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A Colorful Seattle Home (With a Trick for Rainy Days)

A Colorful Seattle House Tour

Publicist Erin Cawley-Morse and restaurant owner Nat Stratton-Clarke have had a big few years: they bought their first house and are expecting identical twins next month! Their colorful Seattle space is a reflection of the couple’s fun-loving personalities and a gathering place for their community. “We wanted to create a safe space that feels welcoming for everyone,” says Nat, who is transgender. “We feel honored that our home can be just that.” Take a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM
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Chandelier: West Elm, similar. Handmade dog art: bought at a Greenpeace Fundraiser. Stove: Waterford bought on Craigslist. Sofa: West Elm. Coffee table: Retrofit Home. Rug: Homestead Seattle. Paint: Martha Stewart in Hosta.

How did you decide on this house?
Nat: I own a vegetarian restaurant, so we wanted to find a home close by. When we walked in, we could immediately see the potential. The house was built in 1908 but had been stripped of all its old charm. We were excited to add the character back in.
Erin: Many things look like they’ve been here forever but are actually new — for example, we added crown molding and picture rails. We also found a gas stove on Craigslist. Not only does it warm up the whole room, it has that beautiful fire glow.

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Green chair: vintage Ethan Allen, similar. Mud cloth throw: vintage, similar. Furry stool: bought in Iceland, similar.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Nat: We wanted a house that had playfulness but also history. For example, at a junk shop, we came across a shelf from the bookstore where Erin always went as a kid. We bought it and flipped it on its side in our living room. It’s an amazing memory for Erin, and now we’re using it in a different way..

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Are you drawn to velvet furniture?
Erin: When we first started dating, I brought my cat over and she shredded Nat’s couch. It was the first adult piece of furniture he had ever bought, and she ruined it. When we moved into together, we figured out that velvet is the only material she won’t scratch. Cats can’t get their claws into velvet or velour because the weave is so tight, so yeah, we have a lot of it.

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How did you meet?
Nat: I was hosting Thanksgiving in my old apartment, and Erin came with a friend. I still remember her walking up the stairs holding her famous pumpkin pie. I never really celebrated the holiday growing up — my parents moved to the Bay Area from England in the 1970s — but ever since college I’ve been doing a friends Thanksgiving. I always thought Thanksgiving was a cool holiday because it can be about being thankful for friends and community. To meet Erin on Thanksgiving was super special.

DINING ROOM

A Colorful Seattle House Tour

Dining buffet: West Elm. Table: Anthropologie. Chairs: Industry West. Art and bird lamp: made by friends. Candelabras: from garage sale, similar.

Where did find your art?
Erin: We’re lucky to have so many talented artist friends. Our dining room has white walls because we wanted to showcase their incredible pieces.
Nat: But we wanted a pop of fun, so we painted the ceiling gold. The chandelier adds color, too. Erin found it at a garage sale for like six bucks. It looked heinous when she brought it home, but she took off the hanging beads and jewels, changed the bulbs and spray painted it blue.
Erin: We’ve collected a bunch of chandeliers through the years. Our style has a little bit of palace in it — chandeliers give you that grand feeling.

That is such a beautiful dining table!
Erin: When we moved in, we were excited to get a dining table. It’s the heart of the home; I have memories of doing homework on mine as a child. When we found this one at Anthropologie, our friends all chipped in for it as a housewarming gift. They gave us a giant Ed McMahon-style check, on which our artist friend had drawn all of the faces of the people who contributed.

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Do you entertain a lot?
Nat: We usually have folks over for dinner once a week. We also do a giant Easter extravaganza, where all the guests — kids and adults alike — wear pastel and do egg and spoon races down the street. Every winter, we host a cookies and cocktails party, and everyone brings two dozen homemade cookies to trade — it’s a tradition from Erin’s family. Erin and I are lucky that our families are incredibly supportive and love us for the people that we are. That’s the kind of home we want to create for our kids.

That’s wonderful.
Nat: When I was born, a little pink hat got put on my head, yet I always felt closer to the other side of the spectrum. I came out as gay at 16 but didn’t know many other gay folks and had never heard the word transgender, so I just assumed that all the feelings about my gender were part of being gay. In college, when I heard what being trans was, I immediately identified. I came out as transgender when I was 21. Transitioning is something I’m really proud of; it has helped me become the person I am. I try to create a supportive environment at my restaurant, too. People often stereotype restaurants as harsh places to work, but Cafe Flora is open and accepting. We’re proud to have a female executive chef, and we have lots of trans and queer folks on our team. We want people to be who they are and not feel like they have to check themselves at the door.

KITCHEN
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Clock: Newgate, similar. Yellow paint: Behr.

What’s an average night like at home?
Erin: Our nightly routine has changed since I got pregnant. We used to have a weekly date night and go out with friends all the time. But lately, I’ve become a homebody. Nat is usually cooking something delicious in the kitchen, and I’m taking it easy on the couch — the babies are taking over. 

