A fully decorated house is much more fun though. The current street of dreams, advertised here has 4 houses in our area. The house I am featuring is sold, or is custom built. The flyer says $1,850,000. We live in Vancouver, Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The house is up the shore from the Columbia River, but has a feeling of sitting right down on the water. (I wouldn't like to be right on the water....fear of flooding)
The brochure has a landscaped rendition of this house, called The Georgian. The name is enough to make me want to see it. Northwest design tends to lean towards contemporary, arts & crafts, or cabin. There are wonderful old traditional houses, but it's a delight to see a traditional new house for a change, no creaking floors, low ceilings, leaking windows, peeling paint.... 300 days of rain/year are not kind to northwest houses.
|This is what it should look like with landscaping.|
|House with Parade of Homes attendees|
|View of the Columbia River and the Portland airport|
|The crisp print on the chairs is a nice contrast to the neutral palate of the floor and sofa.|
|The fireplace had a sailboat painting, a perfect motif for this view room.|
|The display shelves at the back of the room looked like a page out of restoration hardware.|
|Beautiful white kitchen cabinets with grey marble, two islands, 3 sinks!|
|This island has bar stools on the other side. A tiny sink for cleanup, perfect for washing cherries/blueberries in the summer.|
|Butcher block, farmhouse sink #2 in the second island.|
|Island #2 is definitely food prep. No dishwasher here.|
|I didn't check, but I think the dishwasher is to the right of the sink. Notice that there isn't a handle below the drawer, I assume it is a false drawer.|
|The Wolf stove and ovens are quite the focal point. I love the plain porcelain subway tile with an inset of marble herringbone mosaic tile. Yea, and a pot-filler. This house is so big, a monster-size family must live here.|
|The microwave is to the left of the refrigerator.|
|I love this urn. I forgot to look underneath to see who made it. |
Isn't it the perfect neoclassical shape!
You have two dining choices. The kitchen table.
|Kitchen eating area. I do like the brown rug. I have always liked brown, |
and not just because it hides a dropped piece of chocolate, hee hee.
The second choice is the formal dining, which is to the left of the entryway.
You enter the dining from the kitchen through the butler's pantry.
|Small butler's pantry, perfect for storage. There's a small wine |
fridge on the left side.
At this end of the house you go to the garage, I can't remember if there was anything more behind the kitchen, I can't tell if there's a door to the left at the end of the hall. The coat rack and benches are one of the things I covet in this house. It would be so great if we could have something like this in our house in the country. I sit on a bench in the garage, and throw my work clothes or jacket on the tool bench.
|It looks like this is going to get a few hooks.|
The door to the right goes into the laundry room.
|This has the same marble as the kitchen. I just can't decide if I like the yellow walls. My kitchen is the same color.|
The monster utility room. I always feel like I'd want a low counter for a sewing machine in here. Wouldn't it be great to make a repair when you find out there's a problem? Oh, my husband says a house this size has a maid.
Off of the kitchen is a wonderful sunroom. It is designed to look like an old porch. I've always wanted one of these. It rains here so much, there are times you want to feel like you are outside, but it's raining too hard....
|Enclosed sun porch|
|Great views of the river and airport.|
You can see a glimpse of a shingle style house next door. It's on the market right now. I should grab a few of those photos off MLS for comparison. This property has one acre, so the neighbors are close by, but the lot is big enough that the house isn't totally crammed on it.
Now I'll take you back through the living room. If you go down the hallway to the left, there is a powder room, office, and master suite.
|The hallway to the left of the fireplace goes to the master suite, and powder room.|
|I don't know what happened here, I was trying to turn on my flash and got this picture. |
Sorry it's so bad, but at least you can see the vanity.
Across the hall from the powder room is the office.
|His/hers office. I like the efficient use of space rather than having two people sit with their backs to each other.|
|Notice the grasscloth wallpaper!|
I was surprised to see grasscloth after not seeing it for so many years. Given the interest in that sort of texture - linen, seagrass, I guess it's back! They got the memo, and it looks warm, breaks up all that dark wood. This room has more of an arts & crafts feel to me, maybe the lamps.
