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House Call: Through the Looking Glass with Roy McMakin

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 10, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Sep 09, 2013

Artist, furniture designer, and architect Roy McMakin’s cabin design on Vashon Island, Washington, may seem traditional at first, but it becomes less and less so with every step you take. With his unusual sense of color and unexpected details, McMakin, founder of the Seattle-based Domestic Architecture , takes us on a Lewis Caroll Through the Looking Glass-like journey into deceptively familiar spaces that are slightly out of kilter—not necessarily uncomfortable but definitely thought provoking. Photography via Domestic Architecture .  Above: McMakin paints the porch and column a mustard yellow.  Above L: The roof trim is called out with an emerald green paint. Above R: Exposed wood trim highlights the door opening.  Above: The pine kitchen has an unexpected integrated lab-like stainless steel counter and sink. Above: A framed painting of a a tree mimics the view of the trees through framed window opening beyond. Above: A porcelain ceramic sculpture adds bright color to the wall. Above: All window and door openings align with each other at the top. Above: The screened porch has been outfitted in various shades of green. Above: By painting the table base green, the furniture is no longer an object as it becomes part of the porch.  Above: The green structural members of the porch stand out from the house.  Above: McMakin creates a private area under the roof eaves from which to enjoy the view. Above: Multi-colored cushions are scattered on the neutral colored sofa.  Above: Two wider-than-standard doors fold back and create one large opening. Above: The floor-to-ceiling openings create unusual proportions and a greater transparency throughout the cabin. Above: The exterior siding runs vertically instead of in the typical horizontal direction. Above: The red/orange flowers and outdoor dining set complement each other while standing out from the surrounding verdant foliage. Above: By painting the table and the chairs the same color, McMakin creates an installation in the woods. Inspired by Roy McMakin's colors? See our Catalog of Palettes & Paints for more ideas.   






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