2019 Homes

Meraki Lodge

Coming into Meraki Lodge, visitors are greeted by magnificent views of the Chelan Valley, the surrounding vineyards and orchards, and the lake beyond. The pool, with its cabana and gaily colored umbrellas, sits on a terrace slightly down hill from the lodge itself.

The lodge welcomes us with a towering stone fireplace reaching to the high vaulted ceiling. Light pours into the comfortable Great Room and dining area beyond, highlighting the recurrent patterns, colors, and materials used throughout: black, white, charcoal, wood, and stone. The baths share a black and white checked motif, as does the dining table runner. All interior doors and millwork are knotty alder with honey stain, and the stone vent above the stove echoes the fireplace.

The main elements of this five-bedroom lodge occupy the ground floor, including the master suite with its spacious bath. The guest room features a sliding barn door that cleverly conceals the bath beyond. In the big, open kitchen, modern pendant lights, similar to fixtures in the Great Room, reflect in white quartz countertops. The pantry is handy nearby. Upstairs, two large bedrooms with ensuite baths provide plenty of privacy, and a seating area looks out over the valley. Above the garage, an apartment includes a bedroom, bath, and a separate living area with an efficiency kitchen.

Traditional with a French Flair

Ornamental arched steel doors – with windows that open! – lead into an elegant black and white marble hall set off with a spiral staircase of intricate metal and millwork designed and built by the owner. The adjacent office is warmed up by carved African mahogany ceiling beams and two cozy window seats.

A color palette of black, white, and gray is carried throughout the five bedroom home, accented by antique French chairs, a settee, and a handsome armoire. The spacious living room, with its monumental fireplace and elegant gray velvet sofas, looks out to the lake through a fold-away glass NanaWall that brings the outdoors inside. The patio wraps around to accommodate several seating areas with bistro tables and a fireplace. The kitchen, featuring a wide island of white quartz, leads to the dining room with its sweeping lake views and white wainscotting.

The master suite, presided over by a king-size, four-poster bed, accesses a private patio on the lake side and, on the other, a magnificent bath complete with free-standing tub, chandelier, and large walk-in closet beyond. Upstairs, the Great Room features a wet bar, wine cellar, and access to its own deck overlooking the lake with clear glass “railings” and LED-lighted floors. Over the garage, a “man cave” provides the owner’s band with plenty of room to practice – along with a Tommy Bahama bar and vintage popcorn machine.

“On a Whim”

This barn red, modern farmhouse sits high in The Lookout planned community with sweeping views of Lake Chelan and the surrounding hills. Seemingly a two-story home, it actually includes four levels, one for the two-car garage. On the ground floor, the spacious living area, decorated in soft neutral tones with accents of blue, has wide-plank hardwood floors and includes a cozy fireplace and Casablanca fan. The open plan layout looks out to a large deck through a remarkable 15’ glass wall — called a NanaWall — that folds back for unhindered access between indoors and out.

Upstairs the master bedroom, with its own private deck and ensuite bath with walk-in shower, continues the restful color scheme, here accented with a triptych of leafy trees. Two other bedrooms and a bath complete this floor, each room with handsome knotty alder doors set off with contrasting hardware.

Downstairs, a surprise awaits. Visitors find themselves in a large media room with a king sleep sofa, game table, and bright wall art. The bedroom has built-in bunks for four, each with its own reading light and drawers. Across the hall, a full bath is decorated with colorful vintage posters. “On a Whim” offers families a spacious and surprisingly private getaway at Lake Chelan.

Italian Villa

Massive stonework architecture defines the exterior aspect of this custom home set in a terraced rock garden and built by the owners. The floors are acacia hardwood and the walls are finished with silky Venetian plaster applied by a European artist. In the Great Room, a Craftsman-style chandelier illuminates the tall ledger stone and Saturna porcelain tile fireplace and a gathering of roomy leather chairs and sofas. Beyond the dining area, the designer kitchen is finished in gorgeous “brown rainforest” granite, chrome fixtures, and professional Viking appliances. Throughout the home, all the doors are knotty alder, and mirrored wall niches add texture and interest.

The master suite features a king sleigh bed, a private balcony with sweeping views, and a two-sided fireplace. In the ensuite bath, glass tiles accentuate cool tones of gray granite. Above the elevated tub, a wide picture window overlooks the lake.

Decorative metal banisters with Italianate grape clusters frame the staircase downstairs. Note the effect of the large mirror on the landing. The pool table room includes a wine cellar, expansive wet bar, and a double-sided fireplace to the patio. Next door, the cedar-finished game room features its own sauna. A bath with an enormous shower leads to the swimming pool, on its private terrace with views of the lake, surrounded by stamped concrete and gardens of red roses.