Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
Loft living is a definite departure from our old house, most notable is the lack of storage, which meant some serious editing of our belongings. We jettisoned our large, vintage sectional couch on moving day and were mostly enjoying the open airy space that relatively few furnishings provides. Admittedly, it was weird to only be able to sit in chairs. Even the best chairs are not the most comfortable seat in the house, because couches are made for lounging, right? And, of course, the pets were in competition for prime real estate lounging options. Hence, the hunt was on for the perfect sofa... and presto! While far from in perfect condition, this mid-century leather piece has nice lines, plays well with our other furnishings and is a project that has potential. We're also addressing the deck as we go along, most recently adding a little patio set for al fresco dining. Hello, Ikea. Outdoor plants that enjoy full sun are next on the list.
Built in 1961, comfort and style unite in this 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1150 square-foot, mid-century modern rambler located in the Wildwood neighborhood in Olympia, WA.
The house retains its vintage charm with original light fixtures and other features, but has updated appliances including a new LG washer and dryer and matching Kitchen Aid appliances in kitchen. Separate laundry room with built-in pantry. Built-in linen closet in hallway. The main living space features original tongue-and-groove vaulted ceiling and woodwork throughout including built-in cabinetry, window trim, doors and wood floors. All closets are cedar-lined. Upgraded double pane windows. Gas forced air, gas water heater, and gas cooking stove. Wood insert in original brick fireplace. Slate entryway. One car garage with shop area and attached two car carport. Private, partially covered back patio. New TPO roof with transferable lifetime warranty. Mature landscaping with native plants including trillium, rhododendron, azaleas and big fir trees. Backyard overlooks Capitol Land Trust green belt above Watershed Park, giving it a "cabin in the woods" feel. Bamboo fenced backyard. Centrally located in the Wildwood neighborhood. Easy access to bus line on Capital Boulevard. Close to downtown and shopping. In Olympia School District: Pioneer or Lincoln Elementary, Washington Middle School & Olympia High School. Walk to get a slice at Vic's Pizzeria, a cup at Olympia Coffee Roasters, a sandwich at The Lucky Lunchbox or pick up fresh groceries at Spud's Produce Market.
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The SOMA water purifiers have been on our list for awhile, but we didn't really need one since we had an in-door fridge filter at our house. We chose the pitcher style because it holds a few more glasses and the beaker style is too similar to our Chemex . These eco-chic products are well-designed, BPA free & made in the USA. The plant based filters were designed by David Beeman, an industry professional who has created products for Starbucks, Peet's and Keurig. SOMA also gives back, partnering with charity: water in their mission to bring safe drinking water to over 800 million people without access to it.
Today, we celebrate our anniversary of twenty years of togetherness! One of the best things about our relationship is that it remains dynamic. We try to keep our sense of curiosity about each other and the world, growing and learning together and taking risks. Most importantly, we embrace the everyday.
To another twenty more...
If I were a moviemaker I'd set about hunting sunsets.
We've officially moved into our new place in Pioneer Square. There's so much light here and
we love our view... watching the ferries & gorgeous sunsets over the Olympics.
We have decided to relocate to Seattle. This means leaving our Olympia home of the past twelve years. Bittersweet, indeed. It has sheltered us through many milestones in our lives.
Lately it's these konjac sponges that have me excited about skincare. They're not a new thing, having been used in Asia for 1500 years, but they've recently gained popularity and for good reason. The Konjac Potato, or konnyaku, is a perennial plant that's rich in minerals, naturally alkaline and pH neutral. The sponges remove dirt, oil, blackheads, gently exfoliate skin and can be used with or without your favorite cleanser. They're eco friendly, being 100% natural & biodegradable, to boot.
Sit back, close your eyes and nod off.
Jeff Bridge's new project, Sleeping Tapes, is nothing short of awesome.
According to Jeff, "The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest". You can listen to the album in its entirety before purchasing. There are sounds of children laughing, story telling, affirmations, helicopters... well, you can listen for yourself. You have purchase options, from a limited edition gold vinyl record to a pay-what-you-like digital download. Tuck Yourself In. Sleep Better. 100% of the retail price from each album sale goes directly to No Kid Hungry.
Image via dreamingwithjeff.com
After the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos last year, this story surfaced. As they prepare to go up against the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl this year, it bears revisiting. When the Seattle Seahawks logo was unveiled in 1975, John Thompson, then-general manager of the Seahawks, was quoted saying that the designers referenced books about Northwest Coast art for inspiration. The logo was based specifically on an image from Robert Bruce Inverarity's 1950 book, Art of the Northwest Coast Indians. The original Kwakwaka’wakw mask that inspired the logo is a carved Northwest Coast transformation mask. The carving is brightly colored, with mirrors for eyes. It depicts a bird of prey when closed (as pictured below) and reveals a painted human face when opened. Thanks to Dr. Robin K. Wright, Curator of Native American Art and Director of the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum, and huge community support, including a successful Kickstarter and power2give campaigns, the mask is on loan from the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine to the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. It has been on display as part of the Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired exhibition from November 22, 2014 and will be there through July 27, 2015.
Image via the Hudson Museum.
The Kalakala , the silver art deco vessel known as the "flying bird", was the postcard symbol of Seattle before the Space Needle. A brief history: the 276-foot ferry was in service in Puget Sound from 1935 until 1967 on the Seattle-Bremerton route. It was decommissioned and towed to Alaska, where it was used a fish cannery until 1998 when it was towed back to Seattle with restoration hopes of housing a future museum or restaurant. Unfortunately, no one was able to raise the millions needed to salvage it and it was declared a hazard by the Coast Guard in 2011. It's last voyage was on January 22, 2015 when it was towed from the Hylebos Waterway to a graving dock on the Blair Waterway in Tacoma.
We say goodbye to a Pacific Northwest design icon.
Images via evergreenfleet.com & the Seattle Times.