May 2014

Road Trip!

From this Issue

!--paging_filter--h3img src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/large_0514_roadtrip_eastern-washington_0.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="180" width="180"1. a href="" target="_blank"Power through Eastern Washington/a/h3

!--paging_filter--pWhether it’s the bird-watcher in me or the delusion of leaving little to chance, I have always gravitated toward detailed itineraries when I travel.

!--paging_filter--pA well-concealed (OK, probably entirely unknown) perk of being married to a historic preservationist is that the opportunity to travel off the beaten path to fascinating places under the guise of work comes up often. It also brings a new appreciation for places that aren’t so exotic or far-flung but are nonetheless fascinating.

!--paging_filter--pstrongimg src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/0514_roadtrip_olymap.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="450" width="358"Day 1: Peninsula Bound/strongbrFrom time to time, even the most true-blue Seattleite will weary of the ceaseless lowering clouds and head for sunny climes—but that’s just not us.

!--paging_filter--pI’ve been on board a Palomino named Daisy for so long, I’m afraid to get down, because I won’t be able to get back up again. I haven’t peed in nine hours and I share that information with Kara, the gal riding next to me.

!--paging_filter--pWe’d lived for several years in Seattle, but barely been outside the city—and never east—and we’d heard things were “different” over yonder. So during our sons’ spring break, we lit out for our first-ever road trip as a family, with a loose agenda, an old-fashioned atlas, a willingness to take Yelp advice and plenty of curiosity./p

Once upon a time, a home item from Nordstrom basically meant a nice chunk of crystal from its gift store.

!--paging_filter--pButter Home (Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626;a href="" target="_blank" might be small (at 300 square feet) and tucked away in the Melrose Market loft, but it’s mighty cool.

Alchemy Collections (downtown, 2029 Second Ave.; 206.448.3309) has a diverse mix of mod furnishings, including the indoor/outdoor Alchemia dining chair ($319 and up), which comes in some knockout neon shades.

If your taste runs toward the high end, but your budget doesn’t, consignment shopping for home furnishings is where it’s at. Not only can you find deals galore at these shops, but you can sell your own gently used furniture to offset the price of your new-to-you pieces. Consignment stores tend to offer a varied inventory in a range of styles and prices.

If you’re looking to furnish your home with eccentric and unusual conversation pieces, add these stores to your shopping list. Find taxidermy, medical antiques and fraternal order ephemera at The Belfry (309A Third Ave. S; 206.682.2951) in Pioneer Square.

!--paging_filter--pAs well as a comely collection of contemporary modern pieces—from Blu Dot to Kartell—Chartreuse Modern (Belltown, 2609 First Ave.; 877.328.4844; a href="" target="_blank" shows an eclectic field of midcentury pieces, from accessories, such as a sky-blue Holmegaard vase carafe (

Left to right: Hand-stitched floral pillow ($650) from Susan Wheeler Home, local artist Nancy Klapmeier’s custom horse silhouette pillow made of felted wool and vintage suit scraps ($65) from  Ludlow Home; Ryan Studio Neo Stripe Lagoon pillow ($225) from

Aside from tempting tabletop fodder and furniture, Camelion Design (Ballard, 5330 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.783.7125) has a fabulous fabric line ($150 per yard), with a swatch count of 1,000 to choose from to give your couch or chair a classy new cover, or to create that just-right accent pillow.

Dig Nursery (Vashon Island, 19028 Vashon Hwy. SW; 206.463.5096) is a full-fledged, flora-rich nursery full of garden goodies, from plants and seeds to colorful pots and crow statuary.

Masins (Bellevue, 10708 Main St.; 425.450.9999) has been decorating homes in the Pacific Northwest since 1927. Today, this decidedly up-market and sophisticated store is filled with designs from Stickley to Kravet, and a staff of accredited interior designers to guide you through the process.

NuBe Green (Capitol Hill, 1527 10th Ave.; 206.402.4515) really makes green beautiful—from vintage blanket-covered club chairs and salvaged wood furniture to handmade Pebble vases ($14–$26) from Seattle’s Material Good, which benefit good causes.

!--paging_filter--pThrough Friday, May 23, more than 40 local museums—including EMP Museum, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Glass and The Museum of Flight—are offering two-for-one admission deals and special events during Museum Week Northwest.

Located in the former Dish It Up space on Ballard Avenue, Culinary Essentials (Ballard, 5320 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.789.1334), originally an expansion of Bellevue’s J Culinary Essentials (now closed), serves up plenty of tableware and cooking gear, including Man Law barbecuing tools.

Hansen Lamp Shade (Lake City, 10706 Lake City Way NE; 206.363.1635) has been lighting up Seattle since 1937, and it is still the place to go for restoration and repair of your loved lights old or new, and for a custom hand-sewn shade.

