A newly renovated Pacific Northwest residence

Even though one can find different architectural styles of homes in neighborhoods across the US, each region of our country has a specific style that helps define its dominant residential character. For example in the New England area we see a lot of houses in the Colonial revival and Greek revival styles. The Puebla revival is common to the Southwest. The Northwest regional or Northwest modern style is mostly seen in the Pacific Northwest areas of Oregon and Washington. A lot of regional factors like history, weather, natural landscape, availability of material etc. have a big impact on the architecture common to each part of our country.

I have always liked the Northwest regional style of modern houses with open floor plans, clean lines, and minimal to no ornamentation. They also have high ceilings with lots of natural light.  And with exposed beams and use of natural, unaltered materials in both exteriors and interiors they often tend towards an industrial feel.

 Dusk settles over Seattle as the last rays of the setting sun kiss the peak of Mt. Rainier

Dusk settles over Seattle as the last rays of the setting sun kiss the peak of Mt. Rainier

During a recent visit to Seattle, I photographed the interiors of my friends Bharat and Sonal's house in Mercer Island, Washington. They just renovated their place with a beautiful new kitchen and dining area which Sonal did the interior design for.

 The whites of the cabinets and counter tops go very well with the brown and wood tones of the floor and ceiling in the newly renovated kitchen.

The whites of the cabinets and counter tops go very well with the brown and wood tones of the floor and ceiling in the newly renovated kitchen.

 A view of the dining area and kitchen as the warm late afternoon sunlight streams in.

A view of the dining area and kitchen as the warm late afternoon sunlight streams in.

 A view into the kitchen from the living room area

A view into the kitchen from the living room area

 A view of the living space, dining and kitchen area and the outdoor front patio. The fireplace and center column separates the living from the dining space while preserving the flow and openness.

A view of the living space, dining and kitchen area and the outdoor front patio. The fireplace and center column separates the living from the dining space while preserving the flow and openness.

 The living area

The living area

I had a lot of fun styling and photographing this beautiful space for Sonal and Bharat. Sonal was a big help with the styling, as well as in being the model in a few of the images.

Hope you enjoy the images.