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KITCHEN UPGRADE
TO THE LIGHT BASEMENT
SUPER STYLE TOWNHOUSE
ON THE PARK
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THE GRANDVIEW
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK
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We will be in Upper West Side, Manhattan for this three bedroom, three bathroom interior design project in this newly transformed, thoroughly modernized prewar gem. It combines the stylish interiors of a designer showroom, the indulgent amenities of a private club and the full-service conveniences of a five-star hotel.
CITYSCAPES AND SKYLINES
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SERANA AND THE CITY
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Let the transformation begin for this condo.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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We are are updating this family room for the real world!
BACK TO LIFE
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Full remodel is underway.
LIFE AND STYLE
This Seattle realtor asked us to help with a remodel of their kitchen and basement for their lifestyle. These clients love to entertain and were up for a big transformation to get everything on their "Wish List'. With the evolution of kitchens becoming the culinary and social focal point of the home, we had our mission for this kitchen design to combined fine form and function.
CITY LIVING
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We are updating the baths in this Seattle condo. Kwanchai is infusing elements of the northwest, imagination meets innovation.
OUT OF THE DARK
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PROJECT REFRESH
These world travelers wanted a facelift for their home and had a long check list. Starting with paint, carpet and refinishing the hardwood floors for the entire home. On their list, to make each room functional to it's fullest potential, this was accomplished by updating lighting fixtures and adding recess cans. What makes this home special, our clients have collected beautiful art and furniture from their journeys and living in East Asia. This is where we drew our inspiration, create a home with an eclectic style for this on-the-go family.
THE SWANKY LOFT
TURNED INSIDE OUT
KWANCHAI designed a substantial outdoor living space which flows seamlessly from the interiors of this home. By replacing the existing deck, the family now enjoys an outdoor living space inclusive of a kitchen, dining area, lounge seating, fireplace and relaxing waterfall feature. The next phase of the project zeroed in on a full kitchen and family room remodel. By adjusting the footprint of the kitchen island the layout, circulation and entertaining area were vastly improved. Custom cabinets, finishes, hardware, lighting, bench seating, carpet, paint, furniture and accessories were selected to reflect the family's personality and lifestyle.
BELLA ITALIA
KWANCHAI provided a modern refresh for this six bedroom / seven bathroom waterfront home. Floors refinished, walls repainted, patios repaved, doors replaced, cabinetry transformed... every surface and material which is seen or touched has been updated. Outdated fireplaces, old hardware, and harsh lighting were superseded by modernized amenities to accommodate the young family's lifestyle. KWANCHAI transformed the inefficient butler's pantry into a fully functional mudroom to capture the whirlwind of daily activities. An outdoor spa and living space were created for the family to enjoy their 104' of prime waterfront. Lastly, KWANCHAI worked closely with the client to cultivate their personal art collection and furnish the entire home.
DWELL WELL
The owners of this Ballard home were eager for an update to the interior and exterior of their active family home. Pairing KWANCHAI's design and product expertise with their own DIY capabilities, the clients built out custom living spaces which perfectly suited their aesthetic and lifestyle.

KWANCHAI specified windows and skylights to bring in ample natural light to the expanded open floor plan while sleek, yet livable, finishes and textures create a distinctly warm, modern home for this young family.
EAST VIEWING WEST
The client sought Southeast Asian and Chinese themes for this large Ralph Anderson-architected construction. A rich chocolate palette in the oversize master bedroom supports a darkened environment for its dual role as the home theater. The master closet is a custom design to maximize use in the unusually shaped space. KWANCHAI selected high-end furnishings while controlling for budget and integrating the owner's extensive art collection and grand piano. Especially notable is the unconventional living room configuration which fuses the formal with the comfortable.
MID-CENTURY MODERNIST
KWANCHAI guided the owner of this mid-century home in updating the kitchen and bath to fit his lifestyle and design vision. The challenge was in melding the new kitchen and bath with the open floor plan and the client's far-reaching taste. To fulfill the design concept, KWANCHAI selected finishes in the kitchen, living and dining room areas to fuse with the modern and mid-century furnishings. Additionally, KWANCHAI reworked the client's artwork collection to be highlighted in the home.

