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