Liave: Artful Accessories in Seattle

Liave: Artful Accessories in Seattle

Head south from Pike Place Market on Western Avenue and you'll quickly see why it's called "Furniture Row" — it's filled with stores selling sofas, beds, antiques and lighting. At one point, you'll come across a charming shop called Liave, owned by Cornelia Veit. Specializing in home goods and accessories from across the globe, Cornelia's store — occupying an industrial space with high ceilings, wide-plank wood floors and exposed brick — is as welcoming as its vivacious owner.

Whether it's candles you're looking for (including simple white taper candles flown in from Denmark — those, in fact, favored by the queen of that country) or delicate salt dishes, blown-glass vases, bright scarves, leather satchels, and baskets, Liave has plenty to choose from.

Liave's focus is on products sourced directly from the makers. Cornelia's well-edited, personal selection of products range from 12-dollar origami-inspired bud vases from Japan to luxurious Bolivian blankets that will set you back a few hundred bucks.

"In Germany, I grew up with the Sunday mentality: use your best linens and dishes only on Sunday," Cornelia told me. "I would always ask my mother, 'But what about the other six days of the week?' " Nowadays, she uses meaningful, beautiful items every day: "You never know what is going to happen in life, why not make it beautiful today?"

Tomorrow, June 16th, is Liave's 3-year anniversary. To celebrate, the store is hosting a food-and-wine reception from 6 to 9 pm to kick off its yearly sale — 20% off its entire stock for three days (one day for each year in business). Congratulations, Liave, on three lovely years in Seattle!

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