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What do you cook?
Nat: The first thing I learned how to make was a blackberry crisp. My brother and I would pick blackberries, and my mom would make it with us. It’s such an easy thing for kids to do — it’s just brown sugar, flour, butter and a little bit of salt. I still make crisps almost every week, whether strawberry rhubarb, quince, apple, pear. Now that Erin’s pregnant, they’re her go-to.

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Wallpaper: Abigail Edwards.

Why did you decide to paint the window and door frames yellow?
Nat: We wanted to offset that gray and rainy vision of Seattle. If it’s gray outside, the yellow windows make it feel still sunny and bright.
Erin: We have the yellow, but then we have the black and white wallpaper. We fell in love with this wave print; it’s hand drawn and feels organic.

BEDROOM
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Headboard: West Elm. Wall lamps: Rejuvenation. Art above bed: DIY birthday postcard project. Side tables: IKEA. Linens: IKEA. Pink blanket: vintage.Rug: The Mine. Chandelier: Second Use.

What were you going for with your bedroom?
Nat: The bedroom was the last room we got to — we knew we’d get to it someday, but then we found out the babies were coming, and we were like, someday is here. It’s like a little nest, and since we’re going from a family of two to a family of four, we traded our queen bed for a king.

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You have so many books!
Nat: Both of us love to read, so our bedroom was covered in books. We were trying to figure out how to make it work, especially with kids coming, so we had the idea to make the bookshelf the grounding feature of the room. Our carpenter friend built white shelves, and we organized the books by color.

What are you reading now?
Nat: We’re neck deep in baby books. We’ve been reading every twin guide we can get our hands on, like What to Do When You’re Having Two and When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads.

BATHROOM
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Mirror: Target. Wallpaper: Abigail Edwards.

Are you happy you’ve settled in Seattle?
Nat: When I moved, I thought, I have some friends there, maybe I’ll stay for a year. I arrived sight-unseen, all I knew was Nirvana and Frasier Crane. I’ve been here for 12 years now and can’t imagine living anywhere else. 
Erin: It’s the perfect size, and it’s outdoorsy. The weather in Seattle is very much like the U.K., so we thought it would be fun to celebrate that with the bathroom wallpaper!
 
NURSERY
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Cribs: Pottery Barn. Print: Mike Curato. Unicorn: Target. Chandelier: Hans-Agne Jakobsson found sjostromantik.se. Paint: Pantone.

Were you surprised when you found out you were having twins?
Nat: Oh, yeah. You think you’ve been shocked before…

How did you choose green for the nursery?
Erin: We’re waiting to find out the sex of the twins, but it will be two boys or two girls, since they’re identical. Either way, we chose the green because we didn’t want anything to be super gendered. Our friend Mike Curato does the Little Elliot book series, and that’s his art on the wall.

What about the rug?
Nat: Our friends from Oaxaca had this traditional wedding rug made for us in pink and gold — our wedding colors. When we got married, we both stood on the rug. We wanted it to be in the twins’ room, between the two cribs. It’s like a representation of our coming together as a family, and now we’re adding two new babies into it.

Everyone must be excited for the babies!
Nat: Everyone is so pumped; it’s the sweetest thing ever. Our friends are excited; our family is excited. Our kids are going to have so many aunts and uncles. Their understanding of what family means is going to be unique and special. 

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Thank you so much, Erin and Nat!

P.S. More house tours, including a purple-filled townhouse and a tiny house in Northern California.

(Photos by Belathée Photography. Interior decorating by Sara Adrienne Knowles, in collaboration with Erin and Nat. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. This is a cool home. And I’d love to know about the half mug plant vase. Anyone please share!

  2. Katie Swanson says...

    Erin & Nat,
    You’re in for the best ride. Twins are so much fun. Thank you for letting us into your home. I love your unabashed use of color! So beautiful.

  3. The home looks amazing.
    So glad we were able to be part of it!
    Best,
    Industry West

  4. Em says...

    I wouldn’t normally comment about gender on a home tour but the author seemed to make a distinct point about it in relation to their family and home so here it goes:
    I went to an all girl high school and one person in my class (born with female genitalia) was so obviously a boy that I don’t think anyone batted an eye when she came out after college. I can say with a lot of certainty that the mood was- oh there’s 110 girls in this class and one boy. My point is that society’s issue with gender assignment or labels might seem like one of our bigger fights right now but I think many more people are supportive, understanding and just get it. And once in a while, it’s more obvious to the people around you than to the LGBTQS person themselves. The problem may be that one hurtful voice in a sea of support, encouragement and love can still feel devastating.

  5. I have only just seen this post. – Nat & Erin- your house is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for using my wallpaper so beautifully

  6. Allyson says...

    The house is so beautiful and what a gorgeous family! I love all the details, like the yellow window trim and the beautiful wallpaper. I wish they would design my house!

  7. becky says...

    Is that a card catalog for a side table???! Love it!
    Also love the extra detail on the kitchen backsplash!

  8. Bri says...

    Loved this post and seeing such a warm, loving family featured. Such a beautiful home!

  9. Naomi says...

    I love the layered rug look in their living room! Where can I find the larger white rug?

