Northwest Home: A Mod Mix

The latest issue of our magazine about home design, architecture and decor.

The latest issue of Northwest Home (found inside the January issue of Seattle magazine) showcases a bevy of hot kitchen islands (including cool custom works and in-store options.) Columnist John Stevens shows us how to create a swank speakeasy-style cocktail lounge at home. Plus, our Home of the Month, which stars an island stand-out wearing Persian granite, is an intriguing bit of mod suburban infill on Kirkland's waterfront (tour it, 1/20). To read these stories, as well as bonus blogs, visit

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Two Local Design Sites With Great Redecorating Ideas

Two Local Design Sites With Great Redecorating Ideas

Two online retailers are making it easier than ever to redecorate your home without ever leaving it
The living room created by local interior designer Brian Paquett for’s virtually designed Seattle Showhouse earlier this year.

Image: Jeff Beck
The home office space created by local interior design company Pulp Design Studio for’s virtually designed Seattle Showhouse earlier this year “All that’s good” (ATG) truly is in store for Seattleites shopping at, the Kirkland-based home furnishings company and partner of digital design service website Decorist ( Once at the Decorist site, users can select which room they would like to make over and the design package that best suits their budget (see “Cost,” below). Next, they’re guided through a quiz that matches them with a personalized stylist based on their taste, preferences and color schemes. Decorist’s stylists then begin suggesting items with which to decorate the room, pulling primarily from ATGStores’ vast database of trendy fixtures and chic furniture, sharing all of their suggestions in the digital account created for the customer. “We see this [type of online service] as an innovative approach of interior design,” says Molly Hartney, vice president of marketing and merchandising for ATGStores. “The designer builds 3-D boards for the customer and then uploads them to the customer’s account, talks one on one with them…it makes the experience totally unique.” Through additional direct messaging, purchasing and installation services, all projects can go from concept to completion entirely online.

Cost: Rates start at $199/project for “classic designers” (designers who are newer to the industry) and range from $599 to $1,299 for “elite designers” (who have more than five years of experience) or “celebrity designers” (whose work has been featured in industry publications), such as Brian Paquette, Coco Kelly, Pulp Design Studio and Celerie Kemble. 

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A bedroom interior created online using for a South Lake Union apartment The digital design service offered from online home decor marketplace Dezignable ( is called Swank—and appropriately so. “Swank is customized shopping for the highly connected, busy individual,” says Marty Collins cofounder of Dezignable, which is headquartered in South Lake Union. “You can redecorate on your own schedule.” Swank’s members-only service provides clients with access to professional stylists. The customer can send images of the spaces they want redesigned and, in return, are sent a personalized shopping list of products sourced from Dezignable’s marketplace, which offers them a discount on all products purchased as well as free shipping. “It’s a custom style experience, at an affordable price,” says Collins. 

Cost: Rates start at $99 for a yearlong membership, which includes correspondence with a personal stylist ready to help pick products for your home, 15 percent off all items purchased on and free shipping.