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Blending Indoors & Out
Published: 02/18/2010
This home in Yachats dubbed "Fallingwater Northwest" incorporates nature into the interior design and blurs the lines between outdoor and indoor spaces.
This home in Yachats dubbed "Fallingwater Northwest" incorporates nature into the interior design and blurs the lines between outdoor and indoor spaces.

We've spent years "beachcombing" in and around some beautiful coastal homes, and during our perusals we've picked up a treasure or two about designing, decorating and displaying.

Many of the homes we have toured were able to seamlessly combine indoor and outdoor living spaces. Perhaps none of them demonstrates this concept as well as the home in Yachats dubbed Fallingwater Northwest. This unique home incorporates nature as part of the indoors with rich woods and stone, and it blurs the lines between the outdoor and indoor living spaces. Large custom sliding glass doors open up on both sides of a great room, while a central fireplace provides the perfect focal point for both living and dining areas.

The home was designed in a U-shape, creating a protected central courtyard, that in this case incorporates Asian design elements, a pond with stepping stones, waterfall and seating areas surrounded by Japanese maples and bonsai. The other side of the great room opens to a large exposed aggregate concrete patio with ocean views, built-in gas fire pit and seating areas. Inside, the exposed aggregate is used again on walls and on the fireplace hearth.

A more traditional take on blending indoor and outdoor spaces is the Sunset Lake home of Stan and Bonnie Rothenberger. Perched on a hillside at the end of a lane, the home is nearly surrounded by woodlands, lakes and garden views. On the main living area, two levels of deck space take advantage of lake views, the surrounding woodlands and perennial gardens. The Rothenbergers' love of gardening has added color, texture and lines of meandering paths to the natural beauty. Outdoor seating areas off of both the living room and the dining room extend the spaces for entertaining. Double sliding glass doors open the living room to one seating area framed by container plantings. The dining room opens to another step down deck that offers perfect views of the lake below.

These homes prove that you can, in fact, have stylish outdoor living spaces in the Pacific Northwest!

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