From Margaret Everton on July 19, 2010 in Portland
Among a row of eclectically colored houses on a street in Southeast Portland, there sits a home that stands apart from the rest. It’s a home that revels in understated simplicity, in glamour from another era entirely. This home is the work of designer Jessica Helgerson, who saw potential in a little house with so much charm. The original kitchen was a strange sight to behold. A boxy room, it lacked space for cooking or entertaining, and actually had three separate areas: a butler pantry with sink, a room just for the refrigerator, and yet another for a pantry. The solution, however, wasnt complicated at alljust knock out the walls and create one large, open space. Simple touches, like the Brown & Gold pendant lights above the counter and the marble countertops, bring a classic touch to the design. Cute double French doors also lead out to a garden addition that was once a driveway. The living and dining rooms were prime locations for revamping the homes original materials and bringing them fully into the 21st century. The mosaic surrounding the fireplace was stripped away and original brick refurbished, while new wood trim highlighted the homes original architecture. Helgerson hoped to infuse a bit of drama throughout the home by contrasting the ebony wood with stark whites and calming cream colors. In fact, she covered all of the furniture (mostly vintage pieces) with varying shades of white plus a few patterned rugs and accessories to bring it all together. With an open floor plan and chic design scheme, this home has taken on an entirely different personaone classic enough to appeal to homeowners for many years to come.