This Seattle Home Is a Lesson in How to Create Rooms When You Have No Walls

updated Jul 9, 2020

This Seattle Home Is a Lesson in How to Create Rooms When You Have No Walls

updated Jul 9, 2020
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Name: Natalie and Easton
Location: Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,475 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

As a wedding and event planner (Ginger Bee Events and Weddings), Natalie is used to turning a blank open space into something beautiful and inviting. So it’s no surprise what she and her husband Easton—a photographer with a creative eye of his own—were able to do with their Seattle loft. It definitely takes an extra amount of vision when you don’t have interior walls for guidance.

Credit: Mackenzie Schieck

The first project this couple tackled after moving in was the kitchen; it needed a total overhaul. And while they remodeled the bathroom next, they also invested in standing closets to create a sleeping nook. Over time, they’ve swapped out old furniture while hanging onto what worked in order to define sections of the space. They’ve also done a great job at budgeting: All of the shelves are made from reclaimed wood, the dining chairs were scores from a “garage sale” at a classic Seattle hotel, and they have plenty of IKEA purchases in the mix.

Credit: Mackenzie Schieck

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cozy and eclectic.

Inspiration: Geometry, antiques, places we’ve traveled, and the building itself.

Favorite Element: Natalie: the kitchen cabinets. Easton: The natural light and the wood

Credit: Mackenzie Schieck

Biggest Challenge: Coming to an agreement on how to reinvent the space.

What Friends Say: They love the openness and light.

Biggest Embarrassment: The utility room.

Credit: Mackenzie Schieck

Proudest DIY: LOL, we didn’t DIY anything!

Biggest Indulgence: Custom cabinetry.

Best Advice: Hire ONE general contractor and do ALL your projects at the same time.


Credit: Mackenzie Schieck


  • Door, Benjamin Moore — Teal Blast
  • Window Trim, Benjamin Moore — Soot
  • Walls and Ceiling, Benjamin Moore — Chantilly Lace
  • Cabinets, Sherwin Williams — Rainstorm 
Credit: Mackenzie Schieck


Credit: Mackenzie Schieck


  • Desks (architectural plywood and cable) — 36th Ave Design & Build
  • Desk Shelves (architectural plywood — Plank & Grain
  • Table — Sodo Flea Market (old elementary school lab table)
  • Bookshelves (Reclaimed wood and cable) — Plank and Grain
  • Light Fixtures (both sides) — IKEA
Credit: Mackenzie Schieck


  • Closets — IKEA PAX
  • Ceiling Fan — HOUZZ
  • Chandelier —
  • Couch — Target
  • Chairs — Target
  • Ottoman — Wayfair
  • Lamps — Chelyan Sun Designs (IG @chelyan.sun.designs) 
  • Rug — It’s an old one from my parents.
Credit: Mackenzie Schieck


  • Small Bar — Plank & Grain
  • Rolling Benches — Plank & Grain
  • Light Fixture — IKEA
  • Table — IKEA
  • Chairs — Hotel Sorrento Garage Sale (one of our favorite purchases!)
  • Wine Cabinet — Plank & Grain
  • Gramophone iPhone speaker — Plank & Grain
  • Wire cage lights — HOUZZ
  • Copper Lights — HOUZZ
  • Antique wood Goodies — Antique Liquidators
  • Sink — IKEA
  • Copper Faucet — Signature Hardware (we loved this style but its already falling apart…)
  • Cabinets — Huntwood (we love HUNTWOOD!)
  • Cabinet hardware — IKEA
  • Hood — IKEA
  • Tile — HOUZZ
  • Honeycomb Wall Unit — World Market
  • Fridge — Whirlpool
  • Dishwasher — Fisher and Paykel
  • Stove/Oven — GE

Thanks, Natalie and Easton!

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