The Top Decor Shops in Seattle
Clockwise from top: crisply mod e-tailer Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Bellevue's chic Veritables and Tacoma's groovy Basic Goods Co.
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Last year, husband-and-wife duo Donovan and Deborah Wilson opened Basic Goods Co. (Tacoma, 1734 Pacific Ave.; 253.242.3310; basicgoodsco.com) and filled it with an appealing minimal mix, from Chabatree teak salad servers ($22) to Juniper Ridge Big Sur Sage sachets ($12). Check out the hemp-and-cotton Abeego wraps ($12–$16) to keep your food fresh, instead of plastic baggies and sheets. FYI: Basic Goods Co. is soon moving up the hill to join the Market on Market co-op located at: 1122 Market St.
In March, Digs (Ballard, 2002 NW Market St.; 206.457.5709; digsshowroom.com) decamped from Bellingham to Ballard. Its mod supply ranges from Case Study storage units ($375 and up) and Artecnica lights ($95 and up) to Transglass tableware ($48 and up). We say welcome!
Flor (Belltown, 2000 First Ave.; 206.448.3365; flor.com) brought its hip, modular carpet tiles to town last fall. Now it’s a snap to customize your own rug design with Flor’s eye-boggling selection of patterns, solids and textures ($8–$40 per square). To keep your floors fresh, check up on the latest colors and cuts for some switch-out tile options. Popular now with Northwest shoppers is the Rake Me Over ($14.49–$18 per square) shaggy rug with a thicker texture to warm up those cool concrete and wood floors.
March marked the arrival of Ludlow Home (Phinney Ridge, 7315 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.429.5081; ludlowco.com), a must-do destination for lovers of hip vintage and antique pieces, as well as custom furniture. Along with some brash taxidermy (including an oddly upbeat boar’s head), you’ll find everything from club chairs to bronze horse-head lamps ($145 pair), and an array of eclectic art works.
As of press time, Maison Luxe (Madison Park, 2806 E Madison St.; 206.405.2828; maisonluxe.net) was set to open its new brick-and-mortar shop in April. Expect the same great luxe mix of contemporary casegoods ($1,200 and up), sexy seating ($550 and up), and vintage finds from owner Kelie Grosso, in addition to interior design services, including small color consultations ($160 and up).
Room & Board’s (University Village, 2675 NE University Village St.; 206.336.4676; roomandboard.com) first Northwest location, opened last fall, boasts a full complement of contemporary furnishings, including rugs and window treatments, for living well inside and out, from the new Clarke sofa ($1,499–$2,299) and Murphy sofa ($1,299–$1,399) to the recycled outdoor collection ($79–$1,599) by Loll. Customize couches and chairs with one of its many fabric choices, and easily build your own tables and storage solutions with its online guides. In-store design experts are on the spot for free consultations.
UPDATE: This shop closed it doors at the end of May 2013
Sheridan + Company (Capitol Hill, 1517 12th Ave.; 206.414.3789; sheridaninteriordesign.com), which moved into the old Revival Home & Garden space last spring, has expanded its floor space this year to show off more real-world, warmly modern design vignettes by its owner Jason Mathews. Also a visual treat are industrial pieces by local designer Whitcomb & Company, such as the new Tripod Lamp ($1,800).
Decades before South Lake Union officially became cool, Antique Liquidators (South Lake Union, 503 Westlake Ave. N; 206.623.2740; antiqueliquidators.com) was the go-to spot for antiques, from midcentury to industrial to old farmhouse pieces. Pop in to see its recent shipment of Danish modern cabinets, storage and seating.
Renovating? Stop by Earthwise Architectural Salvage(SoDo, 3447 Fourth Ave. S; 206.624.4510; Tacoma, 628 E 60th St.; 253.476.7837; earthwise-salvage.com) for its massive selection of rescued building materials. Doors ($15–$275), hardware, vintage lighting ($45–$3,000), cabinets, and plenty of stained glass windows ($125 and up), cram the large warehouse. If you have leftovers from your own building project, contact Earthwise to take it off your hands.
