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New Home with Comfortable Charm

A Seattle home design inspired by the Hamptons house in Something's Gotta Give

Written by Amy Elbert
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    Sun Chaney’s friends laugh when she describes her 6,000-square-foot Seattle home as cozy. “They say this isn’t cozy! But that’s how it feels to me,” she happily insists. “No matter where you are in the house, it feels very open and inviting.”

    Whatever your definition of cozy, Sun and Jeff Chaney’s new Dutch Colonial home on Lake Washington in the Yarrow Point neighborhood does exude a comfortable charm that combines the best of seemingly opposite traits. It’s spacious and cozy; serene and kid-friendly; light-flooded and enveloping.

    It all happened because of Sun and Jeff’s efforts, of course, but also thanks to the expertise of (and now friendships with) Seattle architect Paul Moon and interior designer Susan Marinello.

    “This is one of my favorite projects,” says Marinello. “The first time I met Sun, she was pregnant, and she walked into my office wearing this body-hugging sundress. A beautiful energy just flowed out of her.”

    The two women—both mothers, each fashion-conscious (Marinello is a former model), and equally drawn to sophisticated, clean environments—immediately connected. When Sun told Marinello she loved the Hamptons house depicted in the Diane Keaton movie Something’s Gotta Give, the designer could see the big picture. “That’s all it takes—some reference like that—and we understand the language a client is speaking,” Marinello says.

    The two-story, L-shaped house was framed by the time Marinello jumped in on the project. Architect Moon, already onboard with the Something’s Gotta Give vision, designed a shingle-style Dutch Colonial with sloping roof lines and walls of French doors that opened the house to the outdoors.

    Seattle’s sky and water inspired Marinello’s neutral interior palette, with walls painted in oyster, flax, and sandy beige. “This home, with its expansive windows and doors, is open to the exteriors. It is very much about the garden and water views,” Marinello says. “We went with a serene palette so the interiors play a complementary and supporting role to what’s going on outside.”

    Marinello grounded the light palette with dark-stained oak floors, which stand up to the traffic of the Chaneys’ two boys, Jacoband Luke, and the family’s miniature rat terrier, Jack. The floors do require regular sweeping, Sun says, but nothing more.

    Accessories and artwork add occasional blasts of color, but even fabrics lean to the oatmeal and chocolate hues. “I love color in other people’s houses, but I didn’t know if I could live with that,” Sun explains. “I want my home to be a sanctuary, so that’s why we went with this serene palette.”

    Sun’s first two purchases for the house were the round Dessin Fournir dining table and the Dennis & Leen chandelier that hangs above it. Splurges, she admits, but well worth it. “We use the dining room a lot because it’s not separated from the rest of the house,” she says. Making the room even more spectacular are French doors that open to a terrace and views of the lake.

    The dining room became the launching pad for the whole-house design, in large part because of its central location, Marinello explains. The room is nestled between the living room on one side and the family room and kitchen area on the other. “We started in the dining room, which is very graphic, with the dark floor and table and the white chairs and white drapery panels,” says the designer. “It’s all about the chandelier and that gorgeous table.”

    The mood turns warmer in the family and living rooms, where Marinello layered textures, subtle color shifts, and lighting fixtures like sconces and table lamps. Soft seating pieces are upholstered in easy-care, indoor-outdoor fabrics that even two young boys and a dog can’t stain. Furniture lines are simple and gently rounded. “Sun didn’t want fussy,” Marinello says. “Everything is clean, with a nod to the modern. Classically modern.”

    Marinello and Moon worked hand-in-hand to add architectural details throughout the house—elements like a built-in buffet in the dining room and shelves and cabinets flanking the living room fireplace. “I think of new construction as more of a renovation. That means thinking about what would have been there if we were renovating an older home,” says Marinello. “It’s asking how we can build in some history so the house doesn’t feel so new.”

    Moon designed Shaker-style kitchen cabinets with old-fashioned butt hinges and oil-rubbed bronze latches. Seeded-glass pendants hang above the island, and ceiling fixtures are surface-mounted with glass shades to look appropriate for an early-20th-century house.

    On the exterior, Moon focused on finding authentic and high-quality building materials such as specially treated shingles that weather evenly and look aged from day one. A gambrel roof with feminine curves gives the house a Hamptons style and also maximizes living space under the roof line. That was an issue because ordinances protecting neighboring property owners’ views of the lake restricted the roof height to 25 feet. Moon finished the roof with siding shingles, which—being thinner and smaller than roof shakes—were better suited for following the graceful curves of the roof.

    Inside, Moon paneled walls, installed wainscoting and partial- height walls to define rooms, added a graceful, flared staircase, and coffered the 10-foot ceilings to give them an intimate sensibility.

    “Those partial walls allow us to define each space without closing rooms off from the rest of the house,” Moon says, “and they allow light to travel through the house to different spaces. That makes it feel comfortable.”

