Sure, it's pretty and it's fancy. Charming in an old-world, other-world sort of way. And historic, on lists and registers, in books. But make no mistake, the all-dolled-up Ballard, Seattle, two-story known as the Norvell House and built in 1908 is here to serve.
"It's the most serene, light-filled place to raise my girls in," says Kate Dunlop, who with her husband, Erik Abbott, are the latest owners of the place that, descriptors condensed, is its own gingerbready brand of Franco-Swiss chalet skewed Norwegian.