San Juan Islands, WA
1600 SQ FT
Photography — Haris Kenjar
This jewel-box house, nestled carefully into a special length of shoreline, was commissioned as a retreat for a young family. As designed by Heliotrope Architects, the public rooms open to the surrounding landscape and view with retractable screens and window walls, providing an extraordinary connection to the site. The public spaces embrace local materials through their fir and cedar cladding, while private rooms are tucked away and employ soft, misty finishes.
OreStudios was asked by the owners to furnish the entire house including exterior spaces. Over the course of three summers, we outfitted the rooms with a rugged and refined approach, ensuring the interiors would hold up to the elements as well as a constant stream of family and friends. Upholstery is deep and comfortable, special dining chairs invite long, lingering meals, and unique textiles and artwork throughout provide a sense of place without overpowering the dramatic views.