I wish Oddfellows Cafe had been around when I lived in Capitol Hill. Back then the lovely Elliott Bay Book Company was still in Pioneer Square and their minimalistic, stylish neighbor Totokaelo wasn't even around yet. It seems like a lifetime ago when I was living in my own apartment on Harvard and Olive Way and having leisurely lattes at the original Espresso Vivace beside the park. In some ways it has been. I have a three-year-old son now, and it's hard for me to remember a time when Cupcake Royale didn't exist and my living room floor wasn't covered with superhero action figures that hurt my feet when I forget to wear slippers.
Even though I spend more time in Fremont and Ballard these days, I love taking out-of-town guests to Capitol Hill and having creative client meetings at Oddfellows. You can't beat the lovely light, huge windows, high ceilings, and warm wood tones for an early morning or late afternoon inspiration session. The Instagram photo ops alone make it a worthwhile place for gathering.
I'm pretty sure that Oddfellows won't let me and my family move in anytime soon. Until I convince them, I thought it would be fun to look to some local shops and makers and see how we can bring the comfortable Northwest café vibe into our own homes, but with a slightly modern twist. Here's the first draft of my shopping list.
Cedar Post Rail Benches by NK Build
Bar Collection from E. Smith Mercantile
Robert Lewis Double Macrame Table Lamp from Totokaelo
Small Concrete Salt Cellar from NuBe Green
Black Snakeskin Eco-Throw from NuBe Green
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling cozier already.