Before & After: A Kandinsky Print Inspires a Seattle Rambler’s Radiant Remodel

Best Practice Architecture livens up a tired midcentury with brilliant color, a moody library, and a new deck with views for days.

Rachel Lauter and Sean Vanaman were not looking for a project when they stumbled upon one. The Seattle couple—she’s a lawyer and he’s a writer—were on the hunt for a house in 2020, and they had lost out on several bids by the time they toured this 1953 rambler in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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