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Who else will be Sleepless in Seattle?

By 07/08/2010February 10th, 201744 Comments

One of my lovely readers Jen at Bloggers Abode suggested I write a post about what I’m looking for and I thought this was a brilliant plan so here’s my shopping list for my new place.

First, I’m totally in love with yellow and raspberry pink for a living room colour scheme. I haven’t committed to the pink yet but I’m close, what do you think?


I know I’ve shown the above image before but it’s very hard to find a living room done in sunshine yellow and raspberry!

Okay so on to my list. The reason I haven’t shown you pictures of my Tiffany blue office yet (sneak peak here) is because I need 2 new white office chairs! Here’s the one I want; in Vancouver they’re $599—too much!


For my living room, I have already bought BESTA shelving from IKEA. The combinations for this line—by the way—are amazing. The clerk at IKEA said she has seen them in a loft going up 20 ft. No one beats IKEA for the price and the look on some things that’s for sure.

Since I’m renting, I won’t be doing custom but these will look really good! The boxes are piled up in my living room floor waiting to be installed–and I’m hiring their installers (so inexpensive to dream of doing it myself). That will happen after the room is painted and I haven’t decided on the entire colour scheme which is why I am not painting just yet.


My living room is quite big and I am setting them up as a corner unit to give it the feeling of a ‘library’ corner. I can’t wait to display all my magazines (I have soooooo many—as you know I only throw them away when they are more than 10 years old) and books in them and make them look cute!

Then in front of it I want something like this pedestal table from Mitchell Gold (closest one is in Portland—sigh) but I’ll take something similar:

Then I’ll need a cute chair or two in front of it. Love this one below:


I have bought this console table from Chintz & Company (it has not arrived yet) for behind the sofa, it’s my nod to the Belgian inspired look that is so hot right now.

It looks way better with stuff on it. Had I not seen it in the store I don’t think I would have looked twice at it on their website. So far I’m thinking it’ll go behind my sunshine yellow sofa as it will sit in the middle of the living room to define the living from the dining room.

This is the colour, I’m doing it in cotton/polyester velvet from Pace Fabrics which from my experience is the most bulletproof velvet (unless you like crushed velvet—which I love as well) and basically the style except it’s a 2 seater sofa not this little baby loveseat!

This is the feeling I want for my dining room, I’m not attached to the style of the chairs or even the dining table (and it won’t be turquoise) but I love this room including the chandelier!

I picked up the white linen drapes for my bedroom today and they look fabulous! I got them made without lining because we like to wake up with the sun!

So, since I’ll be Sleepless in Seattle this Sunday – Tuesday because I’ll be so busy shopping in between my consultations, where should I go? I would love your suggestions!

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  • Marcus Design says:

    Oh, yummy!! I love all of your plans so far. The yellow and raspberry combo would be stunning. And that dining room is fab! I too am looking for a cheaper eames management chair knockoff for my office, so let us know if you find a good deal 😉 Good luck in your hunting!

  • Sara @ Russet Street Reno says:

    I think the pink and yellow would be amazing. That yellow sofa is crazy good!


    Do you read Mimi Charmante – a Seattle photographer, designer and blogger? (Kimberly Taylor.)

    She has written twice about this favorite place of hers to shop and it is this Saturday while you are here.

    A friend and I are going and I am looking forward to checking it out.

    I haven't been there yet, so don't know if it matches your shopping list, but it looks fun.

    Have a great weekend in Seattle – the sun finally came out!


  • Karla {Kerrisdale Design Inc} says:

    Hi Maria,

    You MUST visit Great Jones Home while you're there, its AWESOME! 1921 Second Ave Seattle. And take lot's and lot's of pictures for me!

    Liberty sells the desk chair for $399, less your designer discount.
    See HERE

    And Pottery Barn sells a very very similar pedestal table to the Mitchell Gold one {used it for a client and it's gorgeous} See HERE

    Happy shopping!

    PS Once a Tree Furniture sells Mitchell Gold, and they are right here in Vancouver 🙂

  • Kathy says:

    Oh Maria I would have loved to have hosted you at my home in Gig Harbor but it's full of my kids from Europe visiting right now, plus it is a ways from Seattle, but you would have loved it here! So instead I am letting you know that we have just opened our newest hotel "Hyatt Place" in downtown Seattle, it is lovely check it out, we would love to have you.

  • traci zeller designs says:

    Oooooohhhhhh, yummy! The sunshine yellow and pink is so very happy and delicious!

    I second Karla's comment about Great Jones Home. It's been years since I was in Seattle, and I STILL remember how much I loved that store. It was sooooo fabulous. And I, too, want pictures!!

  • Sally@DivineDistractions says:

    I love the pink and yellow color scheme. I have that in a guest bedroom, and I really enjoy it. I have a real crush on your yellow sofa…it would be a little risky at my house with Henry, the dog, but I really love the look. It's been fun seeing what you're doing in your new space. Happy hunting in Seattle.