  10. Kate says...

    What a sweet couple and such a lovely home! Truly love the chandeliers and gold/yellow accents. I totally wanna hang out with this couple – their children are in for a treat!

  11. Happy Nesting!

  12. Your home is lovely, and I LOVE your restaurant! It’s one of our favorites in Seattle!

  13. Gemma Morgain says...

    The TAMBA (UK) book about twins is ace! My ID girls are almost 7, it’s full on for the first three years, but they’re incredible playmates now! Congratulations & you’re home is lovely btw!

  14. Annie says...

    So fun to see a story about people in Seattle! (I live in Seattle). It took a long time to get used to the chilly, rainy grey weather but eventually, now, I secretly love it.

  15. Madie says...

    I clicked the link to the rug in the master bedroom and I’m flummoxed – a handmade, 100% cotton, 5×8 rug for $112? What’s the catch? No, seriously? What is nuLOOM? Even the biggest one (8.6 x 11.6) is only $377. I love it!

    • Lauren says...

      I have a nuloom rug and it is great! I was looking for an affordable washable rug and that it is! It’s in my daughter’s room and is all cotton so I throw it in the washer (and dryer) every so often. Makes it easy to keep it looking nice and also very soft/cushy for sitting on the floor!!

  16. Kara says...

    What a lovely home and a lovely couple.

  17. Claire says...

    ditto what others asked- I would also love to know the paint colors.

  18. Jessica says...

    Wow wow wow, what a fantastic house!!!

  19. Erin says...

    I needed to see something so beautiful and sweet right now. Thank you for being lovely people, and for sharing your gorgeous, warm, loving home with us!

  20. Amy says...

    What a wonderful couple and such a beautiful home! Congrats on the twins, you are going to be great parents.

  21. Catherine says...

    Please let me know the name of the color on the dining room ceiling. Weekend project! love it, thanks.

  22. CB says...

    oh my gosh, I love it all.
    What color paint is on the ceiling in the kitchen/dining?

  23. Karine says...

    I started weeping when I read the part about the repurposed bookshelf from Erin’s childhood bookstore (I love books and the people who love them), so I obviously was not able to finish reading this post without a few tissues. What a great couple and beautiful home.

    I am also in love with Erin’s dress, so thanks for the link!

    • hannah says...

      oh my god i thought i was the only one who was in tears basically from that point on. what an amazing couple!

  24. Can they do a vintage shopping tips post? Where did they get the end table next to the sofa? It looks like a post office box or card catalog or something!

  25. If publicist and restaurant owner don’t work out, there’s a future for this sweet couple as interior designers! What a natural aesthetic they have

  26. A says...

    Everything about this is great! What a wonderful, stylish and happy home. Good luck with the birth, and all that follows, you will do great!

  27. Hilary says...

    Love love. What a beautiful couple and beautiful house. Congratulations on your impending arrivals!

  28. Clarissa Ghazi says...

    Your home is so beautiful! I especially love all the colors, books and art. My favorite is the amazing painting over the buffet in the dining room, any chance you can please share who is the artist? Congratulations on the babies – how wonderful!

    • Ras says...

      I’d love to know too!

  29. Janeym says...

    Lovely place!

  30. Nikki B says...

    Twin advice from a twin: Don’t tell them who is older until they are 18! My parents did this with my sister and I and it was a bonding thing. Man we thought they were soooo lame but we NEVER fought about it, never held it over each other’s head and then a few months before college we had a big party and they told us and got us engraved necklaces with our birth times. It was beautiful and perfect and secretly I think I always knew I was baby B. I tell all twin parents this. It was so lovely and is still something my twin and I talk about (we also didn’t get along great in high school- so it was a wonderful way to bond before we went to separate colleges, where our relationship blossomed and grew ten fold)

    • Morgan says...

      I absolutely love this! My twins were born by c-section and our doc somehow managed for them to have the same birth time, which was unplanned but I love because there’s no who is older etc. questions. As far as who exited during that minute first, our lips are sealed.

    • I knew identical girls who their parents never told them who was older. They actually assumed their parents had forgotten!

  31. Jenny says...

    Every time I read one of these house tours posts I think, “this one’s my favorite.” So now, naturally, the design and the color elements really speak to me, but I never would have thought to paint the interior windows yellow, or spray paint a chandelier? It’s magic. It’s beautiful. It’s such inspiration.

  32. Anna says...

    Beautiful house, beautiful couple and beautiful love story! Thank you Erin and Nat for sharing!

  33. SanDe says...

    My favorite things are the sunny kitchen, those incredible bookshelves in the bedroom, and the beautiful wedding rug and the symbolism of it being in the babies’ room, between their cribs.

  34. I LOVVVVVVE a yellow door and the green in the nursery is so pretty!

  35. Rae says...

    Love the story about the dining room table, that is beautiful.

