When the traffic slow’s down because the glare is too bright, sunglass sales start to top any other city’s (check #23), the Blue Angels start to practice routines louder and lower over lakefront neighborhoods, West Seattle’s Alki Beach crowds could fool you into thinking you’ve landed on Muscle Beach, the stream of tourists posing under Pike Place’s Starbucks are wearing cruise lanyards, people that have craved the heat for the last 9 months start to complain about it, you’re hard pressed to find a patch of grass at Madison Park beach, Duck Dodge seems to take up all of Lake Union, Westward & Little Gull runs out of Rosé on the deck and white legs and manicured toes sprout like spring flowers…we know the sun has landed in Seattle for a little while.
Summer chimed in earlier than usual this year (normally we don’t rely on Seattle to offer us much more than a teaser day or two before July 15th) but this year it is in full swing and laying the heat on thick. A ten day forecast of temperatures reaching a near 90 degrees means we’ll all be seeking a little evening breeze. We fished through our listings for some of our best outdoor retreats to give you a taste of what summer nights in some Bennion & Deville homes might play out like.
One of our favorite artisanal textile designers, Madeline Weinrib launched her beautiful, and wildly inspiring ecommerce site just a few weeks ago and we’re all a flurry with IKAT. Creator of colorful rugs and patterned pillows, Madeline is widely known for her embrace of rich hues, deep earthly tones and her devotion to pattern in design.
Inspired by her wide global travel, the bits and pieces she’s collected, global artists and her own artistic passion, Madeline paints AND creates this beautiful eclectic mix of vintage textiles, colorful fabrics, tapestries and other pieces that we’re dying to dot our homes with. The kicker? She’s the great-granddaughter of the founder of the land of our collective design dreams, New York’s famed ABC Carpet & Home (think twinkly chandeliers, plush rugs, exotic décor). Needless to say, her ardor for beautiful furnishings and home design has obviously been well-groomed…incase you weren’t already sold.
An little on Madeline from her new website: “Admired by tastemakers worldwide, Madeline Weinrib works closely with artisans from around the world to preserve the integrity of centuries old techniques, while applying her contemporary perspective to resonate with today. Inspired by the past, celebratory of the present, Madeline creates timeless heirlooms for the future.”
With Madeline in mind, this week we thought we’d dig up a few IKAT-inspired pieces in all price ranges…
Came across this beauty in our archives from one of our Harvard Belmont historic listings. These original leaded stained glass windows filter the light through the trees beautifully into the living room on a sunny day.
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!