Kitchen of the Week: A Bright Update for Seattle’s Gray Days

An interior designer improves the flow, brings in light and adds unexpected touches in her family’s kitchen

This article originally appeared on A small kitchen can work if you lay it out right,” says interior designer Harmony Weihs of Design Harmony. Unfortunately, her family’s small, dark 1960s kitchen wasn’t working. “The ceilings were under 8 feet high, the cabinets were falling off their hinges, and two people could not do anything…

Becky Harris, Houzz

Small Living 101: How to Make Your Living Room Look Larger

Think a large rug is too big for your space? These 10 tips bust some myths of small living

This article originally appeared on If you don’t have room for a 10-foot sofa or giant media console, you’re not alone. Those of us who dwell in an apartment or urban neighborhood frequently find that space is at a premium. If this describes your experience, you can choose to look at your limited living…

Neila Deen, Houzz

Room of the Day: A Kids’ Bathroom Sets Sail With a Sunny Nautical Theme

A bright yellow-and-blue color palette, maritime mural and fish-scale tile bring cheer to a seaworthy bathroom

This article originally appeared on Without changing the footprint of this children’s bathroom, designer Catherine Schmidt aimed to lighten and visually expand the previously dark, long and narrow layout. Vibrant colors and a nautical theme did the trick, while a clever pullout step stool gave her clients’ kids a better way to reach the…

Jennifer Blaise Kramer, Houzz

Room of the Day: Soothing Comfort in a Lakeside Living Room

A wood-burning fireplace, natural elements, mixed woods and inviting seating make this a relaxing spot after a day on the lake

This article originally appeared on You won’t find a big-screen TV in this living room across the street from Lake Sammamish, near Seattle. That’s because after a day of boating or hiking on nearby trails, the homeowners, who live here year-round, long to stay unplugged reading, playing games, entertaining and snuggling up as a…

Kim Ratcliff, Houzz

Waterfront San Juan Home Brings the Outdoors Inside

A San Juan Islands vacation home practices an open-door policy with the outside

When the doors open wide at this waterfront residence on one of the San Juan Islands, it’s hard to tell where the indoors ends and the outdoors begins. Sliding glass panels at both the north- and south-facing sides of the1,600-square-foot house retract to open up the entire living area to the sights and sounds of…

Sheila Cain

Lakewood Home Seamlessly Blends Indoors and Outdoors

A Lakewood remodel creates light-filled spaces for a growing family

The ’40s bungalow just “felt right” as soon as Shannon and Pablo Supkay walked through the front door of the 2,000-square-foot house 10 years ago in Seattle’s Lakewood neighborhood.The two-bedroom house had a cozy atmosphere, the neighborhood was familiar to the couple, and they were instantly charmed by the peaceful Lake Washington view. Before shot…

Robin Avni

Orcas Island Artist Gives New Life to Fallen Trees

With Laura Yeats' touch, madrona trees become beautiful vessels

  ORCAS ISLAND ARTIST LAURA YEATS has developed a unique relationship with a particular species of the island’s ubiquitous flora: the madrona tree. She uses the madrona’s gnarled, spout-like knots—which form as the tree self-prunes and heals itself—to create her imaginative bud vessels. “They started out as solid, sculptural pieces,” Yeats says, “but Nisha Klein…

Brigitte Long

Local Fashion Start-Up Fuses Technology and Sportswear

Form meets function in local fashion start-up Buki

There’s no shortage of tech innovation in Seattle, but one new “start-up” is cloaked as something different: a fashion collection. Inspired by modern Japanese design, Buki brand is a sportswear line for men and women in which architectural silhouettes are paired with leading-edge fiber technology. Created by Joey Rodolfo, founder of Pacific Northwest sportswear line…

Brigitte Long

Design Team Marries Indoor and Outdoor Living at West Seattle Home

Jody Estes and Matt Wittman combine indoor and outdoor spaces in their West Seattle backyard studio

“We wanted to buy the worst possible property,” says Jody Estes, reminiscing about the house hunt she and her husband began in July 2007. Estes and husband Matt Wittman, of the eponymous Wittman Estes Architecture and Landscape firm in Georgetown (, knew they had the design skills to turn any nightmare property into their dream…

Marianne Hale