  36. Lauren says...

    Oh my goodness, this house, this couple, both are so gorgeous! I would normally probably feel a bit of jealousy over the amazing house – I moved into a townhouse recently after apartment living forever, and I am struggling to turn it into my home (lack of funds, terrible with designing/being creative, you name it!). Some evenings I almost cry over the lack of it feeling like a home. But they are so lovely, and even though I don’t know them, I just FEEL like the home radiates their personalities! Some inspiration here, for sure!

  37. Absolutely love this profile for many reason. I’m a twin. I spent 8 years in Seattle, and my family still lives there. LOVE the yellow pops of color. Actually painted the inside of my front door yellow (check out #laserlemondoor on instagram :))

    Such a beautiful home.

  38. Erin says...

    I would love to know where the bird candle holders in the bedroom and the golden unicorn in the bathroom are from!

    • Elizabeth R says...

      Re the unicorn, search antique brass unicorns on Etsy.

  39. I LOVED this post not only for the house tour but also for the heartwarming love story. Do you think you should start a love story series Joanna? Hehehe.

    • Rachel says...

      This would be so sweet!

  40. This makes me so happy! I used to work with Erin in Seattle and she and Nat are such lovely wonderful people. :) What a great piece!

  41. Melissa says...

    Did anyone else tear up at the rug story? My god that is such a sweet, powerful memory for the little ones to grow up with. Still teary!

    • Silver says...

      I know right! They are wonderful.

    • Michelle says...

      🙋🏻The story of the rug!!!! 😭

    • Eleanor says...

      Oh my gosh, yes! So sweet!

  42. Sara says...

    Love this house & Erin’s dress!! Anyone know where it’s from??

  43. Janine says...

    Such a gorgeous, vibrant home! Sounds like they’re building a beautiful life for their growing family.

  44. Claire says...

    Is that really true about velvet furniture and cats? I have cats.

    • Ashley says...

      I thought that was interesting too…I also have cats and a sofa that is not real velvet, but has a velvet texture and my cats have definitely scratched it up. Would maybe be worth the cost of a real velvet sofa if it is true that kitties can’t wreck it.

    • Jenn says...

      I never really thought about it, but I have a vintage velvet loveseat… my cats don’t try to scratch it, but they do try to scratch my sofa.. will have to keep this in mind for future furniture purchases!

    • Silver says...

      I have two velvet pieces – an orange velvet chair that the cat got to, and a navy velvet three seater that has survived k (because she prefers to attack the woollen lounge). I think cats decide how to make you listen, but they prefer the easiest method. What we should be asking is – How much do I love that velvet lounge? (and does my cat know how I feel?)

    • CLAUDIA says...

      Yes, definitely true. It needs to be the slick, real velvet. I had velvet couch in the past, never a problem, got a linen one before I added a bunch of cats and they destroyed it. I have now a velvet couch from Anthropology and they can barely hang on to the side because it’s so slick, hehe. Works like a charm, no scratch marks, they simply slide off, can’t get any purchase with their claws. :)

  45. Rebecca says...

    Love all of this! I have loved many past house tours, but sometimes the aesthetic starts to feel a little repetitive — this one really stands out.

    And, from another twin parent, good luck! I will never forget what another twin parent told me when I was expecting and overwhelmed, which was that when he and his wife left the hospital, they looked around at the other people leaving with only one baby and felt like they had won the lottery. At the time I thought he was INSANE – but then ours were born and I totally got it. The first year is craziness, but you will get through it (and even enjoy some of it, if you take all the help your friends and family offer!). Mine are in kindergarten now and in separate classes for the first time and they get into their beds at night and chat and chat about their days. It’s the best. Twins are awesome.

    • Meghan says...

      I love this. I have 7 month boy/girl twins and its truly been insanity. I’ve never been so tired in my life! But I can’t wait to witness them growing closer and closer together as they get older. It just seem so far away right now!

  46. Volha says...

    I love this house! Gold ceiling looks amazing!

  47. Marnie says...

    My day is better for having read about this lovely family! I love that your house tours focus more on the beauty of the lives of the owners than than the decor – because, of course, that’s what turns a house into a beautiful home :)

    Best wishes to the couple as they welcome sweet twins into their lives. When you follow up with them so we can meet their twins, I want to know if Nat still has time to make weekly crisps! Haha!

  48. Seeing homes like this makes me want to redo everything in my own, even though everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – has been updated since we bought the house 8 years ago! It may be time to refresh a few things, which will be much to my husband’s dismay!

  49. Heather D. says...

    I want them to come and decorate my house!!! Amazing.

  50. Heidi says...

    Okay. So many gorgeous homes have been featured on this blog and I soak each and every one of them up. And, they are all “my favorite.” But this one? This is the one I actually want to live in. (Hopefully not sounding too creepy here!) I cannot get over how beautiful each detail is- the sunny yellow in the windows, the dining room art collection, the curve of the low bookcase in the bedroom, and the story behind the rug in their babies’ nursery is just so inspiring and beautiful. Bookmarking this one in the interior design book of my dreams! What a beautiful couple, too. I agree with the other commenters, we need a follow up interview!

    • Heidi says...

