This 90s Mediterranean-style hillside home in Seattle has been given a luxurious, modern update

A Mediterranean-style hillside home has undergone a stunning transformation and now has charming interiors to match its incredible surroundings.



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Ladera- Hoedemaker Pfeiffer design house


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Ladera- Hoedemaker Pfeiffer design house

Designed by Stuart Silk in the late 90s, the Seattle property was in need of some modern reimagining. Its new owner turned to design studio Hoedemaker Pfeiffer to help get things in order.

The team said, ‘When a powerhouse bachelor approached our multi-disciplinary studio to help transform his newly purchased Mediterranean style hillside home, we answered the call. We set out to create a sophisticated but effortlessly comfortable oasis. 

‘Nearly every surface of every room both in and out of doors was reworked. The aesthetic goal for the home was relaxed luxury and a continuity of strong sculptural form. Craftsmanship was of the utmost importance.’ 

The finished product – created by designers Tim Pfeiffer and Peak Petersen – boasts a calmness and quiet comfort and merges modern design with heirloom pieces and timeless art.

Living room

In the living room, a serene blue, green, and gray color palette has been used to reflect the stunning Lake Washington, which lies directly outside the window.

The room has been designed with gatherings

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Al Borland Was Originally a Place Holder on the ’90s Sitcom, But Richard Karn Changed That

In the 1990s, Home Improvement took the world by storm. The series became known for Tim Allen’s stand-up comedy bit about men being ill-equipped cavemen who’s joy in life revolved around power tools. But fans also celebrated the show for the iconic guttural sigh of dads across America and Richard Karn‘s portrayal of Al Borland. Oddly enough, Al almost wasn’t a character on the hilarious ’90s sitcom. 

Tim Allen and Richard Karn
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Richard Karn’s career took off after ‘Home Improvement’ 

Home Improvement fans know and love Karn as Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s (Allen) Tool Time assistant Al Borland, the sensitive guy in touch with his emotions. Allen’s hyper-masculine portrayal of Tim “The Tool Man” made the duo a perfect pair. 

Thanks to Home Improvement‘s success, Karn became a recognizable face, warranting him several commercial deals and guest spots in the 1990s. When Home Improvement ended, Karn continued to work in films and shows like Family Feud and Bingo America

Karn also had roles in the Air Bud franchise, including Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch and MVP: Most Vertical Primate. More recently, Karn appeared in two episodes of 

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