Mackenzie Schieck

Writer/Photographer/Prop Stylist


Seattle-based creative who loves making things look pretty. Stylist of interiors and props, a writer and a photographer.
This Brilliant Storage Idea In This Seattle Remodel Will Blow You Away
The sleek shoe storage isn’t the only cool thing in this couple’s remodeled home – there’s a gorgeous slat wall, guest bathroom, and more.
Apr 19, 2024
I Converted My Small Home Office into a Cozy English "Snug"
Projects & Improvements
I wanted it to be all couch, pillows, and patterns.
Feb 27, 2024
I Converted My Small Home Office into a Cozy English "Snug"
Projects & Improvements
I wanted it to be all couch, pillows, and patterns.
Jan 12, 2024
A Couple (and Their Two Dogs!) Call This 43-Foot-Long Boat Home
Brittainy and Ryan have lived full-time in this boat for seven years, creating a boho, vintage-inspired cozy home.
Sep 7, 2023
A 615-Square-Foot Portland Rental Is Full of DIYs and Clever Rental Hacks
Gretchen's superpower is finding amazing pieces for her home on a budget. Through thrifting and DIY, she's been able to find stylish items AND make incredible additions to complete her trendy Portland one-bedroom apartment.
Aug 10, 2023
A Lovely 1920s LA Apartment Is the Home of Vintage Experts, Highboy LA
See inside the stunning home of Katie and Cody, the duo behind popular IG account Highboy LA. They share oodles of interior inspiration with their vintage-filled 750-square-foot rental apartment.
Jun 12, 2023
This Small Studio's Style Is 'Little Women' Attic Meets Nautical Seaside Inn
Film fan Madison's Seattle studio apartment is smartly designed and filled with fun elements, like a “Honk if you’d rather be watching the 1999 cinematic masterpiece ‘The Mummy’ starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz” sticker.
May 10, 2022
A Seattle Home Has DIYs, Plants, Cats, and DIYs to Keep the Cats Off Plants
When Zoë and her partner bought their first home, this 1950s ranch house, she was able to re-discover her colorful, creative side. "I learned to take risks and embrace the unexpected. I feel like I finally have my creativity back, and it’s a beautiful feeling." 
Dec 6, 2021
A 'Recovering Minimalist's' Rainbow-Painted Cottage is Pure Sunshine
Marita has been painting (and re-painting!) walls, appliances, and furniture in her home (also known as "The Rainbow House") for the better part of a year.
Jul 6, 2021
Every DIY Idea in This Customized Rental Is Worth Stealing
This food blogger's home features DIY ideas like a divider wall, a unique furniture layout to, and an attractive way to hide an ugly shower rod.
Jun 22, 2021
A Seattle Apartment Shows How to Make a Rental a Personality-Packed Home
This photographer used temporary wallpaper, a stick-on backsplash, and more decor ideas to turn this rental apartment into her cozy home.
Aug 18, 2020
This Seattle Home Is a Lesson in How to Create Rooms When You Have No Walls
This wedding planner and her husband, a photographer, live in this open-plan Seattle loft home that they laid out brilliantly.
Jul 9, 2020
This Photographer Has a Knack for Spotting Roadside Decor Gems
This family of six has turned an outdated, 100-year-old house into a beautiful, functional, and fun home.
Jun 25, 2019
The Surprising Everyday Things that Have Really Kept Me on Track with My Health Goals
Get more sleep. Yes. Eat better. Of course. Get regular exercise. Well, duh. We already know all the things we need to do to be healthier (whether we do them or not). The question mark is more the issue of how, and finding ways to reinvent ways to stay motivated can often be the biggest challenge. So, I’ve gathered together five “how”s that have made things easier for me to stay on track with my wellness lately. This probably sounds odd.
May 3, 2019
This Couple Met Through Airbnb, Then Got Married at Airbnb Headquarters
In imagining the ideal wedding venue, the corporate headquarters of a Silicon Valley company wouldn’t exactly be at the top of most couples’ lists, but for Ben and Noa it couldn’t have been more perfect. Married a little over a month ago in Airbnb’s light-filled atrium on July 6th, the couple first met in 2014 when Ben made several attempts to book Noa’s space in Tel Aviv on the vacation rental marketplace.