      Also, I think I want to order all the Little Elliot books for my daughter for the artwork alone. (You know, to keep for myself, that is.)

  51. Sarah says...

    I think this is one of my favorite homes I’ve ever seen, and I read way too many design/home magazines. You can just feel the love. Congratulations to the expecting couple!

  52. Sara A says...

    I second and third SO many of the above comments. Not sure I have ever commented but everything about this home tour and couple warmed my heart! Also, Cafe Flora is delicious! Yellow trim=genius. Wedding rug= amazing!

    Hopefully this couple is willing to share their story after babies! Can’t wait to hear more! Thanks CoJ for always presenting such beautiful home tours with unique and amazing home owners!

  53. Kasi says...

    Ugh, I love them! Their style is so lovely and I love that everything in their house is sentimental. Good luck with the babies!

  54. Turtle says...

    Thank you, Cup of Jo. This story (among others you’ve posted) helps to buoy my faith in the goodness of humans when so many recent events conspire to drown it. You folks are lifesavers.

  55. Cindy says...

    fantastic!! Love the house, love the story, love them! And I love, love, love Erin’s dress — where can I find one?

  56. Di says...

    what a beautiful home and what a beautiful family. Congratulations Nat and Erin for creating an inclusive haven in your home and workspace. Your twins are lucky to have such amazing role models!

  57. Rue says...

    I love Cafe Flora and now I love this family and I definitely LOVE this house. Ugh! I can’t handle it.

    • elizabeth says...

      *LOVE* Cafe Flora, too — so glad it was mentioned by name as I was wondering which veg restaurant in Seattle.

  58. Rachel says...

    I came for the house tour (which I loved) but am leaving so inspired by their respect for each other and their amazing community.

    • Sarah says...

      ^ this. exactly. well put.

    • Heidi says...

      I totally agree- this home looks so uplifting and inviting, and clearly it is a reflection of the relationship and spirit of the people who live in it. So inspiring!

  59. sarah-mai says...

    What a sweet family!

  60. What a lovely, happy home! The whole place oozes love…that rug story may have made me cry (but in my defense I just had a baby and everything related to growing families makes me cry)!

    Also, not to be a total weirdo, but those perfect vacuum marks on the velvet sofa made me swoon.

    • Amanda says...

      I thought the same thing about the velvet! Reminds me of athletic fields with cool design patterns in the grass: https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015/08/12/mlb-outfield-design-grass-logo

      Also totally got teary reading this house tour. So. Much. Love. The personal touches are amazing – the rug, the story of how they met on Thanksgiving, Nat baking tarts for Erin, friends’ pieces in their home…so moony.

  61. Ingrid says...

    Lovelovelove this article!! Any tips on how to get an artwork similar to that amazing colorful painting in their living room?

    • Elizabeth R says...

      No connection to Cup of Jo or the artist I am about to mention but Britt Bass can do similar style commisions for relatively cheap

  62. Elizabeth R says...

    My sister has identical twin boys, by the way, and they are awesome. Just treat them like individuals so there is no undue competition. Celebrate their individual strengths. Also, twin language is totally a real thing when they are very young.

  63. Jessica Fracassini says...

    Gorgeous house, sweet family, and Cafe Flora is amazing!!

  64. Bree Rangel says...

    This has been the first house tour that has made me cry feel good tears. Nat and Erin’s home just radiates love and joy. The way all their friends sort of contributed to their nest is just beautiful!!!

  65. Cynthia says...

    I love the house! The wood floors are beautiful, and I like the way they brought back the old character of the house. We have a gas stove in our living room, too, and it’s really nice in the spring and fall when we just want to knock the chill off without turning on the boiler. I like the idea of a gender neutral nursery, because it will grow with the children. I decorated the nursery for our first in a gender neutral design because I didn’t know what the baby would be, and you didn’t in then, because ultrasound was very new. I wanted a room that would grow with our baby. Our first was a girl and so was our second, and the room worked out well. Eventually, when we finished the unfinished upstairs, they had their own rooms.

  66. Melissa says...

    It’s SO refreshing to see some house with color. I tend to lean towards neutrals in my own home, but I’m getting tired of seeing so many blank white walls in decor blogs and magazines. I am really inspired by this home, think it’s going to motivate me to fill some of my own blank walls!

  67. JB says...

    My mum has their bedroom chandelier hanging in her laundry room as she didn’t know what to do with it!

    Love everything about this house – the use of colour is SO well done. Babies’ light fixture, the wedding rug, the throw on the bed, the Iceland stool (that everyone seems to be bringing home from vacation!) – love it all!

  68. Erin says...

    So unique! Amazing use of colour. They have a gift. Publicist and restaurant owner? I think they missed their calling to be designers! ;)

  69. june2 says...

    Love that nursery! Also the wavy wall paper. Very lucky couple!

  70. Alice says...

    The wallpaper, swoon. The waves and lightning are both amazing.

    But for me this interview is all about this: We want people to be who they are and not feel like they have to check themselves at the door.

