen also requires knowledge and skill. Good kitchen designers will know trusted cabinet makers and appliance firms to work with.
  4. Experience
    Everyone has to start somewhere, but for making such a big financial investment in your home, you want to choose a designer with experience. Ask to see examples of your kitchen designer’s work.
  5. The ability to understand client needs
    Be clear about all the aspects of kitchen design you want. The best kitchen designers will offer advice and support and guide you to achieve a kitchen design you are completely happy with. They will want to listen to all of your ideas and concerns. Your designer should be asking questions about your living space, your lifestyle, your cooking style and your kitchen needs. Always remember that you are the client, so you can set the terms.
  6. Communication skills
    Kitchen designers will need to communicate clearly with building contractors, electricians, plumbers and other professionals to get your job done on time and on budget.
  7. Testimonials
    A recommendation by friends or family is a good place to start, but don’t let that be the only factor informing your decision. Ask your preferred kitchen designer if you can speak with one of their previous clients. Check whether your designer kept to deadlines and responded promptly to any concerns.
  8. Qualifications and credentials
    Make sure your kitchen designer has the qualifications and credentials claimed. You want to know that your designer not only has an eye for great design, but that they’ve studied and understand construction, plumbing and electrical technologies. They should adhere to a professional code of conduct as well.

LEAH GROUT

Northwest Contemporary: Artfully Designed

This Pacific Northwest home was designed for a couple who wanted a Northwest Contemporary home that was modern yet warm and inviting. Natural daylighting and extensive use of western red cedar on the exterior and Douglas fir ceilings on the interiors were used to create warmth in the structure.

The project began with the homeowners vision in the summer of 2013 and was completed in 2015. They wanted clean lines for their home and are avid art lovers and who wanted the home design itself to be a piece of art.

The kitchen, where the couple gathers regularly with family and friends, became the heart of the home. The open concept plan with large sliding glass doors provided transparency that captures the beautiful sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Dash Point, Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains.

The entry became a showcase for the owner’s art collection. “White oak wood flooring, clerestory windows, and skylights providing diffused day lighting, were all strategies employed to invoke the interior of an art gallery. Steel columns were introduced to provide a framework for art, and to draw guests towards the social house and its expansive views,” says architect David Pool.

“We are very happy with the contemporary yet warm ambiance of our home and we love the space we live in,” says the homeowner.

For Additional Information

Architect | David Pool Architecture | davidpoolarchitecture.com

Builder | JB & Patti McHugh | mchughcontracting.com

Woodwork & Cabinetry | Madera Woodworking | maderawoodworking.com

Photography | William Wright | williamwrightphoto.com  

LEAH GROUT

Stylish Open Concept in Olympia

When Tony Santolla and Jennifer Fortin decided that they wanted to design and build a new home at Indian Summer in Olympia, they toured the Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes and were impressed with the work done by Interior Dimensions.

“We wanted to create an open, clean space in the home to take full advantage of the view of the golf course. The home design was thoughtful and created a beautiful space that brought the outdoors inside,” explained Fortin.

In the kitchen, the designer went with bold new colors in the space along with suggesting creating two islands, one for food prep and one as a place to entertain guests. It was a little design change that made a powerful impact.

“Our vision changed as we went along. It became more modern than we originally planned for with lots of emphasis on light being brought in. The designer worked with us to re-design the kitchen cabinet layout and assisted on all material selections and interior design finish details,” explained the new homeowners.

“I loved working with Diane Gassman. She is very warm and generous and helped source everything we needed,” said Fortin.

The active homeowners also love the bathroom tub and much thought was given to adding the chandelier above the tub, making it an exquisite and restful space on a cold day or after a long hike. Fortin affirmed, “We certainly are enjoying our new home to the fullest extent!”

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

C&H Construction
2005 East Bay Dr NE, Olympia
360.754.6179
candholympia.com

Diane Gassman/Interior Dimensions
502 Custer Way SE, Tumwater
360.701.8986
interiordimensionsnw.com

Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery

It’s a season of savings and a chance to “touch and feel” natural bedding products at a new shop in University Place.

Mindy and Jason Schaefer recently opened Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery in University Place’s blossoming town center. That’s where to find chemical-free mattresses, bedding, soft Holy Lamb baby gear and comfy cotton robes.

