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Chair at Dwell on Design

Chair at Dwell on Design, originally uploaded by ricardodiaz11.

Cool color-changing chair! This would be so awesome in a minimalist-style home.


Misha, in her home

interior designer at home, originally uploaded by geopollock.
The interior designer Misha sits in her Seattle living room, naturally of her own creation. The painting is a Misha original. She made the pillows and ottoman as well as her 1950's outfit (for a video she was shooting for Martha Stewart's new interior design TV program). What a gorgeous Seattle home!


Modern Living in Columbia City

Tony Case Homes, originally uploaded by lifebegreen.
I love the sweeping lines and interesting angles of this modern home near Mt. Baker and Columbia City. Seattle has such interesting real estate, we're fortunate to have so many talented architects living here.  Modern homes are one of my specialties, so please contact me if you're searching for a modern home for sale in Seattle.


Red Mill Burgers on Phinney Ridge

Man, people really love these burgers! There's always a line at this hamburger joint.

It's located in the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhood, right near the Phinney Ridge Community Center. It's an old elementary school that's been converted to use by the community and has a tool exchange, yoga and dance lessons and a great remodeling fair every year. I also went to a Ukulele song circle there once too!

The neighborhood is made up mostly of 1920'-30's era Craftsman bungalows, with a smattering of other last-century styles of homes. Real estate values in this Seattle neighborhood stay strong, as the schools are good, and it has a high walk score. Extra points for the new Ken's Market which has just remodeled and expanded. Also love the 74th Street Ale House!

Seattle's Greenlake Neighborhood

Seattle Public Theater, originally uploaded by osbedu.

Here's a beautiful photo of the Bathhouse Theater from across the lake on a clear, windless day.

Greenlake is a great neighborhood of modest bungalows and more substantial larger homes, including Queen Anne style, Craftsman bungalows and Tudors. It was established at the turn of the last century and has a strong community feeling, with strong real estate values even during down times. It's really a "Seattle Neighborhood".

The Greenlake area has some great coffee shops, Peets and Starbucks, and one can walk to Whole Foods. I like the restaurants on the North side, including Dukes and World Wraps.

I learned to sail on Greenlake and it's small so it warms up quickly in summer.

West Seattle Waterfront View Condo's

I've always loved the Harbor West Condo's, built in 1968 on a pier over Puget Sound. I don't think they'd ever allow this kind of building over the water now days, so that makes this building even more rare and valuable. The actual address is 3717 Beach Dr SW in Alki, and if you're interested in this or other Seattle condominiums for sale, give me a call!


Seattle From Kerry Park

Seattle From Kerry Park, originally uploaded by Todd_Hobert.

This is a beautiful shot of Seattle from Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill, a lovely neighborhood of old homes, modern condo's, townhomes and mansions. The lights reflecting on the clouds give this a beautiful glow.


Seattle House Boats

Seattle House Boats, originally uploaded by Cap'n Surly.
This is an awesome photo taken at the Gasworks Park Marina. It's actually an affordable cooperative dock on North Lake Union. Currently, there are about a dozen houseboats there for sale, most under $300K and a couple under $200,000, with affordable dues. A lot of the home are barges that have been remodeled, with a smattering of pleasure craft and larger houseboats.

Houseboats in Seattle are such a romantic idea! Every since "Sleepless in Seattle", houseboats have been such a desirable living choice.  Call me if you have an interest in Seattle houseboats for sale.


2010 UW Cherry Blossoms on campus

Yoshino Cherry trees - which are the Cherry Blossom trees currently in bloom at the University of Washington, generally live between 30 and 70 years. These cherry trees bloom once a year for one to two weeks and are beautiful!


Program that helps homeowners whose homes have lost value, extended

The government is giving homeowners another year to refinance their loans under a little-used program designed to help borrowers whose homes have plummeted in value.

The Obama administration effort, known as Home Affordable Refinance Program, had been scheduled to end on June 10 but will now run out on June 30, 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Monday.

The program allows borrowers who owe up to 25 percent more than their homes are worth to refinance to lower interest rates.

