Contemporary on the Puget Sound

My client’s custom built a stunning contemporary home on the beautiful coast of the Puget Sound in West Seattle after living in the area for over the past two decades.  They both always wanted to live on the water and finally moved into their two building compound after a two a half year construction. The architect designed the home to take advantage of the water views and the home has over forty windows so to experience every aspect of each day.

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They love to entertain so the main floor has a large kitchen and living room area with access out to a water front balcony.  I wanted to keep the coloring of all the furnishings in the spaces neutral yet with some interest and to not detract from the beautiful scenery.  My clients travel a great deal and their artwork and sculptures also were part of the overall design of the spaces.  The custom bar stools by Trica and dining table and chairs by Old Biscayne Designs provide enough sitting for all of their gatherings. 

The main focal point of the living room is the black slate fireplace which is directly opposite the dining and kitchen areas.  The custom Vanguard sofa with a tweed Pindler fabric has a sweeping view of the Puget Sound while the two Charleston Forge sitting chairs are centered off the fireplace.  A custom day bed was design for both sitting and lounging while viewing all of the daily sea life.  All of the wool custom area rugs are by Antrim.

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The entry of the home is dramatic with the steel staircase and wood slat walls that were designed on all three levels of the house.

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Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

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Living Room After

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

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Kitchen After

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Entry Before

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Workout Room Meets Craft Room

One of the biggest transformations in the home was the creation of two separate rooms that was once a large laundry and storage room.  My clients wanted a separate workout room and a craft room large enough for additional storage and my clients stain glass supplies. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and both new rooms are used daily and add a lot of valve to the home.  The wall color is Greystone and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.


Sparkling Clean Laundry Room

On the main floor adjacent to the master bathroom was a small bedroom.  My clients, who are both in their sixties, wanted to have a main floor laundry instead of going to the basement to do laundry.  The small bedroom was created into the new laundry room. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and the wall paint color is a custom color I created called Powder Green Light and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.

Timeless Design | How to Achieve "that" Look

Because Interior Design is an ever-evolving industry, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up with what’s trending– especially since a beautiful design can be a long-term investment. However, there are some essentials to Interior Design that will never age themselves, remaining timeless and classic in your space. This home, designed by Kathy Banak, is the perfect example of how to achieve a quality, classic interior that will evolve with the ever-changing times of the design industry.

Classic Design: 5 Essentials to Achieving A Timeless Look

1. Window Treatments. One of the most influential and easiest ways to give your space a completed look is by adding window treatments. Choosing rich fabrics and quality craftsmanship is key- it truly will give your home the classic, quality look you’re going for.

Image Source:  Nina Hendrick, Online

Image Source: Nina Hendrick, Online

2. Organic Natural Finishes. The first thing you see when looking at this beautiful kitchen is the richness in the quartz countertops.

Image Source:  Granite Gurus, Online

Image Source: Granite Gurus, Online

3. Soft, Bright Color Palette. Choosing the right color palette for your home is key when designing your space. Since we reside in Washington which is gloomy most of the year, it is essential to select colors that feel bright and airy even during the darkest months. Rich, fresh upholstered details bring a sense of cohesiveness to this charming family room.

Image Source:  Editorial Ink, Online

Image Source: Editorial Ink, Online

4. Accessorize All Of Your Spaces. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Does your hallway or foyer have an alcove perfect for a side table and some ambient lighting? It is these spaces that work perfectly to debut your favorite pieces.

Are you looking to revamp your space and not sure where to start? Contact Kathy Banak at Authentic Home for a consulatation.

2019 Pantone Color of the Year- Living Coral

With all of the muted colors trending, it is quite refreshing to see that Pantone’s 2019 Color of the year is Living Coral, a vibrant, saturated hue that truly makes a statement. With all of the gray interiors that have popped up in the past year, this gorgeous color truly stands out and can be used for both accents as well as primary color schemes.

Image Source:  Dezeen Blog

Image Source: Dezeen Blog

“PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color. “ - Pantone Website

Here are Some Interior Spaces that Are the Bee’s Knees When it Comes to Application of this Beautiful Hue…

  1. Coral Accentuated Dining Area. Through the use of coral window treatments and accents, this hue truly makes a difference to this otherwise very neutral dining room.

2. Bold Coral and Teal printed wallpaper. Because coral and blue hues are compliments of each other, they make a true statement, especially when applied in bold prints like shown in this powder room.

