Interior designer Jessica Helgerson renovated a home in Portland, Oregon, adding decorative ceilings, floral wallpaper, and greens and grays that evoke the rainy, cool climate.
Helgerson designed the remodel to retain the architectural charm and lively spaces of the house, built in 1907. The designer removed the staircase and replaced it with a new one in the middle. She also opened the kitchen to a dining room and added a master bath in place of a former balcony on the first level.
Four bedrooms, bathrooms, and a study are now on the first floor, while the ground floor has a family room at one end and a living room anchored by a pink sofa at the other. The kitchen and dining room are in the middle of the house. Nearby is a pantry, guest toilet, bar and the entrance of the house. Helgerson layered architectural elements like coffered ceilings, pillars and ceiling rosettes to embellish a home that lacked much of the charm and character we normally associate with older homes.
This is complemented by a gray-green color palette and various floral wallpapers that are mossy and heavy on the western walnut, while the decorative lighting and furnishings are decidedly modern and playful, reflecting the youthful, forward-looking character of the owners and their children. Green hues are used throughout, ranging from a hue on the stove, to the color of dining room stools and a built-in day bed, to blue-green cabinets and armchairs in a dark sage. Dark wood is supposed to create a connection to nature and at the same time warm up the cool tones of the house.
Additional rooms in the house have cream walls, window coverings, and moldings that soften the otherwise gray aesthetic, while accent pieces are done in soft pinks, golds, and rusts.