A Seattle home remodel is inspired by midcentury modern desert living


This modern home in Seattle, Washington has undergone a remodel by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, drawing inspiration from midcentury desert living. The homeowner wanted a “vacation in the city”. The scope of this project was to evoke an authentic midcentury Palm Springs vibe in this early 1970’s house without having to hop on a plane.

The challenge was that the house didn’t have a vibe to begin with. The project team took a house with five small bedrooms and reimagined it to have an expansive owner’s suite, a suite with study/lounge space for the teenage daughter, a guest bedroom, and a fabulous home office.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Hoedemaker Pfeiffer INTERIOR DESIGN Hoedemaker Pfeiffer GENERAL CONTRACTOR ​McKinney Group​ LANDSCAPE ​Allworth Design​​


The living/dining/kitchen area was opened up to improve circulation. Additionally, the team created an open hang-out space with a kitchenette on the lower-level walk-out basement for watching movies, ping-pong, games and hanging out with friends.


Custom cabinetry with mid-century detailing was added throughout, including wood screens and casework that divide the spaces but let light flow through. Above: The chandelier is by Michael Anastassiades. The curvaceous sofa is the design of Vladimir Kagan, which boasts smooth, sensuous lines with an unparalleled flair.


Materially, they added large format terrazzo tile in the entry and bathrooms, concrete countertops, smoky mirrors, vintage furnishings, decorative lighting, Heath Tile, full height draperies in bedrooms, kitchen, living, dining and office. Since there is not many large art walls, the owner wanted to treat the decorative lighting as pieces of art.


What We Love: This Seattle home remodel captures the serene and minimalistic beauty of the desert indoors. By drawing from the colors, shapes and textures of the environment, the remodel has achieved the perfect combination of modern convenience and simple elegance. The result is a living space that’s stylish, comfortable and unique — a true reflection of the homeowners’ passion for midcentury modern desert living. As this project demonstrates, you don’t have to live in the desert to bring its essence into your home.

Tell Us: What details in this home renovation project do you find most inspiring? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other amazing 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: The light fixture above the Vladimir Kagan table is a Sputnik Globe Lamp Glass Chandelier by J.T. Kalmar.


Above: The kitchen features custom cabinets by Northwest Custom Interiors with Caesarstone countertops and hardware from Classic Brass. A beautiful backsplash tile is from Heath Ceramics. The island counter stools are by De La Espada. Illuminating the island are pendant lights fromAllied Maker. 


Above: The hallway leads to the owner’s bedroom suite. A white oak screen is on the left side of the hallway, while a limestone tile wall by Waterworks is on the other (on the other side of the wall is the living room fireplace). The Wohlert mouth-blown glass pendant lights are by Louis Poulsen.


Above: The powder room has a midcentury vibe — paneled in clear cedar with a floating custom cedar vanity and custom integral wood pulls (carved and applied). The backsplash tile is from Pratt & Larson, while the countertop is a Caesarstone quartz. The light fixture is from The Future Perfect.


Above: This inviting study/lounge space features a Mah Jong sofa by Roche Bobois, a comfortable hangout spot for the owner’s teenage daughter and her friends. The coffee table is by Waka Waka. On the wall, the artwork is by local artist Sue Danielson.


Above: This media room dining nook features banquette seated upholstered in a combination of fabrics — Perennials, Misia and Maharam. Adding a punchy pop of color are chairs sourced from Blu Dot. The artwork by Warren Dykeman adds a playful vibe to this space.


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