Marianne's Three Favorite Things: November 2018


Winter has begun to make her presence known, as the leaves have fallen from the trees, giving way to brisk, frost-filled mornings. We are right at the lull before the busy holiday season begins, and it’s an excellent time to reflect on the year and share a quiet moment with family. I love to stroll through the city and neighborhoods amidst twinkling lights and take in the splendor of the season.

ART: Nordic Museum


Earlier this year Ballard welcomed the new Nordic Museum, a 57,000 square foot modern museum and cultural center that celebrates the Nordic region. The wondrous building was design around a linear fjord that connects the Nordic-American experience to the region. The design features throughout the building represent natural elements that evoke an incredible sense of unity. Current exhibits include a story of the Vikings and a look at Finnish immigrants in the United States. Click here for more information about the museum.


Design: Italian Inspiration


Italian design offers exquisite textures and intricate patterns transformed into luxurious living. I love the room by room regional variations in both palette and featured objects. Whether you are a fan of clean lines that ooze modern appeal or you prefer opulent finishes with frescoed walls, Italian design is the perfect starting place to find inspiration for your next project. Click here to discover some of my favorite Italian interiors.


Botany: Garden d’Lights


Bellevue’s Botanical Garden is one of the most ethereal destinations on the Eastside. Each holiday season the lush landscapes are joined by over half a million sparkling lights, creating a sensational display of whimsy. The holiday display is an absolute must-see, so if you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend that you go. Click here for more details about the spirited event.