There are two basic home styles that make my heart beat fast. One is the English cottage: stone, steep gables, heavy rugs, candle-light, firewood, meandering passageways. The other is the farmhouse, and here my style preference diverges. I like the traditional white painted wood exterior, wrap around porch, tin roof, wide-plank pine floors…but Jeremiah doesn’t. Soooo, the other farmhouse style we both grow giddy over is the converted barn: wide-open architecture, rustic charm, a hay loft where kids can play and sleep, plenty of wall-space for my bookcases with that rolling ladder :). That’s not a style I would imagine finding in the middle of Seattle’s Capitol Hill district, but find it we have! Welcome to Melrose Market…
It’s a grocery store of sorts, with two different restaurants inside as well. Every time we have company come to visit, we tell them we want to take them to a delicious sandwich shop called “Homegrown.
The sandwiches (and breakfast, for that matter) are delicious. However, the food is merely a happy accessory. I come to drink in this beautiful space.
On warm days, these windows all slide to one side, virtually eliminating one wall. Welcoming you to step right in…
And peruse the cheese shop,
And meet the butcher boys (who had just asked me if I was going to make them famous :)),
Swoon over the fresh vegetables and flowers,
Even the sweet little bread cart makes me smile. However, the hidden gem, is at the very back of the market. I go there first usually, before I even order my sandwich…
It’s my dream kitchen in restaurant form.
The name of the restaurant is Sitka and Spruce
. I’ve never actually eaten there, but they cook while you eat and watch. And use spices from this delightful spice rack
Does the marble and bead board make you squeal too?
Is the open fire in the back MORE than a dream come true??? What about the industrial range? Small change request, very small, but I wish those pots were copper. We are dreaming, right?
Even leaded glass windows and burlap curtains.
Aghhhh. Now the song “If I Had a Million Dollars” is playing in my head. How about you?
I’ll leave you with a teaser picture from our weekend, AND the exciting news that JEREMIAH will be in this space soon. I don’t know why, but he told me he wanted to write a blog. I don’t know what he plans to write about (he was very mysterious and hiding the computer from me when I tried to peek), but it’s sure to be interesting!