Inside designer Heidi Caillier desired minimal route on a new guesthouse project on Fox Island in Washington point out. Caillier had currently labored with the shoppers two times just before, developing interiors for the youthful couple’s permanently dwelling on the property—a hilly tract with gorgeous sights of the Puget Sound—and conceiving a luxe tasting place in Tacoma, Washington, to broaden their family’s thriving wine small business.
“They have constantly been great consumers,” Caillier says. “But following the very first set up, they truly began to have faith in me and give me absolutely free rein.” Structure guardrails down, Caillier revved up remarkable features that would have stunned significantly less adventurous owners: A brooding all-black kitchen area, mismatched artisan tub tiles, and discordant florals and plaids that by some means mix into stability.
“In this little place, you can go actually daring,” one of the property owners says. “Heidi was attempting to obtain factors that we possibly didn’t get to do in the primary home wherever it would have felt like way too considerably. We wished a showstopper here, and she arrived as a result of 100%.”
In the digital age, traits oversaturate in a issue of minutes. Eyes immediately grow to be jaded. But Caillier’s function appears remarkably fresh—and timeless too. “We did not want anyone to know irrespective of whether we designed the home in 1952 or 2022,” the proprietor claims. “My husband and I equally enjoy that moody, a minimal retro, a tiny classic vibe. I selected to get the job done with Heidi for the reason that there was not a element in any of her perform that I did not entirely drop in love with.”
Classic lights and furnishings continue to keep Caillier’s aesthetic tricky to pin down—or replicate—as does her innate restlessness. “I tend to get bored,” she claims. “I appreciate obtaining new textiles, new makers. I’m generally on the hunt.” Caillier frequently scouts exceptional development aspects to define every job, like the intricately patterned tiles by Neisha Crosland for De Farranti that set the tone for the guesthouse loos. “I am obsessed with the tile,” Caillier claims. “The terra-cotta just one I imagined might be a minimal way too out there for [the client], so I sent it to her and questioned, ‘Would you at any time go for this?’ She claimed, ‘Let’s style the rest room all around it.’”
Offer chain challenges held the order caught in port for months, delaying building. “I’m quite sure our builder’s dad experienced to drive it out in this article,” the operator says. “Once it was all laid out in the guest home, my husband was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I never get it. There are so lots of colours.’” His skepticism only lasted until the installation. “As quickly as he saw it up, he reported, ‘This is so interesting.’”
Viewing relatives, mates, and organization associates will very likely find it all just as satisfying. “Being in the wine company, the owners are consistently hosting functions,” Caillier says. “Fox Island is decently remote. It is not like you are likely to get in your automobile and push two several hours back to Seattle immediately after owning some wine. Now their reps can stay on website.”
Nearby zoning laws all over accessory dwelling units capped the framework at just 1,250 sq. toes. “It was a obstacle, fitting in two bedrooms, living and dining parts, and the kitchen area,” says contractor Greg Zetterberg, who drew up the plans for the composition. (His brother’s firm, Zetterberg Customized Residences, designed it.) Originally, Zetterberg sketched out the guesthouse as a miniature replica of the main residence. “I experienced developed additional of an open house, like the major household,” he claims. “Heidi, to her credit history, came in and set arched openings in between the rooms and adjusted the ceiling heights. So you just have a really intimate come to feel for that house, nonetheless it does not sense compartmentalized.”
The owner couldn’t be much more thrilled with the outcomes. “This is the coolest guesthouse I have ever viewed,” she states. “My husband and I joke, ‘Let’s retire to the guesthouse.’ We’ll give the most important home to the children.”