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with Old-World Comfort

Design Goal

The owners of a 1980s contemporary home were starting from scratch (they had sold their previous home fully furnished) to re-envision a new residence with a comfortable, European-feel décor to complement the home’s panoramic islands and water views. Tackling the project room by room over a period of three years, the couple indulged their own talents as well as those of consultants and craftspeople. Having established a traditional architectural theme through custom cabinetry, woodwork, and metal accents, the owners called on designer Molly McIntosh, Gracious Living Interior Design, to source furniture, drapes, art, and accessories that would give the home a warm, cohesive feel.


The once-contemporary home already bore the fingerprints of its new owners’ remodeling visions, another designer, and a handful of subcontractors. For Gracious Living, the challenge was to flatter the existing changes already in place and accommodate the owners’ desire for an eclectic Euro look, while preventing the approach from feeling too busy.

Designer’s Role

Gracious Living partnered with the owners, who enjoyed being an integral part of the design process, and worked within parameters established by the ongoing remodeling project to pull together the disparate changes with a finished, inviting look. Incorporating furnishings, window treatments, art, and accessories, Gracious Living principal Molly McIntosh set out to create tasteful focal points through vignettes, eye-catching details, and practical solutions.


The home now overflows with harmonious character true to the owners’ tastes. A once cool, modern décor is warm and inviting, with plentiful opportunities for display, storage, entertaining, and relaxing. The home takes in its stunning Pacific Northwest water views without feeling beholden to them.

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