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Living Among Memories in Seattle

by Garrett Fleming

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Oftentimes I find that the standout homes I write about aren’t the flashiest of spaces. They aren’t necessarily expensive or trendy either. The spaces I look back on most fondly are those with a backstory just as memorable as their look. Today, Cassie Daughtrey’s house in Seattle, WA is joining those ranks for me.

Cassie purchased her home eight years ago with her husband, Sol. When they first laid eyes on the fixer-upper, the property was teetering in design limbo thanks to major renovations in the 1950s and 70s. It was in such rough shape their neighbors even asked the couple when they planned to demolish it and start fresh. But Cassie and Sol wouldn’t dare! Not only did they not have the money to do so, but the previous owners had gone out of their way to pick the entire house up, move it to its current plot and had poured a new concrete foundation for it to sit on. Taking the space down to the studs was out of the question.

Keeping the bulk of the retro structure, though, meant Cassie and Sol had to put a massive amount of energy into modernizing the dated home. They renovated the bedrooms from top to bottom, worked on flipping the kitchen and added on an enclosed porch. “My husband put his heart and soul into this home. His literal blood, sweat and tears helped build everything we have,” Cassie says.

Unfortunately, Sol isn’t around to enjoy all the fruits of his labor. When Cassie was seven months pregnant with their third child, he took his own life.

In the wake of his death, Cassie’s best friend Dylan moved from Hawaii to be with her. Since then, he and Cassie have picked up where Sol left off, and together they’ve made a complementary team. They tell us they aren’t afraid to challenge one another and both constantly push for the space to be the best it can. Sol wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

For some, living amongst such visceral memories sounds impossible, and while Cassie admits it’s extremely challenging, she’s learning to cope. She tells us, “I am very thankful for every board and screw and tile in this home. It’s a reminder that Sol was here and he mattered. He lives in the walls and the materials everywhere.” —Garrett

Photography by Cassie Daughtrey

Image above: Cassie’s home was mail ordered from Sears in 1908. At the time, you could order everything from light fixtures to pre-cut wood from the store’s catalog. You could then build it yourself or hire a contractor to unpack the boxes and get to work. It’s a fascinating concept, and “by the time the catalog was discontinued in 1940, Sears is estimated to have sold between 70,000 and 75,000 houses,” according to NPR.

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Cassie’s home formerly sat in the neighborhood next to this one, but the family who owned it in the 1950s had it moved here to Ballard.

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Cassie says, “Nature is the best palette to draw inspiration [from],” and her home embodies just that.

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Sol redid their porch from scratch using finds both old and new. The siding is from a 1920s-era home in Seattle that was demolished, and the flooring was bought secondhand. It was leftover from someone’s garage remodel.

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“[Sol’s] gone, but one of my favorite memories was watching him build our front porch. He had a vision… and he did it,” Cassie explains.

Design is about experimentation and learning.

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When it comes to decorating, Cassie recommends taking your time: “Don’t feel like you have to fill your space. Start by understanding who you are.” She says a big part of that is seeking out other spaces that inspire you and focusing on what traits in particular drew you to them.

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Sol taught Cassie many valuable lessons before he passed away, but one she’ll never forget is that no matter the size, each nook of a home is an opportunity to design something great. The entry wall – for example – could have just held a framed picture, but instead it’s exciting thanks to this branch from the Japanese maple tree that used to stand in the front yard.

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The lath wall in the background was made using leftover materials from when Cassie and Sol remodeled the home’s bedrooms.

Someone recently described my home as ‘Walking into a hug.’ I’d like to think [they’re] right.

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Cassie loves dinnertime. She lives for the chatter and how everyone buzzes around the table catching up.

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“This used to be a tiny nook of a kitchen. There was no room for a dishwasher, no cabinet space [and] no counter space. It was a mess. We took down walls, put in an island, converted the back nook to a pantry and [now] it’s truly a dream kitchen.” – Cassie Daughtrey

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The kitchen’s fir floors were hidden under five layers of laminate.

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A fun backsplash from Ann Sacks.

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Cassie’s daughter’s room features the boldest walls in the home and is entirely thrifted.

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A peek inside Cassie’s bedroom. It’s located on the home’s second floor.

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“My favorite thing about my home is how it brings people into a complete sense of belonging. It’s magic, baby!” – Cassie Daughtrey

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Floor one’s layout.

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Floor two’s layout.

SOURCE LIST

Porch
Pendant lights – Restoration Hardware
Welcome mat – Holistic Habitat
Pouf – Abacus Threads

Living Room
Leather sofa, pink chairs – Room & Board
Rugs – Rugs USA
Console table – West Elm
Pink lamps – Home Goods
Plant hanger – Holistic Habitat
Votives – Glassy baby

Dining Room
Rug – Rugs USA
Light – Etsy

Kitchen
Oven – Blue Star
Fridge – Liebherr
Dishwasher – Miele
Beverage fridge – Marvel
Backsplash – Ann Sacks
Stools – Serena & Lily

Cassie’s Bedroom
Bed – Pottery Barn
Sconces – Ballard Designs
Side table – Joss & Main
Headboard – World Market
Accent pillow – INDIEBungalow

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Comments

  • Cassie is the best real estate agent! We were so lucky to have her stage our home. She has an amazing eye. Loved this peek at her own home!

  • I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out in this home and it’s just as magical in person! I love how Cassie treats it as a living thing allowing it to change and morph into a new environment sometimes daily. Cassie is so gifted with an amazing eye for thrifted treasures and using space in a fun and unique way. Also, her front porch is a national treasure.

  • I love Cassie’s home but I love her even more. Her courage and her realness about life not only makes for a great feature for your magazine but a blueprint to the realities of life.

  • Cassie’s Instagram account is my favorite! Her home is so inspiring. I love to see what she’s doing next. I’m proud to be a Magic Baby 💖

  • Cassie, I am so proud of you. You are amazing. You are so much to so many people. You are proof that darkness ends.

  • Cassie is truly magic. She is warm, welcoming and, most of all, the most caring person you’ll ever meet! Her house is an exterior reflection of her inner beauty.

  • What a beautiful home and the fact that Cassie has continued to live there and honor his memory is so—amazing. Loved this house and this story. So inspirational. Although, I’m so sorry for her loss.

  • The photos are stunning Cassie, you have such a great eye. I feel like I could walk in your house and feel welcomed.

  • Cassie I am so happy to see your home featured on one of my favorite blogs! The love you have truly shines through these photos. Not only have Sol’s blood, sweat and tears built the house, but yours now too. You have created the most magical place and your willingness to share it with anyone and everyone is beyond words.

  • this home is definitely a big warm hug.
    just looking @ the pix made me feel good.
    thank you for sharing this lovely place you guys made.
    <3

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