House Call: Through the Looking Glass with Roy McMakin by

Issue 89 · Get Organized · September 9, 2013

House Call: Through the Looking Glass with Roy McMakin

Issue 89 · Get Organized · September 9, 2013

Artist, furniture designer, and architect Roy McMakin’s cabin design on Vashon Island, Washington, may seem traditional at first, but it becomes less and less so with every step you take.

With his unusual sense of color and unexpected details, McMakin, founder of the Seattle-based Domestic Architecture, takes us on a Lewis Caroll Through the Looking Glass-like journey into deceptively familiar spaces that are slightly out of kilter—not necessarily uncomfortable but definitely thought provoking.

Photography via Domestic Architecture

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, porch overhang | Remodelista

Above: McMakin paints the porch and column a mustard yellow. 

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, wood trimmed openings | Remodelista

Above L: The roof trim is called out with an emerald green paint. Above R: Exposed wood trim highlights the door opening. 

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, pine kitchen cabinets | Remodelista

Above: The pine kitchen has an unexpected integrated lab-like stainless steel counter and sink.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, plywood wall | Remodelista

Above: A framed painting of a a tree mimics the view of the trees through framed window opening beyond.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, wood trimmed openings | Remodelista

Above: A porcelain ceramic sculpture adds bright color to the wall.

Above: All window and door openings align with each other at the top.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, green screen porch | Remodelista

Above: The screened porch has been outfitted in various shades of green.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, green screen porch | Remodelista

Above: By painting the table base green, the furniture is no longer an object as it becomes part of the porch. 

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, painted green porch | Remodelista

Above: The green structural members of the porch stand out from the house. 

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, attic space with a view | Remodelista

Above: McMakin creates a private area under the roof eaves from which to enjoy the view.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, neutral fabric covered sofa with multicolored cushions | Remodelista

Above: Multi-colored cushions are scattered on the neutral colored sofa. 

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, exterior deck | Remodelista

Above: Two wider-than-standard doors fold back and create one large opening.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, exterior deck | Remodelista

Above: The floor-to-ceiling openings create unusual proportions and a greater transparency throughout the cabin.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, wood deck with red outdoor table and chairs | Remodelista

Above: The exterior siding runs vertically instead of in the typical horizontal direction.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, wood deck with red outdoor table and chairs | Remodelista

Above: The red/orange flowers and outdoor dining set complement each other while standing out from the surrounding verdant foliage.

Vashon Island Cabin, Roy McMakin, red object d'art dining set | Remodelista

Above: By painting the table and the chairs the same color, McMakin creates an installation in the woods.

Inspired by Roy McMakin's colors? See our Catalog of Palettes & Paints for more ideas. 

 



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