A Seattle Condo Filled with Bold Patterned Textiles

When you’re an interior designer who also designs products, your own home makes the perfect spot to experiment with decor. Michelle Dirkse falls into this category as an interior designer with a 1960s condominium in Seattle that needed a major remodel. The dated interior was stripped except for the layout and the vintage gray bathtub, with much of the furniture being custom made while the art and lighting were commissioned by local artists.


The designer used the remodel as an opportunity to showcase her new designs, which includes wallpaper, rugs, and fabrics. The collection was made in collaboration with 9 Pacific Northwest artists (Mya Kerner, Jeff Gerber, Dana Mooney, Jennifer Gauthier, Joey Bates, Corrie LaVelle, Noël Fountain, Kevin Cox and Kitri Wood) whose original artwork was scanned and manipulated by Dirkse to form repeating patterns. All of the textiles used in the project are from the new collection, except the green velvet on the couch.

The bold textiles work together and playfully complement each other through color, scale, and texture. The overall design juxtaposes the visually enticing patterns with neutrals for an enviably opulent aesthetic.

The minimalist kitchen features a backsplash made by Dekton and open shelves built with blond oak.

Photography: Haris Kenjar

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.