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Add home offices to the list of formal spaces

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We expect formal living and dining rooms in million dollar homes, or $1,849,000 in this case. There’s a new formal in town.

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Put what’s important up front, which in this case is a formal office. Coved ceilings, arched windows, wainscoting, and French doors surround an office space with the details typically found in rooms set for dinner parties. Formal and modern, because it looks like it is equipped to be a paperless office, unless you plan to cover up the decor with functional furniture like book cases. Working from home isn’t just for laptop jockeys.

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Whatever the formal event, the foyer sets the tone with polished marble tiles and a two story ceiling. Gentle arches in the balcony and the entrances to other rooms add a bit of elegance. Walls that angle away at something besides square open the space and break from convention.

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Traditional formal areas are kept to a reserved and refined color scheme that won’t intrude on sensibilities.

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More relaxed and comfortable spaces let natural wood tones warm the environment. Simpler ceilings also remove their suggestion of lofty expectations. Sit. Read. Talk. Relax.

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A bit of the regal returns in the master suite with polished surfaces, glass block, and an ethereal color scheme that hints at pampering and indulgence. The rest of the five bedrooms and five bathrooms are much more modest.

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The 5,830 square foot house sits on the edge of development, or at least has its 0.31 acres abut a greenbelt. This isn’t wilderness, though. The property sits between Lake Sammamish and the Sahalee Country Club. That much room to roam and play is a good reason to include a mudroom which is probably separate from the polished entry and formal spaces.