A 1925 colonial yet modern home (opens in new tab) in Seattle’s Montlake neighbourhood that's been extensively renovated while still retaining many of the property's charming period details, including built-ins, cove ceilings, crown moulding, gorgeous oak floors, and a classic exterior. When the homeowners first purchased the house, it was a compartmentalised and outdated space, and didn't feel functional for their growing family of four. They brought on Casey Keasler of Casework design to give the house a modern facelift. Casey Keasler worked with an architect to add a 500-square-foot extension which includes a larger kitchen that includes a breakfast nook, pantry, and boot room. She then went about designing the interiors, from a new kitchen and bathroom to new floors, freshly painted and wallpapered walls and sourced all of the interior furniture and furnishings to give the old house an up to date look.
A light, neutral palette was incorporated to draw attention to the existing colonial details of the home. Like the coved ceilings and leaded glass windows that the homeowners fell in love with when they purchased the home. While retro features are charming, they also need to function. The family wanted to stay true to the Colonial style but with updates for today’s modern family.
Modern furnishings and art were used throughout to balance the traditional details.
The classic white kitchen was a big wish list item for the owners. Featuring a gorgeous window-lined breakfast nook, it’s the perfect gathering spot for their family.
The design strikes a balance of old and new. All the millwork and built-ins followed the details of the original cabinetry down to the bead that’s on the inside cabinet panel.
The wood island and the rug in the kitchen add warmth and texture to the modern white kitchen. Brass handles and taps give it a bit of bling.
This house has all of the beauty and charm of an old home—details you just can’t replicate anymore—but all the updates and functionality of a new home.
Casey Keasler started with a base palette; wood finish, metal finish, stone and tile and the rest of the interiors grew from there. Textures are layered, and rugs all fit into the same style without looking too matchy-matchy or overly similar. Once the rugs are chosen, that then builds the palette for fabrics and upholstery to layer the rest of the room.
The cove ceiling in the dining space help keep the original feel of the house intact.
An alcove next to the kitchen and dining space has been transformed into a homework and study nook.
Wood, leather, brass, and bobbly textured fabrics all work to give the master bedroom a cosy, layered look.
The master bathroom with wood vanity and brass accents complements the scheme, unifying the master bedroom suite. We love how the tiling in the shower creates a handy seat area that also doubles up as a shelf.
While preserving the bones of the home was a priority, so was changing the footprint of the home to something that made a little more sense. In this case, a fourth bedroom was sacrificed to build a full second bathroom for the daughters.
Wallpaper in the powder room makes it pop.
Pink walls make this little girl's room very girly, while the rug and pouffe give it a more neutral, layered look.
Interior Design and styling by Casework’s Casey Keasler. Architect, Paul Crowther Design. Build by Ainslie-Davis Construction.
Photography / Haris Kenjar.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.