There are those for whom interior design is all about the hunt for the perfect table, chair, sofa, rug. And then the gathering of those pieces to create for themselves surroundings unique and most personal.
It’s like that for Bob and Vickie Maloney.
“This French mirrored armoire? It’s our coat closet,” Vickie Maloney says, rushing over to give it an appreciative pat for years of service.
“Oh, and the day bed? We got that at a garage sale. Can you believe it?”
Bob’s an architect, and Vickie, as she says, dabbles in interior design. Their condominium in downtown Seattle is a cornucopia of treasures plucked from secondhand troves, garage sales, antique stores.
“We never go to furniture stores,” says Bob. “We go to junk stores.” He says that with the highest regard.
The Maloneys love to make a thing their own. They gutted the 875-square-foot condo (which they bought in its original 1983 condition) and changed the flow: opening the kitchen; moving a wall; creating a master suite and adding a bathroom/laundry/storage where there had been a coat closet (thus the armoire). The result added 500 precious square feet of usable space.
Bob prefers surfaces monochromatic. Inside are warm French limestone tile floors, Venetian plaster walls, backsplash stone in a soft onyx, reclaimed-oak cabinetry and kitchen island.
Vickie likes a little more splash. She gets that in walls of art – Sylvain Klaus, Carl Rowe, Aaron Burgess, Alden Mason – some of them friends from Vickie’s time as assistant director of the Henry Art Gallery.
The Maloneys have recently done some painting. “We’re always dinking around,” Bob says.