When designer Keri Petersen‘s clients were looking for the right second home in West Seattle, they couldn’t help but fall in love with a mid-century rambler that had stunning views over Puget Sound. Although appreciative that their new home had history, they weren’t big fans of mid-century design. “Their newly purchased property had stunning water views, original vaulted ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows,” Keri said. “Most of the home’s mid-century features had been left untouched – and while oozing with charm, some of them felt dated and impractical.”

The key was to respect the home’s authenticity while also making it a space that felt personal to her clients. “What we didn’t want to do was pretend that this wasn’t a mid-century home,” she added, “it was more like, let’s give a nod to the home’s history while also making room for our own unique style.” Elements such as the painted stone fireplace in the living room and the natural alder bar pay homage to the home’s original architecture. However, the seagrass chairs and barstools, as well as the “Bella Blue” cabinets in the kitchen, have more of a coastal-feel, picking up on the clients’ California roots and the home’s waterside location.

“I wanted things to feel casual and livable but with a hint of understated elegance,” Keri explained. The elegance comes out in certain unexpected moments, such as the custom hand-forged brass kitchen peninsula with a white quartz countertop. The casual nature of the home comes out in the personal touch brought by the homeowner’s one-of-a-kind heirlooms. “They had some fabulous antique pieces such as the wood secretary and Jacobean side tables in the living room that I was thrilled to incorporate into the design,” she said. With a soothing palette of blues and grays, along with the use of plenty of natural materials, the home’s design has a relaxed vibe but the careful selection of pieces radiates sophistication.