Entertaining On The Waterfront

Entertaining On The Waterfront

At a lakeside home in Seattle, summer entertaining proves to be a breeze

For Beth Dotolo and Carolina V Gentry, owners and founders of the hip interiors firm Pulp Design Studios, life is all about surf and turf. With offices in Seattle and Dallas, one half of the duo works surrounded by water, pine trees, and the laid-back attitude of the picturesque Pacific Northwest while the other operates in a glamorous city ringed by the rugged cattle country of Texas. 

The design duo brought both tastes to the table for a summer celebration with friends and colleagues at Lake Washington, inside a waterfront home they outfitted with contemporary indoor-outdoor furnishings.

“We especially love our projects that are near water because water automatically imbues relaxation,” Beth says.  

In keeping with the summer season, casual ease is on the menu. That means no precious dinnerware or stuffy accoutrements. Beth and Carolina put a priority on creating a tablescape that’s stylish but doesn’t steal time better spent with guests.

The imperfect form of a live-edge dining table automatically extends permission for an unmatched scheme. Matte black dinner plates set a simple foundation for formal porcelain salad plates bearing a contemporary celestial design. Plum and smoky-glass stemware adds sophistication with moody color. Shapely ceramic vessels hold flower arrangements. A table runner designed by Beth and Carolina layers a graphic tribal pattern down the table’s center without disrupting the beautiful grain of the wood.

The organic, handcrafted vibe of the table sparked other artisanal touches. Leather placemats were embellished by an artist in Dallas who puts painterly flourishes on custom garments and home goods. Another Dallas-based maker fashioned the sage-color platters used to pass courses of food served family style. Dappled with a golden glaze, the serving pieces inject a bit of glitz into the comfortable setting.

“We always want to show personality in the interiors we design by using unique pieces,” Carolina says. “One-of-a-kind and small-batch objects help achieve that. When you can mix uncommon pieces with everyday objects that are more recognizable, you create a custom experience.”

And creating memories and meaning is what it’s all about—in a home or at a relaxed summer dinner party. 

Less is more when it comes to this enticing menu for summer. It features beautiful fresh food with high-quality ingredients. Fresh herbs and citrus elevate the best cuts for surf-and-turf: filet mignon and center-cut salmon fillets. These accents are carried through the meal from cocktails to appetizers to salad. Finish with a “coffee course” of cooling custard and ice cream. Recipes by Chef Mary Payne Moran of Hail Mary, Food of Grace

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 edition of Traditional Home Magazine.
Written by Karissa Rosebud. Photography by John Granen. 

Our Lakeridge Mid-Century Listing Featured in Seattle Pi

Our Lakeridge Mid-Century Listing Featured in Seattle Pi

This Lakeridge home, with its classic mid-century walls of glass facing a panoramic water and mountain view, is on the market for the first time since 1966. You could be the second owner ever, for the price of $645,000.

The home

Built in 1966, this home has all the hallmarks of mid-century modernism. In fact, 1073 Forest Ave. S is so well preserved, it’s hard to believe it’s not still 1966 inside it.

There are 2,690 square feet here, with three bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms.

In the living room is a stone hearth with long stone bench for close-up coziness. The angled ceiling features dark wood beams. In this room, the “wall of windows” effect has the most drama, as the orientation of the home creates an almost unobstructed view of the waterfront.

There’s also a deck for taking in that view.

The kitchen, seriously ready to host the best Mad Men party ever, is vintage and immaculate. It’s eat-in nook offers a picture window overlooking the lake.

At the basement level of this home, several additional rooms await, currently staged to maximize the step-back-in-time affect. These could be bedrooms, an office, a rec space — really anything a new owner wants them to be. There’s also storage on this level.

The property 

This property includes a 5,338 square foot lot and a two-car garage.

The location, in Lakeridge, where a house like this asks $240 per square foot (well below Seattle’s average of $521 per square foot).

The Deal

The home has been in the careful hands of one family since it was built. To be the next family to caretake this piece of history, bidding starts at $645,000.

See the full listing here. 

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.

Read the original article from Seattle Pi here.

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million In Total Donations Raised

Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million In Total Donations Raised

2018 concluded with another great year of fundraising and giving for the Windermere Foundation, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing our grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989! During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to non-profit organizations throughout the Western U.S. that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 non-profit organizations.

A portion of the money raised every year is due in part to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 68% of the money collected in 2018. Each Windermere office has their own Foundation funds, which enable them to support local non-profits in their communities.

One organization that received Windermere Foundation donations from several Windermere Real Estate offices in the Seattle area is Treehouse. Treehouse’s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Their goal that they have set to achieve by 2022, is to see youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers across Washington State. And to provide them with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. Donations from the Windermere Foundation have helped Treehouse clients like Ashley, get the support she needed to turn her life around.

“I didn’t have a childhood that all kids should have–like making friends my age or playing sports. I changed the path that I was on because I wanted to give people a reason to believe in me. You have to want to change and speak your truth, but you can’t do it without people believing in you. You can get through the darkest situations, you just gotta look for a little crack of light. Treehouse is that crack of light for me,” ~Ashley

2018 also marked the third year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, they did help us raise $31,900. When added to previous seasons, the total donation for the past three years is $98,700! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign.

Thanks to our agents, offices, and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities over the past 30 years. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit http://www.windermere.com/foundation.

This was originally posted on the Windermere Blog.