Madeleine & Kihan’s “Just Plain Cozy” Seattle Apartment

published Jan 22, 2016
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(Image credit: Photos by Rafael Soldi)

Name: Madeleine & Kihan
Location: Capitol Hill — Seattle, Washington

Our two bedroom, one bath, 1100-square foot apartment is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in a building built in 1903. Our neighbors and friends Becky and Andrew were recently featured on Apartment Therapy, and live 2 floors up, so we have the exact same layout—which I thought might be an interesting feature to see. Recently, the entire apartment was shot by friend and studio mate Rafael Soldi.

(Image credit: Photos by Rafael Soldi)

We love our apartment and the building, from its hardwood floors, sunlight, and very high ceilings to its generous layout, location, and history. (We did have a view of the Space Needle, Puget Sound, and Olympic Mountains until a new condominium building went up in recent years!)

(Image credit: Photos by Rafael Soldi)

Kihan (a pediatric cardiac intensivist) and I (Madeleine, a graphic designer) have lived here together since 2010 (he since ’07) and we’ve made what we consider a very comfortable home, one in which our favorite thing to do is cook and have gatherings. Since the space surely allows for that, we’ve made our living room the most cozy for lounging and we always keep the leaf in our large dining table for others. Kihan’s extensive library of books and collection of vinyl is housed here, too—both of which are a focal point since we don’t have a television.

Unintentionally, we also sort of have a collection of plants and art. Our largest plant is a 5 ft-something loquat tree (2 actually) I planted from seeds about 9 years ago. The artwork that adorns every wall ranges from many talented friends and local artists to things we bought while traveling (plus a few of my own).

(Image credit: Photos by Rafael Soldi)

I think our style is just plain “cozy”. We appreciate minimal, but we like homey— and take pride in so many found objects and furniture, pieces from our relatives and travels. Our roots (Kihan from Korea, I from rural Pennsylvania) definitely show throughout. Surprisingly, everyone’s favorite room is the bathroom! With original subway tile and old fixtures, the entirely-white bathroom receives the most sunshine, so the plants are healthy plus our old radio is tuned to jazz when you turn on the light.

(Image credit: Photos by Rafael Soldi)

Other than all the memories, our books and art pieces are our most prized items. Also, our Hudson Bay blanket belonged to my late father, and some of the pillowcases we have are cotton seed bags from my grandfather’s barn. Ultimately, we are most happy when friends and family come to gather, eat good food, and snuggle up on the couch.

Thanks, Madeleine & Kihan !

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