  • other-option says:

    Costco sells the same chair for $249 CAD – it's not a designer version mind you…. It's called the Lider office chair. Here's the link:

    They also have what they call the Fairmount office chair ($299 CAD), their take on the Eames management chair I think. Link below:

    Hope that helps!

    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

  • lynne whiteside says:

    the pink and yellow are sooo very fem.

  • Yellow House Knits says:

    What funny timing! I *just* posted pictures of my pink and yellow living room. You can see it here:

    I love that room featured in your first picture!

    Have a fun Seattle trip!

  • Mona Thompson says:

    I love your choices so fr and have no doubt you will find everything on your shopping list and more. Can't wait to see it all finished.

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria, love the color combo. Do you know where that yellow love seat is from? Would love to find a slipcovered one just like it.

    Also, have tried to receive your newsletter to no avail. Have checked the junk mail and have signed up twice. Thanks, Rindy

  • Jen says:

    sounds delicious.
    Did you look at Wisteria? I love their chairs and they have a pedestal table
    Cant wait to see the finish! Do you have any consignment stores near you?
    lots of fun items at great prices.
    Enjoy your Seattle visit.

  • Kathysue says:

    Love love raspberry and yellow. I have yellow walls with touches of raspberry in my family room, It is not as bright and cheerful as your combo but I think yours will look , young and fresh, Love the idea, can't wait to see it!! Kathysue

  • Karena says:

    Maria, it is all coming together so beautifully. I love your color palette!

    Fabulous, and I know you can get less espensive versions of what you want!

    Art by Karena

  • diane@onlinefabricstore says:

    Maria…I love, love your idea of a yellow and raspberry room. I wrote a post on my blog regarding the use of pink if you want to check it out even though it will not have any new info for a color expert such as yourself.

    Looking forward to seeing the end result in the living room.

  • Erin @ The Impatient Gardener says:

    I'm SO enjoying all this fun decorating vicarously through you!

    I have a question though about the yellow and raspberry color scheme. I personally love it, but two years ago I went to a two-hour seminar on color in the garden that covered some serious basic color issues and how they apply to the garden. One of the things the garden designer (who had lots of books on the subject include one just on color) harped on was that yellow and pink are almost always a bad combination. I suppose what makes the yellow and raspberry combo different is that they have different color values or hues or something (I'll be honest … a lot of the seminar material went over my head … I just move plants around until the combination "speaks" to me).

    So what is it about that combo that makes it work? Because I think it does.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hope you have a fun and productive trip. ZGallerie has a similar pedestal table, the Maxwell:

  • Susan says:

    I love where you are going with everything. It must be exciting for you to start from scratch and get exactly what you want.

    Have a great shopping trip!

  • Emom says:

    Oh it will be lovely! smiles.

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    I love your readers they know all the best places to shop. I hope you find some deals. Raspberry and yellow. I can't wait to see it!

  • Maria Killam says:

    HI Rindy,
    Email me I'll send you the newsletter directly. Apparently that happens sometimes.

    Hi Erin,
    I have no idea why a gardener would say pink and yellow flowers should not be planted together? I think pink and yellow in interiors works when they are the colour of flowers, ie. fresh and clean not muddy and muted.
    Hope this helps!

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I have no suggestions, Maria, but I love your choices. I have no doubt some of your readers will come up with some good recommendations. I love that dining room ~ color and all! Love the bookcase and chair idea. I am working with a client now where we are having a bookcase done for a corner and have ordered a chair, similar to yours pictured, for in front of it. Enjoy your Seattle visit!

  • Miss SJ Albany says:

    Love love love the color scheme!!!! I just saw the same (or very similar) white office chair in the Crate & Barrel catalog last night…good luck and happy hunting! Love your blog!

  • Donna says:

    How fun! Thanks for showing us your shopping/wish list. :o) I like the idea of raspberry pink and sunshine yellow. It looks great together. I don't care for pale pastel pink but I love the raspberry tint. It's bolder and compliments the yellow I think. :o)I can't wait to see it all put together!

    Maria, our favorite place to go is to the shopping on the waterfront piers–We love all the shops but especially Ye Olde Curiosity Shop which is famous in Seattle–very historical. We also love Pike Place Market which is north of the waterfront area in downtown Seattle. It's a huge farmer's market–with flowers, produce, meat, and fish. Lots of fresh seafood which is caught daily. It's a very historical place–one all visitors should see. :o)

    Tim, who has lived there most of his life, suggested that for the most fun–park downtown near the Ferry terminal and ride the ferry as a walk on–(We always ride the ferry!!) We ride it all the way across and then back again. I've taken the most beautiful photos of Seattle from the Puget Sound. The seagulls are very friendly too. :o)
    The piers and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop are all within walking distance of the Ferry Terminal.

    Because I love seafood and just the ocean in general–we ate fish and chips at Ivers Fish Bar which is close by. You are encouraged to feed the seagulls too. :o) They have a statue there of Captain Ivar and the story of the fish bar's history. I wanted to experience 'pier life' and feel the ocean was so refreshing and the fish and chips were fantastic!

