Other occupants: Cory Verellen (husband), Wendell (dachshund) & Bud (Russian Blue cat)
Approximate square footage: 1000 sq. feet (93 sq. meters)
How many bedrooms? 1
Lives in: Pioneer Square Neighborhood of Seattle
When did you move into this home? We met at Burning Man in 2008 and moved in together in January 2009, when Tali moved from NYC to be with Cory.
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? Pioneer Square is the oldest neighborhood in Seattle and the place where all the historic brick buildings can be found. It’s a little dicey around here by Seattle standards, so the rent for a 1,000 sq. feet apartment with 20 ft ceilings is quite affordable. The neighborhood is home to artists, New Yorkers with latent loft fantasies, some genuinely crazy peeps, numerous galleries, and some cool bespoke companies like Utilikilts and the delicious Grand Central Bakery.
What makes your home offbeat? We both do what we love for a living: Cory refurbishes vintage Polaroid cameras through his business landcameras.com and Tali has an astrology biz called Astrostyle. We’ve incorporated elements of our passions into our decor. Huge blown up Polaroids hang on our exposed brick wall. We have funky altars in every room with sacred pieces that we’ve collected through our travels and Burning Man adventures.
Also, Tali is a DIY chick, so she’s made a lot of the pieces by hand, including the shower curtain (made from a vintage tablecloth and other retro materials).
What’s the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? The loft is essentially three giant rooms that we had to figure out how to divide up. We used a combination of IKEA wardrobes and old vintage window frames as dividers. We covered the crappy IKEA “wood” by stacking salvage doors against them, or painting with chalkboard paint.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? The arched brick entryway to the living room which makes it look like a sanctuary… especially when the chandelier lights up the space.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? High ceilings, while gorgeous, can reduce the coziness of a space. It’s not always best to hang everything high up. We dropped the artwork down to between halfway to 3/4 of the way up the wall to compensate. Now, it still feels spacious, but our eyes aren’t always being drawn up.
What’s your grandest plan for the space? We’d like to work on the lighting a bit in the bedroom. It still feels a little too spacious/not cozy enough in there. I think we’ll draw inspiration from the Burning Man tents on the playa and create something cool with tiny LED lights and drape-y fabrics so it feels more like you’re sleeping in a bubble.
What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? When it comes to big pieces like a sofa or bed, buy new and get something practical. You can dress it up with colorful accents and then you’re not stuck with the lime green couch that looked great in your last apartment but fugly in your cohabitation station.
Let yourself lust over the expensive objects you see in antique or high-end retail stores, then, head to the Goodwill for a treasure hunt. If you can find it and fix it up a bit while making a donation to a good cause and reducing consumer waste, you’ll score extra points in Eco-heaven. Plus, no one else will have one just like yours.
Paint looks much lighter on a swatch then it does on your walls. You generally need two shades lighter than you think!
Any stuff or services you want to recommend?
Show me the decor porn!