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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