Name & Location: Harrison in Capitol Hill—Seattle, Washington
My Favorite Room: Dining/Office
Specs: 70 square feet in a rental apartment
I don't want to say that I had a specific plan in mind with putting this space together. It's really been a process of coming up with projects I think would be fun to make, and figuring out how they all fit together. As for style, I always think of the line from Mad Men when Don asks for a drink that is "simple, yet significant." I don't like clutter, so I like simple things that stand out.
The items that stand out the most are the blue and charcoal lines, and the live edge table. The lines were actually one of the first things I put in my apartment, and the first piece I ever put in this room. When I discovered wallsneedlove I instantly had the idea to do these lines, and I knew that it didn't matter what else was in the room, these were going to shine. I love them because they really pop up out of nowhere from behind the french doors in my apartment.
Then there is the live edge table, which might be my favorite project I've ever done. The idea for this began when I saw a blog post where someone had made a table by just hanging something like a 6" by 4” piece of lumber on their wall. I thought it was a brilliant idea as something that would save space and look cool. Because I rent though, I'm not able to drill large holes in the wall so I had to figure out a way to get that effect without causing damage to the apartment.
I wanted to give it a live edge look so I found a place that sells beautiful slabs of wood, and got a maple one because I loved the tiger stripes and burl. I'd never done any woodworking before and there was a lot of "I have no idea how this is going to go" involved with making it, but I'm really happy with the outcome. The legs then are just plumbing pipes from Home Depot.
To fill out the space, I got some plant cuttings from my mom's (immaculate) garden and a few local nurseries in the area. I also painted the bottom of the pots to add some more color. I especially love the carnivorous plants on the table because of their interesting shapes and red tints on the tips. The rope on the pipes was actually an idea I got from a posting on Apartment Therapy to hide the ugly coloration of the pipe and add a different texture to the room.
Now I have this space that I originally intended to use as a dining area, but is now my all purpose desk/dinner table/creative space. I love to just sit in this room on the weekends, usually drinking a cup of coffee, and surf the internet looking for new projects.
- Wall Stripes: wallsneedlove.com
- Table Slab: Oregon Lumber Works.
- Table Legs: Home Depot
- Chairs: Target (but actually purchased from Goodwill)
- Plants: Cuttings from mom's garden & nurseries in Seattle
- Pots: Terra cotta pots that we painted. Pot for carnivorous plants is from Goodwill.
- Coasters: These were made for me from my sister. They're sealed tiles with corgi pictures on them. I call them corgsters!
- Rope: QFC