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The dining room is a bold mix of midcentury modern, Arts and Crafts and modern accents — like this Louis XV Ghost Chair. Designer Brenner was excited to find that Vila was willing to take design risks. "Most people want the interesting rug or the bold wallpaper, but they don't have the courage to buy it," he says. "Lisa was really open to all of it."
Paint: Anew Gray, Sherwin-Williams; wallpaper: Shantung Silhouette Print, Schumacher
The dining room boasts amazing architecture and gorgeous built-ins. While the floors are all original, the sideboard and window seat have been completely refurbished.
Vila also has been working with Seattle contractor Marc Mortenson to restore and refurbish the home. "He has been attending to the woodwork in the house, among countless other things," she says, "quietly pouring himself into it."
Midcentury dining set: Chartreuse Consignment; light fixture: consignment store in Portland, Oregon
Vila's home is a perfect example of a Craftsman bungalow, a popular style for Seattle homes. The bungalow aesthetic was a reaction to the fussiness of the Victorian period and is characterized by clean lines, gabled roofs, deep eaves with exposed rafter ends and generous porches.
This neighborhood is filled with bungalows painted in traditional Arts and Crafts colors, but Vila wanted a more modern color scheme for her home, so she and Brenner chose a nontraditional gray for the exterior.
Paint (all from Benjamin Moore): Iron Mountain (body), Galveston Grey (trim), Onyx (accent)
The hearth is the center of most Craftsman houses, but this wasn't always the case for this house. Initially, Vila was having trouble with her furniture arrangement. Brenner suggested a less traditional layout and even designed a sofa that would fit the space and suit Vila's modern sensibilities.
"My front room is very small and was often not used," she says. "Matthew helped me create the layout. It now feels more like a parlor or sitting room than a formal living room."
Paint trim: Anew Gray, Sherwin-Williams; wallpaper: Orissa Charcoal, Clarke & Clarke
Because she has three children, Vila chose only kid-friendly materials for the remodel. "I didn't want anything in the house that couldn't handle heavy use. And the colors had to be right too — no white rugs. This rug can be dragged outside and hosed off if need be," she says.
Chair: Shell, Hans J. Wegner; floor lamp: Chartreuse Consignment; sofa: custom, Matthew Craig Interiors
Vila loves to entertain and frequently hosts dinner parties and neighborhood gatherings, so she worked with Brenner to create little nooks — or gathering pods — where people could naturally congregate.
Brenner custom made the banquette to better utilize a small, awkward corner. The mirrors also give the room a more expansive feel. "Now my kids and I have a spot for homework or an impromptu cribbage game," says Vila.
Table: Saarinen Tulip Table, InForm; glass bowl: Fusion Z; banquet benches: custom, Matthew Craig Interiors
Many traditional bungalows have a piano room just off the sitting room. Vila turned hers into a small library. The original built-in shelving lies opposite a reupholstered pair of midcentury chairs Vila purchased at a consignment shop.
Wallpaper: Eclipse Gray, Echo Design; paint trim: Gray 2121-10, Benjamin Moore
The small family room is opposite the kitchen. Vila and her kids love the playful elephant art and cozy sofa. Blankets lie ready and waiting for snuggling up in front of the TV.
"The purpose of a home is to provide spaces for living a loving, connected life with family and friends," says Vila. "Therefore, it must suit the needs of our children. The upholstery is forgiving, the furniture is to be sat on and the spaces serve each family member's activities."
The master bedroom is a serene retreat dressed in soft textiles, creamy grays and yellow accents. There are some surprises too — like an ultramodern bedside lamp and a '60s-style gold globe light fixture in the center of the room.
The upper deck is a relaxing spot where the family can view a sliver of the Seattle skyline. Two lounge chairs and a few potted plants complete the space.
The front porch feels like an extension of the living room, with discreet seating areas. A pair of deck chairs to the left of the front door and a porch swing to the right offer a great view of the street.
Vila is very pleased to see her dream home take shape. "For this time, I'm the steward of this home," she says. "It's been here for 100 years, and it will be here for another hundred. I want to leave it in good condition for the next steward."
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