May 3, 2019
Cute, Confident and Comfortable: Suki’s Real Life Style
As I packed up my camera at Suki’s Seattle condo, post Home Tour-shoot, she half-joked that she’d been scouring the internet in search of a palm tree dress to match the bold wallpaper print in her bedroom. Sporting a sweet vintage white dress that day, it was clear she’d come up empty-handed, but I couldn’t help but lament for the palm awesomeness that could have been.
May 3, 2019
A Graphic Designer’s Collected Seattle Home
Name: Jordan Location: Capitol Hill — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting A friend of Jordan’s once called her a professional appreciator, and that is just exactly the right title to give this creative force of a woman.
Apr 30, 2019
A Seattle Boutique Owner’s Rustic Bohemian Home
Name: Moorea Seal, her husband, and pup Lemon Location: Seattle, Washington Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned When I reached out to Seattle boutique owner, social media extraordinaire, and author Moorea Seal about doing a home tour, she was in the middle of writing her third book, Make Yourself at Home. (The 52 Lists Project was her first hit journal, and 52 Lists for Happiness has been featured by the likes of
Apr 30, 2019
A NYC Couple’s Minimalist Retreat from Hectic City Life
Name: Alana and Kristopher Location: Upper West Side — New York City, NY Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Successfully pulling together a space that is a minimalist sanctuary, but also interesting (and one that still feels decorated), is surprisingly hard to do. Which is what makes this New York City couple’s Upper West Side apartment so impressive.
Apr 30, 2019
A Young Family’s Cozy, Small Seattle Craftsman
Name: Anna, Jason and Freddy Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned After buying their Seattle home five years ago, Anna and Jason spent about two years updating elements that likely hadn’t changed in decades — all new windows, refurbished kitchen counters, new paint throughout — and the list goes on.
Apr 30, 2019
See This Photographer’s Total Apartment Decor Overhaul
Name: Elizabeth Podlesnik Location: Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Back in June, this former personal stylist-turned-photographer got an itch to redecorate. Like, seriously redecorate. “I sold everything on Craigslist and Offer Up, and started from scratch,” Elizabeth told me. I was slightly jealous of the adventure she’d just been on. From scratch, you say? Swoon. I really do have a thing for blank slates.
Apr 29, 2019
Mid-Century Tropical Vibes Meet Cabin Retreat in This Home
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.
Apr 29, 2019
A Seattle Home’s Dining Room Has a Great Green Accent Wall
Name: Adria and Dan Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned Adria—who works in UX design and is also the founder of the food and travel blog, The Emerald Palate—says she never considered green among her favorite colors. But when she and Dan—a software engineer—first walked into this house in Seattle’s Ballard area, she immediately knew that the wall in the dining room needed to be green.
Apr 29, 2019
Kendall’s Bright Pacific Northwest Gem
Name: Kendall Location: Bellingham, Washington Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 12 years “Maybe I’ll move in next door to you,” I kidded when I found out the tenant in the space next to my sister Kendall’s light-filled, one-bedroom apartment would be moving out in the fall. She laughed,”Oh, there’s a waiting list.” People have been lining up for years to get into this small complex.
Feb 19, 2019
Modern With a Hint of Glam in Seattle
Name: Lauren and Jason Location: West Seattle — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,792 square feet Years lived in: 3-1/2 years The first time I got a look at Lauren and Jason’s super chic West Seattle townhome, I was a guest at their “Roaring Twenties”-themed 2016 Oscar party. I climbed the stairs, turned the corner into their kitchen, and bam! It was all Great Gatsby up in that place.
Feb 19, 2019
A Stunning Seattle Home that Works on Multiple Levels (Literally)
Name: Hilary and Glenn Location: Central District — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,382 square feet Years lived in: 3 years Guests make their way up to Hilary and Glenn’s front door via a winding path that’s a little on the steep side—even by Seattle standards. And when you walk inside, you definitely feel as if you’ve reached a summit of sorts.
