Saul Zaik House is the remodel of a mid-century modern home by noted Portland, Oregon architect Saul Zaik, carried out by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The 1950s house had been poorly remodeled over the years, yet had some notable features to preserve, such as a sunken living room and expansive corner windows. An past extension to the home included three bedrooms with aluminum windows and flat ceilings, but didn’t match with the styling and details of the original character of the house. The renovation for a family with two young children encompassed relocating the master bedroom and bathroom to the back of the home and adding a mudroom, laundry room and office. The family room was out of scale with the other rooms, so the proportions were reworked. Windows were upgraded throughout the home and vaulted ceilings were included in the addition. The goal of the remodel was to put back the part Saul Zaik’s design that had been remodeled out of the house. The result was a cohesively designed home where everything fit just perfectly. Every change the designer’s made, they pondered “what would Saul do?” Luckily the elder architect was still alive and came to the house to consult and bless the renovation. In the end, Zaik’s vision came to life, a fusion of indoors and out, with cozy, yet wide open spaces that are both pristine yet casual.
In true mid-century fashion, a George Nelson Bubble Lamp hangs from the ceiling in the left corner of the room and an Eames lounge chair sits next to the fireplace. The glass walls are original features to architect Saul Zaik’s 1956 design.
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The home features a crisp color palette of Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron for the exterior cladding and Venetian Gold for the front door.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
This Tudor style house sits atop Mt Tabor in Portland, Oregon, suffering from severe disrepair, the home was given a full remodel by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. The clients are a modern family of four and had purchased this 1920s English Tudor several years ago before retaining the help of a designer. With several bad remodels under its belt, the designer wanted to retain the original character and charm of the house and fix everything that had gone wrong. The designer re-worked the layout to create spaces to fit the family’s lifestyle of cooking, eating and spending time together. The narrow galley kitchen was completely transformed by taking out a wall. It is now quite spacious with a breakfast nook and nicely sized island. The space opens up to an adjacent “snug room” that features cozy built-in seating, fireplace, and a concealed television behind a paneled wall. The powder room was re-located to an outer wall so it could take advantage of natural light from an existing window. The living room features an inviting furniture layout with two L-shaped sofas centered around a coffee table and fireplace, the focal point to the room. In the living room, we designed two L-shaped sofas to create a simple and inviting furniture layout, which centers around a generous coffee table and fireplace.
On the upstair level, a closet and small master bath were re-configured to generate a more spacious master bathroom, laundry area and a generously sized master walk-in closet. Two additional bathrooms that were already existing to the home were also re-designed, adding a custom mosaic tile pattern to each. The color palette was comprised of watery grays, which compliments the warm hues from the rugs, wood flooring and furnishings. The designers were also responsible for designing custom light fixtures and a built-in cabinet with glass doors in the dining room.
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In the dining room, an heirloom coffee table is the center point of the room. The walls have been painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Pewter, which highlights the built-in china hutch.
Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson
This stunning 1950s ranch house remodel project has been designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, situated in the southwest Portland hills, Oregon. The house sits on a steep lot, with the front door on the upper level and the lower level opening out to a beautiful south-facing garden. In the first phase of the remodel, the designer conducted space planning for the entire project, but only completed a remodel of the upper floor. The lower floor, which will include a new master suite, will be remodeled in a few years. The upper floor remodel included the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall.
After worrying about how to address a back hall that felt like a dark narrow tunnel, we decided to just accept it and painted it a dark charcoal grey. We embellished the walls with abstract modern flowers in various shades of grey and black, and added a big mirror as well as a mirrored cabinet at the end of the hall, to add sparkle and light.
The original kitchen and dining room had dark wood panelling, and only a few small windows despite the beautiful south facing views. We added windows and french doors along the whole south wall, and removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. We designed a new bright and functional kitchen with lots of storage in white lacquer and bamboo cabinets.
The new kitchen has a generous island as well as an inviting breakfast nook, with a custom table of our design, built by our friend Kari at merkled. The living room painting is by one of our favorite Portland artists, Kelly Neidig. We freshened the dining set, which was a family heirloom that the clients wanted to keep, by lacquering the chairs in a fresh pale blue-green and reupholstering the seats in a bright red.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
In this stunning Brooklyn Brownstone project, Jessica Helgerson Interior Design was asked to furnish a recently remodeled brownstone in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, in Portland, Oregon. The clients were a young couple with a penchant for pop art, bright colors and fresh modern design. They asked the designers to very be bold with color and playful with the design.
