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The Home That Made Me Want To Hire ARCIFORM – See Their Open Concept Living Room/Kitchen Done Right

This week we are revealing the most incredible house, built by the owners of the design/build company we hired for our farmhouse – ARCIFORM. This is the house that sold me on hiring them. They typically don’t do new builds (they specialize in restorations of more historic properties) but they built this from the ground up, using the trees that had fallen on the property after years of camping on the land. It’s on a bay in Southern Washington state and I had the pleasure of staying there twice (once with my family and once with my team to shoot). Anne, like a lot of interior architects, stopped at the styling so we had it in our deal that I would help them style and shoot it all out – bedding, pillows, vases, flowers, etc, in exchange for a discount on her design time. We shot this last year before I had my team up here in place and I flew up Sara to shoot it and Emily Bowser to help me style (it was a lot of schlepping and labor and fine, maybe I also wanted an excuse to hang out with my friends). So this week you are going to see the full reveal of this incredible house – the moodiest black bathroom I’ve ever seen, the pretty stained glass doors, and architecture that stops you in your tracks. While I had nothing to do with the design of this space, I am going to go through and call out what is so incredible about it, point out my favorite things and just generally show and tell.

When you first walk in the architecture is obviously STUNNING – it almost feels like it’s a secret industrial building that has always been here, but nope – it was designed and built by them from the ground up (over 10 years). Domino did an awesome story last week (we pitched the exclusive on their story) so head over there at the end if you want more information on how they built it (fun facts like the trees had to take two years just to dry out before they could use the lumber and Anne’s barn inspiration for the architecture).

All the details wowed me – the hinges on the secret doors under the stairs, the railing. And here you can see the same 12″ horizontal bead board idea that we stole for the farmhouse, but Anne used milk paint and I’m still kicking myself for not doing that (so you can see the grain underneath and just feels warmer). The flooring is incredible – a combination of unfinished Spruce and Hemlock…with a dash of Alder – was again chopped down by Richard or had fallen on the property. The wide plank is so pretty and is obviously patinating so well.

The island was custom-made by Versatile Wood Prodcuts, their sister company, who does high-end cabinetry and windows (DID YOU SEE THE WINDOWS IN THIS PLACE???). Anne is obviously a huge antiques collector so most of the furniture was sourced by her.

I loved her combination of marble on the island and a darker soapstone on the cabinetry by the range. We added that vintage painting of theirs (and you probably recognize a lot of our styling pieces from my prop house).

I LOVE this tiny little door. This goes into the pantry and was salvaged and refurbished. It has a back door to the outside that is bigger should you want more space to bring something in, but I think the scale of it is so quirky and cute.

Those chandeliers are so incredible – Anne has such a gift for taking risks and just mixing old-world antiques together. Please note all those stained glass windows – so incredible. The table was also made from fallen wood on the property.

The sheer volume/scale of the space is big, but because of the wood and the double-paned windows, it still feels really cozy. It gets really windy outside there, but inside you can’t hear it so being there during a storm (with the fireplace on) is so magical.

Please note the door within that huge window that was custom-built by Versatile Wood Products (the other company Anne and Richard own) – I wanted to steal this idea so badly and we tried to get it into the house, but didn’t make as much sense for us.

Anne laid it out so that the fireplace was in the middle of the great room, versus just serving the living area. When staying there you could see the benefit of this – you can see/feel the fire when in the kitchen, dining (where they play a lot of games), and living areas.

Bowser and I foraged for huge branches for this shoot (instead of flowers) and boy does it make the shot (the terracotta pot is an antique from Rejuvenation).

Anne used Idris White Zellige by Ann Sacks throughout many of the tiled areas which I truly never get tired of seeing when done appropriately (and super appropriate here). As you can see they used tinted plaster above the paneling which creates so much warmth.

Again, how incredible are those doors and windows? Not surprising as this is what Versatile specializes in, but they are just jaw-dropping.

Anne is originally from Germany and she and Richard met in their early twenties and started this company together, and I think her European aesthetic gives her such a fresh point of view. I just love the bravery and risk-taking in this house – and the attention to detail continues to impress me.

