Luis and Alex's Mid-Century Modern House

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Name: Luis and Alex
Location: West Seattle. Seattle, WA

My wife Alex and I bought this charming 1950s mid-century house last year in a quiet 50s neighborhood in West Seattle, about 20 minutes from downtown. It’s a really tiny two bedroom, one bathroom bungalow around 900 square feet (before we finished the basement).

Before we moved in we re-did the kitchen. We opened up the wall to the dining room to allow much needed daylight to flood the room. We changed the flooring, paint, cabinets and counter tops. We also decided to remove the upper cabinets to create a more spacious feel in the really small kitchen. The bathroom was also remodeled and we refinished the original oak floors.

I would say our style is a comfortable mid-century modern. We like classic modern pieces mixed with some more contemporary and comfortable ones. My wife and I are both interior designers and we each had our (very different) vision of what the space should look like. What we have is a happy compromise where we have her love of the gray-scale in the general space, with some pops of color in the prints and personal items. I am also a graphic design lover so I got to choose the theme of the art as bright, pop and typeface/letterpress.

We love the peace of our home, coming from a condo located downtown, we feel so happy to have no street noise and to have some grass and yard to relax in. Our two city cats who had never felt grass before love it here too. Their difference in mood is incredible.

One of our favorite rooms in the house is the basement. It is a more relaxed space where we can geek out with movies, video games or some board games. It’s very cozy and inviting. We were successful in making it feel like part of the home.

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Thanks, Luis and Alex!

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