THE BLIND ALLEY
The Seattle Street of Dreams is the nation's largest attended one-site luxury home and garden tour. The unforgettable homes showcase the latest trends in building, interior design, landscaping, technology and architectural ideas located all on one street. Each show home displays the products and services of Puget Sound's finest luxury home builders, interior designers, architects, craftsmen, and landscapers, all in a "real home" format.
Once a Street of Dreams site is selected, four to eight builders are invited to build a "show home" that exemplifies their unique talents in the building industry. Each builder partners with an architect to design their dream home, then employs the services of a professional interior designer, furniture store, and landscape architect to design their show home to the smallest detail. The homes are then viewed by the public for a nominal fee from mid-July to mid-August.
Approximately 80-100,000 people attend this annual summertime Seattle-area event. Typically, off-site parking is secured and event attendees are shuttled to and from the Street of Dreams site. Each home and its furnishings are for sale during the show. An on-site restaurant and espresso stand are also constructed for our attendees dining enjoyment.
Besides raising significant funds for local charities, the purpose of the Seattle Street of Dreams is to capture the public's imagination and excitement for purchasing or building a new home, plus gathering new ideas for remodeling, decorating and landscaping.
Home #5 - Kaslo
Kaslo is a small town on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. Builder Joe Trujillo's mother-in-law grew up there, and Trujillo fell immediately in love with the area upon visiting. With its traditional style and stucco and stone siding, this Street of Dreams home deliberately includes details reminiscent of the old family home at Kaslo. Three tower-like elements and a two-story entry porch are arresting details. The vintage European style of Kaslo infuses a mix of French country, Old English, Tuscany and Early American. The steep front entry that lies close to the street and the octagonal styling of many sections of the home are characteristic of these traditions, as is the rockwork and the "moat-like" planter beds surrounding the house. Formal landscaping in the front gives a proper welcome to arriving guests, yet gives way to a casual outdoor living space to the rear, with a large covered patio, a magnificent waterfall, a hot tub and fire pit area, a sport court and putting green for family entertainment.
Family comes first in this home, where a full "mother-in-law' apartment and an elevator ensure the comfort of relatives with decreased mobility. Here, layers of spicy Moroccan colors such as paprika, saffron and sage are grounded by rustic woods and deep blues. The home is also designed for flawless entertaining, starting with the grand entry way that provides a view all the way through to the breathtaking water feature and continuing to the airy, open bay kitchen where friends and family are sure to congregate. A two-story entry features a curved stairway leading to a comfortable mid-level den and a bridge leading to the upper floor bedrooms. The great room/kitchen/nook area is designed to relate directly to the outdoor covered patio, where a fireplace is a cozy gathering spot for raining evenings. A wine room off the main living space echoes the spirit of the back-room speakeasies of the 1920s while indulging modern conveniences such as a 61-inch plasma screen. An adjacent "secret" cellar for wine tasting and storage is an intriguing space.
Kaslo celebrates the harmony found within several distinct design styles by blending complementary elements of old and new to create an interior that does not appear contrived or self-conscious. Instead, the home is layered with pieces that appear to have been lovingly collected over time. The main house marries the quaint appeal of vintage French design and the aged warmth of sun-kissed Tuscany with an American twist for today's living. A team of two muralists and one faux painter brought the walls to life and imbued a sense of history. This idea was translated into each detail of the house, from the leaded glass windows to the traditional slate and plank flooring.
Treatments by The Blind Alley
The Entry to Kaslo
The elegant Italian Strung Side Panel sets the stage for an elegant foyer of the Kaslo. This treatment is constructed of a two tone gold silk stripe from Fabricut. The top of the treatment is dressed with traditional goblet pleats with a covered button detail at the base of the pleat. Set back from the lead edge of the drapery is a scalloped tassel trim from R&M Coco. This treatment was constructed with lining and interlining. Interlining gives the treatment and extra fullness and elegance that this home demands.
The Den at Kaslo
This Den demanded masculine window coverings to please the gentleman of the home. Custom mahogany stained wood blinds were installed for the arched windows in this room. The windows were layered with relaxed two-tuck pinch pleated side panels constructed with a horizontally woven chenille fabric from Fabricut. The panels were installed with a mahogany stained wood rod capped with turned endcaps in small segments to keep the installation more streamlined and tailored.
The Kaslo Dining Room
The draperies in the Dining Room were designed to complement the Foyer.
Elegant silk stripe goblet pleated side panels in the Dining Room & coordinated graceful Italian strung treatment in the Foyer are both detailed with a covered button at the base of the goblet pleats.
Decorative tassel trim at lead edge and single tassel tiebacks accent the panels beautifully. Drapery installed on a decorative fluted wood rod with Guinevere Finial in Dusty Bronze.
The Kaslo Family Room
Roman shades dress the top of the lower windows in the Family Room. This room has many beautiful windows to allow the outside in. So we decided to treat the windows with a simple reverse tuck Roman shade. The Roman shades are constructed of a luscious chenille with a trailing vine pattern from Fabricut. The treatment was lined with ivory lining.
The fabric has warm Celadon and gold tones. The top of the treatment is accented with a chenille twisted rope cord from Evergreen Textiles. When this treatment is open it provides a simple valance effect. When the treatment is closed it provides complete privacy and light control.
The Kitchen Dining Area of Kaslo
The same treatment was continued through the Nook from the Family Room. This versatile treatment was mounted directly to the French doors to provide a consistent look throughout this open public area.
The Office off the Kitchen at the Kaslo
Reverse Tuck Roman shades warm the windows in the office area. This treatment will help block the glare and sun so the owner can work on the computer comfortably. The Roman shades are constructed with a warm Celadon mottled chenille from Andaru Textiles. The warm chocolate banding at the bottom of the roman shade accents the mahogany stained upper cabinetry. The shades are completed with a tailored self-welt with the Andaru fabric at the top of the treatment.
The Kaslo Master Bedroom Suite
This elegant room demands an elegant traditional drapery treatment to top the sitting area. A traditional modified Kingston Valance was constructed with a stunning Gold and Burnt Umber Silk Jacquard from Fabricut. To finish off the valance, a simple gold cord and gold bullion from Evergreen Textiles completes the treatment.
This treatment was lined and interlined to add the extra drape-ability and softness that this treatment demanded. Under the valance, Hunter Douglas Alustra Silhouettes were installed to provide privacy and a subtle warm glow of warmth from the Gold Radiance fabric.
The Kaslo Master Bath
This calming and elegant bathroom required and soft subtle treatment to soften the hard surfaces. A modified Kingston Valance was used to create consistence in the Master Suite. A two-tone Beige Silk Stripe from Fabricut provides the subtle accent this room needed. This valance was accented with a crystal beaded tassel trim by Fabricut. The valance was lined and interlined to add softness and weight. Again, Hunter Douglas Alustra Silhouettes were installed to provide privacy and a subtle warm glow of warmth from the Gold Radiance fabric.
Mother in Law Suite Living Area at the Kaslo
Hunter Douglas Vignette Window shades were installed too keep the area unified and to soften the windows. The fabric Linen Weave in the Aspen Cream color was used with a standard liner was used in all of the windows. The fabric covered headrail disguises the hardware of the blind and the EasyRise operation makes for a smooth operation of the blind.
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