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May
23

5 Tips for Creating a Reading Spot in Your Home

Home Tips

Reading is an excellent year-round activity for family members of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the Pacific Northwest is home to many local bookstores full of books to add to your summer reading list. While summer reading is certainly enjoyed outdoors, an indoor reading nook makes it so you can enjoy your new favorite novel even when it is raining. 

After you've stocked up on new reads, follow these tips for creating a cozy reading spot in your home. 

  1. Select a Quiet Spot with Minimal Distractions
    Most people prefer to read in a quiet, serene environment so that they can focus on their book and won't be distracted by typical household sounds. If you're worried that your home is lacking sufficient space for a designated reading space, one idea is to turn a closet into a reading nook by adding a built-in bench. Or, if you have an area that you aren't sure how to use, like a built-in seat or a storage area under your stairs, this is an excellent spot for your reading nook. Another option is to set up your reading nook outside. A deck, porch, or shade tree are excellent spots to transform into a reading nook. Once you find your ideal spot, decide how you want to store your books. Floating shelves, a designated bookcase, and a utility cart are all options for housing your reading materials. If you need to house your books in a different location than your reading nook, a metal utility card works especially well because you can roll the books to and from your nook and their permanent storage area. 

  2. Make Your Reading Nook Cozy and Comfortable
    A comfortable reading nook just begs you to spend hours curled up with your favorite book. Outfit the space with furniture and accessories that are pleasant to use, like overstuffed chairs, soft beanbags, a chaise lounge chair, a recliner, a love seat, a hammock, an egg chair, plush throw pillows, soft blankets, or comfy floor cushions. If your nook is outside, add a waterproof storage chest to conveniently store pillows, blankets, and cushions when you aren't using them. 

  3. Add Decor
    Your reading nook should incorporate decorative items that make you happy to use the space, like your favorite scented candle, fairy lights, fun photos or interesting artwork, wall decals, flowers, and plants. For an extra special literary twist, add elements from your favorite novels, such as wall art with quotes from a book you love. 

  4. Make Sure Your Space is Functional
    It isn't sufficient for your reading nook to merely look nice; it needs to include elements that ensure it's a terrific fit for your needs. For example, you might like to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a snack while you read. You'll appreciate having a side table in your reading nook so that you're not trying to balance a tray on your lap while you read. Or, perhaps your reading nook is outside on your deck. When the weather is too hot, you find that the heat distracts you from your book. Consider adding a small tabletop fan so that you can quickly cool your reading space when the temperature inches upward. You should also confirm that you have ample lighting to illuminate your book so that you don't strain your eyes. A task lamp with soft light is an excellent addition that ensures you have sufficient illumination. There are even rechargeable task lamps available if your nook doesn't have an electric outlet that's easily accessible. 

  5. Banish Clutter from Your Reading Nook
    Not only does clutter make your reading nook less inviting, but it can distract you from your book. Make it a rule to never let clutter accumulate in your reading space by giving everything a home and always putting an item back where it belongs. If items still have a way of finding a spot in your reading nook, despite your best efforts, one option is to add a stylish bin or basket so that you can store the clutter out of sight until you're through reading and ready to put it away or dispose of it.

Want a home with more space for your books or for a larger reading nook? Or a home where you can enjoy your favorite hobbies year-round? Our brokers can help! Contact us today to begin your search! 

May
16

Dine on the Rooftop at These Seattle Restaurants

Rooftop

Seattle is known as the "Emerald City" thanks to the lush greenery that surrounds it, especially the many amazing forests. Seattle homes for sale benefit from these unique surroundings and much more: Strong local businesses, a vibrant cultural scene, and some of the best dining in the region.

Our real estate agents know Seattle has a reputation for rain, but you'll also have "can't miss" rooftop dining opportunities. While many of them are available only in spring and summer, some covered and climate-controlled rooftop patios have recently opened for dining all year around.

The Seattle skyline is even more striking with the right view, so check out these local restaurants where seasonal rooftop dining is on the menu:

  • The Mountaineering Club – 4507 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105
    Perched on the grounds of the Graduate Seattle hotel in the famous University District, The Mountaineering Club has ample seating with full views of both the city and the mountains. Oysters on toast are a favorite, along with a curated selection of handcrafted cocktails. Delivery is also available.

  • Rooftop Brewing Company – 1220 West Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98119
    The rooftop patio of the Rooftop Brewing Company is outfitted with full picnic table dining, great for meeting up with friends. Complimentary board games will help you pass the time, and you can even bring your favorite canine. An assortment of food trucks provides diverse options for lunch or dinner.

  • MBar – 400 Fairview Avenue North, Floor #14, Seattle, WA 98109
    MBar gives you the chance to see Lake Union and the Space Needle at the same time! This spot will delight all of your senses with the beautiful surroundings and a lavish menu. Middle Eastern cuisine such as kebabs and mezze are always ready for you, along with a robust pairing menu of tasty beverages.

  • Mezcaleria Oaxaca – 422 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
    Mezcaleria Oaxaca has a rooftop patio designed to protect you from the sun while still giving you the unimpeded views you crave. It's one of the largest spaces on this list, with room for several full parties at once. A specialty bar accessible only from the roof offers a variety of exclusive cocktails.

