A Young Family’s Cozy, Small Seattle Craftsman — House Tour
Name: Anna, Jason and Freddy
Location: Ballard — Seattle, Washington
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned
After buying their Seattle home five years ago, Anna and Jason spent about two years updating elements that likely hadn’t changed in decades — all new windows, refurbished kitchen counters, new paint throughout — and the list goes on. Then when they knew their little guy Freddy was on the way, another transformation of sorts had to happen: Making room for a new baby in a one-bedroom, 600-square foot house. Anna was inspired by a house tour she’d seen on Apartment Therapy that made living in a small space with a baby look not only doable, but stylish and beautiful.
Anna and Jason turned their dining area into part dining room, part nursery, and they started decorating with things they needed for a new baby, like toys, books, and baby shoes. There is an adorable pair of Converse on a shelf display in the couple’s bedroom, and as I made my way around the home taking pictures, I was surprised and delighted to come across tiny plastic little dinosaurs that were expertly placed to get giggles out of me. And they totally worked.
Overall, while there are many nods to the fact that, ya know, Freddy’s in the house, this home is also a place for grown-ups. Gorgeous European kitchen appliances, a bedroom with just the right amount of color and cozy, and their outdoor space that I just happened to catch on one of the most beautiful fall Seattle days I can remember in the last decade. Decorating a small space with a child is a real challenge — but one that this couple took on with enthusiasm, and nailed it. With the help of prehistoric toys.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Traditional and functional. We are originally from Boston so we love classic details like built-ins, old hardwood floors, crown molding, etc. So in our home, with each upgrade or edit, we make an effort to maintain its Craftsman style. Since bringing Freddy home, we try and make use of every detail, which is why we’ve started decorating with things we need like toys, books, baby shoes, and plants!
Favorite Element: Our breakfast nook is just the coziest place to hang out in the morning. It has a south-facing window so we get lots of sunlight over there and can look out into our backyard, which we also love. Our house is positioned right in the middle of our block so we actually have a ton of greenery and privacy for being in such a busy neighborhood.
Biggest Challenge: Finding places to hang photos! We’ve conquered the “one thing in, one thing out” rule for small space living, but we never want to replace pictures — they just keep accumulating throughout the years. There’s just not enough wall space in a small home.
What Friends Say: What a great use of your space! You are really making this work!
Biggest Embarrassment: Clutter. It’s such a cliché thing for a small spacer to say, but there is nothing more real in our lives than guests having to see our unmade bed, pile of laundry, and stack of dishes all in one swoop.
Proudest DIY: We made an outdoor day bed that is just so lovely to lounge on when the weather is dry enough. We didn’t have a huge budget for outdoor furniture but really wanted something big and comfortable that would allow us to enjoy our yard. So we bought an IKEA day bed frame on Craigslist, spray painted it, got a thick piece of foam fitted as a cushion, and just threw a bunch of colorful pillows on top.
Biggest Indulgence: Our appliances, for sure. We only have room for compact, apartment-style appliances and there are two options — high-end or super cheap. We just love the efficiency and space-saving features in the compact, European models and they’ve made our lives so much easier.
Best Advice: Only buy things that you truly love, and don’t overthink your space. It’s easy to get caught up in details when there is so much inspiration out there. Try not to look for things to fill up spaces in your home but rather wait until you see something that you cannot say no to — it’s more fun to figure out a way to make it work and edit in things you love.
Dream Sources: Hotels! Especially ones with bold style like Home Hotel in Buenos Aires, The NoMad in NYC, and Hotel Alfonso in Sevilla.
PAINT & COLORS
Back door — Benjamin Moore -“Million Dollar Red”
Living room walls — Benjamin Moore “Sidewalk Gray”
Bedroom and kitchen — Benjamin Moore “Bavarian Cream” (walls) and Benjamin Moore “Cotton Balls” (trim)
ENTRY/LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM
Shoe storage and keys/wallet/mail shelf — IKEA (similar)
Couch — Macys
Sofa blanket — Pendleton
Dining table — Custom
Blue pitcher and cups — Blue Water Pottery
Chest of drawers — IKEA Tarva collection (stained maple)
Baby changing table — Craigslist (painted merlot)
Crib — Wayfair
Hanging rug tapestry — Chimayo Weavers
White Globe lamp — vintage
Throw Pillow — Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Blue Linen pillow cases — pottery barn
Duvet — West Elm (no longer available)
Chair — Craigslist
Chest of drawers — Craigslist (stained blue)
Bracelet bowl — MOMA gift shop
Shelves — IKEA
Closet curtains — IKEA (no longer available)