Green Depot (SoDo, 1950 Sixth Ave. S; 206.315.1974; greendepot.com) has introduced a bevy of new flooring choices this year, from dramatic blue-stained pine flooring to rough, salvaged wood paneling, which features recycled wood mounted onto plywood for easy installation. The large showroom also is staffed by eco-experts versed in design, installation and workshops.
NuBe Green’s (Capitol Hill, 921 E Pine St.; 206.402.4515; nubegreen.com) mission to support sustainable, U.S.-made goods is going strong. Its appealing inventory ranges from reclaimed wood benches ($500–$1,500) to the charm-rich Blanket furniture line, featuring pieces covered in vintage blankets, such as the new, nicely squat Austrian Army Slipper Chair ($1,995). For the low down on how your piece is really made, check its website for live webcams showing its fave designers, such as Alchemy Goods and Graypants, creating products in real time.
Alchemy Collections (Downtown, 2029 Second Ave.; 206.448.3309; alchemycollections.com) offers sleek storage options, such as the Jesse Frame credenza ($2,073–$3,387) featuring a floating wall-mounted version, and upscale outdoor fare. Gear up for the custom order sale in May, when orders are 15–20 percent off, and in June, when the floor model sale will offer as much as 70 percent off on pieces to make room for new Italian designers, such as FABA and Sangiacomo.
BoConcept (Downtown, 901 Western Ave., 206.464.9999; Bellevue, 10400 NE Eighth St.; 425.732.3333; boconcept.us) has a mod option for every room, from sofas ($1,295 and up) and sideboards ($1,095–$3,195) to rugs ($249 and up) and vases ($14–$239).
Design Within Reach (Belltown, 1918 First Ave.; 206.443.9900; dwr.com) is the spot for mod icons such as Knoll, Risom and Saarinen. Fresh updates on classic pieces are always the norm, such as a cozy upholstered version of the Eames plywood lounge chair ($1,428–$2,277) and the One More counter stool ($399), a taller version of Philippe Starck’s Ghost chair.
Recently relocated Guesthouse (Madison Park, 1135 34th Ave., 206.462.1351; guesthouseseattle.com) beautifully mixes modern with vintage, transforming tired furnishings into contemporary gems. With a full textile library at your disposal, choose from vintage to avant garde fabrics ($20–$1,200 per yard) for any budget. Bring in an old piece or tap their expert sourcing to find the unique piece you’ve been dreaming of. Also inquire about their design services ($195 per hour for a home consultation).
Henredon & Schoener (Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way NE; 425.454.9000; henredonschoener.com) is a full design firm that can customize everything from bedding to silverware details. It also has fabulous furnishings for sale, ranging from traditional to contemporary styles, such as the new Aquarius collection by Lexington. Its lacquered Aria chest ($6,000) and Lone Cypress coffee table ($4,349) are standouts.
At the Swedish storehouse Ikea (Renton, 601 SW 41st St.; 425.656.2980; ikea-usa.com) you can affordably outfit a whole house, from kitchen to bedroom to office. An easy way to breathe new life into your pad is to add a pop of color, such as the cutting-edge Selje side tables ($29.99), with room for your electronics’ cables, and the super-cool Solvinden solar-powered table lamps ($19.95) in four fresh shades that can be put to use indoors or out.
Inform Interiors’ (South Lake Union, 300 Dexter Ave. N; 206.622.1608; informseattle.com) sexy industrial space now includes the cool USM modular furniture line that includes the Haller table ($1,500 and up) and Three-High shelving unit ($4,000). Also look for the plush Nanimarquina rugs ($3,500 and up). Professional designers are on staff to offer color, fabrics and materials consulting, as well as in-home services (deposit required).
