Cozy quarters

  • By Sarah Jackson Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2007 4:09pm
  • Life

Pam Enstad’s home is full of light.

Built on a bluff in Edmonds in the mid-1980s, it boasts one of the best views in the county.

Wall-to-wall windows open to a breathtaking panorama of Possession Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Late in the day, rays of sunset pour onto the white walls of her large, wide living room, leading Enstad to a complaint not often heard around here.

“This house, in a certain way, has too much light,” Enstad said.

In lumen-challenged Western Washington, homeowners often go to great lengths — solar tubes, skylights, giant windows, specialty lighting — to get more light in winter. Enstad, however, wanted to tone down the radiance in her contemporary home.

Her master bedroom, it turned out, was the perfect place to start.

Working with designer Gary Hartz of Everett and remodeler Josh Peters of Snohomish as part of a major remodeling project, Enstad updated her bedroom walls with gray paint and had the floors covered in gray carpet with a dramatic wave pattern.

“It was a knee jerk from way too much white,” Enstad said. “I wanted to see what the extreme contrast would do.”

Indeed, gray works beautifully in Enstad’s large boudoir, complete with a sitting area that is home to two white armless chairs topped with colorful striped pillows.

When it came to breaking up the wall behind the bed, Enstad took a creative turn.

First, she painted the bed’s original wooden headboard, which extends on the sides to create connected end tables. She chose a shiny, marine-grade black for a sleek look and modern finish.

Next, with the low-profile headboard receding into the gray wall, Enstad hung shimmering cream-colored curtains, not for window coverings, but to create a far taller and more interesting headboard.

“That’s the headboard I wanted. Soft,” she said. “It takes the bite out of the gray wall.”

Enstad accessorized the room with primarily earth-tone pillows, including a few deep blue shams to echo the watery expanse of her view.

Carefully placed artwork, accent mirrors, contemporary lighting and a stunning black-and-white striped bench at the foot of the bed all stand out amid the glamorous gray backdrop.

It’s peaceful, not dreary.

“That was the idea,” said Hartz. “We call it comfy contemporary.”

Enstad said her bedroom design, based on a neutral she’s always liked, worked out beautifully.

“I just love gray,” she said. “It’s great.”

Reporter Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037 or

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Life

Rose Freeman (center) and Anastasia Allison of The Musical Mountaineers play atop Sauk Mountain near Concrete in October 2017. (Ian Terry / The Herald)
Musical Mountaineers’ sunset serenade to launch Adopt a Stream campaign

The nonprofit aims to transform into an “accessible model of sustainability,” with solar panels, electric vehicles and more.

Coupeville Beekeeper Bruce Eckholm collects a swarm of bees in Oak Harbor (Photo courtesy of Gary Gillespie)
Coupeville beekeeper wards off large swarm

Oak Harbor residents were at home on Thursday when buzzing thundered from outside.

Leslie Davis, left, and Lyndsay Lamb, twin sister stars of HGTV's "Unsellable Houses" and 2004 Snohomish High School graduates, donated a private design session to the school's auction fundraiser for their 20-year reunion. (Photo provided)
Got $2,000? Bid on face time with HGTV’s ‘Unsellable Houses’ twins

The sisters are offering up themselves in a fundraiser for their Class of 2004 Snohomish High 20-year reunion.

2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige RWD (Photo provided by Genesis)
2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige RWD

In my humble opinion, the 2024 Genesis G70 Sport Prestige sport sedan… Continue reading

Hyundai developed the 2024 Hyundai Kona platform with an electrified powertrain first. Exterior design of the gas-powered Kona (shown here) reflects the company’s transition toward EVs. (Photo provided by Hyundai)
2024 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is a grown-up

The feisty original has developed practicality and sophistication.

Joe Nichols will play Renegades in West Palm Beach on Saturday.
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Country artist Joe Nichols comes to Tulalip Resort Casino on Saturday and the Edmonds Arts Festival offers three days of art.

Many famous design firms were built to last because sons joined fathers

Nineteenth-century silversmith Samuel Kirk’s legacy lives on today because his sons and grandson followed in his footsteps.

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens to host 3-day plant-sale fundraiser

Described as “a gardener’s paradise,” the sale will feature plants and trees from individual gardeners and local nurseries.

Great Plant Pick: Bowle’s golden sedge

What: Carex elata aurea is a wonderful clump-forming, grass-like sedge with bright… Continue reading

Happy Father's Day greeting card for a gardener father. Garden tools in a round shape. Watercolor gardening tools with the sign "Happy Father's Day". Hand-drawn garden clipart.
Dads dig plants, too. This Father’s Day, find a gift to grow his garden

From maples and conifers to fountains, statuaries and tools, garden centers offer a diversity of gifts both fun and useful.

Louise Grevstad, 79, with her free ice cream outside of Safeway on Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edmonds woman screamed — and got her free Safeway ice cream

Louise Grevstad, 79, was shut out from deals because she doesn’t have a smartphone. She didn’t think it was fair. So she went to the media.

Sam Schrantz waves a transgender pride flag during the Stanwood-Camano Pride event at Freedom Park in Camano, Washington on Saturday, June 1, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
She was a ‘lone soul’ before starting a Pride event for rural Snohomish County

In recent years, groups have led celebrations in Stanwood, Arlington, Lake Stevens and elsewhere — cities where “we absolutely need to find each other.”

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.