A new year a new blog…

We’d like to officially welcome you to our blog, a slightly more personal and casual extension of our Seattle expertise and a chance for us to further brag about some of Seattle’s finest houses via the blogosphere.

We’re excited to grow this blog to be your destination for Seattle real estate news, design inspiration, neighborhood chat, a comprehensive calendar of our open houses, and an extension of our team’s personality and our passion for what we do.  We invite and encourage you to share any inspiration too, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Moodboard Mondays: Love Locally

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We’re all about supporting Seattle’s businesses whenever we can so we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to love on your loved ones with local goods this year for Valentines.  Here are a few of our favorite holiday-worthy sweets, eats and treats from local vendors we are crushing on this year.
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  1. Kick off the day by Treating your sweetest with a dozen of Top Pot’s pretty in pink feather boa doughnuts, or pink rainbow sprinkle doughnutsTop Pot Doughnuts $12.99/dozen
  2. Brew some love with Remedy Teas, the Seattle organic loose leaf tea company’s that stirs up a sensuous blend of flower scented organic white teas, roses, lavender and peppermint  fittingly named  #14 Love Buds and is sure to tantalize any taste buds! Remedy Tea, Capitol Hill at 345 15th ave E for $14.82/2oz tin. 
    (For those of you feeling particularly inspired, we love this idea for DIY valentines tea bags from the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog)
  3. Pick up a plate of Salumi’s sure to please cured meats or a “hot meat plate” for your hot date.  Salumi Cured Meats, 309 3rd Ave S (Pioneer Square)
  4. Le Fournil Bakery on Eastlake churns out photo-worthy Strawberry Pistachio Tarts this time of year.  Treat you and yours at Le Fournil, 3230 Eastlake Ave E, $22.00/10in tart
  5. Don’t have a sweet tooth this year? Set the scene for your flame with the Glassy Baby Love Story Set instead!  Glassybaby has locations in Madrona or University Village or purchase this set online at www.glassybaby.com
  6. Prepared to “shell out” for the good stuff?..Channel the greek goddess of love with an aphrodesiac on the half shell.  We recommend the Taylor Shellfish Kumamoto oysters; “favorites of beginners and gurus alike, (kumamotos) offer a sweet treat with their unique melon tones”. $12.99/dozen, Taylor Shellfish at Melrose Market, 1521 Melrose Ave.
  7. What’s Valentines Day without chocolate? We have a weakness for Seattle’s own Theo Chocolates “amazing, delicious and mind-bendingly wonderful.” Our pick for Valentines is their Casanova Caramel Sampler; their delectable caramels with organic and fairtrade ingredients like sensual rose and exotic saffron, ginger, sea salt, jalapeno, and lavender. Pick some up at any local Bartell Drugs Store; $8.80/4 piece box
  8. If your honey prefers wine to bubbles, bring home some more pink this Valentines with a bottle of Cave B Winery’s 2010 Saignee Rose.  This blend of Merlot and Syrah has aromas of “Macerated Strawberries, rhubarb, fresh ripe cherries, raspberries, strawberry jam and even a bit of baked peaches.” Cave B promises a mouthful of “mixed berry ‘yumminess‘” with this bottle. $14.99, most Seattle specialty wine stores.
  9. Turn up the heat with a jar of Mama Lil’s Pickled Peppers.  Grown and made in Washington’s Yakima Valley, these little snacks are sure to kick-start a fiery night. Pick up a jar at Madison Market, Madrona Wine Store, Capitol Hill’s Eat Local, or any Whole Foods. $8.99/jar
  10. If you’re feeling up for something a little fancier, take home a tantalizingly tasteful Triple Coconut Cream Pie from Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Bakery.  A perfect pie for 2 is just $19.00!

Gift Wrap and Glitz

Gift Wrap and Glitz

A color palette for wrapping in style inspired by two of the holiday season’s most festive flavors; mint and pomegranate. We found heaps of gifting goodies at Anthropologie but don’t be afraid to get crafty with what you’ve already got lying around the house and garden; think some of the kids snowflake cutouts, natural twine, holly branches, cinnamon sticks, Kraft paper, newspaper, old sheet music, glitter, etc!

Holiday Door Decor

We gathered some of our favorite ideas and images of festive door decor – including some edible options – in hope of inspiring you all to deck your own halls, walls and doors this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Thanskgiving Mood Board (& Pumpkin Musings)

It’s no question that fall has fall has graced Seattle with its presence kindly this year (its kind of dry!).  In fact we’re wading practically knee deep in foliage in our driveways, Starbucks has all of Seattle instagramming trendy coffee shots post their premature release of this year’s holiday cup, Delilah is itching to secure the Carpenter’s Christmas Collection on her repeat loop, Santa has been remodeling the downtown Nordstrom’s corner lot for several weeks now, and we are well on our way to Thanksgiving.

Although pumpkin seems to have elbowed its way to the top on every single cocktail, dinner and dessert menu in town, it (among other classic thanksgiving desserts) is often left in the bloated shadow of the post-Thanksgiving gorge.  So, in an effort to preserve our waistlines and our pumpkins, we are quite inspired to ditch the dessert this year in favor of a rustic and harvest inspired thanksgiving table top that features pumpkins in all their natural glory.  Enjoy!

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A Grand Entrance

Many Seattle homes feature age-old, gorgeous architectural details in the intricate detail and exceptional craftsmanship of the ceilings, moldings, walls, doors, fireplaces, windows, and staircases that are sometimes taken for granted when simply visiting or viewing a home.

As we found ourselves scanning through the stunning interior pictures of the homes currently listed on our site for the umpteenth time, we couldn’t help but notice a few staircases that certainly beg to be further boasted.

STATELY QUEEN ANNE GEORGIAN

These grand entryways serve as opening statements to these homes, helping to define the distinguishing characteristics of the houses. Both beautiful and functional, these staircases flaunt elegance, design, and unique transitions between levels, and we’re proud to show off these attractions that put these homes a step above the rest!

ADELAIDE WATERFRONT

MAGNIFICENT WASHINGTON PARK VIEW HOME

HARVARD BELMONT VIEW TUDOR

HAMPTONS STYLE ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

WASHINGTON PARK VIEW HOME

SEATTLE`S FINEST IN-CITY ESTATE

CAPITOL HILL VIEW ESTATE

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