Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Inspiring Interiors

This glamorous Portland four-square is a great example of balancing lights and darks to create interior elegance and surprise. Designed by Jessica Helgerson, this home was completely remodeled by opening up the space, adding woodwork throughout the house and applying a dark ebony stain on the floors.

Dark walls and stain normally don't attract my colorful and white palette, but this interior just oozes decadence and comfort. I love design that is sophisticated without being too stuffy. This updated home looks perfect for modern living and entertaining.

Maybe we could even have a St. Paddy's Day party here?! Green beer, corned beef and leprechauns...sound good?

46 comments:

:Jan the crazy lady: said...

Love the kitchen and those beams. Nice.

Hello Lindello said...

This is beautiful. My living room is pretty much the same layout as this house, but looks NOTHING like it...very regal. Its fun to see what it could look like!

Sal said...

It's astonishing. I can't take my eyes off that bauble-y chandelier. Or ... ceiling-adornment, as the case may be.

That Girl Designs said...

Wow, these rooms are wonderful. I love the dark wood in the first one.

cindy : quaint said...

yes ... heavenly!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow!

I love that first room. Like you I normally don't like that much dark stain, but it works wonderfully. I love all the dark wood and then the white/neutral walls and furniture.

When can I move in?

naphtali said...

St. Paddy's Party? Umm - or a "House Warming Party" -- since I plan on moving in next week! Gorgeous.

Paula said...

Quite lovely! My boyfriend has been digging the black and white interiors that seem to be all the rage recently. I love the contrast :)

Blair said...

Sounds good to me! I adore that kitchen--looks like an incredible place to entertain.

erin@designcrisis said...

They have some super fabulous light fixtures!

Sharon said...

sounds great actually. especially love the kitchen!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

I'm in love with the interior you found. The dark wood stain is so beautiful. I never thought about my hardwood going black, but I may never be coming back.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

nkp said...

....sounds perfect! I love the movement from dark to light and vice versa in this space. I'm completely enamored with this home! It is really striking.

abigail said...

I'll bring the soda bread!

Sara Christine said...

The use of color in these rooms is just stunning. You think it's a muted color palette until you look a little closer, and then bam! The color pops out at you. Love it. Happy St Patty's Day!

Simple Answer said...

Oh dear. That does not look like a green beer house to me. That looks like a "you better be usin a coaster" house. That said, I LOVE this house. That light is fab.

Nihal said...

Made a wish! To have a glamorous house like this one:) Oh yes, have a happy full-green St Patty's Day, Di:)

LUCKY CHARMS said...

"TOP O THE DAY" HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY AND MAY THE LUCK OF THE IRISH BE WITH YOU!

i.d. said...

Very bold - I lean towards the white interiors more! x

drollgirl said...

i am CRAZY for dark wood with white (and add in plants and i will just squeal)!! this is just gorgeous!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Now I am sad I didn't do my floors shiny. :-(
Dark; but not shiny.

Rachel said...

This house is really gorgeous! I love the bubbles chandelier! And I love how they made the glass front cabinets in the kitchen 2-sided and open to the dining room too. That's a really cool and thoughtful touch.
I will say this is definitely very inspiring to me... to go and clean my own house!! These rooms are spotless!! I'd be a little scared to live here with our dogs, I think.

Rachel said...

I love those glass bubbles over the dining room table! And I could definitely incorporate those into my colorful apartment.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

What time's the party?

Joyce said...

D- I so.... love these room! Very sharp, clean and pretty.

Happy St. Patty's!! xoxo

seesaw designs said...

I love all the white.

(And loving your new-to-me blog)

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I love the bubble chandelier, and the last kitchen!

CashmereLibrarian said...

I ADORE this house. I want it.

Dottie said...

ohhhh that white, with those chairs with that blue detail. yum!

jess@thehomebound said...

Great minds think alike! I posted about this exact space and designer today! Isn't she wonderful?! So weird...

visualinfluenceblog.com said...

crazy lovely.

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

these rooms are absolutely stunning! i love that bubble light!

annechovie said...

I love the high contrast of the light and dark...so pretty. Happy St. Patricks Day!

Victoria said...

I am becoming increasingly attracted to dark wood combined with otherwise white interiors. Love the very small touches of yellow and blue.

simplesong said...

i love the rich look of this! you find the best stuff!

Dianna said...

omg, i'm drooling. i love these!

Chessa! said...

I love every single one of these images. I love the look of brown and white...so rich. the details of these are amazing.

stetson said...

sooo gorgeous!

kendalee said...

Beautifully glamorous! So many lovely light fittings.

*SNYdesign said...

Oh, nice!Love the light fittings

M.Kate said...

Inspiring alright...hope you'll have a great week :D

paula said...

I would love to just move right in, stunning.

Jude said...

The green from the foliage in that first space pops perfectly. These rooms are amazing!

Hope you had a very happy St. Patty's day. ☺

Screwed Up Texan said...

Oh dear goodness, I love the chandalier and round table! Absolutely beautiful! If only my husband had the same tastes as I do.

Jules said...

that bubble chandelier is one of my favorites! and i'm digging the dark walls - very elegant and sophisticated.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Fabulous home...makes me drool on my keyboard. Portland has such great old architectural homes. Such a hip town!

Glad I found your blog today (:

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