    Marinello agrees that these details contribute to the intimacy of this spacious home. “It’s texture, and it’s lighting,” she says. “On sunny days, the rooms are filled with glowing sunshine, and on a winter day, lamps provide soft ambient lighting. I love the dichotomy of a cool palette with warm lighting. It embraces you.”

    There’s that cozy feeling again.

    Photography: John Granen
    Produced by Linda Humphrey

    Architect: Paul Moon, Paul Moon Design, 4616 25th Ave. N.E., Suite 177, Seattle, WA 98105; 206/985-9420, paulmoondesign.com.
    Interior design: Susan Marinello, Susan Marinello Interiors, 119 S. Main St., Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98104; 206/344-5551, susanmarinello.com.

    Table (“Sutcliffe Dining Table”): Dessin Fournir, 785/434-2777, dessinfournir.com.
    Chairs (discontinued): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
    Chandelier (“Primitive Chandelier”/Medium): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, dennisandleen.com.
    Drapery (linen scrim/Oyster): Carol’s Roman Shades, 800/422-1210, carolsromanshades.com.
    Cabinetry hardware: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
    Art (by Tracy Rocca): Tracy Rocca, 415/519-5462, tracyrocca.com.
    Bowl on cabinet (“China Bowl #PH036, -discontinued): Baker Furniture, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.

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    Foyer

    Transom and clerestory windows maximize natural light in the nearly 25-foot-high front hall. The curved stairway and chandelier from Visual Comfort ease the linear elements.

    Chandelier (“Dorset Two-Tier Chandelier with Torch Arm” #CHC1462WI, by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.

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    Living Room

    A pair of Henredon sofas face off in front of the fireplace. Chairs are covered in a tone-on-tone Pindler & Pindler fabric in seafoam. The quatrefoil floor lamp and the sconces are from Visual Comfort.

    Rug (“Seagrass”): Design Materials Inc., 913/342-9796, dmikc.com.
    Sofas (discontinued): Henredon, 800/444-3682, henredon.com.
    Sofa fabric (discontinued, for similar, “Rustico”/Mineral #29946-11): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com.
    Pillows (“Durance Embroidery”/Greige #55692): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Chairs (custom lounge chairs): A.W. Hoss and Son, 206/522-1229, awhossandson.com.
    Chair fabric (“Cristallo”/Seafoam #CR-106-GR06-1449, discontinued): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
    Coffee table: custom.
    Sconces (“Vendome Single Sconce,” by Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
    Art (by Hiro Yokose): Winston Wächter Fine Art, 206/652-5855, winstonwachter.com.
    Floor lamp (“Quatrefoil Floor Lamp”/Aged Iron #SK1500AI-L, by Suzanne Kasler): by Visual Comfort, visualcomfortlightingstore.com.
    Wall paint (“Morning Dew” #OC-140, eggshell); trim paint (“Cloud White” #OC-130, satin impervo): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
    Hand sculpture on table: designer’s collection.

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    Kitchen

    Architect Paul Moon designed cabinets with butt hinges, old-style latches, and glass fronts—all reminiscent of a 1940s kitchen.

    Farm sink; island sink; faucets; pot-filler faucet: Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com.
    Cabinetry hardware: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
    Refrigerator (by Sub-Zero); range (by Wolf): Sub-Zero Wolf, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com.
    Hood: Best by Broan, 800/558-1711, bestrangehoods.com.
    Backsplash (“Capriccio Earthenware,” EW gloss, Capriccio glaze): Ann Sacks, 800/278-8453, annsacks.com.
    Countertops: Absolute black granite with leathered finish.
    Hanging lights (“Bella Modern Pendant Light”/Effervescent): Niche Modern, 866/299-7105, nichemodern.com.
    Ceiling fixtures: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com.
    Bar stools (“Hudson” 24-inch leather bar stool/Dark Brown with brown top-stitching #7630-69): Palecek, 800/274-7730, palecek.com.
    Wall paint (“Morning Dew” #OC-140, eggshell); trim paint (“Cloud White” #OC-130, satin impervo): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Kitchen

    Reflective surfaces and large windows keep the spacious black-and-white kitchen well-lit during the day; pendant lights from Niche Modern illuminate the room after the sun goes down.

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    Kitchen Details

    Centrally located, a deep farm sink from Rohl sits below the windows in the kitchen.

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    Kitchen Details

    The Ann Sacks leathered-finish backsplash tiles offer a dramatic contrast to the black granite countertops.

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    Kitchen Details

    The kitchen island offers considerable counter space for casual dining.

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    Exterior

    Two corner groupings of columns support the balcony above the front entrance. “Grouping columns adds strength and a rhythm,” Moon explains.

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    Family Portrait

    Sun and Jeff Chaney enjoy the exterior living area with sons Luke, 2, and Jacob, 5.

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    Back Terrace

    French doors in the dining, living, and family rooms open to a concrete terrace at the back of the house. A fireplace with a TV above and built-in grill at one side anchors the dining end of the space. Fans from Horchow and outdoor heaters similar to those used on restaurants patios are installed in the ceiling, extending the outdoor season.

