Custom Creation

A Washington woman reinvents her home on tiny Steamboat Island with simple, coastal style.

Cramped Quarters

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Cramped Quarters

Before: An abundance of bulky decorations and dark flooring made this already-narrow porch seem even smaller.

A Narrow Escape

Philip Clayton-Thompson

A Narrow Escape

After: "This is my room," owner Jerry West Sanders says of the chair-deep enclosed porch. "I use it particularly for reading and enjoying the sun, because it really warms up in there."

Make a Change

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Make a Change

Before: With an outdated range hood, floral print fabrics, and too many knickknacks crowding the walls and countertops, the kitchen was ready for an update.

Hot off the Stove

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Hot off the Stove

After: Jerry's husband, Richard, loves making breakfast on the Aga range. In addition to turning out great meals, the stove keeps the kitchen warm on chilly days.

Company’s Coming

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Company's Coming
 

Jerry and Richard often use this outdoor room for dining and entertaining. "On Saturdays, all the neighbors bring something and gather," Jerry says.

On Display

Philip Clayton-Thompson

On Display

Jerry took advantage of her warm, woodsy room to showcase her father's and grandfather's hats and fishing baskets, as well as antique duck decoys. The arrows are poison darts she and Richard acquired while living in Malaysia.

Organizing Inspiration

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Organizing Inspiration
 

"There's no proper entry, so I had to create my own," Jerry says. She bought a damaged fireplace mantel and hid coat hooks behind the trim. Baskets hold hats, gloves, and dog supplies.

Step Right Up

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Step Right Up

A natural wood grain dresser topped with a honey-hued mirror brings warmth to its all-white surroundings, while feathery grasses lend a touch of softness to the space. A trio of prints along the staircase breaks up the white expanse and draws the eye up and away from a utility panel.

Wide Open Spaces

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Wide Open Spaces

The view speaks for itself in the clean, white living room. The windows, which extend all the way to the floor, flood the room with light and unify the indoor and outdoor space.

Serene Scene

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Serene Scene

A damaged mantel serves as a headboard in the master bedroom. Because the small space doesn't allow for bedside tables, Jerry installed sconces for nighttime reading. She kept the tones muted to accentuate the view.

Sitting Pretty

Philip Clayton-Thompson

Sitting Pretty

"I adore this space and the freedom to see the water," Jerry says of her bedroom balcony. "I live on the water because I love it. I don't think there's any other place to live."

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