Color And Global Influences Imbue A Portland Home


mid-century modern hallway colorful artworks

A sculpture by Berkeley artist Eric Powell occupies a niche at the end of the gallery inside a Portland home. Designer Vicki Simon sourced works by artists such as Sol LeWitt and Martin Sumers to mingle with her clients' existing collections. Underfoot is a Moroccan carpet from Oscar Isberian Rugs in Chicago.<

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Simon painted the built-in shelving in the living room an understated hue to create a sophisticated backdrop for a collection of objects, many of which she discovered in antique shops around Seattle. A vintage chandelier from Epoca in San Francisco and a wall sculpture by C. Jere add a glamorous dimension.

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Joining the clients' existing Roche Bobois sectional in the living room are a pair of vintage chairs from Brooklyn Mall in Portland and wood-and-brass coffee tables by Made. Fort Street Studio in Los Angeles supplied the lush carpet. A pendant by Fredrick Ramond lights the adjacent kitchen island.

mid-century modern blue dining room...

Flux Design fabricated the blackened steel fireplace surround in the dining room. Above the clients' own table, ringed with vintage Arne Vodder chairs, is a Matthew Fairbank Design chandelier, and underfoot is a carpet from Kush Rugs. The draperies, in a Mokum fabric, were made by Portland Drapery Co.

mid-century modern bedroom blue accents

A Randolph & Hein bed faces a Paul McCobb dresser, purchased through Oliver Modern on 1stdibs, in the master bedroom. LR Design Co. crafted Simon's design for the nightstand and bench; Revive Upholstery & Design dressed the bench in a Kravet fabric.

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Simon chose a pair of wallcoverings for the office--a textural Phillip Jeffries version and a vivid Pierre Frey pattern, both from The Dixon Group. Behind the desk are a collection of framed Fortune magazines from the 1930s. The Brno chair is from Knoll in San Francisco.

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Besides functioning as a home office, the space doubles as a spot for enjoying cocktails and the view. Ligne Roset's curvy Ploum sofa sits atop a wild silk rug from Fort Street Studio. The quilted chair is from Hive, and the cigarette tables are custom through LR Design Co.

The views were spectacular at this Portland, Oregon cottage, but the interiors? Not so much. A remodel had applied heavy, Craftsman-like trim and wainscoting, which overwhelmed the 1939 home’s small rooms.

The new owners, who had moved to Portland after living in Europe and New York, asked designer Vicki Simon if she could make the space livable for their family, who favored midcentury and European-modern styles.

The first thing to go was all the extraneous trim and textured wall finishes, which gave Simon the clean slate she needed to incorporate high design.

She commissioned a custom steel fireplace surround in the dining room, for example, and found sculptural furnishings, art and lighting to round out the home’s boxy layouts. Custom touches abound, such as a 20-foot reclaimed lumber shelf in the master bedroom and a rug with cut-and-colored pile that mimics the framed ink drawings that hang above it.

Simon also played to her clients’ fearless love of color, choosing bold hues that include a bright-orange shag rug in the family room and a purple settee in the office.

“They didn’t want brown and beige, which is very Pacific Northwest. People’s heads are stuck in this gray weather we have–that’s the default. When I meet a client who’s not afraid color, I’m so excited!”