Design

Better Ways to Use Your Dining Room

Ready to rethink a formal dining room?

This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.Setting aside an entire room for formal dining is a luxury when space in most houses is at a premium. Take into account families sitting down to eat together less often — adults working different hours, kids coming and going for sports, people having different diets or food likes —…

Catherine Smith, Houzz

Roger Nyhus Turned his Capitol Hill Mansion into a Political Powerhouse

Roger Nyhus' home on Capitol Hill is Seattle's new political address

With its gleaming white columns and a stately portico often seen decked in red, white and blue bunting, the “White House,” an almost 7,000-square-foot mansion perched atop North Capitol Hill, prompts more than a casual comparison to our nation’s “other” executive address. But the resident in chief of this house is the indefatigable Roger Nyhus….

Seattle magazine staff

Elevate Your Serving Ware with Elegant Teapots

Deborah Schwartzkopf's porcelain teapots are a notch above the usual serving ware

The dramatically different pottery styles of George Rodriguez and Deborah Schwartzkopf of Ceramistas Seattle make it hard to believe both of them create their work in the same West Seattle home studio. Rodriguez’s large clay figures can weigh as much as 300 pounds, while Schwartzkopf’s smaller-scale, porcelain teapots elevate serving ware. But despite their dissimilar…

Jennifer McCullum

This Busy Family Achieves Balance in their Home

A Mercer Island house is an exercise in the ever elusive work-life balance

Of course, there’s no such thing as having it all. But Thellea and J.C. Leveque, both with hyper-demanding careers (he’s a neurosurgeon, she’s an ophthalmologist), active lifestyles (they bike, ski and sail), two young children and a labradoodle named Echo, have managed to pull off a pretty impressive work-life balance. And it’s mostly thanks to…

Shannon O'leary

An Open and Airy Backyard Cottage

A 1920s Crown Hill bungalow gets a new, green backyard abode

Developers have been drooling over Kate Lichtenstein’s property.  Located in a neighborhood filled with small houses, many of which are being torn down, the lot includes her beloved one-story, one-bedroom 1920s bungalow and until recently, a small, dilapidated shed in the backyard. “I get letters all the time from developers wanting to buy it,” she…

Shannon O'Leary

Best New Restaurant Decor

Our new crop of restaurants is reversing the overdone Ikea-meets-thrift-store trend with eye-catchin

Staple & Fancy’s wall with an old cigar advertisement (see photo above): When crews were renovating Ballard’s historic Kolstrand Building, they unearthed a painted sign proclaiming a former tenant as a “dealer in Staple & Fancy.” Though those words are on the second floor of the building, Ethan Stowell named his newest restaurant after the…

Allecia Vermillion

Northwest Home November 2011

The latest issue of our home design publication, found inside every other issue of Seattle magazine.

The latest issue of Northwest Home (found inside the November issue of Seattle magazine) reveals local home shopping finds, such as the green goodies at Capitol Hill’s NuBe Green, style pointers on creating a chic chalet and how a little coaching helped one bachelor design his dream pad. Plus, our Home of Month tells the…

Seattle Mag

Cool Art for Kids and a Local Designer Gets Her Twirl On

Frye Art Museum’s ‘Smalll Frye’ program makes art easier for little ones to swallow; plus, a cool ne

ART CLASS Sometimes exposing kids to culture is akin to getting them to take yucky-tasting medicine: You have to hide it in something sweet to get it down. The folks at Frye Art Museum have figured this out. In an effort to promote community literacy and get little people (and their parents!) into the museum,…

Kavita Varma-White