Image Source:  CHD Interiors, Online

Image Source: CHD Interiors, Online

3. Simple Coral Accents. By implementing just a touch of coral into your interior, you can change the entire look of it. It brings a sense of warmth into a space, while being playful yest sophisticated.

4. Furniture Accents. What a cool way to accentuate a piece of otherwise plain furniture! This beautiful piece has been brought back to life with just a touch of coral paint detailing.

Image Source:  Behr, Online

Image Source: Behr, Online

5. Coral and Green. Another color that is making a comeback in 2019 is Hunter Green. Paired with the Color of the Year, it can truly bring drama and refinement to your space.

What are your thoughts on the Pantone Color of the Year? If you’re seeking Color Consultation, contact me at Have a great 2019!

Kathy Turns an Unused Space into A Wine Room

Kathy’s client had a room at the bottom of their stairwell that was not being used by the household very often. The members of the family were delighted to see her work magic in this tiny space; creating a beautiful wine room, perfect for entertaining and relaxation.

Pictured Here: the bottom of the stairway with the entrance into the space. (BEFORE)


Beautiful stone flooring, a custom made metal door with ornate detailing, and fresh paint adorn the new space. What a difference it makes! (AFTER)

The interior of the space before was stark and uninspired. It had a cave-like feel and was rarely used by members of the household. (Below)


The client wanted to create a bistro-like setting, reminiscent of their travels to Europe. Kathy chose a beautiful silver leaf table set that worked perfectly with the color palette of the final design. Gorgeous Cararra marble countertops, a commercial wine refrigerator, and Authentic Home’s Crystal Blue  paint from her Elegant Color Palette add sophistication to the space. The lattice patterned wine racks are reminiscent of old world wine rooms seen in Europe. The bright trim and ceiling give the space a larger feel, while the stone flooring gives a rustic touch to the final design.

This space now has plenty of storage for both wine, but for entertaining guests when they come to visit this gorgeous home.

Seeking design assistance? Contact Kathy Banak today!

Functional Laundry Room

The laundry was remodeled to provide more efficiency to the space.  A new stackable washer and dryer and custom cabinets with a Carrara marble countertop transform this space into a functional laundry room.

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Grand Stairway

The staircase with new iron balusters is one of the first things one sees upon entering the home. The new scroll style fits perfectly with the lighter feminine feel of the home.  The mission style stairwell pendant was updated with a crystal and glass chandelier that is a beautiful welcome to the homeowner and guests as it is seen through the window outside upon entering the home.

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Timeless Study

The homeowner’s office was formerly a teenage boy’s bedroom and has since been transformed into a light and airy room with the use of the Authentic Home Pink Grapefruit paint color and custom wool carpet in a grey color tone.  The iron trundle bed and custom bedding coordinates beautifully with the custom roman shades.  The timeless writing desk and dresser were provided by the homeowner and add the perfect feminine touch to this pretty room.

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Rustic Vacation Home Grand Entry

A Grand Entry The 20 foot high ceilings make the entry a truly grand space. The couple wanted it to make a statement with the size of it as well as show their personalities with the décor. Incorporating natural materials, like a locally found wood beam and barn board material, make the space feel like you are outdoors. Upon entering the home you can’t help notice the photos of local Madrona trees, taken by a family member, the weathered ten foot sideboard and oversized tortoise lamp with drum shade all which provide a casual and comfortable feel to guests. Authentic Home COLOR Paint in Café Au Lait was used on the walls to make the large entry feel warm and inviting.

Serene Master Closet

My clients had recently moved from California and desperately wanted to remodel their 1970’s master bathroom so to take advantage of the magnificent view of south Puget Sound. The large bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub, double sink vanity with small cabinet drawers, an enclosed shower and toilet and a walk-in closet that all simply needed to be updated and redesigned.  My clients preferred a shower over a tub so we made the focal point of the room the view and designed a large shower adorned with three shower heads and stone pebbles on the shower floor in front of an 8’ x 8’ window.  They also wanted to bring the natural colors of nature into the space so I created a color palette of warm green, tan and beige colors.  A new linen cabinet was designed and the vanity countertop is a Seafoam green granite.  Other design features include inset medicine cabinets with wall sconces on either side, a new half wall that provides privacy for the toilet area, a large walk in closet with new build in cabinets and the same tile as in the bath area, an exterior retractable window shade and double pocket doors to the master bedroom really make the space feel like a hotel en-suite bathroom.