Nordstrom to Unveil its Renovated Downtown Seattle Flagship Store

The local retailer sheds new light on its process of reinventing the department store

Last February, as Nordstrom’s downtown Seattle flagship was in the thick of a significant renovation, which had begun in spring 2014, there was a moment when you could stand in the center of the store with one foot in the old design and one in the new. To the right: 12-by-12-inch beige marble tile floors,…

Lauren Madeja

With a Pizza Oven, This Backyard Became a Social Gathering Space

A Wallingford family takes its pizza tradition outside

Longtime angel investor Chris DeVore has helped dozens of software companies in early seed stages. But when it came to planting a garden at his Wallingford home, the tech executive finally had had it with a project that was bearing more burden than fruit. “The amount of time needed to keep up a garden amidst…

Marianne Hale

Mediterranean-Inspired Mosaic Infuses Home with Enchanting Pop of Color

A Mercer Island mosaic shows that home is where the art is

When Norman Cohn purchased his Mercer Island home in 2009, he had sold his business in Las Vegas and was looking for an area that he and his two, school-age sons could enjoy as they got older. Cohn was drawn to the lifestyle and environment of the Eastside, but there was just one problem: his…

Jennifer McCullum

A Vacation Home in Lynden is Filled with Memories

The lush grounds of a northern Washington retreat remind us that to everything there is a season

Rows of raspberry canes, their curling tendrils climbing up posts—the result of countless seasons of planting and picking—line the quarter-mile drive up to Estergreen, the 19th-century cabin owned by Vancouver, British Columbia, architect Robert Lemon. The bittersweet berry is a fitting symbol for Lemon’s current state of mind. This summer, he’s embarking on a poignant…

Jennifer McCullum

Experimentations in Shape: Joan Wortis’ Handmade Textiles

Creative work by Vashon Island artist Joan Wortis includes pleated and dyed textiles

Joan Wortis’ home studio just off Wax Orchard Road on Vashon Island, is the ideal spot for indulging the artist’s creative side. “The island is a great place to work,” Wortis says. “Quiet, peaceful, no telephones in the studio…I can focus.” Such focus is critical to the creation of Wortis’ pleated and dyed textile works,…

Brigitte Long

Where Seattle Creatives Find Inspiration

Six of Seattle's influential artists and innovators tell us where they go to seek inspiration

Seattle’s community of artists and innovators inspire us through the projects they design, the art they create and the food they cook. We asked six of the city’s influential creators to answer this question: “Where do you go to seek the inspiration to do what you do?” The answers might surprise you… George Suyama“When Kirk…

Jennifer McCullum

Natural Elements of the PNW-Inspired Ceramist Carolina Silva

Shaped by Spanish roots and a connection to nature, Dorotea Ceramics owner creates unique pottery

Ceramist Carolina Silva blends artistic influences from her native Spain and natural elements inspired by the Pacific Northwest into the handmade pottery pieces she creates for her line Dorotea Ceramics. Silva’s daintily etched florals and playful color palettes make ordinary objects like plates, bowls, vases and pie servers extraordinary. The Phinney Ridge resident says she…

Marianne Hale

Tommy Bahama Helps Bring Island Vibes to the Home

Tommy Bahama has partnered with Lunada Bay to create tiles with vacation vibes

Locally headquartered island-lifestyle brand Tommy Bahama partnered with California-based Lunada Bay Tile to collaborate on a tile collection with vacation vibes that bring the exotic to the abode. Think seaside blues inspired by the turquoise waters of Raja Ampat (pictured), a remote archipelago in Indonesia. Or beiges and browns that recall the soft-rock palette of…

Marianne Hale

The Lightbox: Point Roberts Home Embraces Rural Surroundings

Architectural simplicity embraces its environment creating the ultimate natural habitat

Nestled among the firs and cedars on the Whatcom County peninsula of Point Roberts sits a modest, 1,600-square-foot structure made bold with a simple, rustic design that frames the forest and gracefully captures the light of the passing day. “This site has the uncanny and rare benefit of a sparse grove of trees on a…

Robin Avni