A new expanded entry to the home provides a more hospitable foyer. The bright door and custom bench are harbingers of the design elements inside. The chandelier at the door was originally purchased by the homeowners through Vanillawood for a rental and has moved with the family from house to house ever since. Art is from Portland’s Fourteen30 Contemporary Gallery.

The Bright Stuff

Vanillawood design team Kricken and James Yaker transform a 1960s home in Portland for cosmopolitan clients who moved from Europe.

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In Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood, the rooms of a 1970s contemporary home are opened up to each other and to the outdoors. The stunning and unique use of materials provides innovative solutions to bring light indoors while improving the home’s function and ratcheting up its aesthetic appeal.

Open Air Living

What’s old is new again in this remodel of a 1970s home in Seattle.  Architecture by Olson Kundig.

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What began as a 17-year-old’s vow to live on the San Juan Islands one day, ended 54 years later with New York artist Marie Gladwish collaborating with her son, Seattle architect Gary Gladwish, on an Orcas Island home that both opens to and reflects the environment surrounding it.

Living With the Land

When Marie Gladwish was 17 years old, she dreamed of living on Orcas Island. Her son, Seattle architect Gary Gladwish, made her dream come true.

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In this Portland kitchen designed by Barbara Sumner, the island’s horizontal bookmatched solid Western walnut from Crosscut Hardwood was used to ground the outer perimeter of the room. Sumner used walnut, quartz and stainless to unify the 16-foot-long island and seating area. Stainless steel legs were manufactured by Hanset Stainless, which also clad the cabinetry.

Modern Farm House

Portland designer Barbara Sumner had just three months to transform a Forest Park home for a family returning from living abroad.

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Inside and out, this kitchen in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood is all about natural beauty. Painted in pale greys and white, the hardwood shelves, cabinets and drawers showcase the owners’ ironstone and glassware collection, accentuated by polished nickel lights from Circa Lighting.

Substance & Style

A kitchen remodel was inspired by soft English watercolors.  Portland designer Heidi Semler used pale greys and whites to achieve the look.

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A trio of wrought iron pieces: the custom birdcage lanterns by Gearhart Ironwerks of Oregon, iron travertine coffee table and newly installed iron railing are modern touches that enhance the view when seated on the Restoration Hardware sofas. Behind the wooden salvage door lies a wine butler that delivers bottles from the cellar below. Vintage McGuire director’s chairs are refurbished with outdoor leather, while Wicker Works swivel chairs done in a Schumacher fabric plays off sofa pillows done in Travers “Tazza”.

Historic Rancho Santa Fe

Portland designer Joelle Nesen heads to Rancho Santa Fe to create a desert masterpiece for her longtime Northwest clients.

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Owner-designer Benjamin Silver expanded the footprint of this 1930s Herman Brookman home to 2700 sq. ft., restored the steel casement windows and added French doors, which flood the house with light from every direction. Nestled in the original bay window overlooking the vast manicured gardens is an 18th c. Buddha atop a chest from Cargo. Manolo Moridejar s painting (left) counters Benjamin s artwork, and furniture designs: a low, sleek sofa and cross-grain cut tree trunk coffee table mounted on steel opposite the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams “James” chair.

Past Perfected

Benjamin Silver transforms his 1930s estate in Portland’s West Hills into a showcase for antiques and contemporary furnishings.

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Designer Wendy O’Brien selected dark-stained and distressed Appalachian oak floors reminiscent of wine barrels for this new home in Lake Oswego.

All in the Details

Lake Oswego homeowner Ali Afghan assembles a winning team to build a Mediterranean Northwest home.

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Homeowners in McMinnville, Oregon asked for a comfortable, functional and timeless European-inspired kitchen with modern touches in which they could cook and entertain for at least the next twenty years. Designer Jason Ball achieved their design goals by strategically placing classically styled cabinets along the walls, featuring a furniture-like center island and using modern stainless steel appliances and other metal finishes.

French Fare

Portland designer Jason Ball blends classic European style with modern elan in a new McMinnville kitchen.

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Seattle contractor Ryan McKinney of McKinney Group, Inc. stretches his design wings and builds his clients a rustic, comfortable and functional kitchen that honors the home’s architecture while providing a family hub. Given a magazine photograph of a mosaic, McKinney tracked down a source and then reformatted the design to fit the space above the stove.

