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

Then:

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.

Later:

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

Contractor
JAS Design Build
(206) 547-6242