The only reason I want a house (over an apartment) is to have a fun outdoor space that I could actually enjoy on my own (in Florida, it was always too hot, too many bugs, etc.) - I would sooooo use an outdoor space in Seattle!
Yasmin Sewell is one one of my style icons. She always surprises and delights me with her choices - Oversized Elegance. It is possible. Luxurious fabrics, dainty shoes, and just the right amount if skin.