A ’50s Ranch Home That Battles the Seattle Weather with Pops of Color and Warm Touches

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Name: Stephen and Bobby, their son Cole and beta fish Riley
Location: Beacon Hill/Georgetown — Seattle, Washington
The basics: 7 years owned | 1,200 square feet and 800 square feet Airbnb

Stephen and Bobby’s home is designed to beat the Seattle winter blahs while making the most of the city’s gorgeous summer. A mix of texture and color help create a cozy, mid-century modern oasis in the Emerald City.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home is a 1956 brick ranch home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. We purchased the home looking for room to grow our family, to establish a garden and entertain. I’m a stay-at-home dad getting back to work (finally) starting my own interior design company. Bobby is a pharmacist with the University of Washington. Cole is our almost five-year-old adopted son with a lot of “spirit” and lots of toys to manage. We love spending time at home with friends and family, gardening in the spring and summer and TV watching in the winter. We also host an Airbnb on our ground floor which allows us to meet people from all over the world.

What is your favorite room and why? The living and dining room combo. It is one big room, and the lighting (natural and installed) changes throughout the day and year and it always feels bigger than it is. Lots of soft surfaces (shag carpet, down sofa) makes this room hard to leave all rainy winter.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Connecting the two back bedrooms into one master suite that has a porch on the back leading to our private backyard oasis.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Don Draper from Mad Men.

Stephen’s words of wisdom: Never stop dreaming of ways to make your home better. Time and investment into those dreams is never wasted.

Thanks, Stephen!

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