Then and Later

A dining room featured in SH&L in October of 2002 gets a playful update for 2006.

Story by Emily Wermel
Photo courtesy of JAS Design Build


On the cover of the October 2002 issue of Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, David Updike and Michael Nelson’s Capitol Hill dining room featured chartreuse walls, an ornate Venetian chandelier and a painting by Northwest artist Alden Mason. Contemporary art, formal furniture and antique accents set a formal tone. But as the years—and style—progressed, it was time for an update.


The homeowners updated the space by keeping favorite elements such as the chandelier and adding playful new ones. A banquette provided additional seating for frequent dinner guests and “allowed us to lounge around,” Michael says. A wool rug softens the stone floor, while a custom four-color laminate table mounted on wheels can easily be rolled onto the deck for alfresco dining. Walls were repainted powder blue. “We had seen a lot of blue and brown and really liked that combination,” Michael explains.

How they did it:

  • Light blue paint sets a cool, modern tone.
  • Offering dining and lounge seating, the banquette is comfortably upholstered and accented with throw pillows.
  • A custom wool rug adds texture and warmth to the modern d»cor and defines the center of the room.
  • A square table mounted on wheels expands the color palette and provides versatility for entertaining.

Design details

JAS Design Build
(206) 547-6242