Name: Ali and Duffy
Location: Green Lake — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,900 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 4 years
When I posted a picture to Instagram of the wallpaper in Seattle restaurant, Joule, gushing over it as one of my favorites in the city, I had no idea it would lead me to my next House Tour subject. "My husband's company Electric Coffin designed and made that wallpaper," read a comment from a woman named Ali, "as well as the whole restaurant! Check them out!" And check them out, I did.
Ali's husband, Duffy, and the two other co-owners of Electric Coffin, are behind numerous art installations created for the likes of Amazon, Expedia, and REI, as well as other much-talked-about Seattle restaurant interiors. Couple that with the fact that I found out Ali also does freelance interior design work, and that got the wheels in my head spinning wildly within seconds. If these two are so good at making stuff look good that people pay them to do it, how cool would their home be? As it turns out, very.
Ali and Duffy's home is a fun mix of the '60s and '70s — the bohemian and mod elements — but still with plenty of current touches that keep you in the present. Plus, little sparks of this couple's personality flashed here and there in the form of disco balls in the fireplace, cookbooks arranged on a kitchen shelf in rainbow order, and coffee and sugar ceramic canisters labeled, "Prozac" and "Viagra." It's a home that's a distinct reflection of its dwellers while also being a space where anyone would feel at home.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mid-Century Modern Eclectic
Inspiration: We have a lot of things that inspire us: '60s and '70s design, contemporary design, pop art, mid century architecture…basically Palm Springs in the '60s. Our space is a combination of vintage and modern to create our unique environment.
Favorite Element: Probably our stairway. We love to collect prints from various artists.
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge is not having quite enough space. If we owned this house we would be knocking out walls and have an open floor plan, with a much bigger kitchen. Everyone always hangs out in the kitchen!
What Friends Say: I think most of them like our house! I am always changing things, so it's fun to have them be a part of my never-ending decorating.
Biggest Embarrassment: We have a chair obsession. We have multiple sets of dining chairs in our attic.
Proudest DIY: Faux white brick wall in living room. It was a looooong weekend but so worth it.
Biggest Indulgence: Art, Jonathan Adler pottery, and chairs.
Best Advice: Go with your gut, buy art, and surround yourself with things you love.
Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, The Good Mod, Inform Interiors, and Chartreuse Modern.
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Side tables: Target
Mirror — IKEA