Condo makeover

Clever storage solutions, color, and materials
give a dated interior personality and warmth

Condo makeover
Photo: John Granen

Elegant moldings, a simple layout, and many windows: This top-floor unit, located in an 80-year-old Seattle apartment building newly converted to condominiums, had good bones, but badly needed an update.

Newlyweds Erik Barr, a designer, and Kim Baldwin, a landscape architect, looked past the utilitarian kitchen and layers of old paint - and imagined a remodel featuring rich colors and creative built-ins to form a subtle balance of past and present.

"The home had really good light, and we were as high as we could be in the four-story building," Baldwin says. "There would be winter views to the Space Needle and Puget Sound, and tons of birds ― cedar waxwings, goldfinches."

Baldwin had been eyeing the building from her old apartment down the street; once it went condo, she and Barr knew the time was right.

Next: the kitchen

 

 

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