ISSUE 17  |  Seattle Market

Steal This Look: The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle

April 26, 2011 10:11 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Chef Renee Erickson's award-winning Boat Street Cafe put her firmly on the culinary map in Seattle; her latest venture, The Walrus and the Carpenter, is proving equally promising. Located in the historic and happening neighborhood of Ballard, the oyster bar is housed in a brick warehouse formerly occupied by a marine hardware shop. The clean, spare-looking space and simple color scheme (animated with dashes of bright yellow) makes for an appealing hangout vibe. Below are some ideas for sourcing a similar look.

Above: The Walrus and the Carpenter is named after the Lewis Carroll Poem.

Above: The Lyon Steel Seat Stool ($111.99 from Amazon) were custom powder coated in yellow and white. Salvaged doors with mirrored panels hang over the banquette; the menu is written on the glass with white grease pen. The Re Store in Seattle is a great local source for salvaged finds and has a variety of similar doors available.

Above: Erickson found the antique chandelier made from hollow steel tubes at an LA flea market. For a similar look, consider the Seaward Coral Chandelier for $949 from The Designer Insider. The small white barn light Mini Angle Shades above the banquette are $154 from Barn Light Electric.

Above: The flooring is the original tongue-and-groove car decking, lightly restored.

Above: The restaurant's shelving is made from wood salvaged from the building (jars of Ballard Bee Honey are on offer) Source a Salvaged Wood Shelf from Etsy for $45.

Above: Dovetail, the contractors that oversaw the renovation, created the counters using raw zinc over plywood, with a fluted edge detailing. A large Zinc Round Table is $1,875 from Dovecote Decor.

Above: Oyster baskets display local shellfish. Source French Vintage Mussel Baskets for $250 from Red TIcking or Clam Baskets for $35.99 from Hamilton Marine.