Inside are country-contemporary-rustic-industrial interiors that the homeowner hunted and gathered herself.

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CITY LIVIN’ CERTAINLY is interesting and always action-packed. But, especially if you live in a condo that practically hangs over the Alaskan Way Viaduct, it’s also really loud.

And it’s enough to make one crave a bit of yin to all that yang. A place in the woods, perhaps, where the only horns are those attached to cloven passers-by (deer and elk).

“We bought this three weeks after we moved into the condo (in 2004),” says DeeAnn Burman. She sits near the heat of the soaring stone fireplace that anchors the really great great room of the Burmans’ mountain house, a lodge of a home in the private and secluded Tumble Creek neighborhood of Suncadia in Cle Elum. Dave, a lawyer, is on a call in his forest-view office nearby.

 

As the weather improves, the Burmans can make their advance on the outdoors in stages. The indoor/outdoor living room is equipped with screened sliders and a fireplace. (Benjamin Benschneider/The Seattle Times)
As the weather improves, the Burmans can make their advance on the outdoors in stages. The indoor/outdoor living room is equipped with screened sliders and a fireplace. (Benjamin Benschneider/The Seattle Times)

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Overhead, 25 feet or so, yawns the heavy timbered ceiling. Below are oak floors, wide-planked and hewed. In-between? Just the right amount of everything everywhere among 3,200 square feet (four bedrooms and baths). Country-contemporary-rustic-industrial interiors that DeeAnn hunted and gathered herself. And, remarkably (almost miraculously for a designer of amateur status), she had it all figured out by the time the home, designed by Craig Stillwell of Stillwell Hanson Architects and built by Mercer Builders, was finished.

“I’d been looking at mountain homes for a long time,” she says, referring to a lot the couple had long owned in Telluride, Colo. The charms of Telluride, however, are not a mere hour’s drive away.

“First, I wanted to repurpose everything,” she says. “I started with the couches (Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design). They had to be comfortable. (Truth be told, the only glitch occurred right here at the fireplace. The couches were supposed to be placed in an L-shape, but that didn’t work out.)

“My main goal was not to go to the Seattle Design Center.”

 

During summer months, a large, round table from Modele’s Home Furnishings (consignment) lures friends and family to the terrace, also outfitted with black Adirondack chairs. The home took two years to build. Landscaping is au naturel. (Benjamin Benschneider/Benjamin Benschneider)
During summer months, a large, round table from Modele’s Home Furnishings (consignment) lures friends and family to the terrace, also outfitted with black Adirondack chairs. The home took two years to build. Landscaping is au naturel. (Benjamin Benschneider/Benjamin Benschneider)

Instead, she prowled two nearby Georgetown troves. For the burlap chandelier over the dining table, floor lamps and more it was Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings. From Susan Wheeler Home, DeeAnn found silver, pewter and antique brown-and-white china to mix with white Pottery Barn dinnerware. Other finds came in the mail from 1st Dibs (the zinc dining table), consignment (the dining chairs), Glenn Richards (coffee table) and Restoration Hardware (hardware, lights). Still others are family treasures: DeeAnn’s dad’s fishing rods poked into a tall hallway basket. His wicker tackle boxes placed around the fireplace.

Sophisticated-rustic is no easy style feat. Schmaltz lurks behind every wall-hung horseshoe. You’ll find none of that here. Outside are Ponderosa Pine, inside it’s earthy browns, grays, cream and rust, hides, wicker, steel, wool. DeeAnn had a tall basket remade as the entry chandelier. The kitchen bar is metal-banded cedar; the working counter white Caeserstone.

The guest wing holds two bedrooms and a bunk room for the grandkids: “During the design process my daughter got pregnant,” DeeAnn says. The kids are now 4 and 2. Their twin beds are snugged up in brown Pendleton blankets.

Initially, the Burmans thought they had found a good spot elsewhere in Suncadia. But “my daughter said, ‘I hope you’re not going to get golf balls in your window.’ And, sure enough, there were balls all over the ground.” The Burmans opted for the more private and quiet Timber Creek, where the road in is gated, winding and miles long. There are 2,600 acres of woodlands, meadows, streams and ponds with trails, a golf course of its own, dining, fitness and other recreation.

And now that the Burmans’ getaway place is complete, what’s a designer-at-heart to do?

“Our other daughter just moved here from San Francisco,” DeeAnn says. “They’re just starting to look at houses.

“I hope she lets me help her.”