We've been wanting to live in a space like this for years. We appreciate the building's history as a significant design from the 1930's with hints of the Art Deco era. Some of our favorite elements are the triangular bay window that lets in a ton of western light, the view of the city and mountains, the warehouse style windows, the unique archway/alcove by the front door, the hardwoods, the list goes on! This is the first place we've had together, and have enjoyed curating the furnishings to express our style. We've started to dabble in DIY projects, including the dining room table and credenza, with plans for more.
I love that my home is a personal reflection of who I am, where I've been and how far I have come from as a person. It is my tiny sanctuary where I can be surrounded by my favorite colors, textures and collections of silk screened prints and urban vinyl toys I have collected over the years through my travels across the US and Japan. I don't like to own a lot of 'stuff,' but each item displayed in my tiny home holds sentimental value and is a documentation of a life event. Coming home to me is like walking into by own brain, uncluttered yet colorful - a place I can recollect my thoughts and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. I also love being on the top floor, and with west facing windows I wake up to the sun glaring in my face with the nested birds on my roof chirping all around - it helps me forget the fact that I do live in the heart of downtown, across the street from a hospital.
There is a lot of natural "Old Seattle" character in our building, with its rugged brick walls and 1920s details. The small size of the apartment suits us. Since we can see the TV from the living room AND the bedroom, we start each morning by taking our coffee and phones back to bed to watch the a.m. news, read emails, and hang out together before getting ready for work. We like to think of our apartment as a rustic cozy squirrel den, and it's romantic to share a small space.
New York City — if you can make it there, you'll make it
anywhere. But what if you made it there, and now you have to move?? Will you ever find a neighborhood in your new
city that suits you as well as your NYC one did?
It's definitely been refreshing for us to move into a smaller home, as our last apartment was nearly 1200 square feet. We're both pretty quiet people, and our dogs are total couch potatoes, making a large apartment pretty unnecessary. It's been very freeing to downsize, as we now have less to clean and we're really able to focus on making each area of the apartment something that we really love. The William Morris quote "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" really rings true for us. Also, we love all of the natural light that we get being in a corner unit. In a city like Seattle, big windows in a home can make a huge difference!
Having recently become single, I'm living alone for the first time in my life. I moved into a studio because I didn't really need any more space than that. I was really afraid that I would have to shed many of my belongings, but I feel that I've been successful in hanging on to most of the things I love without feeling overwhelmed. And having those things so close to me...it feels like a hug.
Soon we'll spend our weekends enjoying cookouts and beach parties. Until then, let's take the time to get our homes in shape for summer entertaining. To help, here are the week's best design-centric sales and events. Check them all out in the Weekend Guide, pass it on and be sure to send us your own sale or event.
Name: Mark Location: South Lake Union, Seattle, Washington Size: 680 square feet (plus 150 square foot terrace) Years lived in: 3 years; Rented
Whether he’s entertaining a group of friends for a home-cooked meal (one specialty is chilaquiles), working on architectural plans at the kitchen table, or relaxing after work with the patio doors open, Mark brings a sense of ease and playfulness to his condo — and there’s always good music playing. Despite having once been in love with crisp lines and modern profiles, he’s now “so over stark modern” and is enjoying having fun with the decor in his centrally located Seattle loft.
Name: Jean Lee & Dylan Davis of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio Location: Ballard, Seattle, Washington Size: About 900 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; owned (co-owned)
Remember Chika and Jared from the Duplex Part 1? Jean and Dylan make up the other half! Owners of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Jean Lee and Dylan Davis live in the right side of the duplex (the studio connects to each home), where they work side by side on their line of textile accessories: R&L Goods.