In the dining room the designers designed a table where the two long slabs of walnut are joined by a series of butterfly joints, lacquered in various shades of turquoise. The chairs surrounding the table are vintage Paul McCobb, lacquered in turquoise as well. The bookshelf wall is painted in a bold geometric pattern of four shades of red. The bright color is balanced by a collection of earthy wood, ceramic and glass objects handmade by Brooklyn and Portland artists, including Laura Buchan and Michelle Quan. The black globes of the David Weeks chandelier are echoed in the pendant lights we installed in the adjacent kitchen.
The family room, which opens up to a lovely little back garden, is comfortably furnished with a giant built-in sectional sofa upholstered in 18 vintage Peruvian blankets we collected over several months, and a custom fir coffee table of our design. A dark charcoal grey wraps the room, following the stairs on one side, and playfully angling down from the ceiling on the other. The dark paintings on the wall, are by Portland artist Heather Watkins. A sculpture by New York artist Julie Thevenot hangs over the staircase.
The sunny master bedroom is painted in two tones, a fresh white and a deep grey that lines up with the headboard, wraps up over the ceiling and down the opposite wall. The headboard was custom designed, as was the Bertoia-inspired bench in bright turquoise. Pillows on the headboard are made from remnants of the sofa upholstery, and cut mirrors reflect the geometric terrariums that hang from the ceiling. The three thread-wrapped arrows were made by Brooklyn artists Fredericks & Mae.
In the guest bedroom our clients asked the designers to “go crazy with color”, so they did.
Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
The Library House was a complete remodel plus an addition to a small structure which was originally the public library in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. When the library moved, this building was re-purposed as an office for the church across the street. When the designer’s clients approached them, it was with the idea to transform the building into their home.
The designer’s were struck by how lovely the volume of the old library was, and decided to keep the big open space to house a great room, with kitchen, dining and living areas. They enclosed the open front porch to create an entry and powder room, and added on to the side of the building to create two small bedrooms and a new bathroom. They did a lot of excavation work in the basement where we added a sauna, laundry room, exercise room, and a recording studio for the clients who are both voice actors. A small new garage was also added.
In keeping with the theme of the original library, bookshelves were added throughout, defining the entryway, flanking both sides of the great room, and surrounding the little desk in the guest bedroom. Since the volume of the main space was so tall, library ladders were added at both ends of the room to provide access to the tall shelves. Because of the density of the neighborhood, the bedrooms needed to be quite small so useful cabinetry was built in wherever possible, including around and under the bed.
Many aspects of the design are fairly traditional, in keeping with the vintage of the house, but with very modern pieces layered on. A warm palette of jewel-toned color is introduced in the furnishings and art, which include paintings by Portland artists Anya Spielman and Jocelyn Rahm.
Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
Jessica Helgerson Interior Design brings to us this fabulous loft apartment in Portland’s NW 13th Avenue, one of Portland’s most interesting streets. The loft is located in the recently transformed Pearl District, in an old brick and concrete building that was originally a warehouse and manufacturing facility. It was converted into condos in the 1990s. This particular unit had been divided up so that a long and narrow hall was the first point of entry, with limited storage and a rather jarring color palette of red, green and blue along with yellowish bamboo.
The space was fairly small, only 870 square feet. The clients asked for the designer’s to create a space that was open feeling, with lots of storage, room to entertain large groups, and a warm and sophisticated color palette. In response to this, a layout was designed in which the corridor is eliminated and the experience upon entering the space is open, inviting and more functional for cooking and entertaining. In contrast to the public spaces, the bedroom feels private and calm tucked behind a wall of built-in cabinetry.
The large scale wood dining table and coffee table add earthiness and warmth to the space. Vintage Eames DKW leather, steel, and wood chairs add pattern and interest and pair well with the dark steel and blown-glass chandelier.
The kitchen has glazed brick tiles, honed marble counters, dark cabinets and walnut shelves.
Visual interest and contrast was created by painting the beams a dark earthy grey and the walls a soft yet luminous shade of white. A variety of textiles was then introduced; the hand-stitched felt headboard, the vintage Moroccan rug, the heavy woven fabrics used to upholster the custom sofa and cushions. A series of blown glass pendant lights swag playfully over the sofa.
One of the client’s requests was to find a good home for “Megatron” their big screen television, a member of the family with a personality of his own. A custom console table was custom designed, made from antique Chinese doors and wrapped in a shiny modern lacquered box. The large scale of the console visually anchors the television while housing the various components.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
This turn of the century modern home was designed for a young family with a very modern aesthetic. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design turned a hundred-year-old Northwest Portland, Oregon house into a fresh current design. The designer completely remodeled the kitchen, opening it to the dining room with two-sided glass cabinets. Also on the ground level, the full bathroom was replaced with a compact powder room, thereby creating a back hallway and vastly improving the flow of the house.