Feb 19, 2019
A Playful, Pop Art-Inspired Seattle Home
Name: Ali and Duffy Location: Green Lake — Seattle, Washington Size: 1,900 square feet Years lived in: Rented 4 years When I posted a picture to Instagram of the wallpaper in Seattle restaurant, Joule, gushing over it as one of my favorites in the city, I had no idea it would lead me to my next House Tour subject. “My husband’s company Electric Coffin designed and made that wallpaper,” read a comment from a woman named Ali, “as well as the whole restaurant!
Feb 19, 2019
A Candy-Colored Seattle Studio
Name: Suki Location: Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington Size: 677 square feet Years lived in: Owned 9 months Before she started decorating, Seattle homeowner Suki set out to create a space that felt like a vacation home, which worked out nicely for me since it was an especially gloomy day the afternoon I showed up to snap some pictures. I was desperately in need of a mini getaway and Suki’s condo totally delivered.
Feb 19, 2019
A Florist & Woodworker’s Nature Chic Home
Name: Ryan and Teressa Location: Sumner, Washington Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned When I arrived at Teressa and Ryan’s sweet, light-filled house, it came as no surprise to see the couple does natural chic like the pros that I already knew they were. Teressa is the owner of a floral design company for both special events and everyday flower delights. Ryan is a teacher by day and quite the woodworker in his off hours.
Feb 19, 2019
A Small Seattle Studio That Looks Much Larger Than It Is
Name: Angel and Ben Location: Fremont — Seattle, Washington Size: 580 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting The first thing you notice when walking into Angel and Ben’s Fremont studio is the huge floor-to-ceiling windows at the far end of the space, letting light pour into their living area.
Feb 7, 2019
An Airbnb Content Manager’s Chic San Francisco Studio
Name: Holly Location: The Mission — San Francisco, California Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting The first thing you notice when you open the door to Holly’s apartment in San Francisco’s popular Mission neighborhood is the light in the hallway that runs two-thirds of the length of the space. Windows all along the right side — some stained glass — make it feel very airy and ethereal.
Feb 7, 2019
A Seattle Jewelry Designer’s Paris-Inspired Studio
Name: Kim Location: Capitol Hill — Seattle, Washington Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Having great style kinda comes with the territory when you’re a successful jewelry maker (and the owner of a business like Fresh Tangerine), but Kim has a particular brand that you just don’t see very often. She describes her home’s look as quirky Parisian with some PNW cozy mixed in. And it’s so true!
Feb 7, 2019
This Sweet Seattle Studio Is Inspired by Ice Cream
Name: Emily Kim Location: Pioneer Square — Seattle, Washington Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Ever since I saw Emily’s first Instagram post of her new Pioneer Square apartment back in January, I’ve been hounding her about doing a house tour: “Are you ready yet? I mean, no pressure!” Then quietly, “But, are you ready yet?
Aug 21, 2018
Food Blogger Gaby Dalkin’s Seattle Home Is Perfect for Entertaining
Name: Gaby Dalkin Location: Lower Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, owned “I love the Seattle house!” I had just wrapped up shooting food blogger Gaby Dalkin’s lower Queen Anne townhome when she let out that statement with a serene smile.
Jun 25, 2018
A Roadmap to Renting the Place of Your Dreams: Apartment-Hunting Tips from a Serial Mover
I move a lot. Like, a lot. I even wrote an article about the benefits of being a serial mover like myself. And in moving so much, I’ve gotten really good at finding great apartments, the newest one always better than the last. (Ask my friends, they’ll back me up!) I’m currently in my seventh Seattle apartment with a view of the Space Needle from my living room. So I promise, I know a thing or two!
Oct 10, 2016
Get Your Wellness and Wallet Back on Track this Fall by Eating at Home
To any of you who need a bit of a fire lit under them to fire up the stove this fall, here are a few tips for easing your way back into the kitchen.
Sep 22, 2016