What a great little shop this is in the space where Sound Realty used to reside (116 Central Way). You walk in and can immediately sense a good vibe-- bright and open with clean nifty things and people like owner Diane Schultz (pictured left) who has an energy that doesn't go unnoticed. KOAP Home is pronounced "Co-Op" and is intended to be a store that respects your own personal design style; one that encourages you to mix/match whatever it is that you love. For example, you have great-grandma's heirloom chair that you want to hold on to but update a bit. Go ahead and pick the leopard print upholstery if that's what you like- KOAP's designers can help you find and mix different styles 'Co-Operatively' and promise not to dictate your personal style for you.
Diane Schultz , a Kirkland resident herself, comes from the corporate retail design world and has worked with big names such as T-Mobile, Eddie Bauer and Starbucks. She had been looking for a spot in downtown Kirkland for quite some time, and jumped at the chance when it arose. They offer both residential and commercial design services, while their store is packed with unique furnishings, gifts and accessories. While I was there I got to meet Jeffrey Braun, one of their local furniture designers who has lots of great pieces and aims for a 4-6 week delivery time (wow, usually it's twice that long!). I liked him immediately because a guy that wears a scarf has got to have some gusto.
KOAP is open Mon-Sat 1-6 and Sun 11-5 right now, and plans on having extended hours in the summer. The service is warm and kind, and they are both kid and dog friendly too. Check 'em out, it's a really fun little shop. And Diane is so upbeat I'm looking forward to watching her business boom in Kirkland. Here's their press release. www.koaphome.com 425-822-2003. ~Janis