A moody remodeled home in Portland

Posted on Mon, 8 Jul 2019 by KiM

continues to rock my world with every space she gets her talented hands on. This one is no exception. This was an extensive remodel of a Portland house built in 1907, which had been subdivided into several apartments at one point in its history. Although the house had been restored to a single family dwelling by the time our clients purchased it, there were still clear signs of its former incarnation. Our first step was to reimagine the circulation throughout the house, which required removing the back stair, opening up the kitchen to the dining room, and adding a master bath where a balcony used to be. In addition to this, we layered on architectural elements like coffered ceilings, columns and ceiling rosettes to dress up a house that lacked a lot of the charm and character that we typically associate with older homes.  A comfy built-in sofa occupies the family room for movie nights and lazy lounging, while a large curved sofa in the living room is the perfect place for dressier get-togethers. Our aesthetic direction for the house was to create “an ode to the Pacific Northwest.” The palette is moody, green, lush, mossy and heavy on the western walnut while the decorative lighting and furnishings are markedly modern and playful, which suits the youthful, forward thinking character of our clients and their kids. In the kitchen JHID designer Mira Eng-Goetz hand-painted a mural of sword ferns across all of the walls as a way to create a garden view in a room with windows that look out onto the facade of a neighboring apartment building.  The tiles even continue over the built-in fridge to achieve a seamless fern-scape throughout the room.

(Photos: Aaron Leitz)

Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 8 Jul 2019 by KiM

If you would like to participate in the Monday’s pets on furniture series please send photos, your name, location and a brief description to kim[at]desiretoinspire[dot]net, or hashtag your photos on Instagram with #DTIpetsonfurniture. Thanks!

 

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From me: Bernie on our cardboard “sofa” that he absolutely adores. He’s going to hate it when the real sofa finally arrives. And photo #2 shows the rug I bought from West Elm that hopefully works with the new sofa. The cats clearly approve. And the last 2 are of the cats lounging in the catio. They clearly did not give a crap that it was brutally hot here last week.

I love to see people take risks in the world of interior design, even if it isn’t to my taste nor something I can imagine living in. If it’s ballsy I give it 2 thumbs up. Like this all black apartment in St. Petersburg I found on . Black from floor to ceiling, sparkly drippy chandeliers, swag burgundy curtains and bedding. I hate to say it but had I not known what website this was from my first guess would have been it was located in Russia. Do you think you could live here?

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More from Barlow & Barlow

Posted on Thu, 4 Jul 2019 by KiM

I had to post some more spaces designed by London-based design team because this first kitchen is giving me all the feels and I can’t get over how gorgeous it is. And I don’t even like blue! (ok I’m imagining it in black instead). Everything else below is just so full of colour and pattern and general boldness as I come to expect from them. (Previous features here and here)

A dramatically dark home in New Zealand

Posted on Thu, 4 Jul 2019 by KiM

Spectacular views, an incredibly talented architecture firm and bold modern design where black is key. Lantern House in Waiheke, New Zealand by .

Photos: Jackie Meiring

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