Name: Casey Keasler and her dog, Winston
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months
For many freelancers and small business owners, working from home often means using a laptop at the breakfast table and/or wearing pajamas for 95% of the day. But Casey Keasler, creative director of the multidisciplinary design firm Casework, wanted her home office to be a space that was both client- and staff-friendly. Using her 14+ years of experience in the interior design world, Casey set out to make her live/work space versatile, calm and above all, comfortable—a space in which she would be happy to entertain friends and clients alike.
Casey occupies the master suite in a large Craftsman home; she shares the communal kitchen with her three roommates, who are also creatives in similar fields. As a way to maximize the potential of her living area, Casey created a sleeping loft in the previously unused attic space and finished off the project by painting the floor and ceiling a crisp white. The loft is a restful and comfy perch that overlooks the whole space, and it is easily accessible from the office area by a library ladder.
When it comes to furnishing and decorating the home, Casey considers her style to best be described as "intentional"—having an eye for pieces that either tell a story or serve a purpose. This approach ensures that the home feels cozy and lived-in and leaves Casey surrounded by things that she loves.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I like to think of my style as intentional. Everything has a use, purpose, or tells a story. I don’t like things for the sake of things but know that things are a necessary part of being a human and of especially living comfortably. I try to keep myself in check and not accumulate too much but in my field, it’s hard not to bring things home when out searching for clients!
Inspiration: My current vintage pieces, the high ceilings and natural light, and the colors charcoal gray, salt, and navy.
Favorite Element: The high ceilings and the natural light.
Biggest Challenge: Getting up and down the ladder every day ;)
What Friends Say: What happens when you get drunk? Do you still climb up the ladder to get to bed?!
Proudest DIY: Buying three small rugs and hand stitching them together with a contrasting thread as an inexpensive alternative to a very large rug.
Best Advice: Don’t fight your space to make something work. If it’s asymmetrical, don’t try to make things symmetrical.
Dream Sources: TRNK NYC and 1stdibs
PAINT & COLORS
- Attic floors: Sherwin-Williams Snowbound
- Sofa: vintage
- Black and white striped rug: Dwell Studio
- Blue chairs: vintage
- Chair: vintage Bertioa
- Desk: Parsons Console from West Elm
- Arc lamp: vintage
- Black floor lamp: Schoolhouse Electric
- Wall clock: Schoolhouse Electric
- Vertical bookcase: Sapien from Design Within Reach
- Patterned quilt: Mary Keasler
- Nude painting: Teil Duncan
- Teapot and Persimmon: Wild Craft Studio
- Palm landscape: Sean Spellman
- Snake watercolor: Jordon Dumont
- Horsey 74: Grant Barnhardt
- Black and white line drawing: Anthony Parrish
- Couple hugging: found in a market in Quito, Ecuador
- Flag screen print: vintage
- Black and white photos: family
- Table: West Elm
- Chairs: vintage Bertoia
- Chairs: Charles Pollack chair from Knoll
- Dresser: vintage
- Storage cabinet: vintage
- Cowhide: Cowhide International
- Bed: Tretiak Works
- Side table: vintage
- Saarinen side table: Design Within Reach
- Rugs: vintage
- Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric
- Bar cart: vintage
- Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric
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