AT:SF reader chilly
is visiting Seattle this weekend from Vancouver, B.C., and wanted to know what to check out. So we've put together a list of our must-see Seattle housewares shops, if you only have a day or two to see them in.
Chilly informed us that Urban Outfitters in Vancouver doesn't have homewares, and Anthropologie doesn't exist up there. So while they'll be sure to hit up those big-box retailers, we wanted to supplement their shopping tour with some local shops.
• If you go to only one store in Seattle, make it Velocity
. While not in the downtown core, it's well worth the 20-minute walk, bus ride or re-parking to get to the modern design mecca.
• While you're in the neighborhood, David Smith & Co. is nearby for your fill of imports from Southeast Asia — a beautifully laid-out but huge warehouse worth.
• Head back downtown and visit Great Jones Home
for some big-budget eye-candy and French chic inspiration.
• Peter Miller is around the corner, with small home items from makers like Alessi and Normaan Copenhagen, and a vast collection of design books to get ideas flowing.
• If you do the tourist thing at Pike Place Market
• ...stop at Watson-Kennedy's new store nearby at 1st and Spring for flea-market-style browsing.
• Finally, if you manage to get out of downtown (and we recommend that you do), don't miss Collective
in Ballard, for a high-low mix of new and vintage furniture, accessories and clothes. Their warehouse is open on the weekend only, and staff can direct you the two or three blocks to get there.
• Click here
for a complete list of Seattle shops we've reviewed on AT.