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Our Favorite Interiors in Seattle, WA

by Erin Austen Abbott

In 1999, I moved to Seattle, WA sort of blindly. I had been to visit once, but that one visit really left me wanting to pack up and move there as soon as I got back home — which I did six months later. I didn’t think I’d ever leave, but while the South drew me back home, I still think about how I’d like to move there a few months out of every year. Seattle will always be one of my favorite cities. I love the ability to walk everywhere, all the great restaurants, how the city is surrounded by water and mountains, and within each neighborhood you are left with the feeling like you’re in a small town, complete with cute house after cute house.

It’s no secret that it rains a lot there, but I always felt cozy and creative in that environment. While I was drawn to the rain, I love these 10 Seattle interiors for their ability to feel cozy but also take advantage of the sunlight when it streams in. I also love the use of vintage items and soft tones within the spaces, to reflect the nature all around the city. —

Best of Seattle Interiors
Homeowners Michele and Ryan painted the same green throughout their home. I love how the hue brings some of the Emerald City indoors. Part of the magic of Seattle is how green it is everywhere you look.
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Jordan's all-white palette gives a calm and inviting approach to living in a rainy environment. On a grey day, it's certainly a room that I would love to nap in.
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One thing Seattle is not short of is great vintage finds. These old theatre chairs are perfect in the foyer. The homeowner has restored them with a great pop of color, as they are the first thing you notice when you enter the home.
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A cozy work space that is bright and colorful for textile artist, . Keeping it streamlined and tidy works well in this little nook.
Best of Seattle Interiors
Jordan's home mixes many styles, while still blending each seamlessly. From the velvet couch to the cozy chairs to the large windows, it's a living room for actually living in.
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Children love a place to spread out, as they reach the age where they begin to create and explore. If you have the space, then one big table is great. One thing about so many Seattle homes is that converted attics are abound. The couple in this home turned the third floor into the kids' space.
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I can't even imaging tearing down this dreamy mid-century modern home, but this gem was slated to be torn down. stepped in and saved it, turning it into a home that will be around for a long time to come.
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Wanting a spot to entertain friends and family, residents Sara and Logan moved from Washington D.C. with this beauty. Having a great place indoors to seat everyone is a must in Seattle.
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Michele and Ryan tie the green of the bathroom together with the beautiful vintage finds so perfectly, such as the botanicals and the desk in the other room.
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A perfectly paired vintage trunk and pillow -- with the pop of pink from the lamp -- give the home soft hues against the large windows.

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  • Hi WJG, I love the whole Pacific Northeest as a whole. I’d live on Vashon if I moved back. I’ve lived in 7 different states and 13 cities. I’d say Los Angeles is high on the list, but I couldn’t live there again. New Orleans is my next favorite, to Seattle, but not one I’ve lived in. I also love Athens, GA. I’d travel all the time if I could…

  • Sadly, Seattle’s neighborhoods and the cute homes are being bulldozed by the hundred. It’s hard to recognize the city month to month.

  • @Kristina – Really? I grew up there but never visit. That’s sad to hear. A lot of these places look like places I’ve lived before.

  • Its true. Seattle’s neighborhoods and ‘cute’ little houses are all being torn down and gentrified into massive modern block homes or apartments. People from New York and San Francisco move here when the get jobs with Amazon or Microsoft. Sad, but such is life… and capitalism.

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