Blog Symposium

In which I meet up with Cathy Scrappy and Megan Not Martha, we have a lovely Seattle afternoon and I nearly spend too much money on a chaise longue.

I’ve met up with Megan a few times before but it was great to meet Cathy and really interesting to talk about her work – probably stupidly, I hadn’t realised that she’s also the web editor for Domino as well as writing her blog. 

It was just so nice to be able to talk about the whole bloggy design world – it’s such a big part of my life and none of my other friends, either here or in London have much idea about it at all. 

And of course they are both very lovely people, but you knew that from their blogs.

We met up for brunch at Cafe Venus which was really rather fab, and not in the slightest bit WeightWatchers friendly and then wandered down to Velocity Art and Design where Cathy wanted to examine some Thomas Paul rugs in person. Please tell her to stop dithering on her blog and get this one because she clearly loves it.

When we were living in Belltown, I’d popped into Velocity’s Belltown location quite a few times and thought it was the sort of shop mirrormirror would like to be when it grows up. 



I was excited to see its new, much bigger, location, but have to say I was a bit disappointed.  The shop is full to bursting with Tord Boontje and other Artecnica stuff, which has been around in Europe for about 5 years now and is starting to feel a bit ‘last century, dahling’. 

We then made our way across downtown to one of Seattle’s hidden gems, Chartreuse,  which is a treasure trove of mid-century modern design - some vintage, some knock-off and some real, and I was excited to find a chaise longue I’ve been looking out for for ages. And it’s in the 15% off sale!

It’s incredibly comfortable and a good price – I’ve been trying to track down the originals on eBay but they sell for silly money and the shipping costs are always extraordinary.

The only thing I was slightly disappointed by was the range of fabric options – lots of browns and burnt oranges and terracottas, which are not really my thing at the moment. In an ideal world I would have liked it to be raspberry sorbet pink (not that I’ve cleared that with the Husband), but it looks like we’re going to have to get some sort of off-white and pray that the Minx doesn’t vomit on it too often. 

To round off our (glorious crisp and sunny) afternoon we went for a spin round the Sculpture Park and chatted some more.  It was fun, and I hope Cathy finds an excuse to come back to Seattle more often.



  1. says

    Hello lovely. I’m sure you’re busy and happy in the buildup to the holidays. Hope Diane’s going groovy. Just wanted to give you a little CONGRATS on the gorgeous new stock and also on the swanky speedy site. I can see you’ve been doing some tweaking and particulary the menus seem to be running smoother and quicker. Love the kids stock and hope Christmas is even more frantic than last year. Happy thoughts xx

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