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Tips for Designing Your Home with Timeless Style

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: November 8, 2018

Designing a home can be challenging, especially if you’re the kind of person looking for a low maintenance style that can endure the years. But it’s not easy to execute a timeless design. It’s easy to fall into trends that become outdated fads or over accessorizing a room until it becomes a cluttered mess.

To help you avoid all that, here are five general tips for creating a timeless home design.

Keep Your Home Fad-Free

This may be the most obvious piece of advice in this article. If you’re looking for a timeless style that requires no fuss or work year to year, stay away from fads. You may love a sleek and severe minimalist look right now, but it’s certainly not going to be in style forever.

Make Sure Your Designs are Functional

Each furniture piece should serve a purpose. In the same vein of creating a fad-free home, it’s best to make sure your furniture makes sense in the room. Ornate, fragile side tables or never-sat-in designer chairs may not factor into a timeless design.

Choose Subtle Patterns and Colors

Busy or decorative patterns and accessories can give your room a cluttered, outdated feel. Certain colors may be in style one year and suddenly out the next; don’t be caught with a pale green couch that’s horribly out of style within a year. Though these colors or patterns may appeal to you at a certain point, they certainly won’t stand the test of time.

Let Your Fabrics Bring a Room to Life

Painting and wallpapering are hassles, and it’s just not practical to put on a fresh coat each year. So instead of painting a bright accent wall that may not feel right a few years from now, use throw pillows, rugs, and drapes for that pop of color. It’s easier to change out these fabrics than it is to change wall color or carpeting.

Simplify Major Furniture

By major furniture, we mean sofas, dining room tables, and bed frames. If you simplify these pieces of furniture, you can use other elements in the room to add personal style without overdoing it. Simple furniture tends to be timeless and classic, whereas hyper-modern, antique, or ornate furniture can seem outdated or fussy.

Home design is a delicate balance of welcoming aesthetic and personal style. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, timeless design, follow these tips. You can create a balanced room without clutter or antiquated style. Imagine how relaxed you’ll feel each time you enter your perfectly timeless room.

14 Festive Holiday Markets in and Around Seattle

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Lifestyle, Seattle, Washington | Posted: November 1, 2018

Holiday Markets in Seattle are often an amazing experience, a place to connect with people who care about their craft. They offer an old-fashioned charm and experience of hand picking the perfect gift for someone you love while enjoying time together with friends or family.

Buying local gives a sense of place, love and care that comes from picking a gift straight from the artist’s hands, from people who are proud of their products. So we recommend supporting local Washington state artisans and giving a gift to remember. Here are some markets that we’d recommend picking up that perfect holiday gift. Most of the Markets are free and they’re all child friendly. The best thing about homemade goods from the Markets is that you can often customize gifts if you have something (or someone) special in mind.

 

  • Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar November 3 & 4 from 9 – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Swedish Club 1920 Dexter Ave N. Seattle Come enjoy all things Scandinavian at this bazaar. If you don’t find gifts you will find lots of Scandinavian food and Viking inspired drinks. Two floors of vendors will be there with unique, Nordic gifts.
  • Gobble Up November 17, 10 – 6:00 p.m. Located at the Bell Harbor Conference Center 2211 Alaskan Way, pier 66, Seattle. This is the event to get all of your shopping done in one place. Since everyone loves eating, you can’t go wrong. Gobble up is a one day only, free event with food, condiments and specialty items for the kitchen made from fellow Pacific Northwesterners. If you’re buying for friends and family across the country, it’s the place to go for local flavor.
  • Magic in the Market November 24, from 11 – 6:00 p.m. Located at Pike Place Market. It wouldn’t be a list of markets without the mother of all markets. This is the 23 year of the Christmas market. Santa will be available for photo opportunities, live music, hot apple cider and hot chocolate, local shopping, a tree lighting and cookie decorating at the Atrium Kitchen from 12 – 2:00 p.m. for kids under 12.
  • Holiday Market at Westlake Park Every Friday- Sunday from November 23 – December 23, from 12 – 5:00 p.m. Located at Westlake Park 401 Pine Street Seattle. Located right in the heart of downtown, the Market at Westlake is a nod to German Christmas markets. Vendors offer handmade items with quality and love in every piece. Enjoy a lovely afternoon outdoors during the holiday season.
  • Victorian Christmas Market November 28 – December 2 Wednesday & Thursday 10 – 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday 10 – 6:00 p.m. Located at the Washington State Fairgrounds110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup. Buy tickets online or bring cash for the front gate. Just 30 minutes South of Renton the Victorian Christmas Market is going on its 31st year in business. 500 market stalls will be open, food, wine and holiday music will fill the festival with performers on stage, concerts, Christmas lights and actors in period costumes.
  • Enchant Seattle Open almost every day from November 23 – December 30th from 4 – 11:00 p.m. Located at Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle, buy your tickets ahead of time. This is an exciting event, with ice skating, Santa Claus, dinner and drinks, live entertainment, over 90 holiday vendors and a massive Christmas light maze to wow your kids. This event might become a new tradition.
  •   Geek Craft Expo Seattle Holiday Market November 24 & 25 Saturday 10 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10 – 4:00 p.m. Located at Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 6310 Northeast 74th Street, Seattle. Register for free online or it’ll cost you $2 at the door. This market is perfect for the nerd in your life, and who doesn’t have a little nerd in them? Buy local from people with personality, over 100 creative vendors are all in one place with funny, fresh ideas for your holiday list. Cosplay is encouraged, and free craft tables will be set up, for kids.
  • For a special adventure take a weekend and a scenic 2 hour drive, or even better take a beautiful, snow covered train ride, to the town of Leavenworth for the Christmas Tree Lighting. November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, Leavenworth is a Fairytale Bavarian style town in the heart of the Cascades. You’ll be transported to the alps in this German town lit up with Christmas lights and a Bavarian Christmas Market. Gluhwein (mulled wine), Holiday performances, roasted chestnuts, live holiday music, sleigh rides, and Santa Claus himself. It’s a great place to take the kids for a weekend they won’t forget, they can even go sledding right in the middle of town. Book your hotel stay soon, they go quickly.
  • Shop-O-Rama Local Artist Craft Fair December 1, from 11:30 – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Wing Luke Museum 719 S. King St. Seattle in the Chinatown International District. Join for the first ever local artist fair. Santa will be available for photos during the market’s opening.
  • The Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Winter Show December 1 & 2 Saturday from 10 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 10 – 5:00 p.m. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 301 Mercer Street, Seattle After 14 years this show is going strong full of handcrafted products, from local artists. Come find jewelry, bags, wallets, toys, housewares and anything else you can think of. It’s free to enter and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a door bags for the first to enter, but you have to come early to stand in line for this popular event.
  • South Lake Union Winter Market December 5 & 6 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Van Vorst Plaza 426 Terry Avenue North Seattle, Free to enter. Another great Urban Craft Uprising Event one week after the big winter show. This event is open for two days and with a rotation of different vendors each day.
  • Winter Night Market December 7 from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. December 8 from 12 – 8:00 p.m. Magnuson Park Hangar 30,6310 Northeast 74th Street, Seattle Located inside an airplane hangar, 100 local, handmade vendors, live music, street food and a show welcoming the winter solstice. Free entry, suggested donation of only $1. Per person will benefit a local charity.
  • Makers Market Dec 8, 12 – 6:00 p.m. Located at Inscape in SODO 815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle Come the studios open up to the public with a juried Makers Market with over 30 artists and craftsmen. Find hand-made clothing, jewelry, and more creative gift ideas.
  • Winter Feast and Holiday Bazaar December 16, from 10 – 4:00 p.m. Located at the Freemont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North, Seattle. Find over 100 local vendors and holiday activities. Nice handmade ideas for everyone on your list. And don’t forget yourself, this is a street food bonanza with a killer line up of food trucks and stalls, come hungry.

 

Come out and enjoy a winter day with family and friends while finding something special for the people you love. Buy local and contribute to the hard work of a local artist.

Bellevue Open House Event This Weekend!

Categories: American Classic News, Bellevue, Events, Washington | Posted: October 22, 2018

Join us this Weekend for the Bellevue Open House Event!

Tour the featured 4,204 sq.ft Hemlock home plan includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a Den, a Recreation Room, a Snack Room, a Covered Porch, and a 3 Car Tandem Garage. This event will provide visitors with an opportunity to tour this beautiful move-in ready home and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality and style from American Classic Homes.

When: Saturday, October 27 & Sunday, October 28th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 10245 SE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

We look forward to seeing you at our brand new Bellevue Open House Event this weekend and feel free to grab some family or friends to bring along with you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour, please give us a call at (206) 557-6211 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Want to learn more about this move-in ready home? Click here to view the listing for this home, see images, and to get more details.

 

Driving Directions:

• Heading south on I-405 S

• Take exit 13A for Northeast 4th St

Turn right onto NE 4th St

Turn left onto Bellevue Way NE (Pass by MOD Pizza on the right)

Continue straight onto Bellevue Way SE

Turn right onto SE 6th St

• The Home will be on the left

 

Mercer Island: Open House Event This Weekend

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Open House, Washington | Posted: October 17, 2018

Join us this weekend for the Open House Event at our brand new Mercer Island home from 1pm-4pm.

