Rustic Meets Hipster in these Seattle Home Decor Shops
Butter Home (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626; butterhomeseattle.com) might be small (at 300 square feet) and tucked away in the Melrose Market loft, but it’s mighty cool. Current crowd-pleasers: Sheepshead Design’s screen prints ($20–$60) on reclaimed wood by Philip Sachs, and pendant lamps with exposed filament bulbs ($45), popularized when Butter began making them this past Christmas.
As its name indicates, Couch (Ballard, 5423 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.633.6108; couchseattle.com) focuses on this staple of a home’s furniture set, but it offers custom designs, including a variety of configurations, styles and fabric choices, at an affordable price (upholstered sofas start at $1,500). Couch is also the exclusive brick-and-mortar dealer of the modern furniture stylings of Seattle’s Ample (amplefurniture.com).
As well as its inventive (and free) formal exhibits, the Frye Art Museum (Capitol Hill, 704 Terry Ave.; 206.622.9250; fryemuseum.org) has a store that is a reservoir of dreamy creations, many locally sourced, such as Ladies & Gentlemen Studio walnut serving board ($210).
In addition to snagging salvaged furniture, such as the rolling garment rack/table ($945) by Seattle’s Brackish (brackishdesigns.com), you can add some swank to your cocktail hour with glasswing’s (Capitol Hill, 1525 Melrose Ave.; 206.641.7646; glasswingshop.com) 1930s-inspired W&P cocktail coupes ($12) and Mason Stones ($16), designed to keep whiskey chilling in the glass.
Opened in November by Chris and Claire Tirtoprodjo, Tirto Furniture (Capitol Hill, 1908 E Mercer St.; 206.322.0597; tirtofurniture.com) is a family affair. Every piece of contemporary hardwood furniture is designed by the couple, along with Chris’ sister Patricia, and handcrafted in the Tirtoprodjo family workshop in Blitar in East Java, Indonesia. James Tirtoprodjo, the family patriarch, and Claire’s uncle, the late David Smith (owner of David Smith & Company) were fast friends, united by their love
of Indonesian furniture. Current faves: glass-top coffee tables ($1,495–$2,450), with a striking and organically formed teak root base, and painted dining tables ($995–$1,695), created from teak salvaged from demolished buildings.