An Oregon Home Becomes One With The High Desert


modern entry sliding panel gate

Architect John DeForest designed the entry to interior designer Nancy Burfiend and her partner Joey Reiter's Bend home with a sliding panel and a hinged locking gate that ensure privacy; both can be opened to receive guests when entertaining. The aluminum door and sidelight are by Western Window Systems from Building Solutions; the garage door is from Overhead Door Company of Central Oregon. Judson Construction executed the exterior concrete work and framing.

modern entry white oak flooring...

Found buried on a farm in Washington and purchased at Kirk Albert, a 100-year-old lilac tree trunk "introduces the language of organic and found objects," says Burfiend, who worked with her business partner, Whitney Maehara, on the interiors. The reclaimed-white-oak engineered flooring, installed by Exquisite Hardwood Floors, is from Restoration Timber in Sausalito, California.

modern living area floor lamp

Windows from Western Window Systems line one wall of the living area. A trio of Blu Dot ottomans is tucked under a custom Parsons console by Dansky Cabinetry against a commodious sectional from Room & Board. The floor lamp is from Design Within Reach; in the hallway hangs a Sheila Rock photograph.

modern living room stone-topped coffee...

A pair of Lee Industries leather swivel chairs from J. Garner Home complete the living area's seating. Durante Furniture made the custom coffee table--topped with stone from Grandy Marble & Tile. Modernfab crafted the steel fireplace surround; Cement Elegance handled the interior concrete work.

modern white dining room pendants...

Sally, one of the couple's cats, holds court on a custom rug beneath the dining table, from Michael Folks Showroom, which was constructed of 18th- century English floorboards. It pairs with Donghia's Anziano chairs, a modern interpretation of the ancient Greek klismos chair. The Foscarini pendants are from Light Matters. On the wall is a Robin Layton photograph from Winston Wächter Fine Art.

modern white kitchen white barstools

Glossy Pedini cabinets define the open kitchen, which features a built-in bar area with a glassware display set against Interstyle tile. Design Within Reach barstools wrap around the island. Baptista Tile & Stone Gallery fabricated the quartz composite countertops from Pental Surfaces. Keller Supply provided the KWC bar faucet, the Hansgrohe island faucet and the Kohler sinks; the Wolf range is from Albert Lee.

modern office guest room custom...

The office doubles as an extra guest room and includes a sofa from Room & Board. Understated accents come from the Design Within Reach floor lamp and West Elm rug. A custom wall unit by Dansky Cabinetry is filled with books and objects.

modern office wood cabinetry

Builder Doug Young created systems of panels and doors to close off parts of the home for privacy. The cabinet in the office is from Organic Modernism in Los Angeles. In the hallway is a 1950s Paul McCobb stool.

modern bathroom birds gray

Burfiend and Reiter coveted Trove's Indi wallpaper. So, for the powder room, the design team opted to apply it to the ceiling and wrap it into the continuous skylight so that birds are reflected in the mirror. The vanity, inset with a Kohler sink and faucet, is flanked by Lightology sconces.

modern courtyard floor-to-ceiling windows

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the indoor-outdoor connection craved by the homeowners. The living area looks out to a courtyard designed by Chris Hart-Henderson of Heart Springs Landscape Design, installed by Mountain Sky Landscaping, who filled the space with plantings in keeping with the desert surroundings.

modern hallway master bedroom panel

A floor-to-ceiling panel at the entry to the master bedroom can be closed off for complete privacy from the main living spaces. Discovered on 1stdibs, a 1950s T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chair was reupholstered by Village Interiors in a Calvin fabric.

modern bedroom white glass windows

Above the Alchemy Collection bed with linens from Crate & Barrel in the master bedroom is a Robin Layton photograph from Winston Wächter Fine Art. Marble table lamps from 1stdibs with custom shades by Harold's Lighting stand on custom Plantation bedside chests. D.A. Burns fabricated the custom rug.

It’s just a 40-minute flight from Seattle to Bend, Oregon, and interior designer Nancy Burfiend and her partner, Joey Reiter, a retired financial consultant, are regular weekend commuters. The short jaunt takes them to their high desert retreat, a contemporary home designed in collaboration with architect John DeForest to hover on the rugged landscape.

Despite having worked on numerous projects, Burfiend admits, “It’s difficult to do this for yourself and decide where to pare down.” DeForest aided the process with assignments requiring the women to think about how they wanted to live and feel in their home. For example, an inquiry about what was important to Nancy when she woke up in the morning was met with, “I want fresh air.” That simple response led to a conversation about windows and everything related to them.

Similar discourses led to defining materials like the cedar siding, stained warm charcoal gray, that flows indoors where it meets imperfect slices of reclaimed oak floors. The basic materials outside lead to decidedly unfussy interiors so upon returning from hikes, the owners don’t have to take off their boots.

Among the finishing touches are covered sofas and chairs with durable tweeds and leathers that provide the requisite durability, while artwork depicting outdoor themes complements the natural habitat.