Home Tour: Moody Warmth in a Small Seattle Space

Seattle-based designer Brian Paquette hit the client jackpot when a young couple approached him for help with their new home. Located in Seattle's evolving South Lake Union neighborhood, the new construction, 750-square-foot loft is a small space, but it became a dream opportunity for the designer. "After an afternoon shopping trip a few months back where we found just a few items, they gave me almost free reign to build upon the art we had selected...a great client indeed," Paquette shares. By respecting his client's minimalist inclinations, drawing information from the overcast Seattle winters, and honoring the loft's size limitations, Paquette created a warm space perfect for his client's lifestyle. _1 Newly relocated to the Seattle-area for work, Paquette's 30-something clients were interested in embracing the local design scene. "They wanted Seattle-meets-LA, relaxed, easy-to-entertain, and a sense of coming home to a chic hotel every night," Paquette shares. With a design direction in place, Paquette got to work sourcing warm, masculine pieces with modern lines from local craftsmen and vendors like Totokaelo, Tirto Furniture, and Inform Interiors.
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Pompeii Stool, $525, Totokaelo Reese Sofa, from $1499, Room and Board Elevate Table, price upon request, Fort Standard


"Seattle can be hard in the winter, I won't lie. You spend even more time at home, so the use of cozy textiles and rugs helps warm things up," Paquette explains. "You can't fight the grays and blues in nature, you just have to work with them." To create a serene feel, the designer blended textures, materials, and a subtle color palette. "I wanted every piece to sing -- not to just blend in -- everything was chosen with love and I think that comes through," Paquette shares.
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Tom Dixon Screw Table, $1485, ABC Carpet & Home Geometry Set Candle Sticks, $115, Fort Makers Pirkka Side Chair, $715, Hive Modern


"While most people might want large spaces, my clients know what they need and are very much of the 'less is more' school of thought," the designer tell us. "It was important to make sure everything in the home was something they loved instead of just filler for space." Though the cohesive color story helps make the space seem larger, Paquette recommends an unorthodox way to decorate given square-footage limitations. "In terms of small space solutions I say, buy the largest bed, sofa, and dining table/desk you can fit in the space," the designer recommends. "Apartment-sized furniture can lack in comfort due to scale, and I for one would rather have one big sofa to curl up on in lieu of four chairs that you can't relax in."
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Robert Lewis Macrame Lamp, $675, Lawson-Fenning Coastal Stripe Duvet, from $129, West Elm Tassel Edge Lumbar Pillow, $39, West Elm

Built-in storage beneath the stairs enables the couple to store large, bulky items out of sight while shelving in the office area offers a surface for storage baskets to conceal smaller items. Repeated midcentury-inspired lines and a lack of bold patterns help the spaces flow while a wide-open floor plan enables for the couple to host gatherings without worry of overcrowding. A sophisticated small space with a thoughtful design -- dreamy indeed.

Photographs: Belathee Photography