Interior designer Heidi Caillier required minor route on a new guesthouse undertaking on Fox Island in Washington point out. Caillier had previously labored with the customers twice prior to, creating interiors for the younger couple’s without end home on the property—a hilly tract with gorgeous sights of the Puget Sound—and conceiving a luxe tasting space in Tacoma, Washington, to increase their family’s thriving wine company.
“They have usually been amazing shoppers,” Caillier says. “But following the initial set up, they actually started to have faith in me and give me free rein.” Style and design guardrails down, Caillier revved up extraordinary aspects that would have shocked significantly less adventurous homeowners: A brooding all-black kitchen, mismatched artisan bathtub tiles, and discordant florals and plaids that by some means blend into stability.
“In this minimal room, you can go definitely bold,” just one of the property owners claims. “Heidi was striving to locate things that we probably did not get to do in the principal residence where it would have felt like far too a lot. We wished a showstopper below, and she came by means of 100%.”
In the electronic age, traits oversaturate in a make any difference of minutes. Eyes speedily grow to be jaded. But Caillier’s perform seems remarkably fresh—and timeless way too. “We didn’t want any one to know whether or not we constructed the residence in 1952 or 2022,” the owner claims. “My husband and I both equally like that moody, a minor retro, a minor vintage vibe. I chose to work with Heidi simply because there was not a element in any of her get the job done that I didn’t totally drop in adore with.”
Vintage lighting and furnishings continue to keep Caillier’s aesthetic really hard to pin down—or replicate—as does her innate restlessness. “I are inclined to get bored,” she claims. “I really like acquiring new textiles, new makers. I’m constantly on the hunt.” Caillier continuously scouts exceptional construction components to define just about every task, like the intricately patterned tiles by Neisha Crosland for De Farranti that established the tone for the guesthouse bogs. “I am obsessed with the tile,” Caillier suggests. “The terra-cotta one I assumed may well be a very little much too out there for [the client], so I sent it to her and requested, ‘Would you at any time go for this?’ She explained, ‘Let’s design and style the rest room all around it.’”
Offer chain difficulties stored the order stuck in port for months, delaying construction. “I’m very guaranteed our builder’s dad had to generate it out in this article,” the proprietor suggests. “Once it was all laid out in the visitor place, my spouse was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I really don’t get it. There are so numerous colours.’” His skepticism only lasted right up until the set up. “As soon as he observed it up, he said, ‘This is so neat.’”
Visiting relatives, buddies, and business associates will probably obtain it all just as satisfying. “Being in the wine business, the proprietors are frequently internet hosting occasions,” Caillier suggests. “Fox Island is decently distant. It is not like you are going to get in your car and push two hrs back to Seattle following getting some wine. Now their reps can continue to be on site.”
Nearby zoning legal guidelines about accent dwelling models capped the construction at just 1,250 square feet. “It was a problem, fitting in two bedrooms, living and eating locations, and the kitchen,” claims contractor Greg Zetterberg, who drew up the programs for the composition. (His brother’s company, Zetterberg Personalized Households, constructed it.) To begin with, Zetterberg sketched out the guesthouse as a miniature reproduction of the principal home. “I had developed additional of an open place, like the major residence,” he claims. “Heidi, to her credit history, arrived in and set arched openings amongst the rooms and changed the ceiling heights. So you just have a extremely intimate feel for that space, yet it doesn’t experience compartmentalized.”
The owner could not be a lot more thrilled with the outcomes. “This is the coolest guesthouse I have ever found,” she states. “My husband and I joke, ‘Let’s retire to the guesthouse.’ We’ll give the major property to the young children.”