    This is actaully what a home is all about for me, and I suppose a restaurant is an extension of a home. This couple, and their home, rock – wish them all the best with their twins! Serious fun and love ahead!

    • CJ says...

      “We want people to be who they are and not feel like they have to check themselves at the door.”

      This really stood out to me today. Thank you for that!

  71. Janey says...

    A beautiful home. I’m thinking that white fluffy stool does not stand a chance with twin babies ;-)

  72. Katie says...

    Gorgeous! These two have created a beautiful home. Would love to know about the vertical stack bookcase in the dining room – I’ve coveted those for years (: Best wishes for the coming kiddos, too!

    • They mention in the interview that they’re shelves from a bookstore Erin frequented as a child, found in a junk store years later… they’ve simply been flipped on their sides! Very cool!

  73. Christina Symons says...

    I love these beautiful people and their home. Thank you for sharing them. x

  74. Naomi says...

    I love this beyond all else today.

  75. Meredith says...

    I love this beautiful home so much, but my favorite part of this piece is that it’s so filled with mentions of friends – their artwork, handmade rugs, the parties. You can just feel how rich Erin and Nat’s life is right through the words.

  76. Emily says...

    Excellent taste! These two have a gift; I adore each space.

  77. Elizabeth says...

    I LOVE cafe flora!

  78. Alli says...

    Wooooowwwwie, what a home! I love the warmth that radiates everywhere, and the fact that so many people in their community are highlighted throughout their space – from shelving, to rugs, to tables, to art (and much more that wasn’t shared, i imagine!). This family is a special one.

  79. dana says...

    I’ve always thought velvet was out of the question for pet owners like myself, but now I’m intrigued. For anyone with experience: does velvet attract pet fur? If so, is it relatively easy to clean?

    My current sofa attracts fur like crazy, so as long as there is no company coming over, it gets covered with a sheet. Not the classiest looking, but it works. ;)

    • Leanne says...

      I’m so curious about this too. Is velvet really the solution to my cat claw problems? My nicest chair has been shredded to bits – turns out our cat loves the feel of ripping apart Belgian linen… :-|

    • I can’t speak to the clawing as my cat was a rescue and came to us declawed, but she does have a peeing issue, and she destroyed our velvet couch. We tried to have it professionally cleaned and they said they couldn’t do anything about it. I think it depends on your individual cat’s quirks (and as cat parents know, no two cats have the same idiosyncrasies)!

    • Nicole Brant says...

      We do the same. It’s fine. You can get sheets that coordinate, right? 😊

    • Taylor says...

      We have a sofa from West Elm in Performance Velvet fabric. Our cats pretty much leave it alone. It is showing some general wear on the arms, but otherwise looks great. I’ve even unzipped the cushion covers and thrown them in the wash, as well as had them dry cleaned, and they came out good as new. Definitely look into it! I’ve had my eye on the velvet bed above (also West Elm) and this post makes me want to pull the trigger! We really can’t have any other type of fabric furniture with three jerk cats in the house. :)

    • Cooper says...

      Such a good tip! I did not know that about cats and velvet. We bought an IKEA couch with a replaceable cover knowing it would inevitably get shredded, but I’ve been surprised by how quickly and deeply the shredding occurred :)

  80. Laura Petersen says...

    I love the wallpaper and cafe flora live near there and the cinnamon rolls are so good

  81. Ali says...

    Awesome home tour, and kudos for NOT photoshopping out every thermostat and light switch. Makes me happy to see a”real” home.

  82. I’ve never seen window frames painted in a color like that before. I’m blown away! Seems like it would be super easy to repaint if you wanted a new look, too. So much easier than repainting a whole wall or room.

  83. Meg says...

    Love this! We live right by Nat’s restaurant AND have two-year-old identical twin boys. So fun to have such a lovely home in our neighborhood featured! ❤️❤️

    • Meg says...

      And a lovely couple, as well! Congrats, Erin and Nat! If you’re looking for any twin friends in the neighborhood, let us know! 😉

  84. Alissa says...

    This is so fun, in part because I know and LOVE Nat’s restaurant! Perhaps we can get an update when the babies are born to find out their names and sexes? ;-)

    • Di says...

      second this!

    • Yes!! I want to hear from these lovely folks again!

  85. Elise says...

    I LOVE Cafe Flora! I want to be friends with them.

  86. Cat Mouton says...

    I always enjoy the more personal posts on Cup of Jo – the home tours, the beauty posts are my favorite. They’re all well written, photographed, and insightful. And then every once in a while I get “that special feeling” and I can’t quite name it: intimacy? familiarity? comfort? This is one of them.
    Nat and Erin have created such a beautiful home that I feel like reflect their personalities so well. (Many interior design notes taken) Most importantly – I can sense their warmth and their strong sense of community (I love that all of their friends chipped in for that amazing dining room table!) This post made me want to skip over to Seattle and ask to join the egg races next Easter!

    • So much Yes! on all of that, Cat Mouton!

    • Heidi says...

      I completely agree!

    • Lori says...

      What Cat said. Exactly.

    • MA says...

      Ditto!!!