Kasala’s (Downtown, 1505 Western Ave.; 206.623.7795; Bellevue, 1018 116th Ave. NE; 425.453.2823; kasala.com) most recent additions include the Italian Chloe bedroom collection ($800 and up) and lounge chairs ($900 and up). For deep discounts on floor models, discontinued items and dinged pieces, wait for the August sale at the Kasala Outlet (SoDo, 1946 Occidental Ave. S; 206.340.4112; kasala.com/outlet).
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its most iconic design this year, Ligne Roset (Downtown, 112 Westlake Ave. N; 206.341.9990; ligne-roset-usa.com) brought in new, trendy fabrics, such as a cool houndstooth pattern, to adorn its classic Togo Collection ($1,855–$9,805), designed by Michel Ducaroy, and added a new chaise to the line to boot. An in-house interior designer can help you with in-home visits and floor plans, should you need to outfit your whole pad with goods from its chic European line.
Masins (Bellevue, 10708 Main St.; 425.450.9999; masins.com) offers classic whole-room options and small perfections. New designs by Barbara Barry stand out, such as Barry’s high-grade Social Scene sofa ($11,046) and Carmel dining chairs ($3,078). Equipped with a full design studio, the Masins team can handle furnishings to flooring to surfaces. Don’t miss the Memorial Day Sale in May featuring a one-third off all furniture, and 25 percent off accessories.
Retrofit Home’s (Capitol Hill, 1103 E Pike St.; 206.568.4663; retrofithome.com) bright shop offers a hip mix of bold furnishings and accents, such as the popular fish-shaped GurglePots ($24–$45), walls full of modern and retro clocks ($19.95–$195) and cool lamps ($45–$195). Need advice? For free design tips, bring in pictures of the space that is lacking, or bring its designers home with an on-site appointment ($150–$225 per hour).
Ten 22 Home (Fremont, 4258 Fremont Ave. N; 206.457.5728; ten22home.com) is home to Danish and Scandinavian designs from the 1950s to 1970s, from popular Spot lounge chairs ($400–$800) to the rare Peacock chair by Hans Wegner ($3,800). Everything is garnered from greater Seattle and restored in-house. If you have a midcentury mod piece in need of some TLC, Ten 22 will restore and/or reupholster it for you (call for quote).
Veritables (Bellevue, 10220 Main St.; 425.455.8335; veritablesdecor.com) has accents aplenty, from vases to lamps, and offers a cost-effective 90-minute re-do with which clients get one large room style edited, from paint to rearranging ($350). Starting last year, owner Marie Harris launched her own custom furniture collection with a wonderful line of upholstered pieces, including sofas ($2,500 and up) and chairs ($1,200 and up), and more than 150 plush fabrics to choose from.
Thirteen premiere art galleries dubbed the ART@SDC populate the Seattle Design Center (Georgetown, 5701 Sixth Ave. S, 206.762.1200; artatsdc.com), adding a new vibrancy to the house of design. Open late every third Thursday from 5–9 p.m., you can meet and greet artists, enjoy performances and shop the Art Galleries diverse collection of art, including Canlis Glass, the Community Artists Program at Meyer Wells and Bilinear Art Consulting.
To make your home “better,” try Butter Home (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626; butterhomeseattle.com). It carries tons of rustic goods, from soy candles ($16) served up in a Mason jar and globe string lights ($34) to an acacia wood wedge serving board ($60). For some extra naturalistic décor, check out its new Brantlers folk sculpture line ($25–$50) made in Edmonds.
Camelion Design (Ballard, 5330 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.783.7125; cameliondesign.com) is flush with accents, from Aquiesse’s Luxe candles ($34–$38) to tabletop items from Roost, including hand-blown glass vases and candleholders ($10 and up). There’s free in-store consultations, and look out for its two-week anniversary sale in August, when you can get 15 percent off on special furniture and upholstery orders, and up to 70 percent off on inventory store-wide!
