For one Seattle dad, there had always been something magical about childhood weekends spent at his Scandinavian grandparents’ cabin. It was warm, welcoming, cozy: a big hug of a place. But it was oh-so stylish, too, with its simplicity, spare hand and abundance of light. So, when it came to overhauling his mid-century modern bungalow into a new home for himself and his two young children, it made sense to take his design cues from there. He shared his vision with local designer Heidi Caillier, who is known for her love of vintage and expertise in mixing styles.
In this 1,300-square-foot house, the Scandi-chic appeal is referenced in light tones, minimal or no window coverings and a mix of warm, natural hues and materials. It had to feel right for the house’s age and not overly cottagey; a nod here and there was perfect. “We wanted to keep the palette soft and neutral — nothing that pops too much,” says Heidi. The only touch of drama comes from the bold black light fixtures and accents. “The Scandinavian palette drove the whole plan.”