Ballard Bungalow


Seattle, WA

Project Type



DeForest Architects

Custom Furniture



3000 SQ FT


Remodel, Furniture & Decoration

General Contractor

King Construction Co.

Custom Upholstery

HM Duke Design

Photography — Andy Beers

The owners of this fisherman’s cottage were ready to add more space to accommodate their growing kids and frequent visitors. DeForest Architects designed a second floor renovation and addition that focused on maintaining the home’s essential character. OreStudios came onboard to select the materials, fixtures and furnishings that would speak to the owner’s vision of the home while highlighting the existing details that made the space one-of-a-kind. With a fondness for cool colors, Scandinavian design, and warm minimalism, the family wanted a finished space that felt balanced and serene, reflecting the neighborhood’s rich Nordic history and close proximity to water.

A soft palette was developed for the envelope, reflecting the local climate and allowing for flexibility in decoration as the house ages. High-contrast finishes were chosen for select fixtures and surfaces to provide quiet interest and variation. Detailing of simple materials like white tile, quartz, white oak, and Douglas fir was handled with precision in order to achieve seamless, clean transitions between surfaces. Custom details fill each room: from floating nightstands with Japanese hardware in the master bedroom to a bespoke coffee table designed for the living room and manufactured just down the street.

Beautiful textiles and shapely chairs offer comfortable spots to gather and spend time together.

Paint and accessory choices lend contrast to a soft and serene palette.

Quiet colors reflect the local climate and allow for flexibility in decoration as the house ages.

Honest, durable, and timeless finishes and fixtures were specified to stand up to busy family life.