Name: Brooke Baker Eide
Location: Ballard; Seattle, Washington
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented
I came across a really exciting and unique House Tour adventure to bring you all on. We have two individually inspiring tours to go on by a very design savvy couple. You see they were just about to get married and move in together, and I was lucky enough to catch them at their individual homes just a few weeks before their wedding. Therefore, we get to tour each of their individual homes and then follow up on how they come together to create their shared space.
Brooke moved to Seattle about 2 years ago from San Francisco to be with her then fiancé, now husband, Tyler (whose equally amazing house tour you can see here). They both have such an incredible eye for style and unique treasures that are displayed in every corner of their homes that I can not imagine getting rid of anything. Their styles are definitely symbiotic so it will make for an incredible combined collection. I can't wait to see what they come up with, after all two creative minds are better than one.
Upon arriving in Seattle, Brooke was working remotely from New York as a graphic designer and was looking for the perfect inspiring place to use as a live/work space. She was sold on this adorable loft with its amazing natural light, floor to ceiling windows, and covered outdoor porch. Its delightful quirkiness fit her modern-bohemian style and gave her the inspiration she needed to build site specific furniture and pursue lots of DIY projects to make the place her own.
Brooke's home lends itself to the feeling of getting lost in your favorite thrift store. You can lose a number of hours looking at all the odds and ends and imagining their past lives. The combination of modern decor and all of the quirky thrifted items along with many pieces of her grandmother's scattered throughout Brooke's loft seems to transport you back in time leaving you with a lovely sense of nostalgia all the while maintaing a crisp sense of modernity.
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Our Style: Oh man, my style is all over the place! In a few words, “modern-bohemian-ranch." I grew up in Texas, and surrounded with Ranch style homes, and I’d say that definitely shows. I also love Moroccan, Turkish, and African textiles. I love pieces that have culture and are unique. Mixing those with bigger mainstream items, like a popular brand name sofa, make it feel totally different.
Inspiration: Well, I get inspiration from all around me, but I have to say my grandmother was a huge inspiration. A lot of my pieces are from her home actually.
Favorite Element: Because this apartment is so small, I wanted to keep it really bright. To do so I used a lot of whites and crisp colors, and that honestly is my favorite part. I love the color palette that ended up being formed in this space.
Biggest Challenge: Working with the size and layout was tricky at first. But what ended up being a bigger challenge was making the outside really mesh with the inside. Since they are separated by glass, I wanted to make sure they worked together while being different spaces.
What Friends Say: “Why aren’t you doing this as your job!” Honestly, I want to. This is my favorite thing to do, so I’m slowly trying to make that transition and get more clients.
Biggest Embarrassment: The wooden stump my TV is on is totally slanted! We stuck a washcloth under one side to make it even until we have time to fix it.
Proudest DIY: So much of this apartment was DIY, so it’s hard to pick! I started this whole copper theme, and to keep it going I made the light above the sofa and the side table. Then I made the desk. I designed custom legs and then had them copper plated. And I have to say the wooden stump was the most work I’ve ever had for a DIY project. It took 20x more time than I ever expected.
Best Advice: Don’t try to do it all at once! It takes time to make a home come together and you should never rush it!
Sofa: West Elm Crosby Sectional
Coffee Table: CB2 peek-a-boo
Desk Light: West Elm
Copper Chair: Blu Dot
Desk, hanging light, stump, desk chair: DIY
Bedding: My grandmother's
Moroccan Wedding Blanket: New York Chelsea Market, also here: //www.importsfrommarrakesh.com/
Side table: DIY
Jewelry Case: West Elm
Hanging copper light: West Elm
Rattan furniture: Pacific Galleries (Seattle)
Pretty much everything else is from Craigslist or Vintage
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Re-edited from a tour originally published in 2015 - AB