“We care about organic,” Mindy Schaefer said. “It is about health and the preservation of our natural world.”

A baby started the movement. In 2003 Barry A. Cik, a board-certified environmental engineer with a long record of advocacy for safer products, researched mattresses for his first grandchild. He couldn’t find a single option that didn’t have questionable chemicals, potential allergens or hazardous flame retardants. 

Barry and his sons Jeff and Jason co-founded Naturepedic to offer parents a better mattress for their babies. Now Naturepedic has grown to offer certified organic mattresses and accessories for the whole family.

In the University Place shop small baskets of fleecy wool invite shoppers to feel the natural fibers. Cut -away mattress samples offer a look at how organic products are combined to create comfy beds. This is the only privately owned gallery between Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay area for experiencing the mattresses.

“Come in and take a short rest,” Schaefer invited. Then, shoppers can check the shelves and displays of Holy Lambs organic and Coyuchi products for their children or grandchildren.

The Schaefers say their vision is to promote health and well-being and to strengthen the local economy using sustainable and ecological practices. Their shops in University Place and in Olympia (in the historic Steam Plant Building) are owner operated. 

“We bring distinctive, comfy healthy goods to the marketplace without ever compromising our commitment to sustainability and the environment,” Schaefer said.

For Additional Information

Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery
naturepedic.com/uplace

EMILY HAPPY

Color Trends for Winter

Whether you’re planning an annual holiday bash or gearing up for a cozy season by the fireplace, you may catch yourself wanting to give your home an extra touch of sophistication for this winter. Color trends change almost by the season, but this winter’s top trending colors for indoor decor are classics that will let the colors you love shine.

A Natural Touch

This year’s winter trends revolve around being mindful and aware of nature. Earthy green tones invoke a free, lively feeling and tend to reduce stress. If you’re looking to switch up a wall color or even find a new throw rug, try a variation of green, from deep olive green and dark teal to a classic hunter’s green or a bold lime shade. Blue accents also make a fresh statement this winter, creating a calm and serene environment, whether it be through a snowy light blue or a bright royal blue. Neutrals are also key when decorating, and this winter, light-colored wood is the way to go. Light wood floors and furniture add to the natural, untreated atmosphere in your home.

Classic Jewels

Jewel-toned colors are a trend from last year that has resurfaced as a beloved classic. Adding shades such as dark teal, rich indigo, and marsala red elevate your decor and bring in a touch of sophistication no matter the occasion. When adding a jewel tone to your decor, play with textures and shine by adding an indigo velvet couch cushion or a glossy red table lamp.

Keep it Balanced

2019’s home color trends are all about balance and highlighting what you love. Use 90 percent neutral or base shades as a foundation to truly make the 10 percent of unique color stand out. Try swapping out throw pillows, table runners, or wall art in your home to incorporate some of the best colors of this winter.

MARTINA PRESTON

The Rainier: A New Waterfront Community

Point Ruston’s newest addition is the much-anticipated Rainier Building at Point Ruston. The new building will feature 206 premium homes with 270-degree panoramic waterfront views of Commencement Bay, sweeping from Mount Rainier to the Olympic Mountains. 

True to its name, The Rainier Building integrates stunning architecture and interior design that complements the northwest lifestyle. The floor plans maximize efficiency and utility while being richly detailed, and the light-filled interiors welcome expansive waterfront and mountain views. These private living spaces expand into the outdoors as well for year-round enjoyment of the best view in Tacoma.

The condos’ floor plans maximize space and utility while being richly detailed, and offer light-filled interiors that boast broad walls of glass to reflect the Puget Sound.

From the newly constructed living space, Point Ruston’s natural location and its convenient setting are a sight to be treasured. The shoreline provides stunning panoramic views of the Puget Sound, as well as majestic Mount Rainier, the Cascade Foothills, and the Olympic Mountains.

Point Ruston is nestled between 702-acre Point Defiance Park, the Tacoma Yacht Club, and the Ruston Way promenade. Ruston Way offers two miles of paved waterfront walkways and grassy parks, mixed in with a fishing pier, boat dock, and several beaches. It’s also home to many shopping locations and unique dining experiences. Visit www.liverainier.com for more information on the new Rainier Building and its amenities.

