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Couple builds dream home in Walla Walla

Melissa & Mike visiting the construction site... a marvelous winter landscape!

The calendar years of 2020/2021 have been one of the most challenging and unpredictable years of my life. On the other hand, they have also been one of my best professionally. The saying time flies when you are busy is true! My last blog was in November!

Therefore, I am enjoying taking a break and sharing with you my pleasure in having had an opportunity to meet some wonderful new clients and catch up with existing clients. They kept me busy with consultations, renovations, new contractors and problem-solving with people working and teaching their children at home.

You might think the interval during new construction won't have much of an effect on interior design, but decisions made from initial drawings and during construction have a profound effect on home decor. They set the groundwork for client satisfaction, such as this project.

As the point person for a couple building their third (and final) home in Walla Walla, WA, I had the unique opportunity to be involved before ground was broken. I was able to offer suggestions of changes from the floor plans to the final project completed in a year last May.

Floor Plan -Great Room
Prior to construction, the clients and I made a few changes to the floor plan layout, kitchen design and added the arch to the wine cooler door, repeating the arch design of the front door.


The Carters moved to the wine country as they have a wine cooler in their new home that sports a beautiful hillside view in the Ponderosa Court development.

We achieved their objectives through long distance communication and shopping together in Portland. Decisions were made ranging from flooring, tile, windows, exterior color, garage door, front door, lighting and furnishings. The result, as you will see here, is a lovely transitional style home with modern and classic elements.

A custom Wine cooler

A marvelous view!

A trip to CFM showroom to select all the hard surfaces was done in one afternoon.

Design Boards & Remote Design Presentations to select faucet, hardware and lighting.

We met in Portland for a design presentation and to select all the furnishings.

The first step was selecting area rugs at Northwest Rugs with inspiration coming from their Great Room designs.

I helped my flexible clients step outside of the "safe-zone" and play with mixed metal-gold/chrome/black faucets, lighting, wall mirrors and fixtures.
The biggest design change was the fireplace. I couldn't be happier with the end result.

Wall SW7005 Pure White/ Ceiling SW7757 High Reflective White/
Entry & Dining Room accent wall SW7067Cityscape/ Island SW7068 Grizzle Gray

Vintage Port Fossilized wide click eco-engineered bamboo and eucalyptus floor.

A wonderful weekend with Melissa and Mike Carter, the homeowners, and Shelly of Elle M. Photography styling celebrated the completion of this beautiful home as well as enjoying excellent Walla Walla wineries.

To see FULL PROJECT –bathrooms, home office, entry, laundry room and bedrooms, please check du interiors on HOUZZ – Ponderosa Court

Photo by Elle M Photography

Bathroom sneak peek...


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