Nathan & Heather's Cozy Vintage
Ballard Home

Nathan & Heather's Cozy Vintage
Ballard Home

Bethany Nauert
Jul 30, 2012

Name: Nathan & Heather Spaulding
Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington
Size: 2 Bedroom- 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years — Rent

Nathan and Heather live in a cozy two bedroom apartment in Ballard, where they have designed the vintage whimsy home they've always wanted. Here, art and creativity abound as their apartment is furnished generously with vintage estate sale goodness.

Married for three years, Nathan and Heather clearly love vintage and collecting second hand pieces from family, estate sales and second hand shops. "Nathan works as a Site Lead and Carpenter for a residential remodeling company. Heather has an apparel design background but decided to switch careers for a breath and is currently managing a large apartment complex in Ballard. We are moving to Los Angeles in October and are looking for jobs!! We can't wait!" Living in the Pacific Northwest has its effect on designing a home. "Because of the Scandinavian history of Ballard we found many of our nautical pieces from local estate sales and vintage shops. And because we don't love spending our time outside in the overcast cold drizzle our apartment has to be warm and inviting so we don't go crazy!"

They believe strongly that designing a home depends heavily on accommodating flow and seating. Also they attribute their happy environment to the good lighting and ample windows. When I asked what were the most significant things in their house they noted the dining table which had great sentimental value. "This was our first furniture purchase together. It was in mint condition, made in Seattle by Arrowline, Inc. in 1961. The family who owned this was expecting family from the Midwest in 1961 so the father decided to refurnish their whole house. He passed away only months later and the table sat virtually unused for almost 50 years. We cherish it and are happy to bring new life to it. "

Thanks to Sophie and Isaac Carpenter for introducing me to Heather and Nathan!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Cozy vintage that evokes nostalgia and joy.

Inspiration: Sunshine, Grandparents, estate sales, the Ol' West, old magazines, catalogs, films & TV shows.

Favorite Element: Our orange couch Heather found 7 years ago at a Seattle thrift store for $25! The couch was in perfect condition and was made in Seattle for Kraski's North City Furniture.

Biggest Challenge: Our bedroom.

What Friends Say: "Your place is so cozy." & "I love your kitchen."

Biggest Embarrassment: Our ridiculously large flat screen TV.

Proudest DIY: Nathan crafted our fireplace mantel to accommodate the flat screen & Christmas stockings.

Biggest Indulgence: Our bedroom nightstands: West Elm

Best Advice: Be yourself

Dream Sources: Really cheap estate sales.

Resources of Note:


    • Bookshelf: IKEA
    • Lamp: Grandma Fretwell
    • Rock/Glitter Wall Art: Ballard estate sale
    • Far left pot: Old honey jar from childhood
    • Middle pot: hand made by Gammy Phillips
    • Far right pot/Globe: Thrift store
    • Jonathan Adler-Utopia Ceasar/Cornelia Vase: Christmas gift
    • Jonathan Adler-Darjeeling Teapot: Wedding gift from Nathan's Brother & Wife


    • Couch, End Table, Lounge Chair, Ottoman, Travel Case: Thrift store
    • Coffee Table, 2 Danish Chairs: Purchased from friends
    • Wood Mantel: Made by Nathan
    • Lamp on End Table: Fremont Sunday Market
    • Wheel Wall Lamps: Fremont Vintage Mall
    • Magazine Stand: Estate sale
    • Chalkware French Bulldog: Prize won by Great Aunt Frances or her Beau at the 1937 Idaho Fair.
    • 3 Viking Ships: Heather had the large Viking ship from her Brother who found it at a thrift store in Eastern Washington around the year 2000. Later Nathan and Heather were looking through an old 1961 Spiegel catalog and found that the ship was originally part of a set of 3. A few years later, Nathan was in an abandoned motel in Eastern Washington and found the 2 missing ships! He brought them home to make our complete set. We like to believe they were once a set and we reunited them.
    • Curtains: Fred Meyer
    • Carpet Remnant: Remnant King


    • Dining Table with leaf & 6 chairs: Collective (no longer in business). Made in Seattle by Arrowline, Inc. in 1961.
    • Eden Girl Print: Pike Place Antiques
    • E.O. Brody Co., Pressed Glass, Pedestal Fruit Bowl: Yard sale
    • Jonathan Adler-Bird Salt & Pepper Shakers: Nordstrom


    • Yamaha CP70B: Craigslist
    • Piano Bench: Heather's family
    • Glass Vase: Gammy Phillips
    • Zenith Stereophonic High Fidelity Record Cabinet: Thrift Store for $10!!
    • Eve Boy & Girl Prints: Fremont Vintage Mall (Gift for Heather from Nathan for 1 year wedding anniversary)
    • Deer Head "John Dear": Babysitting for our friend who is in Sweden.
    • Duck Lamp: Richland Antique Mall (Birthday Gift for Nathan from Heather)
    • Desk: Pappy Phillips
    • Dog Paint by Number: Richland Antique Mall (Birthday Gift for Nathan from Heather)
    • Spode Woodland Turkey Plate: Wedding china from Aunt Naomi
    • Hull Art Vase: Was Grandpa & Grandma Spaulding's from the 1940's
    • Gold Dogs: Heather's parents' from the early 1970's
    • Chalk Board: Ikea


    • General Electric Oven & Stovetop: Original to apartment - 1957
    • Kitchen Table & Chairs: Craigslist
    • Pull Down Ceiling Mount Light Fixture, Cream & Sugar: Thrift Store
    • General Electric Musaphonic Radio: Antique store near McCall, Idaho
    • Framed Farm Fabric: Antique store in Silvana, WA (the city where we were married)
    • Key/Apron Rack: homemade gift from dear friends
    • Tins: Various Sources - Purchased for our wedding centerpieces.
    • Curtains, knick-knacks: Estate sale


    • Nightstands: West Elm
    • Right Lamp: intercepted from my friend's goodwill run
    • Left Lamp: Estate sale
    • Dog Paint by Number: Thank you gift from Heather's Brother & Wife.
    • Bedding: Anthropologie
    • Mirror: From exchange room at apartment complex


    • Bookshelves: On loan from Heather's Brother & Wife
    • Headboard: From exchange room at apartment complex
    • Dresser: Side of the road
    • Chair: Old roommate left behind
    • Ceramic/Marble Light: This was Heather's mother's when she was a child, Heather remembers visiting her grandparents' house and needing this to fall asleep.
    • JC Penney Radio: Antique store in Old Downtown Kennewick, WA
    • Bedding: Estate sale
    • Curtains: Thrift store
    • Juki Sewing Machine & Dress Form: Craigslist


    • Shower Curtain, Towels, Floral Hook, Garbage Pale, Glass Jars, Swan Jewelry Carrier: Anthropologie
    • Makeup Brush Cup: West Elm
    • Brass Horse: ???

Thanks, Nathan + Heather!

(Images: Julie Harmsen)

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