N. A WAY OF LIVING WITH ELEGANCE OR GRACE; IMPECCABLE TASTE
They're designers, artists, and the interiors-obsessed. Your home is where their hearts are.
Amy Pennington Go Go Green Garden
Amy Pennington's Go Go Green Garden builds, plants, and tends edible gardens for urban dwellers. She teaches courses on how to cook seasonally and produces "In the Kitchen with Tom & Thierry," a radio show with local chef hosts Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau. Read more
Go, Go, Gadget Gardener
Go Go Green Garden
To you, eating local means a burger at the nearest dive. You’ve always assumed the slow food movement was just a euphemism for constipation.
Time for a food awakening from Amy Pennington and Go Go Green Garden.
The 33-year-old ball of energy caught the gardening bug on her parents’ small Long Island farm, then studied organic gardening through Seattle Tilth. She also has serious foodie chops, since she was Tom Douglas’s right-hand woman for years.
Which makes her a mix of garden coach, herb enthusiast, and personal chef. She’ll plant an edible garden in your backyard; help you harvest your own herbs and veggies; and walk you through recipes for meals, tinctures, and teas.
You’ll learn how to make a calendula salve, tomato confit, and kale that doesn’t taste like swamp.
And be able to tell anyone, no matter how contrary, exactly how your garden grows.
Go Go Green Garden (206-571-5656 or gogogreengarden.com).
Kim Screen Good Stock Press & Bindery
Seattle native Kim Screen named her company after her grandfather's reminders that she comes from "good stock." Fittingly, she chronicles family histories and personal journeys in elegant coffee table books worthy of being heirloom status. Read more
One for the Books
Good Stock Custom Heirloom Books
Your ex’s sock is collecting dust in your junk drawer. And you nearly tossed your ’88 Duran Duran stub while clearing out your bag.
Before you lose all your memories, call Kim Screen. The creative behind Seattle-based Good Stock will preserve your keepsakes in a display-worthy album.
Give her a theme (Pop’s birthday, that expat year in Berlin) or sit down for a shoebox consultation with your memorabilia (snapshots, mash notes, report cards); Screen will help decide what story to tell and how to tell it.
The final product might cost you a pretty penny, but it’s worth it.
Good Stock (866-216-8832 or good-stock.com).
Dawn Bassett Lit Shades
A love for repurposing vintage finds and interior design led Dawn Bassett to begin crafting custom lampshades. Her creations exceed expectations by incorporating fur, wallpaper, and leather; her collaborations with local artists make each a work of art. Read more
Turn You On
Lit Custom Lampshades
From your Brownie tam in the first grade to your scratched-up JV softball helmet to the Great Beret Debacle of ’07, you’ve had your share of drab toppers.
But none quite so enduring, misplaced, or faded as those on your living room lamps.
Just off Pioneer Square’s beaten path, Dawn Bassett and Shawn Picco artfully transform wallpaper, textiles, decals, and letterpress type into custom lampshades suited to your space. Vintage fabrics, Marimekko prints, and even faux fur find a way into their designs.
Pick from an assortment of shapes, accents, and materials, or bring in a lamp for a complete remodel. They’ll restore the base and hand-roll, sew, and assemble the shade into a lid that’s far more attractive than that battered fedora you’re wearing.
Oh, lighten up.
Available at Lit, in the Occidental Mall, 314 Occidental Avenue South (206-818-4101 or litshades.com).