  • Terra Plata – 1501 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    Led by executive chef Tamara Murphy, Terra Plata celebrates Central and South American cuisine with mouthwatering dishes like Peruvian chicken and roasted pig. With its covered and heated roof deck, Terra Plata can accommodate outdoor dining at times when other restaurants would not.

  • Fog Room – 1610 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
    The crown jewel of the Charter Hotel, Fog Room is one of the best places to go for views of Downtown Seattle – with the Great Wheel right at center stage. Food offerings run the gamut from artisanal cheese and snack plates to lobster rolls, roasted king salmon, and New York strip steak, among many others.

  • The Nest Rooftop Bar – 110 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101
    The Nest Rooftop Bar is a popular stop for those exploring Pike Place Market. Its panoramic view overlooks Puget Sound and the iconic Olympic mountains. With a sprawling 3,500 square feet of space, there are plenty of seating options. You can enjoy the view from inside with the floor-to-ceiling windows.

  • Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails – 1415 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
    Last but not least, among rooftop hotel restaurants, Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails is at the peak of the Motif. Its patio creates a relaxing atmosphere with fire pits and lawn games. Frolik has become known for its occasional partnership with Mixtape Pasta, a local sensation you shouldn't miss.

  • Monsoon – 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112
    Monsoon brings rooftop dining to a higher level – figuratively and literally – with its chef-driven take on Vietnamese food. Saigon Dungeness pepper crab is the #1 menu item, a mainstay that has been around since the opening of Monsoon Seattle almost twenty years ago.

  • Maximilien – 81A Pike Street, Seattle, WA, 98101
    Take your French cuisine higher with Maximilien, a charming eatery to stop at when you're enjoying a day out in Pike Place Market. Perhaps best loved for its brunch, it is the vision of Chef Christian Potvin, whose storied career began at age 16 when he apprenticed at Le Meaban in France.

Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help you get to know Seattle. Contact us to discover more about Seattle homes.

May
2

National Barbecue Month: Seattle BBQ Spots

Seattle BBQ

Seattle is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, and there is a growing number of local restaurants making their mark with authentic and flavorful BBQ. Join our brokers and celebrate National Barbecue Month in May with a meal or two at these great BBQ spots. 

  • Pecos Pit - 2260 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134
    The legend of Pecos Pit began with a modest carryout window in SoDo that was beloved by Mariners fans and workers at nearby businesses. Iconic Seattle restauranteur Gerry Kingen took over in 2010 and opened a sit-down outpost in West Seattle with the same hearty sandwiches and creative side dishes. There's also a spinoff, Pike's Pit, located in historic Pike Place Market. SoDo hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. West Seattle is open daily from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Bitterroot - 5239 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Bitterroot is dedicated to the three B's: BBQ, beer, and bourbon. Their smoked meats are prepared with a dry rub, allowing you to apply your own choice of four housemade BBQ sauces. The beer and whiskey list has been carefully curated to provide perfect complements to the food. Bitterroot is also the temporary home of Mammoth, their sister BBQ spot, serving up appropriately-named sandwiches such as the Sabertooth, a take on a Cuban sandwich with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and Dijon mustard. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Wood Shop BBQ - 2513 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144
    Matt Davis of Kansas and James Barrington of Texas created a happy medium of regional favorites with the tasty food at Wood Shop BBQ. Meats are prepared in a smoker with the whimsical name of Brad Pit, using hickory wood from the Ozarks and post oak wood from Texas. Wood Shop has also developed a reputation for serving what some have called the best mac and cheese in the state. Can't make it to the restaurant? Their food truck makes regular stops at establishments around Seattle homes for sale. Wood Shop is open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Jones Original Barbecue - 4417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126
    Located in a small, blink-and-you'll-miss-it storefront off the West Seattle Bridge, Jones Original Barbecue is worth the trip. Their primary claim to fame is the sweet/hot sauce, which comes in mild, medium, and hot varieties you can take home by the bottle. Their rib, pork, brisket, and chicken dinners come with a generous half-pound of meat and two sides. Heartier appetites or undecided customers go for the combos, including your choice of any or all of the different meats. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lady Jaye - 4523 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116  
    Lady Jaye describes the vibe of their restaurant as "Anthony Bourdain meets Clint Eastwood." This perfectly sums up their blend of traditional BBQ and contemporary sensibilities. Cletus, a 2,500-pound smoker, constructed from an old air tank found at an archery factory in Walla Walla, is Lady Jaye's MVP. The menu features upscale dishes such as prime bulgogi short rib melt, smoked tofu chili, and smoked Delmonico cheesesteak. Don't miss the baked odds & ends black-eyed peas, flavored with all the bits and pieces left behind in Cletus. Lady Jaye is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Lil Red Jamaican BBQ & Soul Cuisine - 4225 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Barbecue goes global at Lil Red Jamaican BBQ & Soul Cuisine. The bold flavors of Jamaica marry well with tangy American BBQ. The menu offers jerk chicken and pork, cooked low and slow over a grill with a marinade that gets heat from Scotch bonnet peppers. Lil Red is also the rare BBQ restaurant that incorporates seafood, prepared escovitch-style with a topping of onions, bell peppers, Scotch bonnet peppers, and vinegar. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

No matter how long you've lived here, there's always something new to discover in Seattle. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for experienced help with all your real estate needs. 

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