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A tall order in Madison Park is filled with lovely stairs and light

Architect Dave Dykstra's challenge was to put a home on a narrow lot that would also fit in with a well-established neighborhood of larger homes. Thus, the blend of urban and traditional.

Pacific NW associate editor

KIM AND JAY Heglar are Washington natives. But they'd been away for a while, working in New York, San Francisco, then Atlanta.

When they moved back in 2011, they were most eager to find a home for themselves and baby Charlotte. They saw plenty of them. Dozens in fact. Just not the right one. So the Heglars moved anyway and kept searching, for three more months.

"We saw it once, and we put in an offer," Kim says of the home she's seated in now, aglow in rich wood, warm lighting and soft, welcoming furniture. Gentle light filtering in through the windows, toasting the slate terrace out back beyond two sets of French doors. A home that is a cocktail of classic and contemporary. Tall like a town house, or New York brownstone, but steps away from the village in Madison Park.

And not that Charlotte, now 3 ½ and who some days dresses as a princess and others as a doctor, got the final vote, but "she loves living in a part of town called 'park,' " says Kim.

So do her parents. And home and 'hood go hand in hand. Architect Dave Dykstra designed the 20-foot-wide house in 2007 for a previous owner, light stucco with a continuous dark band of windows and trim at the top to soften the verticality of it all.

The ground-floor kitchen, dining and living room are one, yet separated by subtle touches in lighting, furniture, materials. Contemporary kitchen, featuring healthy slab of an island in blackened steel and honed basalt. Country French dining room with a rustic table and comfy-yet-noble wing chairs. Urban and comfortable living room, and honed basalt around the fireplace, tying one end of the room to the other.

"The quality they used in the materials," Jay says, recalling his first impression of the house. "There's very little drywall in this house. It's mostly wood (maple and oak)."

The trip upstairs occurs along an art-piece for a stair railing in soft gray metal crafted by Steve Humphrey of 47 Productions. ("It's one of the first things that attracted us to the house," Jay says.) The second floor holds two bedroom suites and a family room. The master suite and home office are on the third floor, carved into the roof with barrel-vault dormers. These add an architectural flourish to the ceiling, light kicking around the gentle angles and sensuous arches.

The color scheme throughout is, well, parklike: soft tans of new bark; gentle, leafy emeralds; cloud white; the brown of rich soil. The Heglars lived in their new home for a bit, furnishing it slowly. (In New York they had 450 square feet to wrestle; now there are 3,920 square feet to decorate and coordinate.) Kim called in Kelie Grosso of Maison Luxe to put the polish on interiors relaxed yet refined.

"Kelie is so good at putting what's in my mind in the home," Kim says

Peaceful. That's the word the Heglars use again and again.

"My favorite part is lying in bed in the morning and all of this unbelievable light comes in," says Jay.

"When the leaves are out it's like you're in a tree," says Kim of the treetop home office.

The house is finally decorated. But the Heglars aren't quite finished. The guest room needs some work.

There's nothing wrong with it really. Nothing at all. But a new Heglar is expected, and the baby will need a room.

Rebecca Teagarden writes about architecture and design for Pacific NW magazine. Benjamin Benschneider is a magazine staff photographer.

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