Mid-Century Tropical Vibes Meet Cabin Retreat in This Home

updated Apr 29, 2019

Mid-Century Tropical Vibes Meet Cabin Retreat in This Home

updated Apr 29, 2019
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Name: Michelle Qazi and family
Location: Bellevue, Washington
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, rented

Walking through Michelle’s front door, you see right away from her design aesthetic why she chose this particular home, which she shares with her husband and two young sons. The vaulted ceilings, wood-paneled walls, and windows that are forms of art in themselves, could not be a more perfect frame for the strong ’70s vibe the interior as a whole exudes. But Michelle does not discriminate when it comes to vintage furniture and accessories: “I love it all—’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s.” And indeed, upon closer inspection, there are touches everywhere spanning the decades that add extra interest. The most apparent ones to me were a mauve coffee table and maroon carpeted desk in the upstairs living room that were straight out of the ’80s.

Michelle’s passion for spotting vintage items is a full-time job for her. Literally. For the past year-and-a-half she has been splitting her time between Bellevue and Long Beach, California, where she has owned a home decor store, 6th And Detroit, since April of 2016. She hand-picks items for the shop herself, and so gets first crack at those pieces (is this not the dream?!), and loves to refresh the look of her home from time to time. For this most recent round, she wanted to introduce more color throughout her home—to this end, side tables, throw blankets, and painted mirrors provide pops of red, orange, yellow, and blue in pretty much every room. And all with a beachy splash of California warmth.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-century tropical vibes meets cabin retreat.

Inspiration: Travel. The warm sun and ocean breezes. The forest. Textures.

Favorite Element: The mid-century style of the home, built in 1969. Floor-to-ceiling windows, the vaulted ceilings, dramatic architectural details, and the wood paneling throughout the home.

Biggest Challenge: White carpet and all-wood walls with no ability to paint.

What Friends Say: It’s a cozy home where you can find calm and be inspired by unexpected design elements. Plants and thoughtful styling details can be found in every aspect of the home.

Biggest Embarrassment: My garage. It’s scary and I have zero desire to put any effort into it.

Biggest Indulgence: My blush velvet Adrian Pearsall sofa set.

Best Advice: Don’t take decor too seriously.

Dream Sources: Estate sales!


Kilim Bench — Homegoods
Velvet Console with Stool – Habitat for Humanity
Circle Mirror — IKEA

Brown Velvet Sofa Set – Treasure Hunt Boutique
Coffee Table – 6th And Detroit
Kilim Pillow – Kazimah Carpets
White Mud Cloth Pillow – D+K Renewal
Peach & Orange Velvet Pillows – Vessel Vintage Collective
Vintage Franco Albini Ottoman – Wolf Mother Vintage
Circle Sun Pillow – The Jungalow
Art, Wicker Plant Stands, and Baskets – 6th And Detroit
Orange Kartell Side Table – The Fair Trade
White Pot – Peacock & Co.
Brass Tree Art – Fremont Vintage Mall
Brass Floor Lamp – Mod Pop Vintage

Dining Table – Good Modern
Oak Oatmeal Dining Chairs – Vintage Seattle Rain
Cesca Dining Chairs, Rug, Sun Mirror – 6th And Detroit

Adrian Pearsall Sofa, Tables – Sunbeam Vintage
Rug, Ekornes Chair – 6th And Detroit
Brown Leather Chair, Pink Pillow – Vintage SOL
Red, Yellow Velvet Pillows – Vessel Vintage Collective
Tigress Hook Pillow – The Jungalow

Bed Frame – 6th And Detroit
Lamps — Modernica
Hudson Bay Throw – Jo and June
Yellow Pantone Chair – 6th And Detroit
Headboard, Chair, Dressers, Baskets, Pots and Plant Stands – 6th And Detroit
Lamps — Modernica
Pillows – D+K Renewal

Sofa – Joybird
Martin Visser Chairs – Robert Dennis Modern
Fabric Wall Hanging – Kudd Krig Home
Rattan Mirror, Rug – The Jungalow
Side Table – 6th And Detroit

Bed — Overstock
Sheets – Circa 78 Designs
Rug – 6th And Detroit
Striped Throw — House No. 23

Bed — Wayfair
Sheets – Homegoods
Pillows – D+K Renewal
Chair, Rug, Throw, Mirrors, Nightstand, Lamp – 6th And Detroit

Thanks, Michelle!

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