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Get Smart: A Georgian-Style Home Brought Into The 21st Century

The clients were only reluctantly coming out of retirement. After happily living in tranquil waterside surroundings off Vancouver Island, they were returning to Seattle for business reasons. And finding an extraordinarily quiet, comfortable home looking out at lush greenery would reaffirm their decision to go back to the city. “They wanted a private estate,” recalls architect Stuart Silk, who designed the couple’s sunny oasis along with project architect Anne Adams and team member David Marchetti. “They created their own inner world. It’s a very happy house. I drive by it every day, and it always makes me smile.”


Georgian in style with a crisp stucco façade and interior millwork and moldings true to the vernacular, the Broadmoor residence effortlessly combines formal and casual. The entry is marked by a sensuous curving staircase to one side, with a stately living room occupying the front of the house and a view to the formal dining room beyond. “You could have put a rectangular staircase there, but the elliptical one has a beautiful sense of flow,” the homeowner says. Here, the creamy color palette of the furniture and walls combines with the richness of walnut floors, elegantly patterned woven rugs and unusual details such as a custom dining room mural and a study paneled in walnut and polished with countless layers of hand-applied lacquer. 


Architecture - Anne Adams, AIA, and Stuart Silk, AIA, Stuart Silk Architects | Limited PS
Interior Design - Kylee Shintaffer, Kylee Shintaffer Design
Home Builder - Klaus Toth, Toth Construction, Inc.
Landscape Architecture - Bill Williamson, ASLA, Williamson Landscape Architecture, LLC

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Posted by Alexis Kane Studios on 5/7/2014 1:10:03 PM

Actually the walnut study finish was designed to resemble bleached French walnut and is finished in the French Polish method, which is not lacquer. It is many layers of hand-applied burnished shellac. The shellac flakes were dissolved in pure food grade ethyl alcohol which emits no harmful off gassing (as does lacquer) and so did not disrupt the construction site during application. Unlike lacquer, French polish is easily repairable and renewed even while home owners are in the vicinity. For more information on shellac and French Polish please see alexiskane.com.