Finding the perfect gift is never a problem at Capers (West Seattle, 4525 California Ave. SW, 206.932.0371; caperscapers.blogspot.com), with a heavy focus on green goods. We love their hand-blown Jug pendants ($465 and up), and new collection of RD Shady lamp shades ($95 and up) that zip and fit snugly over an existing shade, for a quick and easy alternative to customize your lamps. In-home design consultations are available, and don’t miss the Anniversary sale in June, where you’ll have a chance to get 20 to 50 percent off all special orders and in-store goods picked out during the consultation.
The smallest details are sometimes the most important. Chown Hardware (Bellevue, 12001 NE 12th St.; 425.454.7420; chown.com) is packed with hinges, faucets, knobs, levers and accessories galore. Don’t miss its new, exclusive Waterworks display, with beautiful brass faucet collections ($535 and up), and .25 Collection sculptural bath accessories ($110–$351).
Click! Design That Fits (West Seattle, 4540 California Ave. SW; 206.328.9252;clickdesignthatfits.com) is an always reliable cache of coolness. New for the kitchen: Double Dip bowls by Joseph Joseph ($21), which show off snacks but cleverly hide waste. For organizational freaks, there’s new magnetic glass dry-erase boards ($26–$40) from Seattle designers Three by Three.
With more than 70 artists working in the studio, each Glassybaby (University Village; 206.274.4683; Madrona, 3406 E Union St.; 206.518.9071; Bellevue, 10230 Main St.; 425.256.2927; glassybaby.com) votive is made by a team of four artists. Choose from a large palette of more than 400 colors and hues. Work one-on-one with a glassybaby artist at a hands-on glass blowing event ($85), and if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, their Seconds Sale in June will give you a chance to buy imperfect pieces for $28.
Hiding a full boutique design firm behind a Hollywood luxe storefront, Great Jones Home (Downtown, 1921 Second Ave.; 206.448.9405;greatjoneshome.com) is a great spot for window treatments, fabrics and wallpapers. Plus, there are lots of ogle-worthy accents, such as handmade crystal rock bowls ($375 and up), vintage brass objects ($125 and up) and marble picture frames ($55 and up).
At Watson Kennedy Fine Home (Downtown, 1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350; watsonkennedy.com) you can spend hours relishing the fine dining wares, from delicate glasses to delectable Boat Street pickles by Seattle chef Renee Erickson, and delightful doodads, such as vintage letterpress magnets. Then there’s Brooklyn-based artist Hugo Guinness’ linoleum prints and ink drawings ($425–$4,800).
Prints are in full force for summer at West Elm (South Lake Union, 2201 Westlake Ave.; 206.467.5798; westelm.com), where supple bedspreads, such as its bright organic beaded ikat duvet ($24–$109), perk up bedrooms, and ikat pad printed bowls ($8–$12) pep up kitchens. We also love its new artistic Leah Durner Trays ($29–$39), an animated take on its popular lacquered trays.
Rosa Mundi’s (Woodinville, 14525 148th Ave. NE; 425.806.1732; rosamundis.com) has grown to twice its size since appropriating the space next door, and is sporting new lines of upholstered furniture, such as wing chairs by Thibaut ($3,000 and up). Also expanded are its antique offerings, French table linens, dishes and silver. Design consultations start at $125 an hour, or try one of its frequent (and free!) design classes, such as “Antique Tableware 101.”
Shop the scope of appliances at Albert Lee (Interbay, 1476 Elliot Ave. W; 206.282.2110; albertleeappliance.com), such as Viking and Bosch ranges ($1,000–$15,899), Miele refrigerators ($6,595–$8,295), or buy an entire kitchen set in one swoop ($1,400–$75,000). If you missed the giant warehouse sale in March, don’t fret—there’s another one in November.