  87. Julie Keegan says...

    I love this house and the beautiful story of the ones who occupy it! Congratulations on the upcoming birth. I live in Seattle and am so lucky to be able to visit Cafe Flora…..one of my favorite spots in the city. Cheers!

  88. Rebecca K Ringquist says...

    Kudos to Cup of Jo for featuring diverse people on the blog- it makes me so happy. And what a great house!

    • I second this too!

  89. Kay says...

    Whoa, this home is beyond charming. The yellow trim is brilliant, and the flipped bookshelf is genius!

  90. Emily says...

    I’d love to know where they got the long low bookshelves in their bedroom. Are those Ikea cabinets?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      their carpenter friend built custom shelves — i’ll ask if they have any more details!

  91. Kia says...

    Lovely!!! The nursery is so beautiful!!! The colors and the lines are perfection!!!

  92. Goodness gracious you two have great taste!! What a beautiful, artful home. So glad you shared this Joanna. Thank you. And I second the comment about a follow-up when the twins arrive and they are all settled please. Good luck to your beautiful family!

  93. Claire says...

    I love the wall papers and all the gold. Really nice color palate too.

  94. Love this one. So sweet.

  95. Anita says...

    Oh I just love the yellow trim…. Fabulous!

  96. Robin says...

    Ahh I love all of this. Beautiful people (Erin you look AMAZING) and a gorgeous house. The yellow trim is genius. And that gold ceiling! And that beautiful rug in the twins room. Such lucky babies. All the best to you for these first few crazy weeks and months. My best advice is ask for help and take all that is offered. This is the time when you will need your community and they know it. Just point them in the right direction.

  97. Em says...

    Holy moly I LOVE this house and everything in it! So beautiful. And the fact it’s in Seattle (with that yellow trim!!)

  98. nina says...

    beautiful. i keep trying to figure out what is by the gas stove?? stuffed animal or something else?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s an artwork of a dog! :)

  99. Molly Bentley says...

    That last part about the rug bringing it all together brought tears to my eyes! Pink and gold were our wedding colors too :)

    • Moo says...

      Same here. =)

  100. Such a great house! i may have teared up a bit at the adorable Oaxaca rug story, it’s so sweet!

  101. michelle says...

    The rug from their friends in Oaxaca is so gorgeous. And the way they are using it made me tear up a bit. What a lovely couple. (With some fantastic friends.)

  102. Katie says...

    I love this house tour! Also, my son is named Elliot and we have read the Little Elliot books many times-we even have a stuffed animal of Elliot. ❤ they are gentle and lovely stories.

  103. Sarah S says...

    I love Cafe Flora and I love their bookshelf from Elliott Bay! What a wonderful profile.

  104. Kate says...

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented before. I absolutely love the nursery, it’s the best I’ve ever seen. My kids love the Little Elliot books, and when you combine that print with those rich green walls and that gorgeous Oaxacan rug (with the extra significance of being their wedding rug)…it is just the most thoughtful, delightful space. Lucky babies, for sure!

    • Katie says...

      Agreed! You put it so perfectly, too. (:

    • NR says...

      YES! My daughter absolutely loves the Little Elliott books, too. They are so, so sweet. And so is this family.

  105. Amy H says...

    Love this post! Good luck with the babies. They are arriving into such a sweet and cheerful home. Would love to have an update post, post babies, Jo!

    • Amy says...

      Could not agree more! I am so curious to know whether they have boys or girls!

      Also – Hi “Amy H”! Great names think alike :)

  106. Thank you so much for sharing this story , I adore these guys !!
    A few years ago I was lucky to photograph Nat and Erin’s wedding and the coming together of their community and friends was super inspiring.
    People like them make the world a better place..
    :)

    • Nicole Brant says...

      That is so cool! I bet they had a lovely wedding.

  107. gina solon says...

    lovely house, lovely humans-inside & out.

    • Sarah D. says...

      I feel the same way. What a beautiful example of love on every level. Thank you CofJ for featuring these two lovely people and their beautiful style.

  108. Ni says...

    Beautiful house, and lovely couple! I wish I was part of their gang of friends!

  109. Kellyn says...

    I’m curious about the last name of these two wee babies (in noticing that both Erin and Nat come from hyphenated families)? Their home is lovely – I wish them the best on this new adventure!

    • I was curious about this too. They’ve got 4 great last names to work with! Such a beautiful home and family.

  110. Rachel says...

    I LOVE the postcard project idea. So thoughtful. Definitely stealing it for upcoming birthdays!

  111. A lovely home with two beautiful soon-to-be-parents! My sister had twin boys three years ago and while the first months felt like a logistical nightmare, you have to know that things really will get easier as they become more independent over time. And it’s wonderful to think that they’ll always have each other – we’ve loved watching their bond strengthen, even as their *very distinct* personalities emerge. Anyway, best of luck! Sounds like you’ve got a big, beautiful community on your team! x

  112. Jacqueline says...

    These kids have hit the jackpot! Warm, thoughtful and caring parents <3

  113. Debby says...

    Do their friends have websites? I want to buy everything. Great home tour today, thank you!

