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.