KWANCHAI is pleased to have this home featured in 'Mo Magazine September 2008.
TURNING JAPANESE
KWANCHAI transformed this master bathroom into a calming Japanese-inspired retreat. Custom cabinets added both storage and elegance while soothing colors and updated finishes were selected to evoke the four elements - Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Completing this relaxing spa master bathroom are a custom walk-in sauna and Japanese soaking tub.
DOUBLE DUTCH COLONIAL
With a full-scale architectural remodel, this home doubled in size to accommodate a growing family. In collaboration with the owners, KWANCHAI selected traditional designs with updated amenities to create warmth and interest to bring this Dutch Colonial to a sophisticated elegance.
MOVIN ON UP
Our client wanted us to update his condo in this urban Seattle highrise and engaged KWANCHAI to modernize the unit's finishes. We started with hardwood floors, crown and base moldings through-out the main spaces. A NW palette of paint colors to compliment the furnishings and artwork . Custom window treatments gave our client control of privacy and sunlight in each of the rooms. Our team enjoyed helping this client with his new lifestyle.
TOTALLY TUDOR
KWANCHAI fully redesign the kitchen of this classic Tudor with a layout to accommodate frequent entertaining by the homeowners. Custom backsplash features red marble mosaic detail while limestone floors signal luxe and quartz composite countertops offer low maintenance. New high end stainless steel appliances complete the transformation.

In a neighborhood of Tudor homes, the final design phase involved updating the exterior. KWANCHAI specified classic colors to highlight the existing architectural features of the home.
GREENBELT
ALL ABOUT THE VIEW
The owners sought to transform this longstanding family home into one of their future with a full architectural remodel. KWANCHAI was initially contracted to redesign two fireplaces but the scope soon expanded to specifying all finishes in the home.

A symphony of slate, granite, limestone and hardwoods compliments sparkling metalwork under the glow of custom lighting. Designer paint unifies the spaces and serves as backdrops to the stunning Sound views.
UP DOWN ALL AROUND
After completing a full kitchen remodel with a sunny breakfast bar on the main floor, KWANCHAI designed a sleek studio income property on the daylight basement level. The studio finishes coordinate with the rest of the house, offering a cohesive design palette throughout the property. A custom curtain wall segregates the sleeping alcove, allowing for additional privacy from the rest of the studio.
TAILORED LIVING
Once completing the main stairway redesign for this family home, KWANCHAI embarked on a full makeover of the main floor living spaces. The existing Chinese antique area rug is a favorite of the client and our task was to bring in furnishings and colors to compliment the piece. KWANCHAI employed crisp details reminiscent of a finely tailored gentleman's suit in the textiles and finishes to counterbalance the rug. The sofa and ottoman are custom pieces from Jonathan's new furniture line.
NORTHWEST ABODE
The clients' active lifestyle is reflected in the exuberant mix of colors, patterns and textures in order to bring their love of nature to the interiors. Making this home "Entertainment for the Senses," KWANCHAI select comfortable and durable furnishings with all pieces complementing the extensive contemporary art collection. Easy-care fabrics, sophisticated and family-friendly.
ALL GROWN UP
This classic home nestled in the natural landscape of a mature Eastside enclave was ready for updates after the homeowners' children were grown. KWANCHAI remains sensitive to the classic traditions of the home while modernizing the amenities and furnishings.
CRAFTSMAN CLASS ACT
KWANCHAI is involved early in new construction projects with architects and builders to coordinate exterior and interior colors and finish materials. KWANCHAI works closely with developers and new home buyers to develop coordinated neighborhood presentations.
FAMILY TIES
After working with an architect and builder, the owners of this new construction asked KWANCHAI to help define their personality and lifestyle. KWANCHAI will incorporate these concepts into the finished home, both inside and out, from furnishings to landscaping. This striking custom built home is a current project.

KWANCHAI is pleased to have this home's indigenous low-maintenance landscaping featured in 'Mo Magazine September 2008.
THE COLORIST
The clients sought a design incorporating fun with colors for their secluded colonial. Color selection created a stylish fusion of elegant patterns with tropical colors envoking energy and life. Each room was designed around Form and Function. Extending the enthusiastic design, KWANCHAI suggested hand-painted fairytale scenes for the daughter's playroom.
GOING TO THE BATHS
Staying true to the existing style of the home, KWANCHAI fulfilled the client's desire for a spa feeling in both the master and the kids bathrooms. The master bath is warm and inviting through incorporating rich colors, textures and controlled lighting. The kids bath is fun and whimsical, yet maintains a spa-like effect with the water-inspired tile color and patterns.
RECLAIMED TIMBER
As seen in "Northwest Home and Garden" Spring 2007. This owner of this property is environmentally conscious and wanted a complete "Green Home" both inside and out. The interior design concept of the home incorporated the ideas of reuse, repurpose and refresh. All new products, furnishings, artwork and materials selected by KWANCHAI are eco-friendly and substainable while existing furnishings were revitalizing to prolong their life. The use of recycled materials maintains the integrity of the homeowner's vision.

