Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood is both a crossroads and a sanctuary, where tree-lined streets offer a calming corrective to the hustle and bustle of the city center a few miles away. Having strolled the neighborhood for nearly a decade, a couple with two young children always found themselves drawn to a sleepy enclave just off the main drag and eventually realized that’s where they wanted their next home to be. After a year of watching and waiting, they purchased a Colonial-style residence built in 1926 and blessed with a vine-covered façade, as well as a leafy outlook from nearly every room.
Wedged onto a tiny triangle where two streets merge, the three-bedroom house was short on land (the front yard actually belongs to the neighbors), but not on charm. The owners wanted to honor that period character with traditional interiors that were relaxing and comfortable, yet seasoned with a dash of drama. For help, they turned to locally based interior designer Heidi Caillier, whose gift for layering traditional interiors with color, pattern, and contemporary accents is celebrated on her popular Instagram page and in a new book from Rizzoli titled Memories of Home.
“I like the mix, and I think that’s why people come to me,” Caillier says. “They may have traditional tastes, but they don’t want all those elements of traditional style—trims, tassels, and furniture that feels heavy. When I’m designing in a traditional way, I always want to add a little modernity to it.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY HEIDI CAILLIER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARIS KENJAR
WRITTEN BY FRED ALBERT
This story appeared in the Winter 2024 issue of MILIEU.