Sustainable in Ballard Lightyears Ahead

Ballard’s intersection of Ballard Ave and NW Market Street  is a shopping mecca, a dining destination, has great coffee shops, yoga and martial arts studios, boat showrooms (at least one), hair salons and spas, good burger joints, great ethnic food from Mexican to Japanese to Thai, great steak places, wonderful florist, coffee or tea havens, and then there are some shops that are special and just don’t fit into a category. Sustainable is one.

Certainly everything in this fascinating shop can be said to be “for the home.”  The owner told me that their specialty is really the paper and wood or bamboo lamps that combine modern design with ultra green qualities of renewable materials and natural fibers the harvesting and making of which do not harm the planet in any way.  I loved the lights and they fit like a dream into the Seattle favorite, mid-century modern homes, many of which can be seen lovingly cared for in the nearby Ballard neighborhoods, especially in Olympic Manor. (Click here for a list of all homes currently on the market in Ballard built between 1950 and 1959…or if you want a different era let me know and I’ll send you a list.)  Come to think of it, these lamps look stunning in the vaulted, beamed and stone-and-wood finished new Northwest Craftsman styles of homes as well (click here for a list of all active listings in Ballard which were built after 1998.  There are currently 48 townhomes and two single residences in this category!)

Sustainable is filled with a pleasant scent and a glow.  The products, furniture, lamps, and home decor seemed to me to project a sense of peace and renewal.  On the store’s website we learn that “sustainable people believe their needs can be met in the present without sacrificing the the needs of future generations.”  This sounds like a great idea, and this is a great place to learn more about how that can be a joy as well as a duty for us in the present day filled with both the enchantment of the glimmering future and the scary shadows of disaster that loom if we don’t look for … sustainable… solutions to our world needs.


About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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