A 1910 Colonial Revival style house gets a stunning makeover in Seattle


Ryan Rhodes Designs in collaboration with Ore Studios has renovated this gracious 1910 Colonial Revival house located in Capitol Hill, a residential district in Seattle, Washington. The scope of this project entailed a third-story addition and an entire home remodel. This 5,600 square foot dwelling enjoyed beautiful public rooms and an amazing location yet had poorly organized kitchen and bathroom spaces.

It also had no way to take advantage of unencumbered western views toward Lake Union. Working with the architect, the homeowners embarked on a full-scale gut renovation that left the best architectural detailing in place, but significantly reworked the circulation of the house, as well as added a new kitchen, new bathrooms, and a floor-through third story addition with a large roof deck.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Ryan Rhodes Designs INTERIOR DESIGN Ore Studios GENERAL CONTRACTOR Heldridge Construction LANDSCAPE Scot Eckley, Inc FINE ART Seattle Art Source


Working directly with the homeowners, Ore Studios selected all of the finishes and fixtures for the resulting remodel. Desiring a glamorous, colorful aesthetic, we built a complex palette of warm gray, aqua, pale blue, blush, and olive that appears throughout the project.


Above: This updated and stylish entry sets the tone for the entire house. On the walls, GP & J Baker strié wallpaper, while the ceiling is painted in Pale Smoke 1584 | Benjamin Moore. The patterned rug is sourced from Driscoll Robbins Fine Carpets.


Custom millwork helps unite original details with significant architectural changes resulting from the gut renovation. Next to the piano, the armless chair is from Room & Board.


Above: In the living room, the windows are accented with draperies in Wool Challis by Coraggio. Carl Hansen & Søn wing chair and De La Espada coffee table were sourced from Inform Interiors.


What We Love: This Colonial Revival gets an elegant yet inviting new layout that completely opens this home up while also increasing living space with a third-level addition. Stylish fixtures, finishes, and furnishings can be found thoughtfully selected throughout this home, make it quite livable for many years to come. Preserving this home’s century-old charms has led to a warm, comfortable and timeless transformation.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall transformation of this Seattle home? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours in the state of Washington that we have showcased here on One Kindesign: Inside a renovated Colonial home in Seattle with beautiful eclectic details and Historic landmark home revival gets a ‘haunted house vibe’ in Seattle.


Above: In the entry to this home, a Cassina console table with an ottoman underneath — covered in an Antoine d’Albiousse velvet from Barbara Otto.


While materials and detailing are decidedly of the period of the house, the plumbing and lighting feel more current. When selecting furnishings, the architects went more modern still, injecting the owners’ personalities into each room. As one ascends the central stair, each floor reveals decoration that becomes increasingly contemporary.


Blush ceilings in the public rooms create soft, flattering light and reveal the homeowners’ love of color. The dining area features a Restoration Hardware table encircled by Fritz Hansen chairs. The space was previously closed off from the kitchen, but can now be enjoyed throughout the day.


Above: This gorgeous yet functional kitchen features cabinetry painted in Gray Mist OC-30 | Benjamin Moore. The countertop material is honed Carrara marble, sourced from Meta Marble & Granite. The backsplash tile is by Fireclay Tile.


Above: The knobs and pulls on the cabinetry are from Rocky Mountain Hardware.



Above: In the powder bath, the wallcovering is the China Seas – Quadrille Wallpapers & Fabrics, Inc. A honed marble vanity top has an integrated Kohler sink and a THG faucet, resting on brass Watermark console legs. The mirror is from Restoration Hardware.


Above: In the main bedroom, the bed, chest, and bedside tables are all sourced from Room & Board. The lamp and overhead light fixture are by Visual Comfort. Framing the window, the soft window curtains are in a Pindler fabric.  The Gubi chair was sourced from Inform Interiors.


Overlooking Lake Union, the new bath features floor to ceiling tile with a pale, watery glaze.







Above: Part of the third level addition, this family room features Marvin windows framed by window treatments in a Mokum fabric. Furnishings include a Cassina Sofa, Dux lounge chair, and ottoman, along with a coffee table by Design Within Reach.


Above: A cozy window seat was built into one of the dormers of the third level addition. In the evening, it is illuminated by Schoolhouse wall sconces. The Roman shade is custom, with fabric by Mokum.

House Before the Remodel



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1 year ago

Hello! Everything looks lovely! What color are upper kitchen cabinets?