Glamourous Four-Square

We undertook an extensive remodel of this turn-of-the-century, Southeast Portland foursquare. By gutting the small, dysfunctional kitchen and annexing space from an under-utilized back pantry and mudroom, we created a large and airy cooking and dining space. Elsewhere in the house we introduced elegant touches such as box beams in the dining room; a fireplace mantel and built-in shelving in the living room; a wood ceiling and wainscoting in the upstairs bathroom; and a deep-cased opening, between the entry hall and the living room, which creates ledges for seating and plants. Woodwork throughout the house was given a dark-ebony stain, which, though designed to look original, also adds an element of elegance and surprise.

Eclectic in style, the home’s modern and ethnic furnishings are unified in color and scale. Many of the pieces were locally custom-made, including a sofa that nestles

into the living room’s bay window; living-room chairs cozily upholstered in sheepskin; handcrafted wood dining-room benches and a dining-table top; and vibrant blown-glass sculptures by Portland artist Andy Paiko.

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2010 Northwest Design Award Winner: Whole House Less Than $400,000

Photos by Lincoln Barbour