SE Division Street is a commercial building project that was transformed by Emerick Architects into an industrial home by adding a second story light-filled living space in Portland, Oregon. An open floor plan, lots of large windows and door panels and 12 foot tall ceilings give it the character of an industrial loft. Custom stainless kitchen cabinetry combined with vintage fixtures and furniture carry out the eclectic feel of an old urban loft.
A machined hood, custom stainless cabinetry and exposed ducting harkens to a commercial vibe. The 5′x10′ marble topped island wears many hats. It serves as a large work surface, tons of storage, informal seating, and a visual line that separates the eating and cooking areas.
Windows and door panels reaching for the 12 foot ceilings flood this kitchen with natural light. Custom stainless cabinetry with an integral sink and commercial style faucet carry out the industrial theme of the space.
Upon entering the penthouse the light and dark contrast continues. The exposed ceiling structure is stained to mimic the 1st floor’s “tarred” ceiling. The reclaimed fir plank floor is painted a light vanilla cream. And, the hand plastered concrete fireplace is the visual anchor that all the rooms radiate off of. Tucked behind the fireplace is an intimate library space.
A glimpse into the office space from the living room reveals the large custom built-in painted wood filing and storage cabinet below the windows. Clerestory windows above the desk bring in additional natural light.
A custom-designed paneled zinc barn door is a piece of art, as well as functioning to close off the living space when desired.
A huge wall of windows faces the bed and billowy parachute curtains soften the space. The room was left simple and intimate to create restfulness.
With the floor to ceiling windows continuing through into the bathroom, and white details throughout, the room is airy and filled with light. The sink is re-purposed from a commercial building and the custom zinc medicine cabinets are extra deep and outfitted with outlets so that the bathroom clutter is contained.
The movement is orchestrated so that you experience the heavier/darker ground floor upon entering the building and then travel up through the light filled stairway.
The concrete stair treads and steel risers wrap around the hand plastered elevator shaft.
The interior stair that leads up to the living space is filled with natural light and gives way to a view of the rooftop outdoor terrace and garden.
Setting the penthouse 12 feet away from the property lines allowed for outdoor rooms. as well as another opportunity for an environmental feature: storm water management. With tall light embracing windows and bi-fold doors the indoors feels a part of the outdoors and vice versa.
The exterior terrace features large concrete tiles, built-in planters and a reflecting pool. Amber string lights provide mood lighting outside the dining space.
The second story was added atop this existing commercial building to make a new loft-style residence. The existing building received new windows and a facelift to blend with the new rooftop dwelling.
Photos: Lincoln Barber
This new custom riverfront townhouse retreat was designed by Olson Group Architects in collaboration with interior design firm Jenni Leasia Design in Portland, Oregon. This property was a once a two unit condo that was merged into a beautiful three level townhouse with an ambiance of resort living yet with all the comforts of home. The interiors blend clean contemporary elements with traditional cottage architecture for a clean inviting design that lets the breathtaking views take center stage. It is luxurious, yet very relaxed.
The Weiland sliding door is fully recessed in the wall that leads out to the balcony. The fireplace stone is called Hudson Ledgestone by NSVI. The cabinets are custom. The cabinet on the left has articulated doors that slide out and around the back to reveal the television. It is a beautiful solution to the hide/show television dilemma that goes on in many households! The wall paint is a custom mix of a Benjamin Moore color, Glacial Till, AF-390. The trim paint is Benjamin Moore, Floral White, OC-29.
The Kohler trough sink is in the center of the island. During parties the home owners fill it with ice and let guests help themselves to beer and wine.
The interior designer designed this craft space on one side of the laundry room.
The designer took stock of everything the homeowner wanted to store here—from wrapping paper to knitting yarn—and designed the cabinets accordingly.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
West Hills Remodel is an incredible project that encompasses a remodel and addition to a 1950s ranch in the Portland Hills, Oregon by Scott Edwards Architecture. The renovation added 2,000 square feet in addition to the 1,500 square foot existing footprint. The design, centered around the living, dining, and kitchen hub, is nestled into the hillside and takes advantage of the commanding views to the south. With a modest budget, the design exemplifies what can be done to create a contemporary livable home for this growing family.
Photos: Courtesy of Scott Edwards Architecture
Hoke Residence is a gorgeous contemporary private residence situated at the border of Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park and has been designed by Skylab Architects. The home is comprised of 4,800 square feet of living space and was once featured in the Twilight Movie saga as the Cullen’s modern pad. From the architects, “The residence provides a venue for interplay between the vibrant outdoor environment and dramatic interior spaces that simultaneously shelter occupants, and frame the expanse of the surroundings. The sloping site presented technical challenges, and demanded an innovative approach to marry a desire for a relatively small building footprint and generous and flowing spaces.”
Living volumes are cantilevered in order to simultaneously minimize the building footprint, and heighten the light tree-house experience of the principal interior spaces. The residence melds the technological and the primitive in its materials and systems. The home features daring cantilevers, advanced building systems and controls, and cutting edge details- yet the surfaces, textures and spaces are natural and intuitive. Daylight and electric light play quietly against the warmth and textures of natural materials, but are modulated by surprising and inspiring geometries. This duality is mirrored in the dwelling’s flowing spaces, moving between crisp and deftly angular details, and framed views of the forest canopy or the primeval boulders upslope.
The residence features an extensive system of decks and patios connected to the interior spaces by floor to ceiling openings. These outdoor living zones are located strategically in opposite cardinal directions from the core living spaces, to provide generous outdoor spaces useable at different times of day and through different seasons. Occupants may seek shelter from or open themselves to the sun and rain, light and shade, depending on need or whim. At once urban and wild, the residence is in harmony with, and a reflection of its location at the border of Portland and Forest Park.
The Arboretum Residence is a unique modern home situated in Portland, Oregon, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. This fabulous dwelling has been designed by Skylab Architecture and completed in 2011, comprised of 4,200 square feet of living space. The home features clean geometric lines, a minimalist design aesthetic and a stunning palette of neutral hues and black and white are used in abundance throughout the home as well as natural textures such as jute and linen adds a cozy and welcoming feel to the space and breaks up the hard geometric lines. An open floor plan with ample windows and sliding glass patio doors helps to filter natural light into the space and blurs the boundaries between indoors and out.
Photos: Courtesy of Skylab Architecture
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
The Eyebrow House is the brilliant renovation of a 1941 Cape residence situated in Portland, Oregon that uses a contemporary aesthetic with affordable, off-the-shelf components. New York-based Edgar Papazian Architecture, took the existing structure and reshaped it into a modern home, resembling the arches of an eyebrow. This house has been featured in the IFC television show “Portlandia” as the site of a Durian fruit home invasion, as well as Portland Monthly Magazine and ReadyMade Magazine.
From the architects, “Plans for a small home renovation in Portland’s southeast quadrant open up the rear of the house to the backyard and create vaulted interior bedrooms on the second level by using prefabricated galvanized elliptical arches (commonly used for simple storage structures) in a novel way. By opening up the rear of the house and cantilevering off it, we wished to integrate the existing site terracing into the house and allow views of the backyard from most points inside. Emphasis is placed on the kitchen/dining area at the expense of the traditional living room.”
Photos: Lincoln Barbour
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