A Restaurant Mogul’s “1970s Glam” Seattle Condo — House Tour
Name: Linda Dershang, and Jack the Westie
Location: Belltown — Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,523 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
Linda is a Seattle powerhouse. She is the force behind many of the city’s hippest bars and restaurants, and has designed her latest home, a modern condo in Belltown, with vintage finds, designer pieces, eclectic artwork, and a solid dose of ’70s glam.
Prior to living in the modern condo building she inhabits now, Linda lived in a 1920s Tudor in Seattle’s Interlaken neighborhood. Though she loved the spacious vintage home, she has enjoyed the “opportunity to play with a new aesthetic,” and the challenge of incorporating her favorite pieces into the new condo. “I like mixing, and with things that I love, I would rather figure out a way to keep using them.”
Linda’s Seattle roots go deep: She moved to the city in the 1980s and opened a punk rock clothing store on Capitol Hill that sold “fishnets and purple hair dye and Doc Martens.” While running the store, Linda became friends with other creative Seattlites (“we were all young and scrappy”) including one of the founders of Sub Pop records, Jonathan Poneman. When Nirvana made the label hugely successful, Poneman asked Linda if she would help him open a bar, and Linda’s Tavern was born. The bar was an instant hit, and the team went on to open restaurants, cafes and more bars, including her most recent project Tallulah’s.
Linda’s eye for great design combined with her ever-evolving personal aesthetic have helped her create spaces that feel comfortable and stylish, with just the right amount of attitude.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Low key and eclectic with a little ’70s glam.
Inspiration: Most of my inspiration comes from travel, but also books and magazines. I love checking out cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels everywhere I go. I’ve been living a bit of a vagabond lifestyle lately and take bits and pieces of my travels home with me whenever possible. Once I carried a taxidermy bear head through downtown Manhattan.
Favorite Element: I love the wall of books. The black Eames chair is a close second.
Biggest Challenge: Downsizing from a classic Tudor to a downtown condo was a challenge, but it was also an opportunity to play with a new aesthetic.
What Friends Say: My friends love the view and hanging out on my terrace.
Biggest Embarrassment: My biggest embarrassment is the lovely “living roof” that looks more dead than alive. Luckily, the building is planning on planting a new one.
Proudest DIY: I knocked down the walls of the tiny den. This made an open floor plan, and brought the dining and living areas together. I was nervous about it initially, but now I can’t imagine the space any other way.
Biggest Indulgence: The Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp was my biggest splurge. I’d coveted it for years.
Best Advice: Buy what you love. Follow your gut. Mix old with new. Mix high with low. Don’t be afraid of something ugly that’s cool.
Dream Sources: Billy’s Antiques in NYC had brilliant vintage finds before it closed a few years back. It would also be amazing to raid any of the spaces designed by David Hicks for rad 70’s pieces. Always 1st Dibs, ABC Carpet and Home, and Hay.
PAINT & COLORS
Benjamin Moore — OC-65 Chantilly Lace
Accent Wall — Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue
Giant Mirror — Mystery Source
Serge Mouille Light Fixture – Design Within Reach
Eames Lounger “Herman Miller” Eames Lounger – Design Within
Devo Hat – Charity Auction
Leaning Liberty – Danial Joseph Martinez, Seattle Art Fair
Mark Sink Photo – Jean Michel Basquiat
Vintage ’70s Brass Reading Lamp
Teak Wood Table — Tirto
Brown Knoll Sofa — Vintage
Black Round Coffee Table — Vintage
White Tulip Coffee Table – West Elm
Little Black Table – Knoll
Vintage Cow Hide Rug
Moroccan Rug from Marakesh
Black Faceted table lamp with brass base — West Elm
Martini Side Table — West Elm
Vintage black tulip chair
Big oil painting “The Busboy”– Doug Parry
Grey Sectional Sofa – Western Ave Sofa Company
“Smoked Mirror Tables” — CB2
KISS – Pacific Gallery, Seattle
Vintage Gold Arch Floor Lamp
Vintage Glass Table
Marble Top Coffee Table – CB2
Bear Head — Vintage shop in NYC
“Big Blue Lady” Painting – Laurie Early from Roc La Rue Gallery
Vintage Record Player — William Falconer
Sputnik Light Fixture — Vintage
Mid-Century Sideboard – Vintage
Table — Tirto, Seattle
Brass Candlesticks — Thrifted
Silver Lamp — Vintage
Tulip Marble Top Table – Rove Concepts
Vintage Breuer Rattan Chair
Wood Sculpture — Tirto, Seattle
Stool 1010 — Totokaelo
Nude Sketches – vintage
Horse in the Pool – Mark Sink
Chemex Coffee Maker
Water Filtration System — Berkey
Lotus fixtures brass – 1st Dibs
Vintage Wood and Chrome ’70s Saddle Stools – Warren Bacon
Panton Chair — DWR
Rabbit painting – Brad Woodfin
Kurt Cobain Photo – Charles Peterson
Little Lamb – Brad Woodfin
Chrome Atomic Floor Lamp — Vintage
’70s Silver Vintage Table Lamps
Rachel Peacock – square paintings lizzy borden and r.crumb
CB2 Bed – Woven Cane and white washed oak bed frame with wrap around headboard- called the “supra” bed and is no longer available.
White Credenza — CB2
Knoll Sideboard — Vintage
Velvet Curtains — RH
Marble Tulip End Table – Design Within Reach
Billy Childish Woodblock Style Prints – Roc La Rue
Obey print — Shepard Fairey
Wooden torso – Garage Sale