Kristina and Andy Simpson describe their style as “British meets Midwest” and they share a love for bold, cheerful artwork. When the family moved into a new home in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, they had a first floor with an open floor plan and only a futon to sit on. “This is the first home we’ve owned together,” said Kristina. “We were ready to truly invest in furniture.”
As the couple debated whether to hire an interior designer to help them, Kristina showed Andy the Room & Board catalog and suggested they visit the Seattle showroom to look at some of the products. Andy was initially resistant, worried that Room & Board’s style was “too modern or too monochromatic” and that the family didn’t really fit either bucket. “When we went into the store, Andy said it felt really good,” said Kristina. While shopping, the couple met Design Associate Elaine Thompson and immediately hit it off with her.
Over the course of several visits, Elaine and the Simpsons created a floor plan for the entire first floor of the home, complete with furniture and home decor selections. With two young children, ages five and three, choosing furniture that is durable was also top of mind. “The Simpsons had a vision of a really, really colorful home and they had a lot of artwork to incorporate,” said Elaine. “I focused on helping the colors move through the space without looking busy.” Kristina was impressed with the free design services, noting that the level of professionalism was exceptional. “From laying out swatches together to pushing us to take risks, Elaine was so helpful,” enthused Kristina. “In fact, we’ve told many of our friends to try Room & Board instead of hiring an interior designer.”
Seeing the space come together has been a joy. “The delivery guys were so wonderful. They’re an extension of everything else that is so great about Room & Board,” reported Kristina. “They put everything in place and added felt pads.” The family is enjoying their new space—and they stay in touch with Elaine. “Being new to the city, we didn’t know any babysitters,” said Kristina. “Elaine put us in touch with her daughter and now she babysits our kids!” How’s that for full service?
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