I visited Seattle, WA for the first time earlier this year and felt right at home right away. The cozy coffee bars, fantastic shopping and coastal vibe absolutely made a lasting impression on me. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have been so surprised by how quickly I fell in love with the city. It has produced some seriously great design over the years, and with shops like Michele and Ryan Tansey’s popping up every day, that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
Their Capitol Hill storefront is an eclectic mix of mid-century and Art Deco styles, and their home in the Central District of Seattle is the same. Michele always dreamed of moving into a fixer-upper and eventually convinced Ryan to take the plunge when this gem hit the market. She knew it would be amazing one day if they gave it some love. “When we purchased our home, none of the closets had hardware, no appliances, few lighting fixtures, the yard was terrible, and everything was painted primer white,” she says. Since moving in, they have added new floors, painted the entire space, and decked it out in secondhand finds they’ve collected over the years. Point to any piece in the home, and these two can tell you a fantastic story to go with it.
When decorating the home, the couple wanted the second floor to be rela and a neutral space of serenity. They used “lots of blacks, brown, blues, greens, (and) chrome” to create the Parisian-apartment vibe you’ll see when you take a peek inside. Since the main floor doubles as an , Michele and Ryan designed it to be warm, inviting and full of color. The stunning, hunter-green paint job that dons most of the first floor’s rooms does wonders for making the home feel cohesive. The home also has 112 years of “strange parts and pieces” that make it even more unique. That’s a-okay with these homeowners. “I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Ryan says. Enjoy! —