Rustic Charmer

Seattle contractor Ryan McKinney realizes a homeowner’s vision for an updated kitchen with homey authenticity.

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Light finishes on walls, ceiling and cabinetry, lighting from a variety of levels and sources, additional windows and the use of reflective hardware and stainless steel appliances and stove hood help modernize and brighten the new kitchen. Classically styled cabinetry and pillowed subway tile backsplashes complement the marble counters and porcelain floors and visually link the remodeled room’s design to the rest of the 90-year-old Mediterranean-style home.

Into the Light

A Seattle family with an old home faced a common dilemma: do you make the space suitable to living in the 21st century or find another?

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Homeowner Dale Pellow loves to cozy up before the outdoor tile fireplace with oak tree mantel to watch television, read, or simply enjoy a fire, which is possible year-round, thanks to heaters that keep the covered area free from the elements. Textured shutter style pendant lights crown Restoration Hardware outdoor furniture. The Larkspur dining table pairs with Restoration Hardware Capri linen chairs. Pental Stone project/grey tile grounds the entire patio.

Up in the Air

Perched on a hillside with views of Lake Oswego and the Willamette Valley, this contemporary home is built for entertaining.

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 The kitchen is my favorite room in the house for entertaining, doing homework and being together,  says Jennifer, who worked with Garrison to add a more modern take to the initial drawings, including picking the statement stone, cabinet fronts, hardware, colors, cabinet style, faucets, perimeter countertops, and backsplash.

East Meets West

Portland designer Garrison Hullinger teams with an East Coast architect to create a colonial home with contemporary interiors in Connecticut.

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Tone and texture are repeated throughout the downstairs. Teak cabinetry brings warmth and pattern to the kitchen. The wood s orange hues reoccur in the backsplash and pendant lights, concrete is used in the floors and counters and echoed in the wall texture, and the color blue moves from walls to stools to chairs. Pendant lights above the dining table are hung high to allow an uninterrupted sight line from the kitchen to the great room.

Idyll in the Sun

Bend designer Cherie Myrick creates a rustic contemporary retreat in Caldera Springs.

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The Dillons’ lakeside house was constructed around a towering fireplace stack that was left in the original concrete instead of being dressed with stone or brick. The siding is set horizontally in contrast to the tall vertical windows. Metal, glass and concrete finish the exterior.

Looking West

Bella Casa owner Richard Codanti combines contemporary design and comfort in this home near Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille.

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An extensive patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the wildlife as evening settles over the Rickreall Valley.

Happy Trails

This house overlooking Oregon’s Rickreall Creek Valley includes an expansive patio to enjoy wildlife and a barn for the owner’s horses.

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Engelhard-Jones added a beautiful bit of color to the kitchen through the tiling she chose. The recycled glass tiles, also handpicked at United Tile, are shades of green and blue that she says “feel like a riverbed.” She also made the decision to run the backsplash over the cooktop all the way up to the ceiling, bringing it right next to the window where the eye can continue right outside to the treetops.

Open Invitation

Portland kitchen and bath designer Diane Engelhard-Jones updates her family’s mid-1960s kitchen.

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The formal entry sits outside of the private geometry of the house and within the courtyard. Using the same ceiling and floor surfaces on the outside and inside creates a place to welcome guests while still clearly separating the public space from the private home. Steel windows and stucco are elements used throughout the design.

PDX Modern

Tour the Portland residence of TWIST owners Paul Schneider and Lauren Eulau. The hilltop home is the ideal canvas for the couple’s modern art collection.

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A kitchen and bath in a vacation home near Hood River are designed in a Hamptons-meets-Swedish farmhouse-style that recalls the homeowners’ years living on the East Coast and Europe and, as a bonus, offers stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Foreign Exchange

It’s a “Hamptons-meets-Swedish-farmhouse” aesthetic in this Hood River kitchen and bathroom design.

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Portlanders Shawn and Sandy Patrick sit with their children, MacLean and Anna Blake, on the steps of their mudroom addition designed by Ann McCulloch.

Making It Count - Adding Function in a Compact Addition

Portlanders Shawn and Sandy Patrick ask designer Ann McCulloch to transform their back porch into a simple mudroom for muddy boots, wet coats and shaggy dogs, but what Ann delivers is so much more.

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