The Semiahmoo family upgrades their home for a modern coastal vibe


By Grace McCarthy

Semiahmoo residents Matt and Inna Rigberg bought their home in 2019 but felt it needed an updated look. After several months of renovations starting in February, the family is moving into their home, enhanced with a coastal feel and emphasizing the outdoors indoors.

The couple updated the interior of their home from a French country house with yellow tones and metallic accents to a more modern home with a coastal flair. To maintain the coastal theme, the couple focused on bringing lighter neutral tones into their home like beiges, off-whites and light grays.

Inna hired Ken Brooks of Painting with Integrity to paint the house to match the ivory window frames and repainted the kitchen cabinets from a country yellow lacquered oak to an off-white. The gray marble countertops were replaced with white marble to match the cabinetry. All lighting in the house changed from 2700K incandescent to 5000K LED.

“2700 was way too yellow and clashed with the paint and the 5000K really brings out the natural daylight feel inside the house,” Matt said. “It worked out really well.”

The couple also had Erik Ernst of Cascade Floors change all the flooring in their home, from red oak wood to Luxury Vinyl Plank in Cali Bamboo’s “Salty Strand” color. They only put carpet, which they kept as a neutral tone, on their stairs to prevent slipping.

“The biggest thing for us moving from Arizona to Washington was trying to incorporate the colors of the Pacific Northwest from the outdoors and making it a smooth transition into the house,” said said Matt.

Inna said they wanted to keep the wood tones of the doors and stair posts as accents throughout the house.

“No matter what color the wood stains are, you can always incorporate any wood tone into a home and simply update the colored tones to go with that earthy, coastal feel,” she said.

The couple re-tiled their fireplace with Bianco Perla marble from Lowe’s to tie it to the kitchen backsplash and breakfast bar.

As for the backyard, they replaced the old picket-style fencing that obstructed their view of the water with cable railings to help bring the outdoors into their home. They added a ceiling below the deck, landscaped the backyard and built a pond. Eventually, they said they would like to get approval from their homeowners association to add a stone wall decorated with moss and plants.

Inna said she did a lot of research on beach house styles online to get the look she wanted. Of all the upgrades, Inna said redesigning the floors made the biggest difference to the feel of the house. Matt added that the floors gave them a clean canvas to build on.

“It’s a completely different theme, but keeping the bones of the house,” Matt said. “You can see how much love the previous owners put into the house and we wanted to pay homage to that while bringing our own style into the house.”


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