After three years of rubbing elbows with society’s upper crust in California’s Pacific Palisades, Kelly and Alex Zahoudanis were ready for a more down-to-earth way of living. The only problem: they had fallen in love with the city of Portland but still longed for the open floor plan of their California midcentury modern ranch.
The solution: bring a taste of SoCal to their newly purchased 1959 split-level home in the Bridlemile neighborhood of Portland.
With a 4- and 2-year-old in tow, one of the couple’s main objectives was to create enough open space for play time. The 14,000-square-foot property, complete with spacious backyard, seemed like the perfect place for this. The layout even accommodates a large master suite, basement and three bedrooms.
Hoping to update the home before making the move, Kelly chose interior designer Jessica Helgerson to do the dirty work. She immediately went to work opening up the galley kitchen, turning the master bath into a walk-in closet, etching out a new master bath from the existing bedroom space, and installing more windows in the front of the home to let in the views of the outdoors.
The cosmetic changes ranged from drastic to minor: exchanging the existing doors for solid wood ones, getting rid of the fireplace mantel and doing away with the window and door trim. In order to highlight the existing architecture and promote contrast, the color scheme was kept simple with whites, blacks, browns, tans, and a random spattering of greens.
Now fully settled into their Portland pad, the Zahoudanis clan no longer misses their SoCal life. I’m sure their beautifully redecorated home helped with that.