Home Tour: A Tailored Condo in the City
Designer Brian Paquette may have scored a dream job when a stylish client asked for his help decorating his small Seattle condo. Starting from scratch with only three existing paintings the client wanted to use, Paquette developed a comprehensive design for the 650-square-foot space in one of downtown Seattle’s most fashionable buildings. Turns out, Paquette’s team delivered exactly what the client was after. “I was headed to L.A. the day after we completed the installation, and to my surprise upon landing, I received a text message that our client had flown home from a business trip a day early because he couldn't wait to see the finished product,” the designer tells us. “He was happy and excited, and to me, that is all that matters.”
Keep scrolling to see the stylish space and hear about the inspiration behind the design.
Paquette's client, who works in the tech industry, travels frequently for work, so designing a homey space was of the utmost importance. “He very much loves being able to come back to Seattle and wanted his home to embrace him, encourage him to entertain more, and show his true self,” the designer says.
Due to the condo’s nondescript, contemporary bones, Paquette set out to make the space feel warm and welcoming. “The home is pretty contemporary with clean lines,” the designer says. “Our job to was to bring it to life with the client’s request of a layered, traveled, and warm look to balance all of the clean lines.”
Turns out, the style of another interior talent helped inspire the home’s décor direction. “Both the client and I are big fans of Nate Berkus and his work, and along with the a few others helped shape a place on which we put our stamp,” Paquette tells us. “Personally, Nate has paved the way for young designers like me. His layering, fearlessness, and ability to seamlessly blend high and low is something I truly admire.”
The living room’s sculptural coffee table is a personal favorite of the designer. “I have to give credit to Liza, a designer who works with me, for pushing me and the client in this direction, when we originally thought something more basic would do,” Paquette says. “The table is a true piece of art; it’s currently on view at the Bellevue Art Museum.”
The living area’s bookshelves and console table offer styling opportunities t Paquette expertly executed. “Balance everything,” the designer offers when asked for styling tips. “Bookshelves aren't just for books. Objects, vases, accent lighting, and pictures can add a lot of dimension to a bookshelf so that it doesn't seem loaded down.”
“I think of this home as a true reflection of what we do best in our firm,” Paquette says. “We blend styles, periods, and price points to build a space that resembles the client first and foremost. We knew that our client wanted to be inspired by his space. It is, to me, the definition of new traditional.”
When asked if Paquette liked taking on a project with little to start with, he doesn’t miss a beat. “We loved this actually,” he says. “Our client was very honest about who and what he liked and trusted us to tackle the whole thing, including filling in his library and introducing him to new art and objects.” Pretty much sounds like every designer’s dream.