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Seattle City Guide :: Whimsical & Cozy Design at Restaurant Homer

It’s not every day that you get to write an article about dear friends who also happen to be some seriously talented human beings. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Homer:  A cozy neighborhood restaurant  in Beacon Hill which happens to belong to my former design partner, Sara Knowles, and her talented husband, Logan Cox.

Where Logan is head chef and the driving force behind the menu, Sara is the mastermind behind this beautifully designed space. With plenty of whimsical touches, and details that make you feel right at home, it’s become one of our go-to spots for a fantastic but not-too-fussy dinner. restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

When Sara first started in on designing the space, one of the first decisions they made was the wallpaper: an ostrich with its head in the sand which held no hidden meanings or connections to the concept. Sara just loved that it was completely unconventional and playful.  And that sort of describes her approach to design: thoughtful, but fun. restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

Speaking of fun: not only does the bar have some amazing cocktails on hand, but it also has a walk-up soft-serve window that has so far churned out flavors like Fig Leaf, Rhubarb Vanilla, and Winter Pine.  I can hardly wait for summer to come so I can stroll right up to order some! For now, I’ve been enjoying them all as dessert after stuffing myself at dinner. (PS – the bar paint color is Stained Glass by Benjamin Moore, because I know ya’ll are going to ask!) restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

Dinner – in case you’re wondering – is a menagerie of small dishes inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, with fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients. And, als0, what might be the most perfect pita in the city – Logan has indeed mastered the craft on this one. And did I mention it’s all cooked in a wood-fired stove which you can crowd around at the kitchen bar? Incredibly cozy during the winter! restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

Ahem. My most favorite design element that Sara found at a vintage store. The golden candelabra sconce that looks like it’s mounted to a platter suitable for serving – well – dinner. How perfect can you get!?

And now, a run down of my favorite design moments… restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelleyrestaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

We’ve already mentioned the wallpaper, but I also love the simplicity of the Cedar & Moss sconces she used on the walls (paint color is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The same color we used in our kitchen!). restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

I love the inventiveness of this partition that does double-duty at providing a little walkway between the kitchen and bar, hiding the doors to the bathroom, and allowing for guests who are waiting for a table (which is a common occurrence) to perch and sip a cocktail.restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

The antique communal dining table adds to the feel of being right at home in the space, and the statement chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric is the perfect modern, but organic, touch.

The lights above the bar are also Schoolhouse (satellite pendant here), as are the modern ceiling fans that are SO GOOD, I didn’t even notice them. How often can you say that about a ceiling fan? restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

One of the elements I’m most proud of is the logo… because my husband and I designed it together for them! Logan knew that he really wanted this element: a hand-written font in neon that would shine bright above the dark exterior. A beacon (pun intended) for neighbors and foodies across Seattle. We love the way it turned out. restaurant homer on beacon hill in seattle | design tour on coco kelley

If you’re in Seattle, or visiting, I hope you’ll consider swinging by Homer for a cocktail or dinner in support of these two who have put their heart and soul into this space. And don’t forget to order the pita!

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