Design Project: Explore A Striking Cabin-Style House With Mid Century Interiors

The architect-owner refreshed this mid-century house with a high impact, low budget update...


This Ralph Anderson lake house in West Seattle was built in 1966 and is the main residence of Steve Hoedemaker, partner at architecture and interiors studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, and his husband Thomas Swenson. They bought the property in 2015 and began work immediately. The form of the house has been left substantially intact but major work has been done on lighting, finishes, furnishing, and landscape, now featuring a mid-century inspired interior.

The house is approximately 3500 square feet, spread across two floors. It also has several outbuildings, including a tropical greenhouse with spa, gym, outdoor living room and kitchen, plus there’s a swimming pool and cabana.

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A generous terrace wraps around the hillside property, with several seating and dining areas, plus stunning woodland views.

There’s also a balcony terrace that connects to the main living room, offering views out over Puget Sound, which is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean.

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Sometimes an architect is his own worst client. Opting to reserve all of his creative energy for his clients, Partner Steve Hoedemaker and his husband Thomas Swenson found this nearly immaculate house on a scant acre in West Seattle. Working with landscape architect Randy Allworth and Hoedemaker Pfeiffer’s own interiors team, Steve and Tommy refreshed finishes, updated lighting, made a few interior and exterior modifications, painted everything, refreshed the landscape and worked with new and existing furniture for a high impact low budget update to this classic mid-century house.

The entrance wraps around to the living and dining rooms, and features a balcony that looks down onto the level below.

Get the look: Rug: Homestead. Lighting Fixture on Wall: Irene McGowan Custom. Art on Left Wall: Sarah Norsworthy / Studio E Gallery. Side Table: Kyoto Arts and Antiques. Art above Side Table: Paul Horiuchi. Art to right of side table: Kim Van Someren / Judith Rinehart Gallery. Table Lamp: Housewright Gallery / Stone and Sawyer

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A cosy library space features a cosy corner sofa with built-in bookshelves behind, and a striking gallery wall.

Get the look: Corner sofa: Flexform. Coffee Table: Dana Hamel Custom. Pillows: Housewright Gallery. Red Chair: Vintage. Art Wall: Pako Macias, Eirik Johnson, Jock Sturges, Nir Arinelli, Manuel Moncayo, Richard Renaldi, Graciela Iturbide, Jim Lommasson

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The living room carries the same neutral woody palette, and incorporates vintage mid-century finds and a large, oversized artwork.

Get the look: Sofa: Lawson Fenning. Sofa Fabric: Kravet. Pair of Chairs: Arne Norell. Coffee Table: Custom family piece. Table Lamp: Housewright Gallery / Stone and Sawyer. Art above Sofa: Chen Zhao Woodcuts. Pillows: Housewright Gallery. Fireside Stump Stools: Zara Home. Side Table: Tirto. Recliner Chair: Plycraft. Hanging Light Fixture: Uri Kinoshita

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The small kitchen gives dated wood cabinetry a fresher look with steel top cabinets and matching steel splash-back. A butcher’s block gives texture. The owners say this home is a work in progress, and they have plans to renovate the kitchen and master bathroom next.

Get the look: Island: Kyoto Arts and Antiques. Hanging Lantern: Original


The dining room is wholly wrapped in wood, giving it a cosy chalet-style vibe.

Get the look: Chairs: 19th C Balloon Back Dining Chairs. Chair Fabric: De Sousa Hughes. Dining Table: David Smith. Light Fixture: Irene McGowan Custom. Rug: Sisal Rugs Direct. Side Table: Tirto. Tonsu: Tirto

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The master bedroom is a textural space with a woven wallcovering from Kravet.

Get the look: Bedframe: Custom w/ Mark Alexander Fabric. Bedside Hanging Light: Schoolhouse. Storage: Tirto. Nightstands: Disc Interiors – Agatha Nightstands. Wallcovering: Kravet

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Architecture/Renovation: Hoedemaker Pfeiffer – Steve Hoedemaker

Interior Design: Hoedemaker Pfeiffer – Tim Pfeiffer

Photography: Haris Kenjar

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