The Breathtaking Redesign that Turned a House Into a Home

By: Sarah Beaumont

The first thing you see when you enter Kassidy Gerber’s home in Redmond, Washington, are a set of Danish teak chairs encircling an elegant marble table. Once a space Kassidy and her family rarely used, the dining room is now the heart of the house, where nightly conversations take place over dinner. After redesigning their living, dining, and bonus rooms, Kassidy and her family discovered a new appreciation for the place they call home.

“I love the furniture in our living room so I won’t let anyone eat in there anymore,” she says jokingly. “For the first time ever we actually sit down at the dining room table and have dinner together.”

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Because it’s the first thing you see when you walk in, Kassidy’s design journey began in the dining room.

The Breathtaking Redesign that Turned a House Into a Home, Laurel & Wolf, The Danish teak chairs anchor the space and amplify the other elements in the room like the gold drum light shade and decorative details.

The Danish teak chairs anchor the space and amplify the other elements in the room, like the gold drum light shade and decorative accessories.

In 2004, Kassidy graduated from college with an engineering degree and left her upstate New York roots to work for Microsoft in Seattle. For the next five years, she lived in a townhouse with her husband, son, and two dogs before deciding it was time for an upgrade. But as soon as their real estate agent began prepping the place for listing, they realized how much they liked living there. It was a lesson in living in the present, in loving your space whether you’ll be there for a year or a decade.

The Breathtaking Redesign that Turned a House Into a Home, Laurel & Wolf, A burst of silver metallic paint on canvas makes a subtle statement centered over the glimmering buffet.

A burst of silver metallic paint echoes the pattern in the glimmering buffet.

Unlike that old townhouse, their current space is on a huge lot that looks onto trees rather than other buildings. “When we bought it, the finishes in the house were terrible – like what your grandma would have picked. But the lot got us. That was what we really loved about it.”

Living Room Before:

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Kassidy’s living room before the makeover was filled with an assortment of old furniture and haphazardly placed art and photographs. The wood moldings make the space feel dated and darker.

Living Room After:

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The same area after the makeover: A grey, sectional sofa wraps its way around the room creating a unified space and adding comfort to the strong furnishings that accent it.

Although they moved into the house in 2009, it remained largely unfinished until recently, filled with furniture Kassidy had inherited from her aunt and kept around since college. She was ready to create a space that felt adult; one that she and her family could fully enjoy. Not wanting to make the same mistake twice by selling her house before she was ready, Kassidy began the hunt for an interior designer, but found it was harder than she originally imagined.

“I probably interviewed a dozen interior designers in the Seattle area but was never confident enough to take the next steps because it wasn’t clear to me what I’d be getting. You never know how much you could end up paying. Then I saw an article about Laurel & Wolf—the one about a recent college grad that was able to afford interior design—and I immediately was like okay, I’ll do this.”

Though Kassidy worked with three different designers on each space, a transitional style carries seamlessly from room to room, creating an elegant and streamlined look with hints of glam and mid-century modern décor. In the living room, a pair of black leather chairs seated near the fireplace, which, strategically heats the outdoor area as well (major bonus!), have become one of Kassidy’s favorite places to sit and relax.

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Light from the tree-filled outdoors streams in through the large living room window. Subtle jewel tones and bold geometric patterns create texture and visual interest throughout the space.

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A pair of fur ottomans with hairpin legs add a dash of character and bold-looking softness to the space.

The Breathtaking Redesign that Turned a House Into a Home, Laurel & Wolf, Because of the room’s open floor plan, when the living room started to come together Kassidy felt that the kitchen didn’t meet its standards, so she painted all the cabinets white and swapped out the hardware.

Because of the room’s open floor plan, when the living room started to come together Kassidy felt that the kitchen didn’t meet its standards, so she painted all the cabinets white and swapped out the hardware.

Upstairs, the bonus room, which is mainly her son’s domain, has a more colorful palette than the rest of the house. “I love those matching blue chairs,” Kassidy says. “I leave the doors open to the bonus room all the time now for a pop of color.”

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Comfortable, plush furniture and eclectic, patterned textiles add playful flavor to the space.

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While much of Kassidy’s furniture is new, there are some things she just can’t get rid of. “There’s this turn-of-the-century bicycle that I got for a couple bucks somewhere and it’s been hanging in every place that my son has lived. When I was going to get rid of it he saw me and said, “You’re not getting rid of that are you?” It’s funny because he’s not the type that’s attached to objects so after he said that I knew I had to find a place for it.”

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As any working mom knows, balancing family life and a career can be challenging, but for Kassidy, this may be the most relaxed she’s ever been.

“I had my son when I was very young so I’ve always had a lot on my plate. He was a baby when I was in college, so I’ve felt like everything since then has been a lot easier—I already did the whole working mother thing while studying engineering,” she says with a laugh.

Being in the tech industry, Kassidy is constantly learning about new services that help make life simpler for busy people, and she’s all about encouraging others to give them a try. What’s her life advice? “Try not to do everything and just find help where you can get it. I’m able to balance the craziness of life by focusing on things that I enjoy.”

With three rooms beautifully redesigned (and others in progress), Kassidy is finally enjoying her home to the fullest.

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Dining room designed by Jennifer Greenhalgh. Living room designed by Samantha Crow. Bonus room designed by Heather Brents.

Styled by Ashley Bussell. Photography by Dustin Walker.

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