This stunning Mercer Island home offers 5 bedrooms and 3.75 bathrooms spread over 3,639 square feet and 2 stories of spacious, luxurious living. This beautiful craftsman inspired home has stunning details such as rich millwork, stonework, 10′ ceilings on the main level, an amazing covered patio and more.

When: Saturday, Oct. 27th & Sunday, Oct. 28th
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Feel free to grab some family or friends and be inspired by the latest in home design, functionality, and style from American Classic Homes. We look forward to seeing you at this stunning open house event this weekend!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your very own home private tour at a more convenient time for your, please give us at (206) 557-6308 or email Summer@AmericanClassicHomes.com.

Want to learn more about this move-in ready home? Click here to view the listing for this home and to get more details.

 

Driving Directions:

  • From I-90 W
  • Take exit 7 for Island Crest Way 0.2 mi
  • Turn left onto Island Crest Way 0.3 mi
  • Merge onto Island Crest Way 0.6 mi
  • Turn left onto 84th Ave SE 95 ft
  • Turn left to stay on 84th Ave SE
  • The Home can be found at 3622 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the Outside in for Elegant, Uncultivated Autumn Decorating Ideas

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, Home Design Trends | Posted: October 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is around the corner and before you go running off to the craft store, take a look at the outdoor bounty around you. All of your fall decorating needs can be found from the great outdoors, pumpkin patches and with a few things around the house.

If you don’t already have a pumpkin on your doorstep it’s time to get at least one. Put pumpkins on small tables, benches, over turned wooden apple picking buckets, chairs or even cake stands to add height, color, dimension and style to flat surfaces. In the last few years we have seen an incredible increase of variety, colors, shapes and sizes of gourds and pumpkins. French Fairy tale pumpkins have made it to most pumpkin farms and retailers stateside over the past few years and match a variety of home colors. White pumpkins, and warty orange and green pumpkins can bring color and texture to your doorstep.

The wonderful thing about decorating for fall is that the simplest decorations are the most beautiful. Store bought decorations, are pretty, but in the PNW it’s more rewarding to find your own. Go foraging for acorns, branches, leaves and grasses. Bring the outdoors in for some of the most perfectly beautiful, and inexpensive décor.

Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Ideas

A simple sprig of wheat or rosemary tied with a nametag and a raffia bow make the perfect centerpiece on your plate for Thanksgiving.

Bring home acorns from the giant oak trees surrounding Green Lake, pour them around a candle in a crystal candle holder or vase, or even just place them on a dinner plate with a wide candle in the center. Find things around the house to compliment your outdoor findings, look at the glass throughout your house with a new perspective, drinking glasses, vases, platters, candle holders and lanterns can all be used. Mixing in different shapes and sizes will add interest. Popcorn kernels, pinecones, lentils, or any type of bean can be used in place of the acorns giving alternatives to match to your décor.

Put pumpkins and gourds of different sizes on table tops and mantles. Use wooden blocks or risers to create height and interest.

Preserve Autumn Leaves for Decor

Preserve colorful fall foliage in a glycerin solution, this method is perfect for creating soft, pliable leaves as if they’d just fallen off the tree, or leave them on the branch to use in vases. Mix 1-part glycerin with 2-parts water and submerge leaves in the solution. Not much is needed, just enough to cover the leaves and branches. Put a weight on top, for instance a plate on top to hold the leaves under the solution and leave it for 2-6 days. When you pull out the leaves, dry them with a paper towel. You can then glue them onto a Styrofoam wreath form for the front door, sprinkle them across your thanksgiving table and over the mantle and they’ll stay looking beautiful for 6 months.

If you’re not afraid of a little glitter mess, sponge paint Elmer’s glue onto the leaves and sprinkle them with orange, gold and brown glitter for sparkly fall leaf beauty.

A long wooden board down the center of the table can become an elegant canvas to decorate with colorful gourds, small orange pumpkins, tall white or cream-colored pillar candles, colored leaves and cedar greens. Neutral colored candles can be left out and reused for Christmas. Weave stripped birch branches throughout the candles for a pretty, rustic look. Birch branches are bendy and can be easily manipulated to swirl around obstacles. If you have a small round or square table, cut tree rounds will make a perfect place for your centerpiece.

Is there anything better than a beautiful fall garland?

Create a darling acorn garland, thanks to the neighborhood oak tree. Very carefully drill a small hole through the top of the acorn making sure to drill through the cap and center if they’re still intact, if they aren’t you’ll first have to glue the top onto the nut. Then just string them up, this is an entertaining task for children who’ll love to help out. You can string the garland over chandeliers in the dining room, over the mantle and door frames. Leave them up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, they can also be hung on the Christmas tree.

