House Tour: Danielle & Josh's Cottage in the Woods

(Welcome again to Danielle, one of the finalists in our Blogger search. She's writing from Seattle. Comment away!)

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Name: Danielle and Josh
Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 550 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 2

I live in the top floor of a cottage nestled in grove of bamboo and evergreen trees, one of a group of four built in 1917. The cottages have an open, beach-y summer house feel, and have been lovingly remodeled by my landlord Paul, the owner of the cottages for the last 55 years and a resident of one of the units...

Do you have an idea for a house tour? Let us know! tips (at) sf (dot) apartmenttherapy (dot) com...Apparently, before the Ballard locks were built Lake Washington was about 10 feet higher, bringing the edge of the lake up to the Burke Gilman bike trail (formerly a bed for train tracks) that runs along the edge of the grounds, and explaining the dock like decks accompanying each unit. Paths between the cottages have been landscaped in Japanese temple style, complete with stone lanterns, torii gates, pebble gardens and stone walkways. The bamboo effectively blocks most sound and sights from outside the grove�you would never know that University of Washington�s Greek Row is right behind us.

My style: Eclectic, California modern

The inspiration for my home: The architecture of the house itself.

Favorite element: The skylights and bamboo outside.

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Biggest challenge in designing my home: There is not a single closed cabinet. My every possession is exposed for the world to see.

What friends say about my home: "This has got to be the coolest apartment in Seattle."

Biggest embarrassment in my home: The hardwood floors always look dirty, especially in the kitchen.

Proudest DIY: The shoe storage in my front entryway. The plastic containers are from Ikea.

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Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: The couch, but now I can't wait to replace it because the leather overshadows my much cooler leather chairs.

Best advice given or received: To get rid of things. There is nearly nothing in my place that I don't use on a daily basis.

Dream source for stuff: DWR!

Resources: Antique stores, West Elm, yard sales and Ikea.

Thanks, Danielle & Josh!

-danielle

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