DryGoods Design (Ballard, 5308 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.535.6950; drygoodsdesignonline.com), opened last year, offers up charming fabric fare, such as Bread & Salt’s thick cloth coasters, napkins and tea towels ($15–$28), and Piano Nobile’s hand-printed cotton duck-fabric tea towels ($13.99–$36). A sewing and craft studio, opened in December, lets you create your own pillows and quilts (classes, $35–$95).
Newly relocated kitchen authority Henrybuilt (Georgetown, 4746 Ohio Ave. S; by appointment only; 206.624.5656; henrybuilt.com) steps outside of its modern footprint this year with more traditional modular options, including shaped fronts, textured panels and rustic leather pulls. Its new space is next door to the production facility, so you can check out how your kitchen cabinets, islands or dining tables are made.
Italian Country Home and Kitchen's (Bellevue, 1811 130th Ave. NE, 425.486.8676; italiancountryantiques.com) new Bellevue location offers up twice the space for their signature Italian Bertozzi linens ($18–$320), from tea towels to tablecloths, expanded flatware lines ($9–$45) and Tuscan cookware. (New for the bedroom: hand-made, top-grade cotton Bertozzi sheets, starting at $400).
Keep an eye out for Rosanna’s (SoDo, 6755 E Marginal Way S., 206.204.0588;rosannainc.com) next big warehouse sale in June, where local tableware designer Rosanna Bowles’ decadent dinnerware, fanciful flatware and sleek serving pieces will be at wholesale prices and below (that means 60 percent off or more!). Styles range from modern and traditional to playful and plain and simple, but never boring.
For cooking fanatics, Sur la Table (Pike Place Market, 84 Pine St.; 206.448.2244; surlatable.com) is a dream. From exclusive colors of Le Creuset cookware and bakeware ($23.95–$314.95) to gadgets such as the newly stocked Breville individual pie makers ($79.95). Learn different cuisines and try your knife skills out at one of its popular classes ($59–$195).
In the same location for more than 50 years, Harold’s Lighting (Wallingford, 1912 N 45th St.; 206.219.4341; haroldslighting.com) not only offers a huge selection of chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps and refurbished antiques, but also does custom work and restorations too. If you dream it, Harold’s can make it—from a single shade ($100 and up) to a fully outfitted residential project. Don’t miss its summer sale in August with entire store discounts of as much as 50 percent.
Portland-born Rejuvenation (SoDo, 2910 First Ave. S; 206.382.1901; rejuvenation.com) stocks unequalled, made-in-the-U.S.A. contemporary, vintage and reproduction lighting and hardware, with looks ranging from the new handblown Blenko table lamps ($510–$660) to old-fangled schoolhouse pendants ($110–$690). Stop by for something brand-new, or bring in your old lights, as well as furniture, for rejuvenation or to donate. For free in-home design services, simply schedule an appointment online.
The designers at Seattle Lighting Supply (Pioneer Square, 222 Second Ave. S; 206.622.4736; seattlelighting.com) have created plenty of new collections this season, ranging from crystal chandeliers with a modern bent ($99.95–$169.95) to contemporary pendants with natural cork shades ($79.95–$199.95) and a timeless schoolhouse collection ($19.95–$598). Ask about their fee-based design services to wire your home from start to finish.
Get lost in bold stripes and bright colors at The Land of Nod (University Village, 2660 NE 49th St.; 206.527.9900; landofnod.com). Look for furnishings from upholstered seating and trundle beds to soft floor storage bins ($19.95–$45). We love the new whimsical woodland creature nightlights ($9.95) that do double duty as décor.
Outfit your nursery from head to tiny toe at Tottini (South Lake Union, 259 Yale Ave. N; 206.254.0400; tottini.com). The latest crib to hit the floor is the simply sweet Rhea crib ($670). Accessorize it with the newest graphic bedding ($88–$156) and matching rug designs from Dwell Studio ($500–$550), such as the Galaxy and Pinwheel collections.