If you want an even easier garland without the drill, string up your preserved fall foliage, or better yet, colorful silk leaves. Silk leaves will last for next year and hold up to wear and tear. Waxed twine or hemp rope is grippy and will hold the leaves in place. Thread a string onto a needle with a wide eye and pull it through each leaf twice so the leaf will stay front facing. Delicately string all of the leaves until you have a long, colorful garland you can hang around the house or over your front door.

Cake Stands to Decorate

Use platters, cake stands and bowls to display your fall finds and foliage on shelves and bathroom vanities. Dried Wheat bundles are simple and structural and can be used on fireplace mantles.

Simple little vases with mums cut to fit is a beautiful way of using flowers you might already have in your yard. Twigs with colored berries, soft grasses, cat tails and wild foliage can all be used with different shapes and sizes of vases, glasses and candle holders to add height, color and texture to your center piece.

For finishing touches, swap out your summer colors with fall inspired throw pillows on your couch, it’ll feel like a new room, without making any major changes. Toss a red or orange blanket over your couch for a useful, cozy vibe. Red can be left throughout the Christmas season too.

Now you’ve got the perfect atmosphere to host friends, with hot cider and get maximum enjoyment out of your home in the fall.

5 Essential Safety Items Every Home Should Have

Categories: New Homes | Posted: October 15, 2018

Accidents happen. That’s an unfortunate fact. Though it’s not fun to think about, every year people deal with unexpected disasters like kitchen fires or carbon monoxide leaks. But with a little forethought and preparation, you can keep your home and family safe. Don’t be caught off guard; make sure you’re equipped with these five essential safety items.

  1. Fire Extinguisher

This may be the most obvious safety item on our list. Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher, but preferably more. One should stay in the kitchen within easy reach in case of grease fires or a towel getting too close to your burner (it happens to the best of us!). Make sure you regularly inspect it and replace the extinguisher when it’s expired.

One last fire safety tip: make sure everyone in your home knows where your fire extinguishers are and how to use them.

For more tips on buying the right fire extinguisher, check out Apartment Therapy’s concise guide here.

  1. Smoke Detectors

You may know your smoke alarm as the thing that beeps nonstop when the batteries run out. But smoke alarms can save lives in the event of a fire. It’s best to have a smoke alarm in every room of your home.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends testing smoke detectors about once a month and replacing their batteries once or twice every year.

Along with smoke detectors, it’s also recommended that you install carbon monoxide detectors in each room. You can purchase combination smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, which can be easier to check on each month.

  1. First Aid Kit

Like a fire extinguisher, every home should have a regularly updated first aid kit. You can purchase a pre-stocked kit or make your own. Make sure your kit includes bandages in different sizes, a pair of tweezers, adhesive tape, and antibiotic ointment.

What’s great about having a first aid kit is all your essential first aid items are in one organized place. No need to scramble around junk drawers looking for a heavy-duty bandage or gauze.

You can find a full list of recommended first aid kit supplies here, which was put together by the Mayo Clinic.

  1. Emergency Contact List

Put together a list of important contacts, including poison control, the fire department, local police station, and primary care doctors. If you have pets, include the number of an emergency 24/7 vet clinic. Keep this list in an easy-to-reach spot and always let babysitters, house sitters, and dog sitters know where to find it.

If you have kids in the house, remind them to check the list in case of an emergency.

Set a reminder to review this list regularly. It can be easy to forget to change a doctor’s number or add an updated phone number. Be proactive with this list so you’ll never be caught off guard in an emergency.

  1. Outlet Covers

Whether you have kids in the house or if kids regularly visit your home, it’s a smart idea to get covers for your electrical outlets. Children are curious and get into everything – and are therefore at a high risk of shock and burn injuries around uncovered outlets. So take away the temptation and put covers over your outlets.

Don’t live in fear of home disasters. By taking the time to prepare for the worse, you can keep your family safe. Be sure to update your safety equipment and contact list regularly, and make sure everyone knows the plan in case of emergency.

Tantalize Your Taste Buds Celebrating Seattle Restaurant Week: Oct. 21 – Nov. 8, 2018!

Categories: American Classic News, Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Plateau, Seattle, Washington | Posted: October 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again to enjoy Seattle Restaurant Week, this is when the culinary scene gets to strut their stuff by wooing new customers lining the doorways excited to taste their fare.

This is the week where you can sample three course meals from over 165 restaurants all over Seattle and the surrounding areas. With so many locations, you’re sure to have at least one participating restaurant in your neighborhood. For $33 you can enjoy a three-course dinner, many of which are also offering $18 two-course lunches. Twice a year, Seattle restaurants open their doors in the spring and fall for restaurant week, it’s their way of celebrating food, customers and to thank you for being loving patrons, while vying for your attention and hoping to win the hearts of new regulars at the same time.

