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A Redmond Cape Cod with Modern Twists
Chris Simons of Redmond owns Calm Designs and designed this home for her family.

Chris Simons of Redmond owns Calm Designs and designed this home for her family. Photos by Brian DalBalcon

Some homes just feel right from the moment you step inside.

Inviting, comfortable and cozy are all words that describe this traditional Cape Cod-style home in Redmond with modern touches. This four-bedroom home was designed with the Simons family of four in mind — there’s a multipurpose room that houses kids’ stuff and exercise equipment, ample eating areas, a spacious living/family room and two full baths and 2½ smaller bathrooms. There are no formal (often wasted) spaces — no formal entry, living or dining rooms.

“It functions as we had hoped,” said mom Chris Simons, who is a designer and owner of Calm Designs. “Everyone is always in the kitchen and eating space, and when the kids get tired of us they can go upstairs and shut the door to their ‘wing’ of the house.”

Simons worked with Barbara Pickens, architect and partner at 4D Architects of Kirkland and builder Bob Talbott Construction in Redmond to create the perfect 4,500-square-foot home for her family. She decided on everything from the moldings and hardware to the furniture and decorative accessories. She weighed in on the space design and function, too.

“We didn’t worry about the resell value,” Simons said. “We tried to make the house have an organic feel so it looked like it was grown over time.”

Resources: 4D Architects, Landscape by Design, Bob Talbott Construction, Hudy Plumbing, Mozelle by Design.
Favorite stores for sourcing home products: ABC Carpet & Home, West Elm, The Seattle Design Center, Jameson, Ann Sacks, Statements Tile, Room & Board, Design Within Reach, Circa Lighting, Restoration Hardware, Rejuvenation, Waterworks, Urban Electric Company, Crate and Barrel, The RE Store, Second Use, Summer House Patio and IKEA.

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