Before: Empty CanvasFredda, Doug and their daughter Skye adore Fredda's mother, Dorothy. The couple has always had a great respect for Japanese culture, especially the tradition of honoring one's parents, known as "Oya Kako." So they had this Japanese pole house built on their property for Dorothy, so the entire family could be together. Now all they have to do is furnish it.
After: Comfortable ZenDesigning around a specific architectural style can be a challenge. You don't want to clash or compete with the overall theme. An Asian, Zen-like atmosphere calls for simple, uncomplicated furnishings, so Kenneth adopted clean lines and organic textures and tied them all together with a Japanese style. The handpainted mural, lush silks, blue lounge chairs, organic sea-grass rug and the soft, feminine color palette all come together to achieve a sense of comfort and balance.
Roman shades: Designs by Bonnie Price: woven grass cloth, #4075 Sergenti Twighlight
seamstress for bed accent pillows: Traci Kalaba
area rug: Larry Yarrow & Associates: Fibreworks - Basket Weave, Binding: Granola #713, 3/4"
arm chairs: Crate & Barrel: Laguna Chair, SKU 304220, Color: Seafoam, Material: Microsuede
floor lamps: Room & Board: Park Floor Lamp, SKU 936887, brushed nickel
table lamps (at bedside): CB2: Starlight Table Lamp #516-457
glass-top coffee table: Z Gallerie: Bach Coffee Table SKU 999916425
bed, nightstands and wardrobe: Ikea: Malm, Med-Brown
ottoman / side tables (orange): Chiasso: Cylinder: 120-0787, Canyon Orange, Tray Topper: 105-0455
bedding: Pottery Barn: Queen Silk Nesting Quilt: 27-6462360, Color: Lemon Grass Green / Sham: 27-6462766, Color: Lemon Grass Green
floral accent pillow: Gumps: Nastrurium Pillow, SKU 137819
Living AreaSymmetry is an important part of Asian design, and Kenneth reflects that element in the living room. Four classic-style chairs make for a balanced, relaxed conversation area and bring in a bright splash of sky-blue color.
MuralThe focal point of the home is the handpainted, Japanese-style wall mural above the bed. To create the warm sunset-like backdrop, several shades of similar-colored paint were blended together, with the darkest on top. The translucent, color-wash effect is achieved by mixing one part glaze with five parts paint. To start the mural, Kenneth first sketches the design directly on the wall. He uses a fluid motion to paint the branches, leaves and flowers to give it a soft, feminine touch.
Kenneth's Tip: When planning a mural, experiment on paper before painting the walls.
BedroomWhen the homeowners adopted their daughter Skye from Vietnam, they also brought home some beautiful silks. The luxurious silks were made into accent pillows and became the basis for the bedroom's color palette.
For the window treatments, natural woven, wooden blinds add texture and warmth to the space.
Kenneth's Tip: When purchasing window treatments, ask for a few samples to take home to test against your wall trim and room colors.
Rug and Coffee TableThe organic sea-grass rug in a basket-weave pattern ties in beautifully with the natural flavor of the home's Japanese style. The sculptural wood base of the coffee table matches the exterior details of the pole house, while the round glass top gives a spacious, airy feel to the seating area. A tea set, handpainted by grandmother and granddaughter, makes a perfect keepsake display for the tabletop.
Open and AiryThe term "pole house" comes from the round vertical wood beams that frame the structure and give it a open, airy feel. The large picture windows and natural materials bring the outdoors in to create a calm, Zen-like atmosphere.