It was originally projected to help 4 million to 5 million homeowners with loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. So far, it has helped around 220,000, according to the Treasury Department.

1953 Modern Living Room

But this could just as easily be 2010, with different flooring. Maybe a nice brushed and acid-etched concrete or a linseed-based Marmoleum. Or cork. Yes, cork would look great in here. Design comes full circle.


1921 Armstrong Kitchen - Sanitary Style

What an awesome vintage kitchen!

If you decide to remodel your kitchen in your vintage home, make sure it has some design elements from the past. If it looks like it has always been there, it will never go out of style!

One hallmark of the 'teens and early 20s was the sanitary style in kitchens. Easy maintenance with particular attention to cleanliness as well as improved efficiency were the order of the day. This Armstrong kitchen ad was offered in conjunction with a publication by their interior advisor, Frank Alvah Parsons (after whom Parsons School of Design is named).


Angela Adams: New Hand-Woven Rugs

I love these new rugs by Angela Adams. There are 3 in this collection and they're a lovely fine-colored flat weave to go with almost any decor.

Angela Adams: New Hand-Woven Rugs

Topsy-Turvy Lamps - The Rubik Table Lighting by Ender YOLCU of Paratoner (GALLERY)

Topsy-Turvy Lamps - The Rubik Table Lighting by Ender YOLCU of Paratoner (GALLERY)

If you’re looking to add a bit of chaotic character to your home decor, I suggest you take a quick peek at the Rubik table lighting. A bit quirky, yet all kinds of stylish, it’s a simple deign that will complement any home.
Designed by Ender YOLCU of Paratoner, the Rubik table lighting is available in two colors. If you have a more rustic, organic home you can go for the natural oak. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated option, however, the epoxy lacquer one is just for you.


Cherry blossoms in the Arboretum

Arboretum, Seattle, WA, originally uploaded by djwudi.

Cherry blossom time is always so beautiful in the Arboretum. The Japanese have a cherry blossom festival to remind themselves how beautiful and fleeting life is.

Cupcakes from West Seattle's Sugar Rush Bakery

I found this lovely photo of cupcakes from a bakery in West Seattle called "Sugar Rush". It led to a link by the very fabulous cupcake blog If this doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will!


Painted Lady

Painted Lady, originally uploaded by derickcarss.
This is a beautiful architectural detail from a Painted Lady Victorian home. So lovely!  This is a very rare style of home in Seattle, but we do have many homes for sale of the Victorian era, they just aren't quite as elaborate.  But give me a call, and we can explore what other Victorian homes there are for sale in Seattle.


Seattle Modern Home

Seattle Regional Modern, originally uploaded by dalylab.

This North Capitol Hill home, located at 727 13th Ave. E. was designed by Brad Koure and built by Saltaire Construction.


Happy New Years from the Swedish Club, Torie & Tristan!

Such a great local blog! Like a younger and hipper Martha Stewart, Torie of "Torie & Tristan, newly married Seattleites explore all things domestic" documented their visit to the Three Crowns New Years Eve Party with a inside view of how they prepped, decorated and the pre-func at their home prior to the ball. How clever is that! So glad they had a good time. And hats off to Jeffrey Cook for the decor and thanks to Count Kody Tuwaletstiwa for some of the wonderful props for the shindig.



Nob Hill House

Nob Hill House, originally uploaded by Ursula Haigh.

This is such an incredible home, located in a gracious Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. I've heard the inside looks as great as the outside!


Mid-Century Modern in Seattle

This home is located at 5049 Lake Washington Blvd. in Seattle, near Seward Park. It is perfect mid-century architecture and this unique interior shot shows off the central sandstone fireplace and the amazing lake views.

Vegan Cookies N' Cream Cupcakes

These vegan cupcakes look delicious. Some of the best chocolate cake and cupcakes I've had have been either vegan or flourless. Who knew they could be so delicious?


Pike Place Market in Winter

Pike Place Market, originally uploaded by feekner.

