Fall in love with Alli’s 1970s riverfront home. It features walls of windows, charming urban modern and mid-century details, and an open floor plan full of natural light.
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Name: Alli Devlin
Location: North Bend, Washington, USA
Type of home: Split-level home on riverfront property, owned
Size: 1,650 square feet
Alli’s home sits among the trees and mountains on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River in North Bend, Washington. Yes, it feels like a different world, even though it’s just 30 minutes away from Seattle. Alli’s home feels like a beautiful retreat lodge full of natural light and a chic, yet relaxed interior. The style is a mix of urban modern and mid-century-inspired with an eclectic twist that work perfectly together.
At about 1,650 square feet, you wouldn’t believe that Alli’s biggest challenge is the lack of storage. The house has a spacious, wide-open floor plan that feels cozy, inviting, relaxing, and tastefully done. A major focus of Alli’s home renovation was adding in large windows and glass doors to maximize views and allow the feel of nature into the home.
Let’s all take a look and come dream with me at Alli’s home tour. Trust me, you would wish you were packing your bags right now.
Tell us something about your home
We bought this property on a whim. The home sits on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, nestled among the trees and nearing the mountain pass, just 30 minutes due east of Seattle. As long-time urban city dwellers, the property reminded us of places we escaped to for adventure and retreat.
The home is a 1978 split-level with just one prior owner. Much of the original finishes remained in the home, like the bright orange shag carpet in the basement, and there were few modernization updates.
Changing the footprint of the home was out of budget, but we enlisted local architect Sarah Merriman and general contractor Weaver Construction to modernize the interior and make something special of the builder-grade home.
Tip: If you are planning to renovate your house and you have no previous experience building, it’s best to hire the right people. Look for someone you connect with and trust and who would understand the ideas and vision you have for your dream home and would work hard to make that happen.
Describe your interior style
Urban modern meets mid-century-inspired with an eclectic twist.
What is your favorite part of your home and why?
The river! The back of our home faces the Snoqualmie River. We maximized views to the river by adding a bifold glass wall to our dining area, a full sliding door from the master bedroom, and two full-length windows to the top floor.
What is your least favorite part of your home and why?
The small square footage of the existing footprint means we had to make some tough choices in the renovation! We gave up interior closets for a larger master bathroom and moved the laundry to the garage for a more spacious second bathroom. The lost storage makes for a tight squeeze, but we plan to add built-in cabinets to the den and a proper laundry station to the garage.
Tip: If you are currently renovating and decorating your home, try to enjoy the process as much as possible! Yes, there will be mistakes and stressful days, but there will also be days of complete joy, learning, and excitement while you are building your home. You’ll be amazed to see your vision come to life right in front of your eyes.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Studio Dearborn, Casework, Natalie Myers, and so many other interior designers and home decorators found on Instagram.
Dream home design advice/tips you want to share?
Shop small in addition to shopping big. And don’t be afraid to inquire about custom! Some of the best furnishing and fixtures in my home are from small shops, where the prices were the same or lower than big stores for the same or better quality. Many small shop makers will customize sizes, details, or finish choices, so you get exactly what you want for your home!
Alli’s urban modern and mid-century-inspired home is perfect for both entertaining and relaxing with a good book while looking out at the river, mountains, and trees.
Just like Alli, don’t rush to renovate and decorate your home. Slow and steady wins the race. Also, creating your home is a process that’s never really done. If you love a piece of furniture or decor, then go for it. Don’t worry if it matches or not because if you love it, it will create a natural cohesiveness in your space.
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