Retrofit Home played a role in helping me build a new life for myself, and close to ten years after first walking through their doors it's still one of my favorite Seattle shops for furniture, home goods, quirky cards, and art books.
Melanie grew up in the bayous of Louisiana, but calls Seattle her home. She's lived here four different times, between stops in Los Angeles and Atlanta. Her work has been featured online at The Huffington Post, Sunset Magazine, and UPPERCASE Magazine, and on popular design and art blogs including SFGirlByBay, Decor8, The Jealous Curator, and Apartment Therapy.
When she's not helping her clients bring their creative vision to life, you'll find her painting and creating collages, sipping cappuccino and eating a raspberry bullseye at Top Pot Doughnuts, scouting Seattle for cool contemporary art, or walking through the Olympic Sculpture Park and snapping photographs of her husband and three-year-old son.
Recent stories by Melanie Biehle
There are few places that I walk into and immediately wish that I could take everything home with me. Totokaelo in Capitol Hill is one of those shops.
I'm more of an iMac silver than a shiny gold, but I'm willing to experiment. Here are some Seattle sources for shine to brighten up your living space.
Living in Santa Monica sparked my passion for modern design, and Todd Selby's live/work studio photography left me obsessed with the dwellings of creative types. When I had a chance to tour the real-life home and studio of Seattle-based Modern Conscience, to say I was thrilled would be an understatement.
Seattle has some of the best places for unearthing vintage treasures. You often have to dig through a lot of less-than-fabulous finds to get to something that's worth taking home, but occasionally you're rewarded big for your patience.
I have entire Pinterest boards devoted to color - but when I first met the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, I was stumped. What is someone who just isn't that into purple supposed to do?
I wish Oddfellows Cafe had been around when I lived in Capitol Hill. You can't beat the lovely light, huge windows, high ceilings, and warm wood tones for an early morning or late afternoon inspiration session. If I can't move in, I can at least bring some of it home with me.