Here they are – Anne and Richard De Wolf (owners of ARCIFORM and Versatile). As I said at the beginning of the post, this week you’ll see more and more of this home that I can’t WAIT to show you/talk about. It’s so inspiring and I wish we all, as design enthusiasts, had the opportunity to actually experience these spaces in person.

There’s me, sweaty from styling all day – something I only do for my projects these days so it was so fun to work with Emily B. and bring some EHD styling to this gorgeous space. Come back tomorrow for their main suite. And if you are in the PNW and looking to hire a team to restore your older space (commercial or residential) this is the team 🙂

*Design by Anne De Wolf of ARCIFORM and Versatile Wood Products
**Chief Lumberjack: Richard De Wolf of ARCIFORM and Versatile Wood Products
***Styled by Emily Henderson (me!) and Emily Bowser
****Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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ali
4 months ago

Wow – this place is amazing! I love, love, love it. Really looking forward to seeing more of it.

Colleen
4 months ago

Amazing! Can’t wait to see more.

Sarah
4 months ago

This is jaw dropping. I wish I could be there too!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!

Marianne
4 months ago

It’s stunning, but how does that second floor railing meet code?

Tracy
4 months ago
Reply to  Marianne

This was exactly my question! This is GORGEOUS but that railing would not pass inspection…

Terra
4 months ago
Reply to  Tracy

I almost can’t focus on the design for want of this answer! Wild!

Roberta Davis
4 months ago
Reply to  Marianne

Some small children are coming to my house this week, and I am very aware (from experience) that my house is not a great place for little kids! Too many tempting objects around to knock over. So I have to put them all away for when they’re at my place. But the railings in this house are truly dangerous. For anyone, but especially for little kids.

Emily
4 months ago
Reply to  Marianne

residential architecture has much looser code restrictions than commercial

Molly Phillips
4 months ago

Ah-Maz-Ing and I SO wish I could transport Anne and Richard to western NC to work on my 1872 farmhouse. *sigh* I’ll continue to live vicariously through your partnership with them. I hope they enjoy that home for years and years.

Terry
4 months ago

What a beautiful space, and Emily you did an impressive job on the styling. I was compelled to comment because I spotted their Silken Windhound and as a fellow sighthound owner (I have an adopted greyhound) seeing their pup brought me an extra dose of joy! 🙂

Leslie
4 months ago
Reply to  Terry

I was thinking it was a borzoi. But I think you are right, it’s a windhound. They are neat.

MC
4 months ago

So amazing and still very practical and livable. All the arches and bends are so soothing. Could we see what it looks like from the outside?? I’m also curious about the tall ladder like structure in the living space – can you share more about that?

Alison
4 months ago

THAT ARCHED DOOR IN THE WINDOW WALL. I can’t. It’s amazing.

Lane
4 months ago

Such a great vibe and style. So much charm, originality, and it seems like the house has been there for a long time. I get the appeal because I too look for details and features beyond the four walls and a specific number of bathrooms. A house needs to have charm, spirit, interest, surprising elements, provide a sense of discovery, nice views. This house has a lot of that. I like the fixtures and furniture choices too. I

Aimee
4 months ago
Reply to  Lane

“Sense of discovery”. I love that idea! This space definitely feels like a story to me. So cool!

Roberta Davis
4 months ago

Very interesting. I would not bring a small child into this house, though. They could easily fall through those railings.

LW
4 months ago
Reply to  Roberta Davis

ha that is all i can think about too. I have two toddlers whom I would not feel comfortable allowing on the second floor. even a small dog i wouldn’t really feel comfortable with (can slip off if running)

SLG
4 months ago

Um yes hello we also need to talk about THAT GORGEOUS DOG

Ashley Larkin
4 months ago

Absolutely glorious! What a treat to see! Can’t wait for more!