Score signed prints by local artists, such as Aki Sogabe’s glorious kirie (paper cutting) of a cherry-blossom-swathed Space Needle ($30), handsomely framed at The Art Study (University Village, 4630 Village Court NE; 206.525.2400), which also has some beautiful bric-a-brac, including magnifying glasses ($14.95).

Seattle and the Eastside certainly have their fair share of home shops--everything from lighting and green goods, to midcentury modern stores and consignment. We've rounded up the best of the best in each category so you can browse away and find the right shop for your need (or want)

!--paging_filter--pRobin Wehl Martin opened her adorable blue- and white-trimmed jewel-box cookie shop Hello Robin em(522 19th Ave.

The Madrona home that Alex Landes shares with her partner, Chris Koehler, boasts a stunning view of Lake Washington, with Mount Baker and Mount Rainier visible in the distance. But equally eye-catching is the art collection, which Landes has been amassing for the past 15 years.

!--paging_filter--pOn the day I was born in December 1956, my father, Lew Wallick, was doing what he did for a living, what he loved best: testing airplanes for The Boeing Company. I admit I find it very cool that my birth certificate lists my father’s “Usual Occupation” as Test Pilot.

!--paging_filter--pMolly Wizenberg, Seattle author of best-selling memoir emAnbsp;­Homemade Life /emand renowned food blog Orangette, never imagined she would open a restaurant, let alone a wildly popular pizza destination in Ballard.

!--paging_filter--pWhat do you do when you take on the shell of a 72-year-old dive bar? If you’re Matthew Lewis, owner of Where Ya At Matt food truck, you use it to reinvent your mobile Creole mecca.

!--paging_filter--pLast August when Brendan McGill, chef/owner of Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island, announced that he was opening a German beer hall in Pioneer Square with partners Lex Petras and Ward Van Allen, he explained that he was going to call it Altstadt (209 First Ave.

!--paging_filter--pJust days before the March Oscars broadcast, reader Kevin Barry e-mailed us a Hollywood-movie-script-style critique of our March 2014 ZIP code story. We wanted to act it out and film it, but were too busy planning our next "lazy and lowbrow" batch of stories.

!--paging_filter--pAnyone can see the evidence on YouTube: a sea star (also known as a starfish) at the a href="" target="_blank"Vancouver Aquarium falling apart over seven hours in a one-minute time-lapse video/a. First, the middle of the star’s dark body flattens.

!--paging_filter--p“What does it mean to be an indian? What is Indian enough?” These are questions artist Matika Wilbur asks her subjects as she travels across the country interviewing and photographing members of more than 560 federally recognized Native American tribes.

!--paging_filter--pClassic Craftsman houses may dominate local neighborhoods, but for pure Seattle flavor, nothing beats the humble houseboat.

!--paging_filter--pAfter nearly 40 years at Fifth Avenue and Union Street, beloved Seattlea href="" clothing store Butch Blum /amoved shop in March to a gleaming new space at the base of the Two Union Square building.

!--paging_filter--pNew men’s sportswear start-up a href=""Sodo Apparel’s/a sleek, simple and functional line of workout wear for men is made with high-tech fabrics that breathe well, allow adequate range of motion and wick moisture away from the body.

!--paging_filter--p’Tis the season of community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, those parcels of produce that support local farmers, but sometimes leave us wondering what to do with five pounds of kohlrabi. This year, a new brand of luxury CSA has arrived, offering boxes that leave less up to the recipient’s ingenuity by pairing veggies with house-made breads, wines and other goodies.

!--paging_filter--pDistinctive, striking—and, ahem, a perfect Mother’s Day gift—custom-crafted silhouettes are like snapshots from another era.

!--paging_filter--pDefiled by muddy feet, spilled lattes and crushed Cheerios, the car mat doesn’t get much respect. In fact, unless they’re being scrubbed, car mats aren’t given much thought at all.

!--paging_filter--p2014 is a landmark year for renowned designer Diane von Furstenberg: Her iconic wrap dress turned 40, and on May 1, she opens her 95th store, in Bellevue Square near Center Court. “The Seattle area is so gorgeous,” says von Furstenberg. “Itnbsp;is blessed with the most beautiful nature and filled with so much creativity and innovation.

!--paging_filter--pIn order to learn and remember new things, the brain creates pathways, or associations, between events and language. These “associative memories” are like electrical currents inside the brain that fire all day long, though we’re almost always unconscious of this happening.

!--paging_filter--pThey are a thing of beauty, a href=""RN74’s/a smoked salmon deviled eggs ($10).

!--paging_filter--pstrongWHERE: /strongThe historic port city of Astoria, Oregon, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. strongWHY:/strong For the kickoff of the seasonal Sunday Market (5/11–10/12; a href="" target="_blank"

!--paging_filter--pDeeply troubled by recent natural disasters in Japan and Indonesia, former Boeing engineer Julian Sharpe saw a need to reimagine tsunami survival. His solution?

