How does a young, stylish couple accustomed to an urban environment adjust to moving to the suburbs with two young children? For this family, transplanted from San Francisco to the suburban Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, the answer was to collaborate with a designer who has expertise in fresh, modern design with family-friendly touches.
Their decision to work with Heidi Caillier of Heidi Caillier Design was a life-changing choice and their partnership resulted in a home that is light, bright and airy with touches of bohemian accents and clean lines. Heidi explains where the creative process began…
“The clients were super lost when it came to the design. Despite the fact that they are a stylish young couple their home was boring, dark and had no character. They just knew they wanted something that felt more reflective of themselves, and brighter to survive the winters here. They were actually contemplating moving out of Seattle at the time as well because they really didn’t feel at home.
“The project was a labor of love as they became more comfortable with design and the process, and as they started to trust me. The clients have very different tastes from one another so it was a puzzle trying to find things they both responded to.”
The final design has bohemian roots, but is made modern with a sophisticated color palette, clean lines and minimal furnishings. To honor the importance of their children, whimsical elements were added to keep the overall aesthetic young and fun (be sure to look for the teepee in the family room).
“The clients were so happy with how the home design turned out. They said they felt like it made them figure out who they are in this city, and they want to stay in the house long-term now, which is amazing to me.”
“The paint color throughout the home is Benjamin Moore Simply White. All white walls and cabinets made the house feel more cohesive instead of the disjointed feel it had before. We brought in color and pattern to make it feel young and fun but still grown up and sophisticated. It very much reflects them as people.”
To maintain the light, airy feeling of the living room, Heidi whitewashed the fireplace and kept furniture low with clean lines. Warm wood floors and a graphic rug help ground the space.
Homes should be comfortable and livable while still being beautiful and curated. We kept this in mind as we were designing for a home with small children but stylish adults. Heidi Caillier
Clean, modern bookshelves are a great place to showcase a few important accessories.
The dining room features a modern chandelier and sleek chairs that are easy to wipe down, which with small kids – is a necessity.
Table: Custom | Chairs: Room and Board | Chandelier: Etsy
Photographs: Eventide Collective
Table: Rove Concepts | Pendant Light: Selamat Designs
To balance the straight lines of the kitchen cabinetry, Heidi added an eating nook with a textured pendant light and soft colorful pillows.
“My biggest lesson on this project was compromise. I was in love with my original vision for the home and wanted them to say YES to every single thing. That did happen a lot but we also changed out several things that I felt very attached to.”
One example of how compromise helped create the perfect design is in the upstairs family room. The original plan called for olive green walls and layered kilim rugs. To better match the aesthetic of the rest of the home, the decision was made to keep a light backdrop and add color through furniture and accessories.
“We love the reading nook! It is the coziest little space and just needed some character. We made the custom cushion with a vintage kantha blanket in a bright pattern and then layered in fun pillows and a great brass wall hanging. It is my favorite space in the house.”
Tile: Cement Tile Shop | Mirror: West Elm
To add interest in the small powder room, Heidi chose a lively starburst tile pattern.
“There were a lot of changes and challenges throughout the design process. It’s fun to look at pictures now and then go through their client binder and see where it all started and then ultimately where it ended up. In the end, I love the project and the way it turned out. I think it shows that compromise can be a good thing, and also that design is a collaborative process.”