A Bubbly and Modern Seattle Condo

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Suki has lived in her colorful condo for just under a year. (Image credit: Photos by Daniel Char)

Name: Suki
Location: Uptown — Seattle, Washington

After living in a 1920s condo building that sported a lot of personality for many years, I started having the seven-year itch and began craving simplicity. A blank canvas, a place where I could freely express myself. Also, my biological clock was ticking, and I wanted to have a modern, grown-up kitchen and a queen size bed. As soon as I walked into this new gem in Uptown (aka lower Queen Anne to some), I knew it was going to be my next home. It was love at first sight. I loved white walls and glossy concrete floors. And, who would not want to live above a giant grocery store?

When it came to decorating, I wanted my new abode to feel like a vacation home without being overly kitschy. I work long hours and am not home a lot. I provide academic advising to adult learners at Seattle University and also teach Korean. After a long day of work, I desire a place where I can get recharged and feel inspired. I might call myself an extroverted introvert. And, I am a minimalist who loves children’s toys and vibrant colors! I wanted to create a space that would suit many strangely conflicting qualities in me.

Luckily, I had a blank canvas and was thrilled to try everything that was not possible at my old condo. I hung palm tree wallpaper on one wall of my bedroom. I put together my very first gallery wall. And, I played with fun colors! The end result is an uncluttered, modern look teamed with pale pink and blue. I have managed to avoid the generic catalog look and added warmth to white walls.

It has been a big year for me. I turned 40 last year. I unlatched myself from the comforts of the familiar and put myself into new experiences. This is not going to be my final place, but I look forward to spending many years here.

Thanks, Suki!

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