    Great–now I'm hungry! :o) I do so wish we were there again. It's hard to come back to Texas once you've spent a week or two in Seattle.

    Have a wonderful trip Maria!

  • Anonymous says:

    For a good list of quirky design places in Seattle google There is a great list with map and good descriptions of the stores, which are mainly independently owned.
    From junk to treasures but not all previously owned. I presume you go to the Design Center and it's area too? Jean

  • Lazy Gardens says:

    Nice pedestal table … a thrift store table and a can of black enamel would get you there for under $150.

  • Jen @ Bloggers Abode says:

    See? Look at all the AMAZING feedback!! I LOVE that yellow sette. The plan looks perfect. Happy hunting!!!!

  • Elizabeth Brown says:


    Check out Great Jones Home while you're in Seattle. It's on 2nd avenue across the street from the Moore Theater.

    I think you would really love their style.


  • jes says:

    I spotted a similar office chair in the Crate and Barrel catalog. It's $299 US. Maybe a little less expensive??

  • Roberta says:

    It's a happy color combo Maria. The chair you love w/ the brite pink back would be so fab w/ your couch. Happy shopping. xo

  • Annie Wilcox Designs says:

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall while you are shopping. I could learn so much.

  • Nichole@40daysof says:

    Love the colour scheme! Good luck with your shopping. I can't wait to see what you find.

  • Dana Lynn says:

    Are you married? I'm curious if you live with a man how he feels about all the prettiness. I love it! But I could NOT imagine trying to talk my husband into a pink and yellow family room. When you work with your clients do those issues come up? Trying to find something for me- I love unusual color combinations that are striking and happy. My husband is much more subdued and would not be happy in such a bright place. How do you balance that?

  • Tammy@InStitches says:

    I love the direction you are going, it's going to be so happy ! If I were to move I would use more pink in my next house.

  • Kim@Chattafabulous says:

    Absolutely yes to the yellow & raspberry! And I love that sofa, too! Keep it coming, Maria!

  • guylaine rondeau says:

    well, i won’t be here for the open house, but i am sure it will be exquisite!

    btw, that office chair is on sale at $260 (from $399) ~ i assume this is in US dollars, but we’re almost at par so it’s a very good deal.

  • Sapce by Eliana Tomas says:

    Great choices Maria. The living room is probably my fav – i love when walls are canvas and furniture and wood play white everywhere. loking forward to seeing loads of shots

  • Amy @MaisonDecor says:

    so fun reading all of the comments on the color scheme. I have a peopny pink and yellow dining room. it used to be all hepplewhite ivory and now it is fresher yellow and bright pink (towards coral nor berry). I adore being in there. It adjoins to the living room and I was waiting for some inspiration to tie it all together. Well I went to Company C (check them out online) and was blown away by how they incorporate fresh brighter "pretty" colors. I bought a rug for the living room in brighter aqua background with peony pink and yellow floral pattern. This room will be painted the same fresher yellow and then I will do the sofa cushions over in shocking pink toile and yellow with pink polka dots. Sounds crazy..but it is going to be so welcoming and gorgeous. I also had scooped up a bunch of those popular antique blue bottles and mason jars, and they line my mantle in the most gorgeous fashion.
    By the way, my hubby is a policeman, and to the reader who wondered if a man could stand such pretty colors..well he does, because it is more a happy vibe than anything else. I had a post on a vintage pink tea party in my newly painted pink and yellow dining room if you care to look…but not trying to self promote!! just happy to share and happy to think you too like pink and yellow and turquoise. enjoy your shopping trip maria!

  • mrsben says:

    Sounds beautiful Maria. Love your color combo. Raspberry and yellow … sounds delicious! 🙂

    While browsing fabrics for myself, there is one that I came across that 'might' be perfect for an accent piece …. and then again maybe not? Computer generated images can be deceiving. -Brenda-

    FYI — Websearch: Iluvfabrix
    Product: #800192
    Description: Bergamo Georgeous Floral (Abstract in design)

  • Brillante Home Decor says:

    Maria, your new place will be stunning. I love the combination of colors and you know I love hot pink! Glad you have chosen a bulletproof velvet…I was disappointed with mine, gorgeous but so delicate!

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    You know I've always had a dream to have a flower bed with yellow, pink, and creamy white tulips in it. I think it would look amazing, so I can totally see why you want those colours in your living room – it will look like eternal spring.

  • Sara Barroso says:

    The console table you're considering is fabulous. We sell it too. We had a client order it as a desk (without the shelf at the base). She uses it in her salon… it's beautifully unique. I think you're headed in the right direction! Enjoy!

  • Janessa says:

    So as an Interior Designer, I don't prefer "knockoff" brands much, but…..a less expensive version of the office chair you like can be found at Z Gallerie (OR at this link:

    They can be purchased in White and are $249. I believe there is a $30 handling/shipping charge, but they are still a lot less than the $599 ones you loved. Anyway, just wanted to help if I could. Great plans on your house so far! I love your blog and am an avid follower. 🙂 Thanks!

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