Home Tour: A Style Blogger’s Laid-Back Seattle Loft
As the stylist and creator of design blog Coco+Kelley, Cassandra Lavalle has always had a passion for interiors. Having recently launched her own interior and event design firm The Emerald Studio, Lavalle has built a brand out of her classic, laid-back style.
Lavalle’s urban loft space in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a perfect reflection of her refined West Coast aesthetic. “We took a very urban environment and transformed it into a light space that would feel just as appropriate at a beach house,” she says. “I really wanted to have it be a little oasis in the city.”
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In creating a vision for the space, it was important to Lavalle to give the loft a bright California vibe that would provide contrast to its urban surroundings. “The second you step outside, it’s noisy and gritty, so I wanted this to be a home you could walk into and feel refreshed and relaxed,” she says. “I used mostly white, green, and blue to contrast the urban setting, and to create a cohesive palette, since it’s an entirely open space.”
In Lavalle’s mind, it was a natural choice to combine the elements in an unexpected way to create texture and dimension in the space, from the aged brick walls to more polished décor and furniture. “I grew up in Los Angeles and Seattle,” she remarks. “So I think there’s a beach and mountain influence there that speaks to using more organic materials mixed with modern and classic lines.”
Lavalle felt inspired to highlight the openness of the loft, particularly the high ceilings and abundant natural light. “That’s generally how I end up designing,” she says. “I use the term ‘white space’ quite literally. I like breathing room around things so that you really see each piece of the design.”
Lavalle approaches all her design projects with the goal of creating, as she puts it, “a space that invites people in and tells the story of the owners.” Perhaps not surprisingly, her favorite part of her own loft is the art wall, which she filled with pieces from local artists and friends. “Those quirky things that speak to the personality of the client are usually my favorite elements!”
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