Approximate square footage: 1000-2000 sq. feet
How many bedrooms? 3
Lives in: Capitol Hill, Seattle
When did you move into this home? June, 2010
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? Capitol Hill is the funky, artsy, cool part of Seattle. Capitol Hill residents may accidentally not leave the Hill for months without realizing it.
What makes your home offbeat? It’s full of art, much by us and our friends. We both have our art studios here. It’s a cool old building built in 1929. The old in-cabinet refrigerator is still installed in the hallway.
What’s the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? There’s no recycling in our building — it’s such a pain. There’s a loophole for old buildings and the landlord doesn’t need to have recycling here, so we have to store our recycling in bags and drive it to the transfer station ourselves.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? The big windows — we’re on the second floor corner and we have a view of the Olympics to the west. Our place is bright! And the sunsets in the summer are amazing.
Also, the spaciousness is new to both of us, and it’s amazing to have so much room and high ceilings. Coming from a small 1-bedroom (Ellen), being able to have guests stay over has been wonderful.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? Having come from two separate apartments to live together here, we both theorize that the large common space AND having enough room for both of us to have separate studios has been extremely beneficial to our happiness and sanity.
What’s your grandest plan for the space? E: I would love a bidet. I hear there are fancy ones that attach to the toilet, and I would entertain that possibility.
J: I ponder the possibilities of doing an art installation in our long hallway.
What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? These go a long way: large pieces of art, easy-to-take-care-of plants, fresh flowers, walls painted a bright color, and keeping common areas relatively clean, or at least tidy.
Any stuff or services you want to recommend?
- The throw that’s on our bed: “Sleep With Ellen Forney,” limited edition blankets made of sustainable ECO2cotton, available from NuBe Green, Seattle
- Window cleaning: Crystal Green Window Cleaning. This guy ROCKS, we loved him and his prices were great.
- Awesome sheets and shower curtains: Sin in Linen
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