Nature & Subtle Glamour Define A Portland Home

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To harness the Portland views that captivated her clients, a designer creates a space informed by the surrounding landscape.

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Designer Jennifer Leonard chose a wool-and-silk carpet from Kush Rugs to ground the living room of a Portland house. Houles gimped braid trims the Kravet fabric on a Hickory Chair sofa. Christopher Guy armchairs face the coffee table and stools, both by Gearhart Ironwerks. The Roman shades in GP&J Baker embroidered silk filter light that hits the shimmering Kravet grasscloth on the walls.

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Next to the stairway in the entry, a Christopher Guy cabinet and mirror and a crystal Visual Comfort & Co. lamp create a striking vignette to greet visitors.

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A bold work by G. M. Grenon adds graphic punch to the formal dining room, where Hickory Chair seats backed in GP&J Baker damask and a Christopher Guy table gather under a Currey & Company chandelier. Another Kush Rugs carpet anchors the space, which is enveloped in Cole & Son wallpaper. Osborne & Little silk draperies frame views of the trees. The stools are by Schumacher.

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From Kravet, a settee in Mulberry Home linen and dining chairs surround a Stanley Furniture table in the family room’s dining area, which looks to windows adorned with Hartmann & Forbes shades. Above is a Visual Comfort & Co. chandelier.

traditional family room sectional desk...

The family room's multifunctional seating area combines a Kravet sectional in mohair-velvet with a desk, desk chair and coffee table, all by Hickory Chair. The Visual Comfort & Co. floor lamp brings a subtly glamorous note to the earthy palette.

traditional office living area zebra...

Leonard amped up the elegance in the den, treating the existing built-in cherry cabinetry to a glossy black-lacquer finish. She complemented the new paint with mirrored insets and gold-hued hardware. For the work station, Katayama Framing fabricated a custom bulletin board.

traditional living room piano zebra...

Though the home's views and outdoor areas sold Leonard's clients on the residence, the family had to contend with less square footage than in their old house, so creative space planning was key. Against a backdrop of Scalamandre's iconic zebra wallcovering, the den functions as a spot for piano lessons and homework and can also be used as a guest room.

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The generous patio was furnished for lounging and entertaining. A seating area showcases customized outdoor pieces by Terra as well as square Terra tables surrounded by Kingsley Bate wicker dining chairs.

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A Made Goods table and mirror pair with an Arteriors lamp in the dreamy master bedroom. The bold, circular pattern of the Beacon Hill embroidered silk on the Euro pillows is offset by the subtle texture of the Schumacher wool-blend custom shams. Kravet's lidded storage bench sits at the foot of the bed.

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Bringing a note of old-school charm to the master bedroom is a classic alarm clock perched on a bedside table. Fresh flowers pick up the palette of muted hues.

traditional bedroom blue headboard

The custom headboard is upholstered in Holland & Sherry fabric. Its pale-blue trellis-like pattern stands out against a subtly striated handwoven natural grass-cloth wallcovering by Hartmann & Forbes.

I asked for something colorful and beautiful, but that also worked with the natural landscape outside the windows,” says one of the homeowners of this 1997 abode nestled amid mature trees and overlooking the Cascade Mountains, Willamette River and downtown Portland.

Designer Jennifer Leonard‘s response? “Stay somewhat neutral, but with some sass,” she explains. “We had to work with all the lush greenery seen through the numerous windows and also the existing green counter and cabinetry in the kitchen.”

Drawing textures and motifs from the outdoors–birds, branches, grasses, flowers, leaves–provided a constant reference to nature in most rooms. But the theme is augmented with the mellow shimmer of rugs woven with silk, grass cloth threaded with metallic fibers, the discreet sheen of gilded metals, high-gloss lacquer and other materials and finishes that up the glam ante just enough to bring in the desired “sass.”

Some rooms tilt in one direction more than the other — the dining room is high on lustrous surfaces and sparkle, while the family room feels more down to earth — but the mix always results in an approachable elegance that matches the owners’ personalities “as comfortable, easy, fun and playful people to be around,” concludes Leonard.

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