KWANCHAI is pleased to have this home's green design featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine November 2009.
DEEP IN LUXURY
The luxurious master bath remodel features travertine slab countertop, glass mosaic tile, porcelain flooring and sleek modern chrome fixtures to create a retreat with a spa-like feel. Sparkle!
THE RANCH HOUSE
KWANCHAI combine the clients' informal personal style with that of the classical ranch style home to create a secured serene entry sequence and casual interior living spaces. With respect to the home's long profile and minimal architectural details, KWANCHAI custom designed the exterior gated entry system and interior sliding partition wall.
GLASS BLOCKS
With a full-scale master bathroom remodel in this classic Seattle bungalow, KWANCHAI brought to life the clients' wishes for a sleek, two-toned shower which incorporated glass blocks. As expected with our custom designs, special attention to details abound, from the sparkling glass mosaic deco to the shimmering floor tile border.

A refresh of the compact main floor bathroom was second on the list for these homeowners. With the addition of a new countertop, tile, lighting, fixtures and sliding glass door, the update kept in line with the client budget and character of the home.
NOW AND ZEN
For this young, vibrant pair of homeowners, KWANCHAI looked to the east for inspiration while combining the lux and glamour of modern design to create a gorgeous space that shimmers with light, day or night.
UPTOWN HOUSE
Within the residences's four luxurious levels, KWANCHAI is assisting the client with creating a cohesive concept for this modern space. Custom KWANCHAI designed and commissioned furnishings, lighting, accessories and art work abound in the home. This attached single family home in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood encompasses the function, style and beauty of convenient in-city living.
REJUVENATION
From working with the orginal owner after the purchase of the home to the merging of two households in later years, KWANCHAI has fashioned an inspired space reflecting the personalities of both homeowners. By refreshing the exterior, rebuilding the fireplace, redesigning the main bathroom, reworking layouts and curating furnishings, KWANCHAI helped the homeowners create a home that fulfills both their wishlist!
PRIMARY RESIDENCE
This was "The Complete Remodel" project with KWANCHAI's interior design concept bringing the home to life. The clients sought a vibrant home; alive with punchy primary colors. The full-scale remodel included removing the sunken living, moving and enlarging the kitchen, installing cork flooring and adding maple millwork cabinetry throughout.
PIED-À-TERRE
The challenge was to create a beautiful and complete livable space in just 480 square feet. KWANCHAI reconfigured the layout of the downtown Seattle condominium by moving the kitchen and creating a sleeping area behind sliding screens. Special attention to wall and ceiling lighting kept valuable floor space open while perceptually enlarging the areas. Premium details, bamboo flooring and a unique wallcovering of mulberry tree bark completed the project.
FAMILY TRADITIONS
KWANCHAI designed an inviting and streamlined kitchen to align with the clients' modern, casual and family-friendly lifestyle. Natural textural stone and glistening glass tiles abound in the space. The redesigned kitchen now provides effortless usability and clear views to the family room and breakfast nook which allow for unobstructed sight of the clients' energetic children.
ASIAN BY DESIGN
KWANCHAI redesigned the client's dated kitchen along with providing a full home color consultation with the design intent to create a sense of openness and bring natural light throughout the home. New gleaming bamboo floors join the adjacent living spaces and a warm palette welcomes its owners in a comforting embrace.
READY FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
A husband's man cave which also pleases the aesthetic eye of his wife can be a tricky task. KWANCHAI accomplished the design of a masculine yet elegant fireplace and media wall with cool, textured slate and warm, rich cherry wood. Strong lines and graceful attention to detail aim to please both parties.
PACIFIC RIM
KWANCHAI sought to capture the diverse essence of the Pacific Rim in this kitchen remodel. Modern lines and rich woods mingle with rainforest granite counters and Japanese-inspired hardware to create an intriguingly contrasting earthly palette. This cook's kitchen now graciously opens to the dining and family rooms, allowing the owner to regularly host her beloved large, family-style meals.
TWO OF A KIND
To increase the usability and overall value of the home, KWANCHAI reconfigured one extra-large bathroom into a main bathroom and guest bathroom. The home now boasts two generously bright bathrooms with fresh colors, custom details and spa finishes.
DOLCE SPA
A tired, worn bathroom received a sumptuous Italian-inspired KWANCHAI makeover complete with generous soaking tub, warm textured tiles and sparkling glass mosaic details. The rich rustic color palette accentuated by soothing lighting invites one to linger, unwind and enjoy a relaxing bubble bath.
A NEW TRADITION
This longtime homeowner sought to update her dimly-lit and outdated kitchen. KWANCHAI fulfilled her wishes for a bright white kitchen with a touch of country influence to highlight her beloved blue and white pottery collection.
JOHN DAY HOMES
GOLDEN VESSEL

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