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Our coastal styled home featured in Bainbridge PNW Magazine

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in the Pacific Northwest! It is an honor to have our home featured in the Bainbridge PNW Magazine. Our Coastal styled home was featured in the Bainbridge PNW Magazine and I will share it with you here. 

Have you ever thought about living on an island? A Pacific Northwest island? Whether you have considered a rustic cabin or a modern waterfront property, you may appreciate this article. So if you’re ready to jump on board the PNW bandwagon, keep reading!

Coastal Living In The Pacific Northwest

When you think of coastal living, you may envision an image of a warm, sandy beach with waves crashing against the shore comes to mind. But what about a northwest island living? If you’re looking for an idyllic setting with plenty of natural beauty, the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat. With its lush forests and pristine coastline, Oregon and Washington are perfect for those who appreciate nature and want to be close to it.

In this post, I am sharing my personal Hampton Style home design and story. What comes to mind when you think of Hampton styled homes? The iconic New England style with deep overhangs, hardwood floors, clean lines is unmistakable. If you’re a fan of this look, but don’t live in the Northeast, you can still achieve the Hampton vibe by incorporating some key elements into your home. Read on for tips on how to get the perfect Hampton styled home.

The Pacific Northwest style was something we wanted to keep in mind when designing our remodel. The dream home – a contemporary home with natural materials and tall ceiling windows.

Front door in Hampton Home

The Front Entry With Curved Architectural Element

A curved roof overhang is most common as a porch overhang for an entrance in many Hampton Style homes.

The degree of the slope can be customized to your liking but is best when adapted to handle weather conditions such as snow. A lower pitch is preferred for windy climates to avoid the overhang from being swept up and destroyed. A higher pitch is better for snowy regions to allow for sufficient runoff.

Hampton Styled Home Vibe In The Northwest

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With a good omen in their quiver, the Marinovich’s house hunt began in earnest. The couple engaged Windermere broker Ty Evans to help with the search, a big change for the couple who had lived their entire lives in Seattle and in the same home for the past 24 years.

Finding The Ideal Home

The Marinkoviches looked at lots of homes until on a Thursday morning a new listing popped up .

Transforming The Home

The 1991 house, however, wasn’t as charming. “It was kind of a dreary place. Kind of weird,” said Lisa. Nonetheless, enough potential shown through that they were under contract by Friday night.

The Marinkoviches, in zig-zaggy fashion, moved first to a rental, then to their beach house, then to another rental and back to their beach house while the exhaustive renovation took place, until they finally moved in, in August 2018.

The Footprint Of The Home

Although the overall footprint of the home didn’t change, it essentially needed to be taken down to the studs. “We didn’t mean for it to get to that point,” said Lisa, “but the problem is the more we fixed, the more problems we found. The shower in our bathroom was about to fall through the floor.”

See more of our remodel here.

Bainbridge island home in magazineArchitect Siri Yeckle was brought in to help. One of the first things she recommended was updating the windows, which were all at different heights, to create more harmony and symmetry. Also, adding in round and oval windows fit with the nautical Hampton’s aesthetic that Lisa had envisioned. “Plus, I wanted it to have curves,” said Lisa. “I’m surrounded by men, and

I wanted some feminine aspects in the house, so I made sure that we put curves everywhere.” The roof line over Lisa’s office as well as over the garage, a dramatic curved portico, the volute handrail at the base of the staircase, and the back and side patios echo the chambers.

Photo of the living room in the home on Bainbridge

The Main Level- Open Living Space

On the main level, the great room has a robust scale but is balanced by a breathy feel. It spans the west side of the home, which backs onto the golf course. The landscape is lined with boxwoods. 

The soft gray (coastal paint colors) and white coastal kitchen with quartzite countertops and an ample island, bar and butler’s pantry is, as in most homes, a popular gathering spot. Learn more about choosing a kitchen wall color in a kitchen that has white cabinets here. 

Coastal Home In the Pacific NW
Coastal White Kitchen with wife and husband

The dining room is anchored by a massive table that has been in Steve’s family for decades and contemporary black and crystal chandelier. Two sets of French doors open to the new stone patio overlooking the fairway. Its curved concrete and stone wall add another spot to sit, which is handy when the Marinkovichs entertain. Lisa has re-planted the flower and plant beds there and around the entire exterior. Including various hydrangea shrubs that bloom in various coastal colors. 

See the entire before and after remodel here. 

Coffered Box Ceiling With Wainscotting Throughout

The living room is punctuated with a stunning coffered box ceiling, fireplace, built-in shelves and contemporary black accents. Wainscotting throughout the home adds dimension and sophistication. The spa-like owner’s bathroom has a traditional Hamptons vibe with white cabinetry and white Carrara marble. An inlaid marble tile “rug” adds visual depth and acts as a slip-proof walkway out of the shower and bathtub. The main-level powder room is a fun departure

Powder Room Design

The main-level powder room is a fun departure. Lisa found a vintage 1930s desk that was repurposed into the vanity. Its edgy black-and-gold vibe inspired the rest of the bathroom’s design. Here too, an inlaid woven marble tile rug adds texture and chalk sketches made by Lisa’s friend’s daughter, Francesca Rosati, hang on the grasscloth-covered walls.

To furnish the home, Lisa chose a neutral palette with crisp white walls and warm blue-gray hues, sand cream and ivory. “Gray-blue is that magical blend that hits a certain happy place for me,” she said. To complement the classic coastal design, Lisa used linen bedding, napkins, hand towels and runners from Crown Linen. While choosing fabrics, she selected subtle patterns layered with various textures and colors.


Classic black and gold bathroom
Traditional hampton home in the pacific NW. Hydrangea garden and boxwood design with vanilla strawberry hydrangeas featured.  
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The Gal Pal Blog- Decor And Design

The newfound freedom also inspired her to start Gal Pal, a blog that touches on home décor and design, style and wellness and that focuses on connecting and empowering women, as Lisa likes to say, “with purpose, grace and joy.” While Lisa spent her professional career in the radio and marketing i industry, and still owns her own marketing and consulting business (which has guided her in creating and growing her blog), Steve worked as a commercial insurance broker for 33 years.

Though she still consults, “I decided to mostly hang it up.” The slower pace of life here agrees with the family. “The stress was crazy,” said Lisa of their time in Seattle. “You don’t understand how much there is until you get away and you’re not running around 100 miles an hour. This life is just good. It’s good living. It’s a life we don’t have to get away from.” You won’t get any argument from Ranger, the family’s 5-year-old affable yellow lab either.

Ranger was a moving present for Alex and is a gentle presence in the home, occasionally circling by for a pat before returning to his dog bed in the living room. “He likes it here,” said Lisa. “He hears the coyotes at night.” Though the move was a leap of faith, admits Steve, it’s more than paid off and has been good for everyone, especially for Alex, Lisa recalls “Why didn’t we move here when I was little?” Better late than never, Alex.


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