Inside One Seattle Designer’s Moody Yet Light-Filled Home

In 2019, the Seattle-based founder of Brian Paquette Interiors and his husband, Justin, braved a

In 2019, the Seattle-based founder of Brian Paquette Interiors and his husband, Justin, braved a blizzard to see a recently listed property just six blocks away from the townhouse where they lived. That effort turned out to be well worth the snowy trek, as the house ultimately became their new home.

“We made the only offer that day because of this snowstorm, and because the city was basically shut down, and we got it,” recalls Paquette. “I had wanted to find something that we could remodel, but we were also [having a wedding] that year. At first we thought maybe we should enjoy our first couple of years of marriage before taking on a ginormous project.”

The three-bedroom home, however, was too perfect to pass up thanks to its prime location in Seattle’s up-and-coming Central District and its open-plan third-story space, which could serve as the headquarters for Paquette’s design team. Paquette also envisioned being able to fully unite his wide-ranging collection of objects and furnishings from different places and eras within the house.

“Most of the stuff in my home, aside from a few pieces, are things I already had when we moved into the house,” says Paquette, referring to pieces picked up at Manhattan furniture stores, Parisian flea markets, and everywhere in between. “They’re all things I really love without context for exact space.”

To set the stage, he played with lighting, textures, and a desaturated, nature-inspired palette composed of grays, browns, and walnuts. He ripped up the existing carpet on the upper two levels, and replaced it with hardwood similar to what is on the first floor. Each room reveals the designer’s deep love for art: The dining room features a plaster, ink, and graphite abstract painting by local artist Lakshmi Muirhead and a photograph by Hiroshi Sugimoto, noted for his horizon-themed works.

Inside One Seattle Designer’s Moody Yet Light-Filled Home

Paquette is drawn to the work of Seattle artist Lakshmi Muirhead, and one of her abstract paintings hangs on the wall of the dining room. On Seattle’s signature gray days, a chandelier from New York’s Apparatus Studio, which is made of glass orbs, fills this space with warm light.
The geometric floor lamp in the living room is from BDDW, one of Paquette’s favorite New York furniture stores. “This floor lamp was one of the first pieces that [owner] Tyler [Hays] introduced when he opened BDDW, so it’s very emblematic of their brand,” says Paquette.
The geometric floor lamp in the living room is from BDDW, one of Paquette’s favorite New York furniture stores. “This floor lamp was one of the first pieces that [owner] Tyler [Hays] introduced when he opened BDDW, so it’s very emblematic of their brand,” says Paquette.
Paquette’s book collection includes the work of French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank and photographer Bruce Weber. “It looks pretty, but I use them all regularly,” says Paquette, whose own book, At Home: Evocative & Art-Forward Interiors, came out earlier this year. “All the spines are broken.”
Paquette’s book collection includes the work of French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank and photographer Bruce Weber. “It looks pretty, but I use them all regularly,” says Paquette, whose own book, At Home: Evocative & Art-Forward Interiors, came out earlier this year. “All the spines are broken.”
A desk by Grain Design of Seattle occupies this corner of the guestroom. The chair is by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret. “The photograph is one of my prize possessions,” says Paquette. “It’s by a New York photographer, Brian W. Ferry, who does a lot of editorial work, and he took this in London probably 10 or 12 years ago. His photos just have this beautiful mood.”
A desk by Grain Design of Seattle occupies this corner of the guestroom. The chair is by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret. “The photograph is one of my prize possessions,” says Paquette. “It’s by a New York photographer, Brian W. Ferry, who does a lot of editorial work, and he took this in London probably 10 or 12 years ago. His photos just have this beautiful mood.”
The guest bedroom is covered in walnut flooring, with walls lined in a blue-gray grass cloth. The bed is by California-based Lawson-Fenning (Paquette often uses it for client projects). The bed covering is from Glant, a Seattle textile company. “I think the only two people who have slept in here so far are our dog sitters for our two dachshunds, George and Oliver,” says Paquette.
The guest bedroom is covered in walnut flooring, with walls lined in a blue-gray grass cloth. The bed is by California-based Lawson-Fenning (Paquette often uses it for client projects). The bed covering is from Glant, a Seattle textile company. “I think the only two people who have slept in here so far are our dog sitters for our two dachshunds, George and Oliver,” says Paquette.
The hallway on the second floor, which leads from the guest room to the primary bedroom, features a blue ceramic piece by Jojo Corväiá, a Venezuelan artist based in Berlin. “When I first moved to Seattle, [Corvaia] had a coffee shop here called Cafe Arabica, and it was the best coffee shop,” recalls Paquette. “He was just this amazing person to be around.”

The hallway on the second floor, which leads from the guest room to the primary bedroom, features a blue ceramic piece by Jojo Corväiá, a Venezuelan artist based in Berlin. “When I first moved to Seattle, [Corvaia] had a coffee shop here called Cafe Arabica, and it was the best coffee shop,” recalls Paquette. “He was just this amazing person to be around.”

Paquette covered the walls of the primary bedroom with grass cloth. Hanging above the bed is a piece by Jean Arp that Paquette and his husband bought in Paris. Opposite the bed is the George daybed from Paquette’s own furniture collection, named after one of his dachshunds.
Paquette covered the walls of the primary bedroom with grass cloth. Hanging above the bed is a piece by Jean Arp that Paquette and his husband bought in Paris. Opposite the bed is the George daybed from Paquette’s own furniture collection, named after one of his dachshunds.
This nook in the primary bedroom is a showcase for the muted, nature-inspired color palette Paquette chose for his home, as evidenced by the sage green ottoman and the warm wood flooring.

This nook in the primary bedroom is a showcase for the muted, nature-inspired color palette Paquette chose for his home, as evidenced by the sage green ottoman and the warm wood flooring.

Paquette added the wood-and-steel table extension to the kitchen’s existing marble island. The open shelves display everyday ceramics, including Japanese Hasami porcelain. The stools are by Summer Studio Design, which is based in Los Angeles.
Paquette added the wood-and-steel table extension to the kitchen’s existing marble island. The open shelves display everyday ceramics, including Japanese Hasami porcelain. The stools are by Summer Studio Design, which is based in Los Angeles.
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“Art to me is not about having a wall to fill,” says Paquette, who studied conceptual art and painting. “I buy it because I have an [eternal] connection to it, like you just seemingly can’t live without it. You feel like it’s a ghost limb that you didn’t know you had.”

In the living room, a small painting by Anthony Goicolea, a Brooklyn-based Cuban American painter Paquette interviewed for his college dissertation, can be seen above an antique French mirror. Evidence of Francophile tendencies can be seen elsewhere as well, such as in the use of a pine side table by Le Corbusier and a low wooden coffee table by Charlotte Perriand. Paquette’s collection of rare books, which depict the works of artists, photographers, and designers, line the shelves custom built into the living room. He regularly references them for his design work.

This constant engagement with art and design at home is what helps Paquette to continually evolve his creative voice. “Our home is kind of like a laboratory, like most designers’ houses are,” he says. “Things move all the time. One piece goes out and one piece comes in, and you’re always just adjusting and making changes with the seasons.”

Paquette added the wood-and-steel table extension to the kitchen’s existing marble island. The open shelves display everyday ceramics, including Japanese Hasami porcelain. The stools are by Summer Studio Design, which is based in Los Angeles.
Paquette added the wood-and-steel table extension to the kitchen’s existing marble island. The open shelves display everyday ceramics, including Japanese Hasami porcelain. The stools are by Summer Studio Design, which is based in Los Angeles.

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