Stores in Seattle with Artful Accents
Score signed prints by local artists, such as Aki Sogabe’s glorious kirie (paper cutting) of a cherry-blossom-swathed Space Needle ($30), handsomely framed at The Art Study (University Village, 4630 Village Court NE; 206.525.2400; theartstudy.com), which also has some beautiful bric-a-brac, including magnifying glasses ($14.95).
C. Michele Interiors (Mercer Island, 7605 SE 27th St., Suite 102; 206.453.4771; cmichele.com) is a hidden gem on Mercer Island worth an I-90 detour. Owner Carly Burns fills her shop with thoughtful items for home as well as cheery gifts. Choose from 23 scents of Lafco candles, $58, in handblown glass vessels, or seek out Oprah-approved, brightly colored, resin-and-horn Grand Slam Servers from Lily Juliet ($84), which make for a memorable meal.
At Capers (West Seattle, 4525 California Ave. SW; 206.932.0371; caperscapers.blogspot.com), you’ll find everything from colorful storage baskets (approximately $20–$200) and RD Shady lamp shades ($50 and up) to cute Dash & Albert’s Cat’s Paw wool rugs ($60–$1,500). Check out its June anniversary sale.
Elegance is in evidence at GR Home (Ravenna, 4520 Union Bay Place NE; 206.523.1882; gr-homeseattle.com), where interior designer Graciela Rutkowski has gathered a gracious supply of luxuries, from posh pillows to a super-petite hammered-metal drinking table (special order; $172.50) and more.
Amid its funkier fare, including a cardboard Puma sneaker, $500, by Seattle artist Mike Leavitt, Far 4 (downtown, 1020 First Ave.; 206.621.8831; far4.net) has some exquisite objets d’art, including porcelain flowers hand-sculpted at Moscow’s Studio Klimenkoff (the business belonging to the shop owner’s family), with blooms ranging from apple blossom ($300) to poppy ($650, large). Also peruse the new porcelain vide-poches (aka little trays; $49.50), bearing designs from a skull to a shell.
No one has done more to elevate the humble votive than those glass-happy artisans at Glassybaby (Madrona, 3406 E Union St., 206.518.9071; glassybaby.com. Also Bellevue and University Village). As well as pouring forth with its regular rainbow-challenging inventory of votive holders ($44 and up), it’s the go-to spot for custom glass creations. And now there’s a beautiful beverage line ($55 each) in such lip-smacking hues as sangria and ginger beer. Did you know that a Glassybaby membership (starting at $132 for three months) gets you a new votive each month, or that you can rent the votives ($5 each), or find them discounted at the seconds sale, happening in June?
It’s a year in now, and Maison Luxe (Madison Park, 2806 E Madison St.; 206.405.2828; maisonluxe.net) has settled nicely into its Madison Park storefront, which owner Kelie Grosso stocks with pretty plunder garnered from her trips abroad—brilliant suzani pillows ($220) from Istanbul, antique Louis Philip mirrors ($1,250–$2,650) from France and Beni Ourain rugs from Morocco. Her most popular locally sourced item? The ever-changing display of stark yet whimsical linocuts ($325 and up) and new encaustic paintings (starting at $895) by Seattle artist Jennifer Ament; commissioned work is also an option.
Rosanna’s delightful dishware, such as its vibrant new Calypso collection, featuring sand-blasted glass pieces ($20 and up), and a tasty new edibles line, Farm Belle, boasting homegrown syrups and jams, can be had via its website or at a number of local shops. Find select pieces at Molbak’s (Woodinville, 13625 NE 175th St.; 425.483.5000; molbaks.com) and at Rosanna’s warehouse outlet store (SoDo, 6755 E Marginal Way S; 206.204.0588; rosannainc.com), which hosts mega clearance sales, including one on May 3.
An optometrist might need to be consulted after you gorge on all the eye candy at Watson Kennedy Fine Home (downtown, 1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350; watsonkennedy.com), ranging from darling dishes and utensils to vintage furnishings and old-school letter tiles by Vancouver, British Columbia, artist Sid Dickens.
Head to Veritables (pictured left, Bellevue, 10220 Main St.; 425.455.8335; veritablesdecor.com) for a stellar assortment of unusual vintage lamps, as well as accent pieces perfect for freshening up a room, such as Italian-made ceramic jars and footed bowls from Global Views (from $625). Owner Marie Harris will host a courtyard tag sale in early June. Expect deep discounts on pillows, vintage furniture and more.
Stepping through the doors of Hedge & Vine in Old Bellevue (10028 Main St.; 425.451.7872; hedgeandvine.com) is like taking a trip to a posh seaside resort. Bright, graphic ceramic olive trays ($150 and up) from Boston-based Jill Rosenwald are fresh and chipper, and there’s no lack of vessels for serving up mean cocktails, including house favorite On the Rocks glasses from Vagabond House ($21) in a bevy of spring hues. The shop participates in Taste of Main, on August 16—swing by for wine samples and a one-day storewide sale.
The ever-chic Tabletop & Home (Bellevue, 1105 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.7322; tabletopandhome.com) stocks the coveted Farrow & Ball paint and wallpaper, as well as the popular Italian earthenware line of table settings, Vetri. Items on the sales floor are deeply discounted during the annual sidewalk sale starting on July 15.
Refresh your home with a Continental touch at Woodinville’s Rosa Mundi’s (14525 148th Ave. NE; 425.806.1732; rosamundis.com), where Parisian linens from Anne De Solene share space with dramatic lamp options from Currey & Company. This spring, stop by for free in-store design and decorating classes.