Downsize Upstyle

Seattle, Washington
Location
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Year
  • 2016
  • When John and Jan Drinkard moved out of their large house on Mercer Island, they were ready for change. With their daughters grown up and leaving the nest, they decided to buy in the brand new 1521 building on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle. They moved into a generous 2000 sq/ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with stunning 180+ degree views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle, and fascinating layers of city life below.

    Their style also did a 180. Their previous home was decorated with more of Jan’s tastes; it was on the traditional side, full of color, pattern, and florals. For their new condo, it was John’s turn; he wanted the style to be very contemporary with hardly any ornamentation or detail. The minimalist approach turned out to be a perfect solution for this modern space. Clean lines and subtle textures in the interior leave the view as the uncontested main attraction.

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    Modern home with dining room, table, bench, ceiling lighting, stools, and carpet floor. Photo  of Downsize Upstyle
    Modern home with dining room, ceiling lighting, bench, and stools. Photo 2 of Downsize Upstyle
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    Modern home with bedroom, chair, bench, bed, carpet floor, and storage. Photo 10 of Downsize Upstyle
    Modern home with bedroom, bed, chair, ceiling lighting, storage, night stands, and bench. Photo 11 of Downsize Upstyle
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    Modern home with bench, dining room, and table. Photo 13 of Downsize Upstyle
    Modern home with hallway and medium hardwood floor. John is an avid world traveler and photographer. He took these photos (left) on one of his journeys to Thailand. We had them framed and hung in this bold arrangement. The Galen Garwood painting at the end of the hall was from their previous home. Originally, its frame was painted a light mauve, reminiscent of the 80s, so we chose to re-paint the frame an espresso/black. The small change brought the whole piece up-to-date. Photo 14 of Downsize Upstyle

    John is an avid world traveler and photographer. He took these photos (left) on one of his journeys to Thailand. We had them framed and hung in this bold arrangement. The Galen Garwood painting at the end of the hall was from their previous home. Originally, its frame was painted a light mauve, reminiscent of the 80s, so we chose to re-paint the frame an espresso/black. The small change brought the whole piece up-to-date.

    Modern home with hallway, medium hardwood floor, and carpet floor. Entry hall, showing the custom Tibetan runner from Lapchi. The wool in the rug is hand-carded and hand-woven with silk, and the rug is Rugmark certified. Accent paint on left is Benjamin Moore’s Providence Olive. Photo 15 of Downsize Upstyle

    Entry hall, showing the custom Tibetan runner from Lapchi. The wool in the rug is hand-carded and hand-woven with silk, and the rug is Rugmark certified. Accent paint on left is Benjamin Moore’s Providence Olive.

    Modern home with living room, ottomans, chair, table lighting, sectional, medium hardwood floor, and sofa. Living Area, with organic cotton pillow fabric from Pindler & Pindler; pillows made by Serendipity Home Decor; Tibetan wool & silk rug from Lapchi is Rugmark certified. Photo 16 of Downsize Upstyle

    Living Area, with organic cotton pillow fabric from Pindler & Pindler; pillows made by Serendipity Home Decor; Tibetan wool & silk rug from Lapchi is Rugmark certified.

    Modern home with living room, sofa, sectional, coffee tables, end tables, ottomans, chair, ceiling lighting, floor lighting, carpet floor, medium hardwood floor, standard layout fireplace, and gas burning fireplace. The living area showcases an amazing view of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle. Sectional from Patricia Edwards upholstered in AST fabric; cocktail table from Wendell Castle and the couples' original Eames Lounger. Photo 17 of Downsize Upstyle

    The living area showcases an amazing view of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle. Sectional from Patricia Edwards upholstered in AST fabric; cocktail table from Wendell Castle and the couples' original Eames Lounger.

    Modern home with living room, end tables, sofa, chair, sectional, ottomans, coffee tables, table lighting, standard layout fireplace, ceiling lighting, medium hardwood floor, and gas burning fireplace. Living Area includes a sleek console table from Michael Trayler; hand-blown Murano glass console lamps from Otium. Photo 18 of Downsize Upstyle

    Living Area includes a sleek console table from Michael Trayler; hand-blown Murano glass console lamps from Otium.

    Modern home with dining room, chair, table, medium hardwood floor, and storage. In the dining room, we designed new custom cabinetry with contractor Solid Vision Interiors, to provide the Drinkards with plenty of storage and display space. Pieces in the art niches are Asian antiques from Glenn Richards in Seattle. Custom mirror from Museum Quality Framing perfectly reflects the city view. Pendant light from Hubbardton Forge; dining table from Michael Trayler; chairs from A. Rudin upholstered in Summer Hill fabric. Photo 19 of Downsize Upstyle

    In the dining room, we designed new custom cabinetry with contractor Solid Vision Interiors, to provide the Drinkards with plenty of storage and display space. Pieces in the art niches are Asian antiques from Glenn Richards in Seattle. Custom mirror from Museum Quality Framing perfectly reflects the city view. Pendant light from Hubbardton Forge; dining table from Michael Trayler; chairs from A. Rudin upholstered in Summer Hill fabric.

    Modern home with dining room, stools, bar, medium hardwood floor, and ceiling lighting. Stools from A.Rudin sit at the kitchen island. Photo 20 of Downsize Upstyle

    Stools from A.Rudin sit at the kitchen island.