3 Kitchens You'll Absolutely Adore

Kitchens are often the gathering place of a home, regardless of how much or how little cooking actually happens! And a well-designed kitchen can inspire us to eat in, have friends and family over, enjoy a long weekend breakfast. We collected a few of our favorite kitchens from our current listings, kitchens that we wouldn't mind brushing up on those cooking skills in -- because we all have goals of cooking more at home, right?

1. Bright, bold & beautiful

This stylish kitchen stands out with its oversized island, eye-catching white quartz counters, and rich cabinetry. An open layout was applied to the whole main floor of this 1913 Georgian home in Queen Anne. Wonderful for entertaining, the kitchen flows right into the dining room, which flows naturally to the lush outside area. 

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

You can just see yourself hosting boozy brunches and intimate dinner parties, right?

2. Warm hues, lake views

These counters look familiar, eh? We're seeing this style of crisp, white quartz counters often lately. They add a splash of sophistication and modern appeal. We love how the stark white counters are paired with the natural wood grain of the bar stools. With the sink situated in the island, the chef can also enjoy sumptuous views of Juanita Bay through the curved wall of windows that lines the main floor.

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

If it looks this good in full light, just imagine how this west-facing kitchen looks during sunset...

3. Fabulous & functional

With a large skylight overhead, you'll always have the benefit of natural light in this kitchen. The custom design that flows throughout this home is especially evident in this well-equipped kitchen. Pretty cabinetry does a lot of work here, showcasing dishware and providing a home for your most prized bottles of wine.

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

If you think this is a great view, just wait until you see the Puget Sound views this home was built around. 

Everyday Inspiration: Follow these Seattle Instagrams

October was soggy, and November is settling into its usual crisp temperatures, so we're naturally spending a lot more time indoors. Winter months in Seattle are for cozy dinners, catching up on our favorite tv shows, testing out our rain gear, and getting inspiration for what we now have time to do, since we aren't busy basking in Seattle summer sunshine.

Instagram just so happens to be perfect for gaining inspiration. Whether you're looking to live vicariously, get design/style ideas, or you just want some cheerful photos to distract from the doldrums outside, Instagram is full of talented bloggers with impeccably curated feeds. What's more, Seattle has oodles of its own such bloggers. 

We've selected four Seattle-based bloggers whose Instagram feeds are making us happy right noweach for very different reasons!

 

1. FOX AND BRIAR

Meghan of Fox and Briar has a gorgeous food-focused feed, all of the time. Her latest concoction, a Cranberry Irish Mule, is not only beautiful, but it looks delish! (We love anything that includes ginger beer, to be honest.)

Also featured recently, Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts. YUM! Total cook time? 13 minutes!

Whether we plan to make Meghan's recipes or not, we love when these shots pop up in our Instagram feed!

 

 

2. JOJOTASTIC

With over 16,000 followers, Joanna Hawley has definitely made a name for herself in the Seattle blogging scene, and beyond! 

Jojotastic is a 4-year-old lifestyle blog that focuses on "runway-fresh fashion, inspiring modern-but-modest home interiors, and [Joanne's] addiction to donuts."

Filled with a delightful mashup of lifestyle goodies, her Jojotastic Instagram feed is always bright and always inspiring. With cozy lifestyle shots, DIY tutorials, and adorable shots of her furbabies, we always enjoy seeing what Joanna is up to! 

 

 

 

3. JEJUNEMARGO

Minimalism is so in right now. And understandably so! There is so much clutter in our lives (just look at our physical mailboxes and our digital inboxes). Minimal design and fashion styling attempts to soothe us with simplicity. It's like a visual breath of fresh air.

Jejunemargo's minimal feed is endlessly chic. She weaves texture, pattern and style into her restrained color palette. If you're ever craving some less-is-more inspiration, her feed is your go-to.

 

4. MESEATELLITE

Colorful, slice-of-life photographs fill MeSeatellite's Instagram feed. Pretty food photos (ahem, Mamnoon!), cozy cafes, and all sorts of other locals-only Seattle features inspire us to get out and keep exploring our wonderful city. 

MeSeatellite's feed is almost like a love letter to Seattle, documenting its many facets, personality traits, and stunning nature scenes.

 

And if you're looking for a stylish real estate Instagram feed, don't forget to follow us!

An Insider's Guide to Columbia City

Brandon Bright, Seattle Office Manager for Avenue Properties, is our guest blogger this week. We asked Brandon to give us a foodie tour through his favorite Seattle neighborhood -- Columbia City.

The Columbia City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and has become a recent Seattle hot spot with desirable neighborhoods, breathtaking valley views, and convenient light rail access. With various incredible bars, shops and eateries, Columbia City continues to grow and flourish while maintaining its friendly neighborhood vibe. Last year, Seattle Met named Columbia City one of Seattle's 10 Best Neighborhoods.

Three of my favorite spots in particular make this neighborhood both a great place to visit, and a great place to live.

1. Lottie’s Lounge
Located in the heart of the historic Columbia City District in the former Columbia Hotel Building. Lottie’s is home to innovative cocktails, delicious comfort food, and a relaxed camaraderie feel. You may also catch an impromptu band at times while sipping on a ‘La Selena’ or ‘Beyoncé Lemonade.’ 

2. Island Soul Restaurant
When you think of soul food, Seattle doesn’t usually come to mind. One visit to Island Soul Restaurant will upend that perception. With roots straight from Jamaica, following the tradition of authentic Jerk and soul food, you are sure to find something on the menu that tickles your taste buds. Be sure to get there early on the weekends – their famous brunch always draws a packed house!

3. The Royal Room
Restaurant, bar, project room, place of all-things-awesome. The Royal Room is a Columbia City staple and well known for its array of live music, dance parties and special occasions. With a different event scheduled every day of the month, there is always something fun and new to do in Columbia City; especially at The Royal Room.