Sebastian Simsch made me do it. Well, he didn’t really make me do anything but he definitely lured me onto the open road. While I was catching up with the Seattle Coffee Works owner at his then just-opened Ballard store a couple of years ago, he started telling me about a road trip he had taken with his family to various small towns in eastern Washington.

!--paging_filter--pIn the middle of Woodinville winery country, around the bend from Chateau Ste.

!--paging_filter--pOn a warm afternoon in mid-March, the sun is streaming through the tall windows of the a href=""Seattle International Film Festival /aoffices.

!--paging_filter--pimg src="/sites/default/files/newfiles/0514_sirenapp.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 10px;" height="232" width="350"Women who’ve tried online dating know the drill: spend hours crafting a profile that precisely reflects the individual you are (and the individual you’d like to meet), set it live and get instantly bombarded with requests from men using a scattershot approach (

!--paging_filter--pThis was the year Sasquatch grew a bit too big for its britches. After adding a second full weekend of live shows to the wildly popular music fest at the Gorge Amphitheatre, event promoters had to cancel the bonus round due to weak sales. But never fear, the Northwest offers plenty of ways to get your groove on outdoors.

!--paging_filter--pIt has become almost routine in Seattle’s public schools: A child with learning challenges—anything from difficulty with a particular subject to deafness to attention deficit disorder—is sent to school armed with a plan tailored by family and specialists. But due to inadequate training, limited resources and/or the lack of a clear policy the plan isn’t fulfilled.

“Have you seen Grey Gardens?” It’s the first thing Seattle magazine arts and culture editor Brangien Davis says when describing the grounds that once surrounded her Denny Blaine dwelling. The reference to the famous documentary set in a decaying manse with an overgrown garden is spot on.

!--paging_filter--pWhen challenged with the task of decorating the small family room off the kitchen in the Laurelhurst home of Pat and Lisa McCabe, designer Graciela Rutkowski focused on solving the room’s riddle, which included two entryways, barely any wall space and plentiful existing built-in shelving and cabinets.

!--paging_filter--pShop owner and style savant Ted Kennedy Watson releases his first book this month, emStyle Simplicity: An A to Z Guide to Living a More Beautiful Life /em(Sterling, $17.95). It’s a primer of sorts, packed as full of tips as his stores are stocked with tools to achieve it.

!--paging_filter--pThe loft dresser is the newest member of the CHADHAUS family of handmade furniture, joining a stool, a table, a bed and a lamp. The dresser, like other pieces from the Loft series, boasts clean lines (reminiscent of traditional Shaker furniture), recycled steel hardware and is locally crafted from sustainably harvested wood.

As much as we love a sublime coat of paint on the walls, the boldly patterned wallpaper popping up everywhere has us experiencing a bit of print envy. These modern patterns are so fresh, so now, you’ll likely forget the dated wall coverings of yore (scallop-edged floral borders, country landscapes) and opt to paper up every room in your abode.

!--paging_filter--pI’m old enough to remember when Seattle was the end of the road. brbrWhen I was young, Seattle seemed like a city walled off from the east by mountains and surrounded by water on the west. Provincial we were, but also isolated and little known, a jumping-off spot for even more remote places.

!--paging_filter--pFans of the TV show emParks and Recreation/em will recognize Tacoma-born actress Pamela Reed from her recurring role as Leslie Knope’s mother. After countless roles on television and in local theater, Reed is now playing Martha in Edward Albee’s emWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?/em, made famous by Elizabeth Taylor.

!--paging_filter--pEveryone has their own preferred method for making the syrup, but besides the addition of exotic ingredients, the main difference is the time you allow the flowers to steep.

!--paging_filter--pLast year, I had an experience familiar to many a lazy mushroom hunter. I hit the snooze button one too many times and when I finally hit the road and sputtered into my favorite spring porcini patch well after sunrise, I was dismayed to find it picked clean. Evidence was all around like a crime scene: tire tracks, scrapes in the duff, even telltale trimmings left behind.

Fresh chips and specialty guacamoles are made daily at Poquitos on Capitol Hill

Let’s put the complaint that Seattle doesn’t have good Mexican food to rest—one restaurant at a time

!--paging_filter--pThe backlash against Chardonnay—summed up by the “ABC” (“anything but Chardonnay”) trend among wine drinkers and the result of one too many characterless butter bombs as Chardonnay’s popularity rose in the ’90s—is currently in the midst of its own backlash, as that fickle pendulum of wine fashion swings back toward this noble white grape.brbrBy the end of 2014, there will be

!--paging_filter--pIf you’re not a math person, the mere idea of math camp probably strikes terror in your heart. But if you’re a little girl, just beginning to understand math, it could mean a fun week engineering a dollhouse out of cardboard (complete with a carport and a spiral staircase), or exploring where math and art meet in Cubism and perspective.