Designer Brian Paquette was challenged by his clients to transform a plain, personality-free house into a calming retreat fit for a creative pair. Located in a small section of Seattle known as Tangletown, the three-bedroom, three-bath home was purchased by Paquette’s clients a little over a year ago. Photographers and creatives who opted to transform one of the bedrooms into an office and another into a tranquil meditation room, the couple are travellers who wanted to create a relaxing space that would reflect their passions and lifestyle.
“They wanted simplicity and space,” says Paquette. “A place to just breathe and recharge their creative batteries.” By combining ethnic and industrial influences with a tonal colour palette, Paquette delivered a comfortable home fit for the couple and their beloved cat.
“The home is pretty new and modern but was lacking a ton of personality,” the designer shares. “When the clients came to me with inspiration images, it was mostly work from designers like Axel Vervoordt, Roman and Williams, and few hotels they had enjoyed over the years, most notably the various locations of the Ace Hotel.”
“In order to soften the hard edges of the house, we blended a mix of new, vintage, high, and low furnishings with a muted palette to let the house recede and the clients’ personality come forward,” Paquette shares.
“The first item the clients chose was the dining table, which helped inform the Moroccan, but not too Moroccan, vibe throughout,” the designer tells us, referencing a black table with undulating, curved legs.
To balance the Moroccan elements and reference the sophisticated, industrial designs of the Ace Hotels, Paquette layered mixed metals, eye-catching light fixtures, and mechanical details into the décor.
When asked how to make an industrial-influenced design feel welcoming and warm, Paquette’s advice is to turn to textiles.
“This look can be difficult and it's not for everyone,” the designer warns. “Using luxe textiles and generous seating options helps to make it homey.”