Participating Restaurants cover the board in variety, price point and ambiance on a regular day, but for this week, they all offer the same deal. All participants are required to offer prix fixe dinner options sometimes regularly priced at $40. This is a great way to try out a new location that might normally be a little pricey and decide whether or not it’s worth the value for you to come back.

Come out on a weekday to experience it from October 21-November 8, 2018, it should actually be called Restaurant Three Weeks. Spanning 3 weeks on the calendar, the deals are open from Sunday through Thursday evenings, not covering Sunday brunch. Three weeks of specials gives you more opportunity to sample more menus and locations. Reservations are highly suggested, this is a very popular event and it is important to reserve your seat ahead of time, or you possibly could be waiting for hours for popular dinner spots.

Seattle has always been known as the culinary hub of the Northwest, but with the recent population boom, more than ever before it’s attracting top talent when it comes to chefs and the restaurant scene. Hundreds of restaurants have opened their doors in the past few years creating a lot of competition and tons of dining options.

One of the best things about living in a big city is the variety of cuisines from everywhere, what better time is there to try out a new corner of the globe, without leaving your neighborhood? Try out Vietnamese food in Capitol Hill at Monsoon Seattle, or go to Spain at Tango Restaurant and Lounge for tapas. Come see what all the hubbub is about at the Barking frog in Woodinville and stay for wine tasting while you’re there, or visit one of many participating French restaurants, located in almost every neighborhood. Check out the SRW website for a listing of all participating restaurants categorized by neighborhood, lunch, dinner, cuisine, vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. With so many options it’s easy to find a place no matter what dietary restrictions your party has.

Some restaurants are still in the process of updating their menus for this event, so check back for added locations and updated menus.

With so many restaurants participating, it can be hard to narrow down your list of where to try. If you’re looking purely for value, it’s recommended to take advantage of the relatively low prices at high end restaurants to sample locations to come back to your new favorites during regular weekends.

Our Restaurant Week Recommendations:

Aqua by El Gaucho, downtown is a great place to start with an incredible view overlooking Elliot Bay. Restaurant week is a great value to enjoy Aqua by El Gaucho and their floor to ceiling windows. Come find out what you’re missing on a regular day with fresh seafood and a view to boot.

For a classic Seattle favorite don’t miss Dahlia Lounge, known for seafood and Northwest inspired food. While you’re here add on the coconut cream pie to your prix fixe menu. You might as well find out what put them on the map as one of the best places to eat in the city.

Nell’s, found in the Green Lake neighborhood is another Restaurant week favorite, high-end dinners, known for their risottos, steaks and seafood.

RN74 is a French, PNW fusion downtown this is a dinner that you will remember. Known for its amazing, well balanced food, great service and unpretentious atmosphere. RN74 is the place to go for a laid back, delicious evening.

MKT, an Ethan Stowell restaurant, this is an intimate space with a solid menu. Famous for the Burrata, but nothing on the menu will disappoint. This is a true Seattle gem, try to book reservations if you can, it’s a small space and is very popular.

Vendemmia is another gem participating in Restaurant Week, a new American, Italian fusion, the food here is fresh, inspiring with unexpected food pairings. Highly recommended and loved in the area for good reason.

With so many amazing restaurants to choose from, just come and enjoy Restaurant Week, it’s a culinary exploration, try somewhere new with a view, don’t worry about the bill and you won’t be disappointed. You may want to stop eating now to save room for the coming flavor explosion.

Adding a Personal Touch to Your New Home’s Design

Categories: Custom Home Building | Posted: October 3, 2018

First of all, congratulations! If you’re building a house, that means you’re one step closer to living in a dream home.

Building a custom-designed home comes with a lot of challenges, especially early on. Not only is there extensive budget planning and vetting contractors, but you also need to decide on the layout and size. It can be overwhelming and frustrating, but you know it’ll be worth it in the end.

So let’s focus on the exciting parts of building your own home: adding your personal touch! Now’s the time to pull out that dream home list and start making it happen.

Start Walking on Sunshine Every Day

Since we’re building this home from the ground up, let’s kick this off by focusing on your flooring. Are you a big fan of gorgeous hardwood floors? Pick a wood grain and stain that you adore (and goes well with your furniture). Oak is a classic, but you have a wide array of options and designs here.

Do you like sinking into soft carpet when you wake up in the morning? Find the perfect carpet for the bedrooms and den.

Unlike with an inventory home or renting a home, you aren’t stuck with floors you can’t stand. No need to replace old carpet or scuffed tiling when you’re building your own home. Play around with different flooring materials until you find one that matches your style.

