Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington
My husband and I (plus our two puggles) live in an 800 square foot loft in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. The location drew us in, but aside from the array of charming boutiques and restaurants just outside our building, we immediately fell in love with the soaring ceilings, exceptional natural light and covered outdoor space – a huge bonus given Seattle's notorious rainfall!
I work as a designer, so I'm constantly digesting all things visual; the editing and re-editing process definitely extends to decorating. Luckily, my husband is incredibly easy going and gives me free reign in that arena! We both spend the majority of our days in front of screens, so coming home to an environment that's neutral and restful on the eyes is important. Consistent with that requisite, I gravitate to a sparser look and am quite choosy about what comes into our home, which helps keep our small space feeling open.
We've moved around a bit, and reassess our belongings each time to accommodate the space (thank goodness for Craigslist). Adaptation is what I find so exciting about decorating! That said, we've collected certain pieces that I'm really attached to – some are family heirlooms, others were tracked down on eBay, etc. – and they always remain fixtures. Interesting, slightly off-kilter pieces and pairings really resonate with me; I love the fluidity and structure of French and Japanese modernist furniture, but also favor primitive, abstract art and sculpture. I have a particular affection for chairs, little stools/tables, and vessels!
Hands downs, my favorite area is the patio – it's like a human-size terrarium, and as such, we've filled it with plants! Though it's mostly set up as a lounging space, I was able to dedicate a small section as my painting area…I feel lucky to have such a peaceful spot to work.
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