The Fleet Family’s Modern Craftsman Mix

updated Dec 19, 2019
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Name: Jake and Angela Fleet, three kids and a mini golden-doodle named Chilly
Location: Phinney Ridge — Seattle, Washington
Size: 2100 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years — owned

I was delighted to be able to photograph Jake and Angela’s modern Craftsman home on one of the sunniest days that Seattle had seen in months. The sunny rays through each of the huge, gorgeous windows scattered all around the home highlighted details like the boxed beam ceilings and rich hardwood floors.

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The home conveys a cool sophistication in color with touches of turquoise, bright white and deep slate. The Fleets have established a home with lots of open spaces, while maintaining a warm, familiar feel. Chilly the dog showed me around (it was hard to find any photos in my collection that he didn’t instantly become the focal point!) while Angela told me stories about completing the home, plus their experience building and installing a vintage entry way bench with the Toolbelt Diva.

When the Fleets purchased the home, it came with plans for a second story, and when their contractor had finished the major work, they successfully took on the finishing work themselves. The design of the house is a classic craftsman, but with Angela’s keen eye for modern elements and playful colors, they’ve been able to create a true eclectic balance of classic and modern.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic craftsman with a modern mix.

Inspiration: Color, light, art (especially my kids’ art!), and art museums.

Favorite Element: The boxed beam-ceilings we discovered during our remodel. They were covered up and in really bad shape. Our contractor recommended ripping them out to save money but we did the restoration work ourselves and we are so happy that we did!

Biggest Embarrassment: Areas of unfinished trim after 8 years!

Proudest DIY: Our front hall bench which we found for free at a garage sale and installed with the help of Norma Vally, the host of Discovery Channel’s Toolbelt Diva. It hides all of our kids’ shoes and outdoor gear, plus looks as if it was meant to be there!

Biggest Indulgence: Our five foot wide (18 cubic feet) Whirlpool Sidekick All-Refrigerator/freezer combo. It is always the first thing people notice when they enter our kitchen.

Best Advice: Rearrange and changes things around often to give your house a fresh look. Shop at thrift stores and garage sales to find gems that you may keep for a long time, or items that are great for now but you won’t feel bad about re-donating.

Dream Sources: Anthropologie stores and catalogs, design blogs, and ABC Carpet.

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Resources of Note:


    • Living Room & Dining Room – C2: coconut
    • Entry – Benjamin Moore: Orange Parrot


    • Leather Slipper Chairs: West Elm
    • Soft: CB2
    • Side chair: Eames from Design Within Reach
    • Side tables: Target & Urban Outfitters
    • Coffee table: Goodwill (made in Denmark)



    • Kids’ work tables: IKEA
    • Sofa: EQ3
    • Ottoman: Urban Outfitters

PAINTINGS (many rooms)

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Thanks, Jake and Angela!

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