San Juan Island ResidenceRustic Entry, Seattle
Built in bench in entry with coat storage above. Custom sea glass chandelier takes center stage in the space.
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Entry: Connection and Discovery“We joined the project early on to help determine the furniture and finishes that would work well with the architecture,” interior designer James Fung of NB Design Group says. The entry and staircase area introduces the materials palette used throughout the house. “It was important to these clients that the house be of the Pacific Northwest, using local and regional materials like the stone floor in here,” Fung says. The floors are Black Tusk basalt from Bedrock Natural Stone in British Columbia. This sourcing also reflects the family’s sustainable sensibilities. “We purposefully selected stone from Northwest sources to avoid the shipment of such heavy materials from overseas,” Donovan says. Sourcing materials like lumber, stone, doors and windows from the region helped decrease the carbon footprint while enhancing the feeling that the architecture is of the place. Wood, stone and steel play big roles in the home. “There are a lot of kids and bikes and toys that come through, so durability was a priority throughout the house,” Fung says. “We made sure this high-traffic area was durable by using stone on the floor and indoor-outdoor fabrics on the bench.” The built-in bench is made for putting on shoes and boots and the area also serves as a message station. The wall behind it is crafted of magnetic ferrous steel. “We imagined this as a place to hang maps, messages and ‘cool things to do on the island today’ guides,” Fung says. The wood on this ceiling is stained clear vertical-grain cedar with a square lap edge. The lower entry ceiling gives the space a more compressed feel, making the way the house terraces down and opens up to the water a dramatic experience. Once past the compressed area, a chandelier made of reclaimed vintage glass marine floats and netting adds a burst of green and draws the eye up to the ceiling on the second floor. “The chandelier is nautical and of the place,” Fung says. The second level’s ceiling is stained select veneer Douglas fir panels from Roseburg. “This material looks like large sheets of plywood, but the surface veneer is rough-sawn like exterior siding,” Donovan says.Shop for globe chandeliers on Houzz