Roy & Dana's Greenbelt Home

Roy & Dana's Greenbelt Home

Heather Blaha
Jul 19, 2011

Name: Roy and Dana Short
Location: Sheridan, Lake Forest Park — Seattle, Washington
Size: 2400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 — 1955 MCM, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, owned

Roy and Dana's house is big — add to the square footage enviable floor-to-ceiling windows, wrap-around decks, high ceilings, and elevation near the green belt, and this everyday home feels like a true getaway. In just a year, the couple has worked and worked, from the simple touches (doorknobs, paint) to the trenches of home ownership (digging ditches to replace and run a new sewer line). And, they've got stellar advice for those making tough home decisions together:

"Give your partner's ideas and inspirations consideration and passion as though they were your own." We love this.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern, Contemporary, with a little splash of thrift store magic.

Inspiration: Our home! The energy and bones of the house. Clean lines and white space. The incredible privacy of the grounds, the greenbelt just beyond our backyard and creek that runs through it. The landscaping, the yard and it's all of it's critters (black tailed deer, coyote, the family of quail that scurry about, piliated woodpeckers, daily visits from the annas hummingbirds, pointy eared pine squirrels. Wendell Lovett, Danish design, Atomic Ranch.

Favorite Element: The wall of windows that overlooks our backyard. Our house sits high on greenbelt and the elevation of our house puts our sightline mid-canopy with the greenbelt. The "tree-house effect" is such a wonderful and unique perspective.

Biggest Challenge: Being patient enough to wait until we find just the right piece of furniture, accessory, or piece of art that will add to the energy of the house.

What Friends Say: Perfect house for entertaining, love the privacy, oh my god those trees!

Biggest Embarrassment: Not realizing our lawn was 80% moss and 20% grass when we put moss killer down. We turned our lawn black twice in the first 6 months we lived here. I could feel the neighbors flinch for months!

Proudest DIY: Replacing the original sewer line that leads from the street into the house and adding 2 cleanouts. Roy dug a ditch 4 feet deep and 9 feet long using just his back and a rusty second-hand shovel.

Biggest Indulgence: Artwork---95% of the artwork in our home was commissioned by friends. Dining room table from Kasala.

Best Advice: Give your partner's ideas and inspirations consideration and passion as though they were your own. Celebrate the task! Cheer equally for all projects big and small, whether it be changing out a door knob, or building a patio.

Dream Sources: Alchemy Collections Seattle, Kasala Seattle, Chartreuse Seattle, Thrift Stores everywhere!

Resources of Note:


    • Ralph Lauren: White (walls)
    • Rodda: Almond (ceiling)


    • Artwork above fireplace: "Perpetual" 2004 by Juan Alonso
    • Foil prints of Space Needle: original promotional materials from 1962
    • Couch and tree lamp: Kasala
    • Coffee table: Ikea
    • Wassily chairs: Refurbished in leather slate.


    • "Bubble Lamp": George Nelson
    • Dining room table: Kasala


    • Backsplash: Home Depot
    • Silestone countertops: White North, quartz
    • Fridge: Fisher & Paykel
    • Stove: Dacor
    • Hood: Faber
    • Dishwasher: Miele
    • Cabinets: Cherry


    • Artwork: "Pod", "Kitty", "Adam", "Eve", "Entwined" 2006 by Juan Alonso. "Mother and Child" by Mary Chadwell. "Grand Rainier" 1986 by Ron Soden
    • Adjustable pull down ceiling light: original to the home, 1955


    • Faucets: Danze
    • Sinks: American Standard
    • Tile: Hand-cut Italian tile

Thanks, Roy and Dana!

Images: Maria Bianco

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