Monthly Archives: October 2013

Taste of EVOKE on Seattle Mag’s ‘Must’ List

Taste of EVOKE on Seattle Magazine's Must ListTaste of EVOKE has been featured in Seattle Magazine’s Must List, alongside all the best things to see, do, eat and drink! It’s no wonder – this evening of exquisite food, wine and home design is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season. Taste of EVOKE is Tuesday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are still a few tickets left – get yours here.

Attendees will be able to mix and mingle in two stunning EVOKE Modern homes, while indulging in the most elegant gourmet food and wine the Northwest has to offer. The evening will feature the culinary talents of five of Seattle’s most renowned chefs, paired with wines from five of the region’s best wineries.

Menu highlights include:

  • Capunet of Duck Confit with Parmigiano Reggiano Brodo Reduction and Pomegranate – Chef Holly Smith, Café Juanita
  • Honey-Miso Marinated Sablefish with Namya Broth  – Chef Bradley Dickinson, Pearl
  • Anderson Valley Lamb Meatball with Goat Cheese Cream, Green Olive and Calabrian Chili Relish on Roasted Spaghetti Squash – Chef Don Curtiss, Volterra

All proceeds from Taste of EVOKE will benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation, a nonprofit that raises funds for Northwest children’s charities. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the offerings of Seattle’s best chefs and wineries, all in one luxurious setting.

Event Details:

Tuesday, October 29, 6-9 p.m.
Limited availability tickets  – $75
Location: 5604 238th Ct SE, Issaquah 98029.
Complimentary valet services will be provided.
All ticket proceeds will go to the Detlef Schrempf Foundation.

A Modern Twist on the Classic Nautical Theme

Seattle’s maritime heritage inspires many modern homeowners to incorporate a nautical theme in their homes, but how do you update traditional nautical home styling in a way that makes sense in a modern home?

To achieve a modern look, try to steer clear of the beach house sensibility with its weathered white paint, model sailboats and seashell bathrooms. We’ve put together some ideas that put a contemporary twist on a nautical aesthetic.

Marine Lighting

Marine wall lighting

Marine wall lighting

Stainless steel marine wall lighting fits right in to a modern home with an industrial appeal that ties right into today’s modern kitchens that feature stainless steel appliances. Chrome or polished nickel are also good options for this type of lighting.

Modern Driftwood Decor

This table features a driftwood stump and oxidized metal top

This table features a driftwood stump and oxidized metal top.

You can use driftwood in a modern home to bring in a layer of texture, according to HGTV. Not only is each piece of driftwood unique, but driftwood is also an ideal sustainable décor option because it is a natural, reclaimed material.

Rope Accents

This Rope Planetarium Chandelier from Restoration Hardware makes a bold nautical statement.

This Rope Planetarium Chandelier from Restoration Hardware makes a bold nautical statement.

Incorporating rope accents is another way you can add a nautical feel in your home while also introducing texture. Options abound for the modern home.

Nautical Color Schemes

Nautical tones play into this Moroccan tile-print rung

Nautical tones play into this oversized Moroccan tile-print rug.

The traditional nautical color palette of navy blue, cream, red and coral can easily be incorporated into a modern home. Consider using these tones in art, rugs, curtains and other home textiles. When selecting patterns, look for bold geometric shapes, such as chevron print, for a modern feel.





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Decorating with Sustainable Reclaimed Wood

One of the best ways modern homeowners can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability is by using reclaimed or recycled wood as an eco-friendly alternative to wood sourced from virgin timber. Reclaimed wood, sometimes called salvage wood, is wood that has outlived its original purpose and has been selected for another use entirely — such as in contemporary home furniture or décor.

While the unique character of aged wood is second to none, one of the challenges of using matured, weathered wood is avoiding a rustic farmhouse look when you are endeavoring to foster a contemporary aesthetic. Here are four ways you can decorate a modern home using reclaimed wood.

Bedroom Furniture

Decorating with reclaimed wood

This platform bed is an excellent use of reclaimed wood.

A handsome platform bed utilizing reclaimed wood is an eye-catching centerpiece to a modern master bedroom or guest bedroom. The idea is to eschew stocky traditional bedroom furniture for the simplicity of minimalism. These low-to-the-ground beds are a significant departure from more traditional bedroom furniture like heavy four-posters or beds with elaborate paneled headboards, and truly open up a modern bedroom space.

Living Room Furniture

This unique piece uses  scrap Douglas Fir wood.

This unique piece from Brent Comber’s “Shattered” furniture collection uses scrap Douglas Fir wood of varying shapes and sizes.

The use of reclaimed wood in  innovative seating pieces adds a splash of structured chaos to a living room space and is as beautiful as it is functional.


Reclaimed wood art

Reclaimed wood art

Some of the most striking pieces of contemporary art you’ll come across make use of reclaimed wood. New life is breathed into the aged wood through the use of vibrant paint colors and bold stains.

Serving Bowls

Reclaimed teak bowl

Reclaimed teak bowl

Aside from being pieces of art in and of themselves, reclaimed wood serving bowls can also serve a more practical use for food storage or as an attractive nest for bits and baubles around your home.







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