    Outdoor furniture; sconces: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restoration hardware.com.
    Ceiling fan: Horchow, 877/944-9888, horchow.com.

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    Back Terrace Dining Area

    The outdoor area is furnished with teak furniture from Restoration Hardware, and offers sweeping views of Lake Washington.

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    Family Room

    The family watches TV and enjoys together time in the cozy space next to the kitchen. The sofa is covered with “Ribera” fabric from Osborne & Little.

    Sofa (custom, sectional): A.W. Hoss and Son, 206/522-1229, awhossandson.com.
    Sofa fabric (“Ribera”/Silver #F1418/37, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little, 212/751-3333, osborneandlittle.com.
    Solid blue pillow on sofa (“Tracks”/Mallard, Champagne #2301-6); striped pillow in center of sofa (“Ticking”/Pewter, Mallard #2330-4): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
    Striped pillow at end of sofa (“Ticking”/Grey Indigo #1010-01): Chelsea Editions, 212/758-0005, chelseaeditions.com.
    Chair (custom, lounge chair): A.W. Hoss and Son, 206/522-1229, awhossandson.com.
    Chair fabric (“Cavalier”/Charcoal): Pindler & Pindler, 805/531-9090, pindler.com.
    Pillows (“Oxford Stripe” #2023-4, discontinued): Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, rosetarlow.com.
    Coffee table (discontinued): Wisteria, 800/320-9757, wisteria.com.
    Rug (“Because Bubble Loop”/Windrift #5200-260): Robertex, 800/241-5515, robertex.com.
    Drapery (“Linen Scrim”/Oyster): Carol’s Roman Shades, 800/422-1210, carolsromanshades.com.
    Fabrication: Penthouse Drapery, 206/292-8336. Lamp; television: owner’s collection.
    Wall paint (“Morning Dew” #OC-140, eggshell); trim paint (“Cloud White” #OC-130, satin impervo): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Hallway

    Family portraits line the hallway, beautifully reinforcing the home’s black-and-white motif.

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    Master Bedroom

    In the master bedroom, the paneled headboard on the Thomasville bed complements the wainscoting details elsewhere in the house.

    Bed (custom, Wanderlust Collection); bench (“Napa Bench,” Upholstery/Leather Collection): Thomasville, 800/225-0265, thomasville.com.
    Bench cushion (“Simple Star”/Driftwood); drapery (“Coastal Sand”/Harbor): Robert Allen, 800/333-3777, robertallendesign.com.
    Bedding (Hotel Collection): Macy’s, macys.com.
    Striped pillow on bed (“Gabrielle Embroidery”/Dove #62201): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
    Bedside tables: custom. Table lamps (“Knife-Box Shape Table Lamp” #G61/finish #GTPB): Stephen Gerould, 503/221-7253, stephengerould.com.
    Wall paint (“Feather Down” #OC-6, eggshell); ceiling and trim paint (“Cloud White” #OC-130, satin impervo): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

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    Master Bedroom Details

    The neutral palette was important to Sun, particularly in the bedrooms, where she wanted a serene mood.

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    Master Bedroom Sitting Area

    In the sitting area, Sun let her fun side show with a zebra-print chair. Doors open to a sunny private balcony overlooking the lake.

    Floor lamp: Arteriors Home, 877/488-8866, arteriorshome.com.
    Chairs; side tables: Ironies, 510/644-2100, ironies.com.

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    Sitting Area Details

    A plush oatmeal-colored chair from Ironies plays a lovely counterpart to its zebra striped neighbor.

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    Master Bedroom Details

    A unique glass starburst light hangs above the sitting area, adding personality and textural interest to the master bedroom.

    Ceiling light (“Superior Moravian Star Light”): Shades of Light, 800/262-6612, shadesoflight.com.

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    Master Bedroom

    The Chaneys’ two young boys love taking baths in the deep BainUltra tub tucked under a window. Ann Sacks tiles create a mosaic “rug” on the floor.

    Floor tile (“Beau Monde”/Dorothy #AS10864): Ann Sacks, 800/278-8453, annsacks.com.
    Tub: Bain Ultra, 800/463-2187, bainultra.com.
    Tub fixtures: Cifal, 800/528-4904, cifalusa.com.
    Pendant light: Rejuvenation, 888/401-1900, rejuvenation.com. Shade by tub: owner’s collection.

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    Master Vanity

    The vanity with a dressing table is one of Sun’s favorite features. “I can see the lake reflected in the mirror behind me,” she notes.

    Marble countertop (“Calcutta Carrara”): Meta Marble & Granite, 206/762-5547, metamarbleand granite.com.
    Sink: Duravit, 212/686-0033, duravit.us.
    Faucets: Cifal, 800/528-4904, cifalusa.com.
    Sconces: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restoration hardware.com.
    Vanity bench: Wisteria, 800/320-9757, wisteria.com.

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    Rear Exterior

    From the backyard, the house is beautifully illuminated at night.

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