This modern farmhouse offers a nature-inspired oasis on Whidbey Island


This spectacular modern farmhouse was designed by DeForest Architects, located in Clinton, a community on Whidbey Island, Washington. The structure is balanced between two landscapes—a dramatic bluff overlooking Puget Sound to the west and rolling pastures to the east. There are a total of five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms in this 4,900-square-foot dwelling.

The homeowners requested that their home be warm and welcoming for a variety of sizes and types of gatherings — from just the two of them to work retreats and family celebrations. They also wanted a modern home that was in harmony with its rural setting and the vernacular farm buildings nearby. This project also includes designing a horse barn and a full woodworking shop.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT DeForest Architects INTERIOR DESIGN NB Design Group LANDSCAPE DESIGN Kenneth Philp Landscape Architects STRUCTURAL Evergreen Design Company LIGHTING Brian Hood Lighting Design CONTRACTOR Heggenes Construction


The architects organized this house into two simple, barn-like forms connected by a light-filled stair. The south half contains living spaces for entertaining and every day. The north half is focused on spaces for visiting friends and family—two guest bedrooms, a bunkroom for grandkids, and a cozy media room for watching movies together, a family tradition.


Steel structure and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors connect the living and dining rooms to outdoor spaces positioned to take advantage of sun and views in both directions. An open kitchen, pantry, and glassy breakfast bay complete the ground floor.


Above: In the living room, large windows frame relaxing views of nature. The ceiling is clad in hemlock, bringing warmth into this space. The velvet sectional sofa is by O. Henry House, paired with two swivel chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.


Above: In the kitchen, the Shaker-style cabinetry is custom fabricated by Possession Point Woodworking. The paint color is Stonecutter 2135-20 | Benjamin Moore. The backsplash tile is from Ann Sacks. In the dining space, the table is by Kravet while the chairs are Restoration Hardware.


Above: In the breakfast nook, the dining table and chairs are from Restoration Hardware. The chandelier hanging above the table is from Niche Modern.


Above: The staircase was custom fabricated by Gauge Design Group, featuring solid white oak treads and a wire mesh grid handrail.


On the upper level is a spacious owner’s suite that includes a bedroom, bathroom, closet, and workout space. The bathroom boasts a soaking tub in a bay window that floats above a verdant ravine lined with old-growth trees, ferns, and other native plants.


Above: The laundry room features engineered quartz countertops and a view of the natural surroundings.


Above: The main bedroom has a private terrace and large windows framing captivating views of nature. The walls create a soothing backdrop, painted in Seapearl OC-19 | Benjamin Moore. The bed linens are from Restoration Hardware, while the bench at the end of the bed is by Robert James Collection. On the terrace, the furnishings are from Loll Designs.


What We Love: Throughout this Whidbey Island farmhouse, views are encouraged through seamless transitions between indoors and out. From the lush greenery to Puget Sound, this home is surrounded by tranquility. The architects did a fabulous job of maximizing the views with large windows, folding doors, and the private terrace off the main bedroom. We think this home would leave one feeling inspired throughout the seasons.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate nature-inspired home? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Check out a couple of other incredible home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Washington: This modern beach house provides a cozy refuge in Washington State and This urban sanctuary in Seattle connects with its natural environment.



Above: On the exterior facade, the windows are from Sierra Pacific Windows.


Above: The stone cladding is Whistler Basalt Ledgestone Veneer by Bedrock Natural Stone.



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