Top Shops: From Green to Mod to Everything in Between
As we enter into the heart of fall, and one of the best shopping seasons, we thought we’d arm you with our list of the area’s top home shops. We’ve gone in-depth on what each featured venue offers, from fab furnishings to expert services to DIY classes.
Revival Home and Garden’s (Capitol Hill, 1517 12th Ave.; 206.763.3886; revivalhomeandgarden.com) two-year-old space is stamped with owner Leah Ball Steen’s dramatic design sensibility. Vintage and new pieces, from lacquered tables ($400 and up) to adorned chandeliers ($598 and up), playfully mix together to create a luxe, Old Hollywood feel. We fell for the coral sideboard ($2,200) and shapely vintage yellow octagon table ($575). Boost in-store seating ($625–$6,325) options with a new fabric pick by Steen (she’ll also suggest fabrics for seating you already own). Better yet, hire Steen to create your in-vogue abode. For tighter budgets, a remote design service starts at $500 per room, and includes a minimum of two furniture plans, color schemes and tips. Just e-mail your needs to firstname.lastname@example.org and within a month you’ll receive suggested product photos and info to get your project jump-started.
Green and Great
Opened in 2009, NuBe Green (Capitol Hill, 921 E Pike St.; 206.402.4515; nubegreen.com) isn’t a nube on the scene anymore. Alongside a new furniture line, NuBe HOME (pricing starts at $1,000), featuring refurbished pieces such as chairs, couches and benches upholstered in vintage wool blankets and textiles, they’ve added water-based zero-VOC Stark Paints ($88 per gallon) and furnishings from Seattle-based Codor Designs (chair $4,400, side table $4,200), a line signified by its sleek mix of steel, brass and salvaged wood. Want to throw a green-themed party? The shop now serves up vintage tabletop rentals such as candelabras, vases and linens (call for a custom quote).
If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Velocity Art and Design’s (South Lake Union, 251 Yale Ave. N; 206.749.9575; velocityartanddesign.com) flagship store or their mighty outlet (426 Yale Ave. N)—with all goods 40 to 80 percent off—you’re sure to find that something special on their in-store computers. From gloriously graphic wallpaper patterns by Ferm Living and Amy Butler (starting at $50 per roll) to fresh floor and table lamps by Cerno ($295–$1,160) to adorable Areaware Nesting Tables ($400), there’s everything here to make your house a hip home.
House Of Style
Lucky us. Earlier this year, the design smarties at Inform Interiors (South Lake Union, 2032 Eighth Ave.; 206.622.1608; informseattle.com) added a smaller nearby sister shop, Inform Contract (820 Lenora St.; 206.588.8088). Both stores offer everything from bold bathing options to mod designer furniture and lighting to awe-evoking accessories, such as their Mystic rugs ($4,200 and up) composed of vintage rugs stripped of their original color and creatively re-dyed. Staff members, some with interior design degrees, are a great source for design advice (a deposit may be required, but in- house consults are also available). We love the lustrous Metalarte Platinum Josephine Table Lamp ($2,103), the legendary Hepburn Sofa ($7,865) and the hot Ecosmart Fireplace ($1,995) for our nippy nights. Currently, our most-coveted piece? The grand velvet Tom Dixon Wingback chair ($7,000) that will make you feel like royalty.
Isn’t it Romantic?
Transplanted from Mill Creek Town Center to downtown Kirkland a mere year and a half ago, Haley’s Cottage (Kirkland, 123 Park Lane; 425.822.2730; haleyscottage.com) is our pick for romantic fare. Vintage and new lighting includes the charming French Chandelier ($385). Supple Bella Notte linens ($79–$800) grace the velvet tufted headboards ($1,200–$1,600) and beds on display. Accessories range from soy handcrafted candles ($18.95) and burlap and linen decorative pillows ($76 and up) to sassy distressed signs ($18–$158) with recycled wood frames. In-home design services are offered by on-site designer Debbie Monteggia, who for $75 per hour will outfit you with sketches, furniture placement and advice. Also check out their Annie Sloan Painting Workshop ($25) to learn how to transform your furniture using popular rustic and crackle painting techniques.
Welcome West Elm
Longtime catalog fans’ wish came true when Washington state’s first West Elm (South Lake Union, 2201 Westlake Ave.; 206.467.5798; westelm.com) store opened in South Lake Union in October. The famously affordable, stylish stock, sofas to storage pieces, is a perfect fit for our area’s urban dwellers. Fall pick: “Wish, Gobble, Thanks and Give” Thanksgiving Salad Plates ($40 for set of four).
Click! Design That Fits (West Seattle, 4540 California Ave. S; 206.328.9252; clickdesignthatfits.com) is settling into its new digs in the Junction, and celebrating by participating in the neighborhood’s Shop Late Thursday’s in November and December to give you a first-hand look at trunk shows by local and national artists. We’re feelin’ their cheeky greeting cards, Gleena decorated handmade bowls ($34-$148), bright hand-printed Tea Towels from Artgoodies ($16–$18) and Jonathan Adler's mod works, such as this whale of a pitcher.
