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!”


For Additional Information

C&H Construction
2005 East Bay Dr NE, Olympia

Diane Gassman/Interior Dimensions
502 Custer Way SE, Tumwater

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.

Amanda Howse Photography

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. Visit for more information.


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.


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 for more information on the new Rainier Building and its amenities.


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.


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524 Washington St SE, Olympia


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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Interior design furniture by Martin Lyons

Kitchen and lighting design by Alinda Morris Interior Design

Photos by Alex Hayden

Home Spotlight: Creating a Forever Home

This family home is tucked away ideally in the woods atop a hill in Orting. But the owners wanted a larger space for their growing family. “Our vision was to be in our ‘forever home’ and have a place large enough and set up for entertaining. It was also important to have lots of room for the kids and their friends. We wanted it to be cozy and inviting, and that’s exactly what was created,” the homeowners now say.

Work began on the remodel in April 2017, and the updates were completed in January 2019. The remodeled home now has a new entryway with a custom tile “mat.” On one side, a glass double barn door opens to an office. On the other is the new dining room. The ceilings soar to 20 feet as you walk into the great room with a stunning stone fireplace. The grand space easily accommodates a reading nook and component cabinets.

The white window and door casings are a custom design, contrasting with the black metal window frames. The generous-size kitchen houses a 15-foot island for adequate seating. With a full-height tile backsplash and premium appliances, this kitchen checks off everything on the homeowners’ wish list.

The five-piece master bath features a freestanding tub surrounded by a vintage pattern and a fully custom-tiled walk-in shower with a bench and recessed space.

The second story now houses a bonus room, game room and fourth bathroom, making it a perfect place for a game night or sleepover. Bedrooms received new carpeting and the staircase was opened with railings for a more spacious feel.

In the end, these homeowners did not have an address change but almost everything else changed for them to realize their “forever home” vision.


For Additional Information

American Dream Design Build

Home Remodelers: Jim Burbridge & Scott Overby

Designers: Amy Moore & Michelle TallentImages by Leah Shimanskiy

Outdoor Decor Trends– Summer 2019

The summer months are a time to soak in the sunlight and recharge before autumn comes again, and what better way to do that than by relaxing outside? This coming summer features some classic and revamped trends for outdoor decor that will bring new life to your patio space.

Try a Woven Texture

Tables are naturally the centerpiece of a patio, and this summer’s trends have them in the spotlight, with a woven, texture-forward theme and minimalistic colors. Eco-friendly materials are also a staple in this year’s outdoor decor, highlighting the beautiful plants that show their faces during the summer months.

Play with Accent Colors

When choosing a new patio set or freshening up a current set to welcome the summer, pillows and umbrellas are a great way to spruce things up. Try an upbeat accent color, like a bright green, navy, or light blue. Colors having their moment this summer are blush pink and cheerful yellow, easily incorporated through interchangeable decor pieces like throw pillows. The classic maritime stripe is also a featured pattern this year, and a dark base color in chairs or tables will enhance your color palette.

Be Inspired by Nature

For a centerpiece this summer, experiment with geometric patterns in nature, such as vines or clusters of flowers. A patterned table runner or a single vase on a smaller table also lends a cohesive feel to the space.

Mix It Up

A new trend that gives an outdoor living space a cozy feel is bringing the indoors out. A bright rug under a covered patio of a blue ceramic flower pot in the corner brings a modern touch to traditional outdoor decor. Whatever type of decor you choose to feature in your outdoor living space this summer, be sure to enjoy it with family and friends!


Bathrooms Made Perfect For Seniors

Local family-owned Silverado Showers LLC specializes in low maintenance customized senior showers with easy-to-clean nonporous, solid surface products. According to company owner Larry Leonard, “Silverado can meet your bathroom needs with showers that are professionally installed and guaranteed.”

Because of customization and ease of use, a Silverado Shower is perfect for seniors with mobility concerns, says Leonard. “We are the experts in tub-to-shower conversions with over 20 years of experience.” He notes that most conversions are being completed in two days.

Every solid surface shower that Silverado installs is custom-designed to meet any mobility challenges and to fit the needs of the users. Features to choose from include walk-in showers, floor-level entrances, shower seats and benches, roll-in edges on the shower pan, customizable easy-reach shelves and caddies, handheld shower wands, and grab bars. “Safety and ease of use are the ultimate goals,” says Leonard.

The design process starts with a solid one-piece shower. Then you can choose between low profile, standard height or ramped curbs in standard and customized sizes. There are also custom wall surrounds in smooth, textured, slate tile, or subway tile finishes with over 50 color options.

Seamless, nonporous surfaces are ideal for use in the bathroom, says Leonard, since there are no microscopic gaps where mold, germs or bacteria can hide. For a fully custom look that transforms the entire bathroom, matching solid surface vanities with integrated, seamless sinks can be installed to complete the space.

Escape from the every day and rejuvenate your bathroom into your very own luxury sanctuary, as practical as it is beautiful.

Silverado Showers serves the greater South Sound area, including South King County, all of Pierce County, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Lacey, Olympia and surrounding areas. For more ideas on how you can customize your solid surface shower, check out or visit the showroom in Fife.


For Additional Information
Silverado Showers
LLC 5007 Pacific Hwy E, Suite 21, Fife