  114. Laney says...

    Every photo of their home made me smile – what a lovely, cheerful place! I mentally filed several ideas as inspiration. Best of luck as your family grows, Erin and Nat!

  115. Claire says...

    Beautiful!

  116. Bobby says...

    I have to know where they got that very witty — I don’t know what to call it— but sort of wall fixed plant holder vase? It’s next to the door in the pic where they’re holding hands.

  117. Is it true there is a couch out there that a cat won’t destroy?? Skeptical, yet intrigued.

  118. I’ve been (barely) resisting a velvet couch for years because I figured my 2 cats would destroy it. There’s nothing holding me back now!!!!! :)
    Gorgeous home!!

  119. Denise says...

    I love all the color. Green in the nursery, yellow window trim, gold ceiling, teal living room. I’ve never been a fan of plain white walls and white’s been so “in” lately. This is a nice change. Congrats on their burgeoning family.

  120. Katharine van der Hoorn says...

    Please, please can you ask what the gold paint is? I want to do the same thing in my Portland home!!

    • Sargjo says...

      I can’t speak for these two, but I am a fellow Seattlite who JUST painted her door yellow gold for the same reasons-to pop against the grey. I chose Sherwin Williams Glitzy Gold and it is fabulous.

    • Sargjo says...

      Ooh unless you meant the gold ceiling! I forgot. That is awesome and I have no idea :)

      Also I misspelled Seattleite which makes me a total loser Seattleite haha

  121. Sara says...

    This series is my absolute favorite! Any plans to feature houses/apartments in the south? Nashville, Atlanta, Charleston all have some great real estate with creative occupants :)

    • Angela says...

      Would love that too-the South has such a distinctive style.

  122. Sonja says...

    They rock! Making me miss Seattle even more!

  123. Morgan says...

    Beautiful home beautiful couple and congratulations on twins! My fraternal twin daughters turn 2.5 years old next month. It is an other worldly experience. So very special.

  124. Louisa says...

    I want that Little Elliot poster! – Our last name is Elliott and our daughter loves cupcakes :) we switch the pronouns (“Little Elliot was an elephant. She was different in many ways…”) to match our little Elliott. Who also loves cupcakes. How fun to know the author.

    Lucky little babies!

  125. Andrea says...

    Microfiber is also supposedly claw proof. We had a velour cover made for our couch and it has withstood the cats.

  126. Emme says...

    Congratulations! Your home is lovely! My identical twins just turned three, and I have to say, it is such a special experience. The relationship id twins have is amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, the site Twiniversity has fantastic non-judgemental advice. Best of luck!!

  127. Angela Riggs says...

    I LOVE the gold ceiling in the dining room! What brand / color is it?

  128. Elizabeth R says...

    My favorite home tour on here EVER. Lucky babies! Congrats!

  129. Kirsten says...

    Love this post. I would love to visit Nate’s restaurant the next time I visit Seattle!

    • tina says...

      Me too! I’m going to be in the area next month, off to check reviews to see what’s good!!

  130. Amanda G says...

    I absolutely love the wallpaper! Is it the same wallpaper that’s in Toby’s room? If so, I love how versatile it is for family and kiddo spaces!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! toby has the blue version, and they have the gray version. they’re both lovely!

  131. Carrie says...

    Suuuch an amazing house and their Instagram makes my tummy grumble!!

  132. SN says...

    Adore this style. Good luck to Nat & Erin — your twins are already lucky to be born into such a cheerful and loving home.

    Also – as a former Seattleite… yellow window trim = genius

  133. LaurenB says...

    What a fun house! Do you know where Erin’s dress is from?? I love it!

  134. Kimberly says...

    Wow! I am lucky enough to have had a few wonderful meals at Cafe Flora., truly amazing food. I live in the Seattle area and I love it so much. This house is so awesome! I especially love the gold ceiling and on point waves and stormy wallpaper.

  135. kaye says...

    oh gosh, i miss cafe flora the most about seattle!!
    lovely to see this tour and these two, can I ask for a source on the white bookshelves in the dining room? ( i had to part with my array ones from CB2 when I left seattle earlier this year.)

    in sum: just lovely, the folks and the place!

  136. AJ says...

    Gorgeous. So many beautiful details. Totally love the coffee table!

  137. Tanith says...

    After moving to Seattle two years ago, Nat’s restaurant is one of my favorite places to take friends and family visiting for the first time! It’s wonderful to see his and Erin’s gorgeous home! Thanks for sharing! ^_^

  138. Lindsey says...

    I love them! And I’m super jealous of all their talented friends!

  139. Annie says...

    Can you check back in with this cute couple in a few months? I want to see their twins!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!!!!

    • kaye says...

      co-sign on this one!

    • Lauren says...

      MAKE IT THREE! ;)

    • Grace says...

      yes!

  140. DC says...

    What a beautiful, cozy-looking home! I love the deep, rich colors of the couch and the baby’s room. And how her dress plays off the wallpaper!