Veritables (Madison Park, 2806 E Madison St.; 206.322.7782; Bellevue, 10220 Main St.; 425.455.8335; veritablesdecor.com) informs with expert tips from owner and designer Marie Harris and delights with home décor rich in pillows, new and vintage lamps ($165–$1,600) and awesome accents.
Roche Bobois (Downtown, 1015 Western Ave.; 206.332.9744; roche-bobois.com) brims with classically mod French furnishings including armchairs, tables and modular components, and boldly puts out a new collection twice a year. This season we’re eyeing the Echoes Lounge (starting at $4,340), which looks great in a smoky brown leather, and the bright, bulky Orlando armchair ($3,754).
Alchemy Collections (Belltown, 2029 Second Ave.; 206.448.3309; alchemycollections.com) stocks ingenious foldable and stackable pieces perfect for small spaces. The Enterprise Extension Table(starting at $879) paired with the thin Wien Chair ($359) are great space savers, and sectional sofas like the new Cloud by Camerich (starting at $4,440) are cozy ways to fill up voids.
Retrofit Home (Capitol Hill, 1103 E Pike St.; 206.568.4663; retrofithome.com) offers modern furnishings, rugs and amusing accessories in their newish, very hippish Capitol Hill locale. The One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa ($1,799) with metal legs and a tufted back caught our eye, giving extra space and slammin’ style to urban dwellers. Be sure to bring in photos of your space and take advantage of their free in-store design consultations.
Ligne Roset (South Lake Union, 112 Westlake Ave. N; 206.341.9990; ligne-roset-usa.com) has been a staple on the Seattle modern furniture scene for years, and recently relocated to the animated center of South Lake Union. We love the new Ruche bed (starting at $6,400) by Inga Sempe. With a soft head and baseboard and beech frame, it's named for its gathering sewing technique. Peek the rest of their bold sofas, armchairs and lighting options online or in-store.
Vintage finds alongside chic Jonathan Adler accessories and sleek new furnishings, AREA 51’s (Capitol Hill, 401 E Pine St.; 206.568.4782; area51seattle.com) large showroom has it all. Check out their industrial lighting options, such as the Pharmacist Lamp($395) and all sizes of Workshop Cage Lamps ($150) sure to give a cool glow to your space.
Looking for an iconic designer piece for your pad? Design Within Reach (Belltown, 1918 First Ave.; 206.443.9900; dwr.com) is your one-stop-shop for all things mid-century modern. DWR is constantly reintroducing forgotten classics, and bringing in fresh new options, such as Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone chair ($855), brought back to life in a spicy red and subtle pistachio shades.
Italian Country Home and Kitchen (Woodinville, 14525 148th Ave. NE #121; 425.486.8676; italiancountryantiques.com) brings us handmade Bertozzi woodblock linens (starting at $21), decorative paper boxes fashioned by owner Francesca, and Italian cookware and ceramics imported straight from Italy.
Get lost in Red Ticking’s (Madison Park, 2802 E Madison St.; 206.322.9890; redticking.com) divine library of fabrics specializing in lush European vintage linens ($95–$895). They also stock handpicked antique furniture, cozy pillows and British pottery artist Rachel Dormor’s ceramics.
Seva Home (South Lake Union, 900 Lenora St., No. 116; 206.323.9920; sevahome.com) was the first furnishings store in this newly hot neighborhood more than 13 years ago, but they are constantly adding fresh goods. Recently added pieces include the tempting Vioski upholstered bed with integrated night stands ($7,110) and tufted red leather Luxe Sofa (starting at $2,640). Take advantage of Blu Dot’s sale now through November 8th, with 20 percent off their collection of case goods, lighting and upholstery.
Far4 (Downtown, 1020 First Ave.; 206.621.8831; far4.net) won us with their well-picked selection of pretty porcelain plates and sculptures (they are home to Porcelain Studio Klimenkoff), tasty tabletop trays and flatware and unique wall décor. They also boast goods from local designers, such as Iacoli and McAllister, andLadies and Gentlemen Studio and feature their newest collections of ceramics and bright Stainless Steel Servers ($38–$75)
A home for the little tikes and a haven for moms, Tottini (South Lake Union, 259 Yale Ave. N; 206.254.0400; tottini.com) is the go-to shop for stepping up your modern nursery or kids room. Our favorites are the sleek, simple Muu Cribs ($925–$1,175) with bold, removable graphics that you can switch out, separating your little one from the rest.
Kirk Albert Vintage Furniture (Georgetown, 5517 Airport Way S; 206.931.6208; kirkalbert.com) carries a dynamic selection of vintage furniture, lighting and art, alongside quirky one-of-a-kind creations by Albert himself, like his refurbished Gas Pump Mirrors ($975), front sections of old gas pumps converted into funky mirrors with a big personality.
