I remember shopping at Digs when it was located on Holly St. in downtown Bellingham. The showroom’s furniture, housewares, decor, and gifts always made me feel a little weak in the knees, as if I might swoon onto a Gus* bed upholstered in tweed and dressed in a DwellStudio duvet. Modern design does that to me.
So it pained me when I heard that after five years, Digs was closing its doors in Bellingham. Relief came only in discovering that owners Ben and Gretchen Knudsen were simply moving their shop further south. This spring, as Digs celebrates its third anniversary in Ballard, I caught up with the Knudsens and am happy to report that the showroom is as swoon-worthy as ever.
Ben said that, currently, their most popular items include sofas from Gus* Modern, seating and planters from Modernica, sleeper sofas from American Leather, and rugs and placemats from Chilewich. He’s especially into Gus* Modern’s spring collection. “They’ve introduced new colors, velvet, and plaid for upholstery, and walnut couch bases, which tie in per – fectly with the modern style of the Pacific Northwest.”
The prevailing aesthetic at Digs is modern, but it’s not inaccessible. “We strive to support independent designers while providing well-designed products that are also affordable,” Ben said. “In a day and age where so much has become disposable and mass-produced, we want to see people fill their lives with unique things they actually love and will keep for years to come.”
Though he appreciates on-trend decor, he suggests select – ing pieces that are specific to your taste and considered more timeless than now. “We love a room that has a few accents that are true to the moment, but will still feel great in ten years,” he said.
That’s true of larger purchases, like furniture, but you can also browse Digs for thoughtful, well-designed gifts for any occasion, including modern jewelry and wedding or baby shower gifts.
Since their move south, the Knudsens continue to spend time throughout the North Sound. They are no strang – ers to Snohomish County —they just purchased a home in Shoreline —and love to visit downtown Edmonds. All things considered, they’ve found Ballard to be a charming fit for Digs.
“We are big fans of Ballard,” Ben said. “We like that it has some of the things we enjoyed in Bellingham —a tight-knit community feel, laid back vibe, lots of good food, and the city’s best farmer’s market! We truly feel at home here.”
Which really, is no surprise, because Ben and Gretchen Knudsen have a knack for making a place feel like home.