We’re in love.

29 May

We’re in love.  With each other, obviously.  With our talented and wonderful daughters, of course.  And with two slightly insane furry four-legged children.  But another love has entered our life.

At last (cue Etta James), our love has come along.  After stops and starts too numerous and depressing to list here, we have found ‘The One’.  One Sunday, after a grueling game of Scrabble and a few beers on the porch of the historic Roanoke Inn on Mercer Island, we decided to check out an open house, a house with a price higher than the ceiling of our budget.  Just for kicks and giggles.  A little fun.  See how the other half lives, you know?

The house is tucked at the top of a charming private drive, even more charming in early May when the sun is shining through the green leaves and trees that form a canopy over the lane.  When we reached the top, the house didn’t look like much…a ranch house that are a dime a dozen around here.

As we pulled up to the house, I saw through one of the front windows, a wall papered with Peanuts.  Yes, Peanuts.  As in Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally and Lucy.  Strange, I know.  My first thought should have been, “that’s got to be the first thing to go.”  Instead, it had me at ‘Hello.’  I have a Peanuts thing.  What can I say?

Turns out I didn’t need Snoopy to convince me.  The curved brick wall at the entrance that continues into the house and becomes the fireplace.  The cedar panels of the ceiling in the living and bedrooms.  The solid beams running through the house and out to the porch.  And the land.  Oh my, the half-acre of land that backs up to a green belt with a gully.  A private park of one’s own. 

And as if that weren’t enough, the architect is a well-known Seattle mid-century architect, Fred Bassetti.  A student of Eichler-esque post and beam lines and indoor/outdoor living, Bassetti designed a home filled with light and clean lines.  Fred Bassetti designed our new home, 47 years ago.  (

Let’s just say we walked out of there determined to beg, borrow or steal to get that house, emphasis on the borrow part (thanks to mortgage broker extraordinaire Anne-G Litwak –  Begging and stealing aren’t yet part of the bargain but, given the state of the house, may be our next move.  More on that to come….

(P.S.  Thanks to Sherry and John Petersik and their awesome blog Young House Love ( for the inspiration for this project and inspiring us to rip-off ‘love’ for the blog’s name.  That combined with my love for Bowie made Mid-Century Modern Love a no-brainer.)


8 Responses to “We’re in love.”

  1. Kristin Parrino June 5, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Hey Brandy, I enjoyed ready about your family and your two houses. I love your new house! Steve and I live in a mid century modern in Dallas in a wooded area near White Rock Lake. We did some remodeling last year to update it but kept the contemporary feel. It is awesome. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoy ours. XO! Kris

    • Trish Stone June 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      Greetings Brandi!

      This account of your adventures in Seattle and on Mercer Island are priceless! The commentary and photos are wonderful. Way to go girl!

      Take care!

      Trish from 29th

      • Brandy June 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

        Thanks, Trish! We are having lots of fun! Send good vibes to our other house! Hope that it sells soon to some nice people!

  2. Kate May 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Brandy & Brett, this place looks fabulous, and I love that it is a 180 degree turn from the current abode. I want to see a picture of the stone wall continuing into the house. What is the bedroom count? And where on the island is it? Can I walk there easily from my house? Which is closer, IMS or MIHS?
    Biggest question of all, when do we get you back?

    • brandyo71 May 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

      thanks, kate! it’s on the south end of the island, on west mercer just past 72nd. and i refuse to send you a photo of the wall. i insist you come see it! we are moving in on wednesday!

  3. Andy May 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Looks amazing… can’t wait to watch this chapter of the story!


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