From Margaret Everton on November 19, 2010 in Seattle
If Leonardo DaVinci said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, then this pared-down 125-square-foot studio apartment located in the center of Seattle‘s famous Pike Place Market is doubly sophisticated. The building, originally temporary housing for fishermen in 1907, has been beautifully renovated with a rooftop balcony view of Puget Sound, Mount Rainer, and the Olympic Mountains as well.
The design inspiration for Kristen Ellis was focusing on color. She decided to take what is normally considered a non-color and make it as vibrant and timeless as overused color palettes of today. The dark Seattle winter mornings are now brighter for Ellis, who wakes with a sense of lightness.
Ellis looked to add texture and layers, rather than objects and colors, to her space. I am a minimalist. My apartment is like my wardrobe, she explains. In her choices, she says, I refrain. I always ask myself, is this functional?
In her conscientious choices, Ellis looks to the Rococo style (think late French Baroque). The objects dart come with high functionality; the trunk from a local thrift holds all of her extra linens, as well as winter coats.
Ellis is a recent BFA graduate and young freelance interior designer, and with this beautiful start on her own space, she is well on her way.