Location: Capitol Hill — Seattle, Washington
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting
Having great style kinda comes with the territory when you’re a successful jewelry maker (and the owner of a business like Fresh Tangerine), but Kim has a particular brand that you just don’t see very often. She describes her home’s look as quirky Parisian with some PNW cozy mixed in. And it’s so true! Her style is almost collage-like — pulling together a bunch of things she loves with meaning, and that also give off a welcoming warmth. The fact that these items resonate with her is what makes them go together as much as their color, shape, or style — criteria we usually put most of the focus on.
I loved learning that she sends herself postcards while traveling, which she then hangs on the walls of her apartment. Things like this — along with the sheer curtains and white lights surrounding her bed — are delicate in a very French way, which incidentally, is the word she uses to describe the jewelry she makes. The couch, pillows, and greenery (the latter she admits needing to swap out quite often, not exactly having reached her green thumb goals yet) offer that Pacific Northwest-style coziness that Seattleites crave as much as their coffee. And I’m not sure which category the neon “Cheers” sign falls into, but I like it. Oh, oui, I do.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I would say cozy PNW meets quirky Parisian. I love mixing and layering different styles. As much as I love perfectly curated spaces, I want my home to feel lived in and welcoming. I tend to go for mid-century pieces for my foundation items, and then I just add in smaller pieces that are more varied in style.
Inspiration: This may sound silly, but my life is my inspiration. My goal is for my home to reflect where I’ve been, what I’ve experienced, what I’m thinking about, and where I want to go. There are a lot of small pieces that add up together to create a big picture and overall style. I’ve collected trinkets from traveling, and I’m always changing out artwork to reflect how I’m feeling. One of my favorite things to do is write myself a postcard when I’m traveling and send it to myself. I’ve saved a lot of them and have started hanging them around my apartment. It’s surprising how helpful it is to go back and read advice you’ve given to yourself.
Favorite Element: I really love my cabinet that’s filled with all of my books. Someday, I hope to be able to dedicate an entire room to books, creating a library. Being surrounded by books is definitely my happy place.
Biggest Challenge: Creating defined spaces. I live in a studio apartment, but I still wanted to be able to have a separate bedroom space.
What Friends Say: I get a lot of compliments on my space and most everyone says it seems very Parisian, which is funny because one of my dreams is to someday own an apartment in Paris.
Biggest Embarrassment: My closet. I would love to have a minimalist wardrobe, but I’m pretty much the opposite. I have tons of clothes that are poorly organized (and mostly unfolded if I’m being honest). Someday I dream of having a closet that is organized and manageable with everything folded properly.
Proudest DIY: My bed! I’m the worst sleeper, so I tried to make my bed as cozy and peaceful as possible. I call it the cloud, and when I close the curtains at the end of the day to go to sleep, I feel like I’ve been transported to a whole new place.
Biggest Indulgence: Plants and flowers. I’m really not great at keeping my plants alive, so I constantly have to buy new ones. I hope that one day I’ll figure it out! I also buy myself flowers almost weekly at the farmer’s market or grocery store. There’s just something about having fresh flowers that make a space immediately better.
Best Advice: Surround yourself with things that you love and make you happy. Everything doesn’t have to match perfectly. I think that it’s easy to compare your space to what you see online, but I think that it’s possible for a space to look lived in and still have good design. It’s also worth waiting to save and invest in “forever” items instead of settling for something in the moment.
Dream Sources: Modernica, Blu Dot, Room and Board
Gold Cabinet – Vintage
TV Stand – West Elm
Plant Stand – Target
Record Stand – Urban Outfitters
Record Player Stand – Urban Outfitters
Side Table – IKEA
Sofa – World Market
Coffee Table – Wayfair
Lamps: Target and Ikea
Throw Pillows – Ikea, West Elm
Table – Crate and Barrel
Chairs – Amazon
“Cheers” Light – West Elm
Cart – CB2
Office Accessories – Target
Sheets – Parachute Home
Curtains and Rod – Ikea
Light – Schoolhouse Electric
Tray – CB2
Candles – P.F. Candle Co., Capitol Hill Candle Co
Ceramic container – CB2