Let There Be Light

Lighting can be a polarizing thing. People don’t always agree on lighting types based on personal aesthetic or room design. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about having too little lighting or obnoxious fixtures on the ceiling.

Go as elaborate or minimal as you like here. Choose from decorative chandeliers, functional lighted ceiling fans, or recessed ceiling lights. You can even have electrical boxes installed to add cool features, like under-counter lighting in the kitchen or lit glass cabinets. Just make sure you specify all of this to your builder so that they won’t run into trouble later on.

Pick a Counter You Can Count On

Nobody’s ever said, “There’s just too much counter space in that kitchen.” When building your home, I sure hope you’re designing ample space for the kitchen counters. With that out of the way, another place to add a personal touch to your home’s design is the countertops.

There are so many options here: granite, quartz, concrete (a surprisingly popular trend), laminate, solid surfacing, and even butcher-block wood. Some look flashier than others, perfect for those of us who love hosting. Some can take a beating without wearing down, great for super active cooks or people who drop things.

Your Favorite Hardware, Everywhere

Kitchen cabinet handles, doorknobs, closet doors, window shades, and drawers… When you stop and think about it, there’s an absurd amount of hardware in every home. Though the sheer number may make a trip to the hardware store seem daunting, the personalization makes it worth the effort.

This is your home, and there are no hardware limits. You have complete control over every cabinet, every drawer, and even every door. They will all open and close with whatever hardware you like the most. Unlike with other home features, it’s not really possible to pick the “wrong” piece of hardware. A cabinet knob fits on any cabinet, and a drawer will pull out whether you’re using a brass handle or a cutout. So seriously, get a little crazy here.

These are four ways of many you can add a personal touch to your new home. Adding a bit of yourself to the design process will make the home that much more special to you and your family. So take some time and indulge yourself – it’s not every day you get to build your dream home.

22 Things to Do In Seattle For Halloween 2018

Categories: Events, Seattle | Posted: October 1, 2018

Start getting your costume together now, because Seattle is going to be on fire for Halloween! No cheap costume from a bag will do, we take Halloween seriously up here in the PNW. Not to mention there are dozens of costume contests, so you might as well shoot for the prize! If you’re an adult looking for something to do in Seattle for Halloween, you’re in luck! On Halloween weekend, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill turn into unofficial street party pub crawls. Wander down the streets with the masses or find a place early to park it and watch the chaos wander past.

No matter what you’re in the mood for, classy or down and dirty, there is a party or 12 that you will love here, the options are endless. But, even with so many places to choose from, tickets are already selling out quickly, so pick your place and buy your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the action.

Seattle seems to have a thing with carnivals; remember the Unicorn Bar? Well here’s a few carnival style dance parties, only this time they’re scary.

Carnevolar Located at the Emerald City Trapeze Arts, October 25, 26 & 27. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is a thrilling Halloween event complete with terrorizing trapeze and circus acts. After the show the dance party begins. You don’t want to be the shunned one here without a costume, the crazier and more elaborate the better.

Freaknight, Located at the WaMu Theater October 26 from 6:30-1:30 a.m. If EDM and house music are your thing, come out to Freaknight for an insane night out. Twenty-one artists will vibrate the massive dance floor. Organizers go all out with aerialist performers dressed in carnival costumes hanging from the ceiling and entertaining the crowds with circus acrobatics. Fire dancers, carnival games, rides and pyrotechnics will give you something to talk about for weeks. Make sure you come in costume or you might feel left out. Tickets are selling out quickly.

Haunted Houses

The Nightmare at Beaver Lake, at Beaver Lake Park in Sammamish October Fridays & Saturdays 7-11:00 pm Sundays 7-10:00 p.m. October 30 & 31, 7-10:00 p.m. Almost a mile of haunted trails weave in and out of elaborate, unique sets created for this event each year through the haunted trees. This terrifying forest is run entirely by volunteers, mostly made up of high schoolers, but don’t be fooled, these juveniles know how to create fear. All of the proceeds go to charities, bring canned food for $1 off tickets. Get scared for a cause, you’ve got to hand it to these high schoolers, this idea is tremendously better than car washes and doughnut sales.

The Georgetown Morgue Haunted House, October Thursday-Sunday 7-2:00 a.m. with special hours the week of Halloween. The Georgetown Morgue is a true morgue that was once an operating a crematorium burning 100 bodies per day. The building has a creepy past all by itself, it once was the site of a massacre in 1968. The victims were the morgue employees including the owner, they were all forced into the crematorium and burned. Nine murders went unsolved indefinitely. The building was eventually shut down. This is creepiest location for a haunted house imaginable, no theatrical additions needed.