Iacoli & Mcallister’s (206.225.1173; iacolimcallister.com) hip geometric signature style, which encompasses lighting, furniture, kitchen serving ware and jewelry, continues this year with the shaped copper Cinque lamp($795), and the marble-topped Algedi table with a powder-coated base ($895).
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio (ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com) brings more delightful kitchen accessories with its sleek salt and pepper shakers ($32–$60), fresh hues for their vintage cake servers ($48–$60) and perimeter trays ($195–$250) with a beautiful combo of Carrara marble and white oak or walnut.
THE ECLECTIC EXPERIENCE
By Ali Brownrigg
The cavernous antiques space Assemblage (Pioneer Square, 210 S Washington St.; 206.683.8783) is a perfect fit with the historic trappings of Pioneer Square. Owner Martin Duffy’s eclectic taste includes an impressive collection of primitive art and Baba Wagué Diakité pottery ($25-$700), fine antiques, sturdy heirloom-quality furniture pieces and midcentury and industrial vintage, all chosen with an eye for quality construction and useful repurposing.
Husband-and-wife team Christian and Jessica Harding opened The Belfry (Pioneer Square, 309A Third Ave. S; 206.682.2951; thebelfryoddities.com) last April, filling it with natural history curiosities, Victorian funeral items and well-preserved taxidermy. Antique medical and dental devices ($25–$200) and fraternal order paraphernalia are at home against the store’s black walls and high, tin-tile-capped ceilings. This shop is not for everyone, but it’s a gold mine for those who like to punctuate their interiors with eerie and unearthly things.
On any given day at Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings (Georgetown, 5517 Airport Way So.; 206.762.3899; kirkalbert.com), shoppers might find an antique papier-mâché juvenile mannequin ($1,400), a giant Trojan goose and other objets trouvés. There’s just no pigeonholing Albert’s style, which is why his shop attracts collectors and clients like Nordstrom and Starbucks, whose designers flock there for inspiration and custom-built items for their sales floors. Albert is also a whiz at turning found pieces into ingenious lighting fixtures, such as pendants made from repurposed early-20th-century sawmill conveyor-belt rollers.
Susan Wheeler’s eponymous shop Susan Wheeler Home (Georgetown, 5515 Airport Way S; 360.402.5080; susanwheelerhome.com) is a wonderful cacophony of vintage and antique items. Wheeler travels the globe to fill her large space with one-of-a-kind items, including patinaed French mirrors, an astounding collection of English transferware ($28 and up) and elegant chandeliers.
By Shannon O'Leary
Landing a Room & Board storefront last fall definitely upped University Village’s (Sandpoint, 2675 NE University Village St.; uvillage.com) home shop profile. Formerly, just a catalog-only option for us (see entry under "Recent Arrivals"), Room & Board is the latest juicy addition to U Village’s home-retail menu, which comes with very appetizing, always free parking and a stroll-about layout.
It joins other such one-stop shops as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, where anything from couches to champagne glasses can be had; while specialty shops range from the declutter mecca Storables to pretty-plants paradise Ravenna Gardens (with design consults for $75/hour) to cool kitchen outfitters Williams-Sonoma and Mrs. Cook’s. For too-cute kids’ décor, there’s The Land of Nod (see entry under "Kids") and Pottery Barn Kids, and creative accents abound at Anthropologie (check out its sweet napkin supply) and The Art Study (with expert framing services).
We can’t wait to visit the Village’s next big home attraction that’s set to arrive later this summer: a shop from trendy designer Jonathan Adler.
Meanwhile, its sidewalk sale is June 13–16, and its summer concert series hits the campus July 10–August 21.
Fuel stop: Serious shopping requires an energy renewal strategy. The Village has lots of quick, tasty eat/drink refueling options, including these new spots: the Veggie Grill (try the Grillin’ ‘Chickin’ burger), juice bar Evolution Fresh and Elemental Wood Fired Pizza. For a sweet fix, try the ice cream-filled waffles at Tokyo Sweets.