This is a great shot of the Pike Place Market on a cold night in December. But even in winter, there are plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood, and Beacher's makes a beautiful macaroni and cheese.


Open House & Tours of Historic Sacred Places

Tacoma's Historic Sacred Places: Open House & Tours

Sunday, Oct 25, 1-5pm

At 1pm, bells will toll across the city, opening 15 historic churches and synagogues for tours and programs. This free event, sponsored by Historic Tacoma, celebrates Tacoma's diverse collection of religious architecture, as well as the contributions each congregation has made to the development and vitality of the City. Participants will enjoy building tours, exhibits and music ranging from organ to traditional Slovak to gospel, while viewing soaring architectural spaces, stunning stained glass, and hand-carved detailing.

Pick up a free tour guide & map at one of three locations:

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove (bus routes 11 & 51)

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J Street (bus route 11)

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 434 S. 30th Street (bus route 3)

Other participating congregations include Center for Spiritual Living; Christ Episcopal, Church of St. Patrick; First Church of Christ, Scientist; Northwest Baptist Seminary; Old St. Peter's; Peace Lutheran; St. Joseph's Catholic Church; St. Paul Lutheran; St. Rita of Cascia Catholic; Temple Beth El; and Urban Grace.


Seattle Home Show 2

Seattle Home Show 2, Oct. 22-25; autumn spinoff of February's big show; home and garden products and services, furnished and landscaped model homes, "Meet the Experts" seminars, Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle. 425-467-0960.

A full-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine will be included in Seattle Home Show 2 paid admissions.

If you're looking to buy some Seattle real estate or a new home, you definitely want to get yourself down to that Home Show for some good ideas.


Incredible Craftsman built on the site of the old Swedish consulate

Incredible views overlooking Interlaken Park and Lake Washington are the hallmarks of this Craftsman home built on the site of the Swedish consulate on Capitol Hill.

The home has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths and has been built with an incredible attention to detail, with no expense spared.

This home is built high above Interlaken, and near Volunteer Park. The open floor plan is great for entertaining and provides an ease to everyday living. Two sets of French doors open onto a large deck.

For those that appreciate the difference between truly custom construction and standard builder fare; the home's artisan construction and exquisite materials are evident immediately. A rich espresso stain brings out the amazing grain of the wide plank, riff cut, and quarter sawn white oak floors. Hand troweled plaster walls add warmth and texture that drywall will never be able to achieve. These are just a few of the many details not to be over looked. Offered at $3,385,000
Call Corey Patt for an appointment to view. 206-322-8711


Exciting furnishings in at Neiman Marcus in Bellevue

Seattle and Bellevue has waited and Neiman Marcus delivers with there new store at the Bravern. Fabulous style, deluxe materials, marvelous decor, the style does not disappoint.

The iconic style has come to the Northwest and all is well with the world.

While some pundits have questioned whether or not the Seattle area can support these luxury stores, there is no

question that residents of the
Pacific Northwest have the quality of taste. But will they open their pocketbooks to make the purchase?

Luxury velvets, plush fabrics embrace classic designs. These would look fabulous in anyones home. But will New York glamor translate and move well to this soggy corner of the country?

When I was growing up, ostentatious displays of wealth were frowned upon here, and there was nary a BMW or Mercedes on the road. Now luxury autos, diamond jewelry and trophy mansions are the mode of the day, and no one blinks when someone shows up in designer clothes.

So Neiman Marcus may indeed find an audience in the nueuvo riche suburbs of Bellevue, Medina and Kirkland. And maybe a few Seattleites will even cross the bridge to take a peek!  If you've got yourself a wonderful home or are looking to buy Seattle real estate, you definitely want to take a look at this beautiful furniture collection.


Design Salon: Next Style?

Part of this year's AIA Design Salon series, a year
long exploration of the place of style in architectural discourse.

October 28, 6:30-8:30p

Architecture Hall Room 147
UW College of the Built Environment

Free for AIAS Members
$5 AIA Member, Associate or Student
Cost includes appetizers.