The Master Suite
You enter through double doors to this beautiful room. Again, like the kitchen, it's one of my favorites. I think I am in love with the paint color. It looks like my bedroom color (Filmy Green by Sherwin Williams), and the white mouldings really give this room some architectural pop.
|Demilune table. Where's my antique?|
|Beautiful tufted bed.|
|I love this table. I want patio furniture like this too. Love that smoke glass, and I'm |
an antique nut. Can't believe I like something new!
|Nice little seating area. I thought a place to put on my shoes, but that was before I saw the closet. French doors to the right.|
In one house we watch tv all the time in the bedroom, and the other house we never do. Doesn't seem logical. I think it has something to do with the flow of the house. The house where we don't watch tv has a bedroom upstairs, we tend not to go upstairs til we are ready for bed, vs the other house which is on one level.
|Calacatta marble around the fireplace which is used in the bathroom.|
|I love a nicely made bed. However, they need my Meile mangle! I love my pressed sheets, at least for the first night!|
I always like to note how people arrange pillows on a bed.
|Nice separate vanities on each side of the double doors. The wife gets a makeup table.|
|The husband gets a little seat by his vanity across from the shower door. Hmmm. |
Is it a robe hook area? It needs a cushion. I'm puzzled about the wood across the top.
That looks like a place that can catch dust. Achoo!
This awesome bath has a monster shower.
|2 shower heads, an angled wall to the right has the other ones. Beautiful calacatta marble.|
Past the shower is the closet. I can never decide if I like this or not. If my husband is using the bathroom, is he really going to like the female entourage traipsing through it to make that big decision about what to wear, or borrow? It's just a thought. If it's just the two of us, then I don't care, it seems like a good idea to be off the bathroom.
I love the huge closet. It's an L shape, and has tons of natural light and storage. Love all the shoe storage! I also love that it's treated like the rest of the house. The bench at the end of the L has paneling behind it like the dining room, and it's painted to match the bath and bedroom.
You would think I'm done by now with all of the rooms, but we've only covered half the square footage, or less.
The Second Floor
Upstairs there are two sitting rooms, 3 more bedrooms, a theatre room, a bar... a pool table, and a library. The top of the stairs takes you to a long hallway.
|You can see the open foyer and the hallway to the bedrooms.|
|Landing sitting area|
|Check out the modern lamp.|
My favorite bedroom upstairs is painted two shades of gray--on different walls.
|I love the drab gray with the crisp white and Tiffany blue splash of color.|
|Isn't this a dream room for a teenage girl.|
|A perfect place to sit and talk on that iphone!|
|I love the repeat of the gray marble from the kitchen.|
|Desk to the right of the door as you enter the room.|
|I love this library. Lots of windows to let light in is important in the northwest.|
After the library, there's a bathroom, and two more bedrooms.
I'm not sure how to react to the next two rooms. So here they are.
|Must be a boys bathroom? Love the counter & floor. Except that maid needs to stay on top of the dust |
on the counter. I like honed rather than polished for that reason.
We're still not done. Over the garage, there's a giant game room, I was surprised to see a brick fireplace, don't see those too often anymore. I do like the fact that the firebox is BIG!
To the left of the bar is the theatre room. The ambient lighting around the room was beautiful. all the woodwork made the room really beautiful. It's really tough to give any architectural interest to a theatre room, but I guess it doesn't matter, you can sit in there for hours, and the light is on for a few minutes...
|The bar has a wood top. It gives this room a very mens club feel.|
|Theatre room with an art deco feel. it had ceiling tiles with a deco design.|
The house was fun to go through. It's one thing to look at a room in a magazine, and it's another to experience it. This was a custom built house by Tamarack Homes. In a previous parade, they built another wonderful home, I'll have to find the photographs and share them, it really was fabulous.
I'll have to do another post on the other homes featured. This was my favorite. I always like going and checking out what new products and trends are out there. The tough part about Parade shows is you rarely see the "real" way people live. I wouldn't want to put things in the room that possibly thousands coming through this house. There's just enough so you can imagine living here, but it reinforces my theory--every room needs at least one period antique. I hope you enjoyed this tour as much as I did. If you're in the area, it runs through Sept. 23.
Ok I'm ready for another project.