From classic serving pieces to antique armoires and luxurious linens, Rosa Mundi's (Woodinville, 14525 148th Ave. NE, No. 122; 425.806.1732; rosamundis.com) gives you a feel for comfortable French country living. Owner and designer Lisa Purdy gives great tips on how to style and accessorize your home, such as how to mix and match table linens for any season, in the classes she offers ($20).
Ann Sacks (Downtown, 115 Stewart St.; 206.441.8917; annsacks.com) shows off beautiful stone, ceramic, glass, mosaic, terra cotta—you name it—tiles and some of our favorite fixtures for the kitchen and bath. Check out their new line of Vicente Wolf Textures stoneware tile collection ($29.97 per square foot), as well as a full range of their Eco-Thinking series (starting at $8.91 and up) with recycled content and low-energy production, both handcrafted in Portland, Oregon.
Smooth as Butter
Butter Home (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626; butterhomeseattle.com), inside the charming Melrose Market, carries a charming mix of artisan-crafted décor, modern lines and rustic and vintage pieces. We love the Electrified Arrow Light ($275) made of reclaimed wood and aged steel by Michael West. Help them celebrate their one-year anniversary December 4th–10th with a sale to help you get started holiday shopping.
Urban House (Belltown, 2101 First Ave.; 206.443.8099; urbanhardwoods.com) is the new Belltown furniture showroom of Urban Hardwoods, packing in beautiful natural-edged slabs of reclaimed madrone, walnut and red oak in all table shapes and sizes. You can also find vintage pieces, such as classic Eames and Bertoia chairs, handpicked by the owner to complement your warm woods.
Henrybuilt (Downtown, 997 Western Ave.; 206.624.5656; henrybuilt.com) is the premier place for your high-end cabinet system needs for anywhere in your home, including your office, bath or closet. They’ve expanded to offer another quality line solely for the kitchen and a little lighter on the pocketbook, Viola Park(violapark.com), and Henrybuilt Furniture (henrybuiltfurniture.com) recently debuted, showing off their skills for creating beautiful tables and chairs to pair along.
A recent union has merged the former Ecohaus into the now Green Depot (Sodo, 4121 First Ave. S; 206.315.1974; 819 SE Taylor St., Portland; greendepot.com), one of the biggest eco-suppliers around. From renewable flooring options to fixtures to paint, you’ll find anything you need for your next big project. New on the market for chilly months, check out their uber-efficient, sleek RAIS wood and gas stoves ($3790-$6090) to heat things up. Unique to the shop are Green Depot household cleaners. Refill stations give you the chance to refill your empty bottles for just .12 cents an ounce!
Dish It Up! (Ballard, 2425 33rd Ave. W; 206.281.7800; dish-it-up.com) was long an online culinary presence, but, happily, it has finally moved to a brick-and-mortar spot in Ballard packed with kitchen accessories and cooking classes featuring expert chefs from local faves such as Ray’s Boathouse and Flying Fish. Most classes start at $70 for two and a half hours, but be sure to check their Website often, as free seminars and demos emerge often!
The return of the terrarium is one thing folks over at Ravenna Gardens (University Village, 2600 NE University Village St.; 206.729.7388; ravennagardens.com) are excited about this season, so be sure to check out their pick of easy to care for air plants in their ever-expansive garden. And for the holiday season, check their large section of evergreen trees, ivy topiaries and aromatic paperwhites to decorate your home or give as gifts to your loved ones. If you need help deciding, their experts can help with design services starting at $75 per hour.
Watson Kennedy Fine Home (Downtown, 1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350; watsonkennedy.com) doubled in size this year, making more room for their lovely lines of romantic accessories including fresh European scents like Molton Brown’s Amber Cocoon hand wash ($25), rewired and renewed vintage lamps($495–$1295), and pretty pitchers ($45 and up).
Great Jones Home (Downtown, 1921 Second Ave.; 206.448.9405; greatjoneshome.com) is one of the best shops in town for a touch of glamour in any style, vintage, antique or new. Highlights include the yummy Blush Pink Grass Cloth wallpaper ($55 per single roll), a golden glowing chandelier ($550 and up) and a sizable statement sofa (starting at $2,000). Design experts have a lofty wall of textiles and can aid in upholstery projects as well as larger feats (design services $75 per hour).
For two years, Susan Wheeler (Georgetown, 5155 Airport Way S.; 360.402.5080; susanwheelerhome.com) has brought back goodies to her showroom from her buying trips abroad, such as luxe French and Italian mirrors ($750–$2600), antique flatware ($16–$125) and fabulous sofas and armchairs ($500 and up) that she is happy to lend a hand in upholstery choices. Call the shop for details on their Holiday Open House in December, where you’ll find unique jewelry, gifts and vintage Christmas décor.