Spooked in Seattle Events

Spooked in Seattle is a tour company, with interesting, educational and engaging tours of the city. In addition to their regular ghost tours, they’re hosting a variety of October events including the popular Undead Cabaret Helloween, Sinful in Seattle, Professional Storytelling at a private bar, A movie Showing of 13 Ghosts and another movie showing of the silly, 90’s Hocus Pocus with an accompanying costume contest. Make sure to sign up for tickets and reservations early.

Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours, trips leave daily from 4:00 until no one is left to go in the evening. A very popular, award winning tour with rave reviews of disturbing, funny, spooky stories from engaging tour guides about Seattle’s treacherous past.

Pioneer Square Haunted Pub Tour, come join another tour Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Find out about some of the closed-door dealings in some of Seattle’s oldest bars. This is an adult tour with adult themes, not for Victorian types.

MoPop Events

The Museum of Pop Culture, called the MoPop has 4 Halloween events in October.

The Fashionably Undead VIII October 20, 9-1:00 a.m. with a DJ, costume contest, and enjoyment of the museum after hours with creepy haunts in the halls and funky photo booths.

Young Frankenstein Matinee October 21, 2-4:30ish Starting with a reading from the new Annotated Frankenstein, by Leslie Klinger. Stay for a matinee showing of the old classic, comedy Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder.

Haunt Seattle October 27 & 28 from 8-1:30 a.m. Come for the costume contest, dance party and DJ’s with a bar of course. 2,000 of your closest friends are expected to come.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, October 31, Doors open at 6, the movie starts at 7:00 p.m. Start Halloween night out the right way with this horror classic that’s terrorized viewers for over three decades. Equally impressive is the place to view it. MoPop’s Sky Church room gives the feeling of being outside under the cathedral ceiling of stars with twinkling LED lights. Bring a blanket and pillows from home, pretend you’re under the stars, but if you are familiar with Freddy and his sick games, you’ll know not to dare fall asleep. Trivia games and giveaways will make it awesome. After the event just walk out the door and you’ll be only two miles from Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square right in the middle of all the fun.

Get Swanky

Noir at the Bar at the Hotel Sorento October 11, 7-9:00 p.m. If you love a good story, a classy joint and free entertainment come out to this event. A reading from crime fiction novelists in the toasty fireside room smelling rich of mahogany and tufted leather-bound chairs.

Tarot Card Tuesdays, also at Hotel Sorento every Tuesday in October, come out from 6-8:00 p.m., it’s recommended to come early as this is a busy event. Find out what your future holds then smile or cry into your cocktail depending on the outcome.

Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue October 26, 6-8:00 p.m. For entertainment that you can participate in, with dinner included. Wear a costume for a unique, interactive experience.

Second Chance Prom Halloween Masquerade and Prom at the West Seattle Golf Course October 26, 7-10:00 p.m. Class it up a bit and show them how it’s done in your fanciest face mask. If you reserve your tickets early you can come to a sipping and shopping event with dresses and costumes to choose from.

Prohibition Sucks; a Vampire Speakeasy Located at Factory Luxe October 26 & 27, 7:30-12:00 a.m. For an elegant, vampire themed speakeasy style evening come out for fancy vampire cocktails and delicious appetizers. With singing and dancing entertainment, a black-tie event enjoy yourself while raising money for honey bees.

Amazon Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Located in the Amazon Meeting Center October 19, 7-9 p.m. Come out to enjoy a free night at the symphony curtesy of Amazon. Mystical, spookily beautiful music will be played with an emphasis on Halloween vibes including music from Harry Potter. Costumes are expected, and contests will be held.

More Dancing

Bollywood Scream, at Club Contour October 27 & 28, 10-1:30 a.m. Rock out to Bollywood music while in costume for the 5th annual Bollywood bash. The only Bollywood Halloween in town.

Hip Hop Halloween Boat Party, Nothing says Halloween like Hip Hop, and it wouldn’t be a holiday in Seattle without at least one boat party. So, take your Dramamine and head aboard for a Spooktacular party (that one hasn’t been over used has it?) October 27. Tickets are selling out quickly, don’t get left on shore! 

Events

Halloween Hell Harvest located in the Ballard Underground October 19, 8-9:30 p.m. Switch it up a bit and come out to find out what horror comedy means. Nine comics will be performing with horror trivia, prizes and a bar of course. It’ll be anarchy.

Halloween Pub Crawl October 20 & 21 Noon-2:00 a.m. Awe, the best for last…This is an epic 14-hour pub crawl! You’ll travel around pubs with a small city of 1,000 people starting at noon. Be sure to pace yourself or this could turn ugly. Don’t bring your boss. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee your pants, and you’ll definitely leave with more friends than you came in with. Prices go up the longer you wait, so buy tickets NOW.

Now you’re ready for Halloween in Seattle.