On the second level, excess space was borrowed from an existing bedroom to create a master bathroom, complete with double sinks and a generously sized shower. A cabinet was designed that beautifully conceals a washer, dryer and storage space at the top of the stairs. Finally, the formerly dim attic was transformed into a cheerful, sunny home-office and play area, and the walls and floors were freshened up with a coat of white paint and four large skylights were installed. The house is now fresh, bright, functional, and contemporary, while remaining true to itself.
Other creative surface treatments include laser-cut mirrors, whose organic shapes dance along the entry walls, reflecting surprising snippets of the interior.
A palette of whites and cool grays creates both continuity and contrast throughout the home, particularly through the selection of wall colors, e.g. a light-gray entry that leads to a medium-gray living room and a dramatically dark-gray dining room and library.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
Jessica Helgerson Interiors undertook a very extensive remodel of this turn of the century, Portland, Oregon foursquare. By gutting the small, dysfunctional kitchen and annexing space from an under-utilized back pantry and mudroom, a large and airy cooking and dining space was created. Elsewhere in the house elegant touches were introduced, such as box beams in the dining room; a fireplace mantel and built-in shelving in the living room; a wood ceiling and wainscoting in the upstairs bathroom; and a deep-cased opening, between the entry hall and the living room, which creates ledges for seating and plants.
Woodwork throughout the house was given a dark-ebony stain, which, though designed to look original, also adds an element of elegance and surprise. Eclectic in style, the home’s modern and ethnic furnishings are unified in color and scale. Many of the pieces were locally custom-made, including a sofa that nestles into the living room’s bay window; living-room chairs cozily upholstered in sheepskin; handcrafted wood dining-room benches and a dining-table top; and vibrant blown-glass sculptures by Portland artist Andy Paiko.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
This gorgeous beach home is situated on a beautiful stretch of the Oregon Coast, furnished by Jessica Helgerson Interiors for a large family that will be spending lots of time there. The house is divided into three levels, each with its own common living space as well as adjacent bedrooms. The designer wanted to give each level its own special feeling.
The upper level is light and elegant with a 16-foot-long sofa that curves gracefully on thin walnut legs, a handcrafted walnut lamp that curves to match the sofa, and a chandelier that reflects the ocean in hundreds of slightly irregular hand-blown glass drops.
The mid-level is comfortable and warm with colorful rugs and cozy wing back chairs upholstered in linen and cowhide. The game table was designed by Jessica Helgerson who had vintage chairs upholstered to match it.
The lower level is playful and casual with a big sectional clad in reclaimed barn wood and a boat transformed into a day bed that hangs from the ceiling.
With very few exceptions nearly all the furniture is either the design of Jessica Helgerson, built in Portland, or vintage.
The home theater has inviting velvet chairs, funny Mexican movie posters and pillows made from vintage silk scarves.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
This project designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design was a kitchen remodel, and new furnishings for a Mediterranean style house, built in the 1920s of white clay bricks, which was an unusual housing type for Portland, Oregon.
New furniture includes vintage chairs in the dining room, reupholstered in brightly colored felt, a 10′ long vintage bench upholstered in an antique morrocan rug, a JHID-designed coffee table made of walnut ‘bricks’ an echo of the brick architecture. The curtains in the living room are hemp, with a border made from antique suzani tapestries. A painting in the living room is from Portland artist Alison O’Donoghue.
The kitchen was originally divided into a breakfast room and kitchen, and the kitchen was further encumbered by an island with less than 30″ of clearance on either side of it. The kitchen was closed off from the dining room by a narrow doorway. It had probably been remodeled in the 60s or 70s and had unattractive oak cabinets mounted onto a dropped soffit that lowered the perceived height of the kitchen, and closed it in.
The clients wanted to open the space up, while retaining the ability to eat in the kitchen, and give it a fresh feeling more in keeping with the architecture of the house. The island was removed and the wall between the kitchen and breakfast room.
A dynamic material palette of encaustic concrete tiles was selected for the floor and locally hand-made ceramic tiles for the walls. A built-in window seat plus two stools allows the family of four to comfortably eat in the kitchen.
A whole wall of cabinetry was designed around the refrigerator, which provided enough storage to forgo upper cabinets at the sink and range.
Painted, rough-sawn beams create visual interest on the ceiling. The counters are solid, thick walnut slabs from locally felled trees. The reclaimed iron bases were found at a local salvage yard and a slab of marble was cut to serve as a tall table and additional counter space.
An adjacent back entry was reconfigured to create a useful little mudroom, and in the space between the two designed a thick arched opening with shelves for cookbooks and a pull-out broom closet.
The hand made ceramic pendant lights are the same shade of cool, slightly purple-grey as the concrete floors.
The designer opened up a large arched opening between the kitchen and dining room to better link the two spaces.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
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