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Beach Lover’s Paradise in the Northwest

Furnishing a charming waterfront home in Coopers Point - Olympia, Washington

By Deann Hammer, Broadway Design

Photo by Austin DeWees

Broadway Design recently furnished a charming waterfront home in Coopers Point in Olympia, Washington. The homeowner is a single woman in her mid-30s, who is bright and talented, and owns her own mortgage company. The client requested a coastal theme with a “Serena and Lily Co.” feel. Deann Hammer, owner of Broadway Design, was ready for the challenge.

The woodwork was gorgeous but a bit too heavy, so we had the balusters on the stairs painted Sherwin Williams high reflective white to lighten things up. The walls were originally yellow, so we cooled things down by painting all the walls Sherwin Williams Rhinestone. It is a lovely color that plays well off of the water and contrasts the white trim nicely.

The kitchen was previously updated by the former owner, although the dining banquette needed a refresh. Our designers selected new bench seat cushion fabric in Sunbrella Grey Ticking, added custom decorative pillows, and punched up the seating area with three large woven grass light pendants that give the space warmth and drama. A solid walnut modern single-pedestal dining table was also added to set the stage.

The great room is quite large, so we added a 6x4-foot tall wide custom framed octopus art piece above the mantle and an extra-large woven round mirror over the TV to play off of the extra high ceiling height. Two seating areas were created to break up the large expanse. The chairs by the fireplace are from Palacek, with custom performance fabric (wet bathing suits are okay!), and they are flanked by solid brass drink tables. A free-standing bar cabinet rests near the fireplace for a refreshing cocktail after a day in the sand.

The large sectional is custom made in a performance fabric as well to handle dogs and beach life. The coffee table is made from ground seashells and is called the “Clamshell Lava Table” by Palacek. It is cast in a polymeric plaster with crushed up shells on the top, giving it a lustrous shimmer to the finish.

Upstairs, the loft is adjacent to the client’s open office area and is a wonderful place to sit and watch the sea life swim by. We placed a large sectional with a limestone coffee table so she can put her feet up and relax without having to worry about scratching a table or leaving water marks on her table.

The upstairs guest rooms are darling with twin end-to-end built-in beds in one room, and a queen bed in the other. The themes are timeless, with custom-made art and oars hanging on the wall with a gentle nod to the sea without overwhelming the space with nick knacks and shells in glass vases, typically seen in a beach motif.

There is a sitting area in the second bedroom with ottoman and floor lamp for private guest lounging, and a coffee bar in the hall outside that room for easy access from the office for a quick pick-me-up while working, or for guests.

Our team at Broadway Design was truly blessed to be a part of this special home.

Deann Hammer is the owner of Broadway Design, a boutique interior design firm in Gig Harbor. She and her team craft spaces that are tailored to each client's personality and lifestyle, while mindful of their budget, creating a perfect harmony between aesthetics and function.

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