Cris S.
4 months ago

Lovely. And how nice that they are comfortable – specialize even – with the out of standard. When we did a gut reno and I had a very special non-standard size door that I’d found, you’d have thought I’d asked for their first born child rather than that they frame a doorway slightly taller and wider. It was such a fuss that ultimately I gave up and they did a ‘normal’ door frame and put the door on a barn door runner (which, I know – a bit of an eye roll, but I really wanted to use that crazy door).

I love love love the arched doors integrated into the huge window wall. So gorgeous!!!

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago

I CAN’T EVEN ……. PERFECTION!!!
♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️
This is beyond reality. Truly mindblowing! I’m gonna lurve the following reveals!!!
“Chief Lumberjack” … hehehe. 😏Think we don’t read the little details? Hehehe.

Deborah
4 months ago

Anne and Richard’s home is stunning!
They have created such a beautiful home that feels very warm and enveloping in the cathedral like space. So many things to love…particularly the windows (light! I’m thinking that they designed for a southern exposure), and especially their use of stained glass!

Stephanie
4 months ago

This is absolutely stunning. That door in the windows is INCREDIBLE. I have to ask–what about window treatments?? Do you just have to make peace with the fact that someone could peep in at night? (I’ve seen too many horror movies, I guess. 😆)

Emily
4 months ago

I remember when Jenny Komenda lowered her high ceilings. Such a good move.

Julie S
4 months ago

Well, it’s definitely super gorgeous! And warm, spacious, yet cozy. I’m sure your textile additions had a lot to do with that and I love the slightly European flavor with sheepskins on the chairs for example. The various hanging lights look more antique and I think that helps the space balance not too modern, kind of the opposite yet similar effect to what I’ve seen in old spaces paired with modern lighting to keep them feeling fresh.

KD
4 months ago

Oh my word, this is incredible. Thank you for sharing.

Leslie
4 months ago

Fyi, dog looks like a borzoi. Pretty.
I love the house. I still think I’d feel a bit exposed with that high ceiling; I tend to like cozier places. But it is beautiful. Where I live in St. Louis those stained glass windows are almost par for the course. (I have 7 in my 1920s home, which is much smaller than this house.) Glad to see them here, although so high up.

Heidi
4 months ago

What an incredible home! I absolutely love the arched glass door.

Kristy
4 months ago

SO amazing. My eyes couldn’t get enough!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see MORE!

Sherry
4 months ago

This is so F$$%%ing fabulous!!

Tara Lynch
4 months ago

I don’t know the words that would express the full awesomeness of this house. 🤯🫶🏻❤️

Sue Sue
4 months ago

Spectacular!

Lia
4 months ago

I am so curious about the dining table – what kind of tree was it crafted from? It also appears to have a crank mechanism? Is it adjustable? Thanks for any info. We just took down a large tree in our yard and had it milled and Kiln dried and I am hoping to build a table with it.

Amy W
4 months ago

Wow. That’s all. Just. Wow.

Erin
4 months ago

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I wonder if you might be able to share more about the milk paint? It is beautiful!

LM
4 months ago
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Monica
4 months ago

It’s wonderful that you are able to give some love to the people who played a key role in creating the haven you and your family enjoy. Just curious what it means that you pitched the exclusive coverage on the Domino story…
I’ve been wondering about what your living room would look like if the sconces had black shades instead of white. And, seeing the black accents in the De Wolfe’s home gave me the confidence to ask in a comment…it’s a gorgeous house! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Liz
4 months ago

What a stunning house! The circular trusses are incredible. Can’t wait to see more this week!

Monique Wright Interior Design
4 months ago

Jaw is dropped 😮! Holy sh*t! So good

JeffreyC
4 months ago

Not my personal cup of tea for a new build home, but would love it as a B&B or boutique hotel space. where the scale and some of the choices would resonate more for me.

Lisa
4 months ago

I was looking forward to seeing the “moodiest black bathroom”. ??

Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

it’s coming this week 🙂

Brenda
4 months ago

Love the island!

Anne Dorsey Hutton
4 months ago

I once knew a pediatric surgeon who said that when he worked in the ER no one even started to worry until a kid has fallen at least 3 full stories.