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GRAY MAGAZINE - 2018

SUPER NATURAL

A landmark Seattle property is returned to its golden era via a dramatic renovation filled with artistic gestures - and a few eerie touches.

“I can’t imagine clients will ever ask for that again,” says designer Michelle Dirkse of a Seattle couple’s renovation inspiration for their ercently purchased neoclassical home, the historic Judge Ronald House in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. The request? To turn the 4,800-square foot property into a bespoke estate featuring influences ranging from haunted mansions to the backstage boudoirs of the Moulin Rouge. Dirkse, owner and principal of her eponymous interior design firm, was ecstatic.

The spooky request perfectly suited the home, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Its original owner, Judge J.T. Ronald, . . .