Gabe and Ashley Rodriguez are a creative couple living in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with their three kids. With so little space and so many of them under one roof, they try to have everything serve two purposes: be functional and beautiful. In keeping most of the house white, the goal is to keep it feeling airy and open. While the size can get to them, they can’t beat the location, great local businesses, and the magical beat of the local high school marching band. They also love that it means that the family is always close, and they try to cherish their moments together. Gabe and Ashley just got a separate office space a few weeks ago, but prior to that the two ran their businesses out of their home. Gabe is a wedding photographer, while Ashley is a blogger who develops recipes, does food photography and is working on her first book which is due out in the beginning of 2015. A big thank you to Ashley and Gabe! –Anne
Image above: Because we live in the city, Seattle of all places where a sunny day is something to celebrate, our bedroom is sort of a makeshift play area for the kids. It wasn’t intended to be this way but when we moved in we didn’t have a bedframe and the kids would spend hours wrestling on the mattress. It got to be a daily activity that our boys craved, especially in the winter, so I just embraced it and their evening wrestle matches is a favorite time of day. The room is left pretty bare to avoid injuries but I manage to keep a stack of books nearby that double as bedside tables.
Image above: Our house is divided into three floors with the garage/lego room being on the bottom level. This is on the main floor and is where most of our days happen. The light was a purchase at an antique store and was lovingly put back together by myself and a hot glue gun. The white table is Ikea.
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Image above: The windows in our home let in an amazing amount of light and I wanted to keep the entire space airy and light. The couch was a Craigslist find and although it’s white leather it is remarkably resilient with three kids. This side table was one my husband crafted after seeing something like it at West Elm. The mirror is antique and the jars were once filled with olive oil instead of flowers. The drink is a rich drinking chocolate with whipped cream – a recipe that I was testing for my upcoming book.
Image above: While I love books (they are literally everywhere in our house) I’m happy to devote a few shelves to create a little bar. We love to create fun cocktails especially on our weekly at home date nights. The bookcase turned bar is from IKEA.
Image above: Chair is Urban Outfitters. Ottoman is antique that my mom found and then I found at her house. I’m “borrowing” it. She has incredible taste. The blanket is from Pendleton that we bought on a road trip to eastern Oregon last summer.
Image above: These cookies happen a lot.
Image above: I love how shocked people are when they see my kitchen. I think people think they need a big kitchen to create great food. So not true. Although I dream of having a bit more counter and cupboard space, I’m pretty proud of what comes out of this kitchen.
Image above: We have family photos hanging around the room as well as an image of Seattle taken by my husband and two little paintings I painted for the space. The pink pig was given to me as an anniversary present by my husband and while it’s not the prettiest thing to look at I smile every time I see it’s pudgy pink face as that’s where my husband and I write little notes to one another. Our plan is to empty the pig on our 10th anniversary this December.