MARTINA PRESTON

Drees Celebrates 90 Years of Business

In a world of online shopping, Drees of Olympia still sets the standard in home furnishings and gifts after 90 years.

The home furnishings shop on the corner of Washington Street SE and Legion Way SE in Olympia is celebrating its 90th year in business. Housed in a building built in 1890 in downtown Olympia, Drees offers a variety of products including home furnishings, gifts, seasonal decorations and stationary. The 90-year-old legacy started in 1929 when Jimmy Drees bought the Art and Paint Store and added additional decorative products. He sold the store in 1965 to a previous owner before it was sold again in 1976 to the store’s current owner, Ruthann Panowicz Goulart. Ruthann has held the helm for over 40 years.

Ruthann grew up in Olympia, and went off to college to school, and on to Washington DC to work at the Smithsonian. Her return to Olympia was rooted in running the “beloved store where she shopped as a child. We believe that Drees offers more than great products; we create traditions, nurture relationships, enhance homes, and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.” The quote that Jimmy Drees used to display in his windows that sums it up was, “Enjoy our Browspetality.”

Drees has not only been a pillar of the shopping community in Olympia, it also gives back to the community in various ways. Ruthann is a founding member of the Junior League of Olympia and has served on multiple boards for the city, including the City of Olympia’s Parking and Business Improvement Area. She is also active on the Board of Directors at Thurston First Bank in Olympia and a member of Seattle Art Museum Supporters.

ALLIE COLOSKY

For Additional Information

Drees

524 Washington St SE, Olympia

360.357.7177

dreesofolympia.com

Holiday Dinner Party Tips

When it comes to planning dinner parties—especially for the holidays—we say keep things simple and focus on enjoying one another’s company.

LEAH GROUT

Personal Touch

Take the time to send an invitation—in the mail, not on Facebook—and then use the same paper and fonts to create a menu for each place setting. In a day when it is easy to send an electronic invite this sets the event apart.

Seasonal

Invest in linens that can be used over and over again. Skip the tablecloth with a turkey or Christmas tree in favor of a beautiful seasonal color. Stick to bold colors and pick up on themes that way—then by default you’ll be staying away from anything overly cheesy.

Centerpieces

Don’t overdo it with holiday decor. Opt for simple details, like florals. A few flowers go a long way. They’re fresh, they smell good and they tend to really set the mood.

Outdoor Ambiance

In the Northwest there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. Consider adding elements from the outdoors to a formal table setting to mix things up.

Menu

Stick to dishes you love. While it’s tempting to try out a new or elaborate recipe, it’s safer to share entrées, side dishes and desserts that you already know are crowd pleasers.

Canterwood Kitchen Made Glamorous

Designing a functional and beautiful space in all-white is no easy task. Yet a pair of Puget Sound–based designers, Alinda Morris of Alinda Morris Interior Design and Martin Lyons, met this design challenge in a stunning fashion. The project was an outdated ’90s kitchen and dining area, which was “underwhelming and without any main focal point,” according to Morris. The dynamic duo transformed it into a chic space that is as lovely to look at as it is livable.

The kitchen was in great shape but the colors were dated and the client desired a light and bright glamorous kitchen that was an extension of her living and dining space. Morris retained the existing cabinet frames but had new maple cabinet doors made and painted. Oversized hardware from Restoration Hardware was added for visual weight.

The designers selected materials for their durability. Countertops are Taj Mahal quartzite, from Stone Source. White leather barstools are easy to wipe clean. The dining room table is topped with reclaimed wood that already boasts plenty of its own imperfections and thus personality. The silver cowhide rug beneath it is “surprisingly easy to maintain,” Morris says.

The job was not all about practicality, though. Lighting sets the tone for the space. Morris saved the biggest splurges for items that hang overhead. “I love the lighting in this project. The large pendants over the kitchen island and the crystal chandelier over the dining table really add shine.”

Morris’s design proves that a white-on-white color scheme can be interesting and layered. “I’m happy when I see the client using the space. I know this space will look even better over time.” Glamourous and durable were the goals achieved with this design.

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

Interior design furniture by Martin Lyons

Kitchen and lighting design by Alinda Morris Interior Design

Photos by Alex Hayden