A Monster List of Halloween Fun Things To Do With Your Family In and Around Seattle

Categories: Events, Lifestyle, Renton, Sammamish Washington, Seattle, Washington | Posted: September 24, 2018

Halloween is a magical time for children, they’re back at school, the leaves are changing and for one fantastic evening they can be whatever or whoever they want to be while collecting pounds of candy to boot. The Seattle area is a beautiful place for children to spend their fall season and with dozens of events happening all over the city and beyond, there’s so much more to Halloween than trick or treating.

Come along to these events where your kids can run for a cause, learn while having fun during a goopy, glowing science lesson, take an old-fashioned train ride next to a waterfall, hear storytellers spin spooky tails and watch fish and zoo animals play with pumpkins. With so many opportunities your kids can enjoy Halloween all month long and maybe will even forget about the candy.

*Don’t forget to check the websites ahead of time for fees and registration.

Seattle

  • Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo, October 27 & 28 from 9-3:00 All the zoo animals are given pumpkins to do with as they please. They can roll it around, smash it, eat it or slash it for the amusement of beasts and children. Beware of flying pumpkin guts.
  • Run Scarred Benefit for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Located in Seward Park October 28 Opening at 7:30 Come out dressed in costume for a 5k or 10k run or mosey on a 4k walk with prizes, photos, games and crafts after the race.
  • Aquarium Halloween, October 26, 27 & 28 Come watch the fish enjoy master pumpkin carving on land and in the underwater tanks. Divers will create jack o’-lanterns in the water, it’s the fish’s favorite day of the year.
  • Monster Bash Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Located in Seattle just North of Laurelhurst October 21 from 3-7:00 Come out for a carnival style event with games, snacks, crafts and ponies.

 

Bellevue

Redmond

  • Halloween Story Telling Train, October 20-21 & 27-28 from 11-4:00 Take a colorful drive out of town to Snoqualmie Falls for a unique experience your kids will always remember. Take a scenic train ride with a stop for warm apple cider. A professional storyteller will entertain your little ones with spooky railroad stories from the past.

Redmond

  • Halloween Tricks and Treats, October 31 from 4-7:00 If you prefer trick or treating through stores instead of front doors Redmond will be hosting a merchant candy give a way. Free of charge with face painters, photos and trampolines to burn off sugar rushes before bed.
  • Thrill the World, October 27 from 12-4:00 For ten years in a row participants have learned the thriller dance for this event while raising money for charities. Open to dancers age 8 and up, participants attend 4 weeks of practice classes to leading up to the performance. On dance day zombies dress the part in make-up and torn clothing and perform the dance in front of hundreds of onlookers. Come early and stay after for live music.
  • Serres Farm finally, a pumpkin patch without entrance fees, come visit a laid-back family farm growing a wide variety of colorful pumpkins to choose from. Kids can ride on a tractor with trailers painted like animals, have rubber duck races by pumping old water pumps to move their ducks faster and of course a corn maze complete with scary skeletons at dead ends.

Renton

  • Wild Waves Theme and Water Park – Fright Fest, Located about 25 minutes South of Renton, every weekend from September 28-October 28 The water is turned off and the park is transformed into a Halloween nightmare. There are a huge variety of events, rides in the dark, games and attractions available for kids and adults. Several haunted houses, a haunted pathway, a 3D fun house, sideshows and a magician. Most of the events aren’t appropriate for young children, but an area called Booville is set aside, gore free for kids under 12 with a carnival, games, crafts and dancing.
  • Truck-or-Treating at the Renton Community Center October 19 from 6-7:30 Sign up early, this event is only for kids under 10. Children not only get candy at this event they also get to see old fire trucks, buses, cement mixers and ambulances up close.
  • Tales that go bump in the Night at the Renton History Museum October 27 from 11-12:00 Professional storytellers will tell spooky, family friendly Halloween stories riveting young audiences and creating lasting memories off screen. After they hear the tales head down to the next event.
  • Olde Fashioned Halloween Party and Downtown Trick or Treat Event in Downtown Renton October 27 from 1-4:00 bring the kids out for trick or treating in merchant doorways. Don’t forget to dress up your dogs, there will be a doggie costume contest as well as cider, art, face painting, a cakewalk and a merchant scarecrow competition.
  • Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch Located just South of Renton, these brothers have succeeded in creating a beautiful farm with dozens of things to do. Your kids will never forget this place. They can take hay rides, get lost in the corn maze, play in their fun yard with dozens of animals, rubber duck races, feed goats, dig through a room of dried corn, slide down slides into loose hay and even practice roping wooden cows. Find your pumpkin in 20 acres of colorful plants to choose from.

Sammamish

 

Don’t forget to get outside, bring the family and some friends and enjoy October in Seattle!

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