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Bright Designlab

Portland, Oregon

Regions Served

  • Pacific Northwest
  • San Francisco & Bay Area

We are Bright Designlab.

Our interior design is authentic and approachable. Our process is rigorous and organized. We are focused on the details. After all, that’s what makes up the bigger picture.

Tell us your story. We will listen. We will ask questions and collaborate with you to land on a solution that will not only attain your goals, but hopefully delight you.

We seek clients and projects that center on making a positive difference in the world.  Working across residential, restaurant, hospitality and retail spaces in the Portland, Oregon area and across the globe. Each space is designed to be truly lived in, with the intention to make life easier and unquestionably more beautiful.

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Owners

  • Alissa Pulcrano

Locations

  • 404 NW 10th Ave. Ste 101
    Portland, OR 97209

Featured Projects

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Forest Green Kitchen

Interior design and renovation created to elevate the interior and exterior of an architect-designed home in a hidden area of Portland’s NW hills. The design is comfortable yet elegant, infusing the family’s acquired treasures from world travels throughout the home (canoes and totems included!), resulting in a playful and meaningful interior. The exterior was re-imagined to integrate with the surrounding forest, and lead into trails landscaped throughout the 50 acre property.

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Green Bathroom

Interior design and renovation created to elevate the interior and exterior of an architect-designed home in a hidden area of Portland’s NW hills. The design is comfortable yet elegant, infusing the family’s acquired treasures from world travels throughout the home (canoes and totems included!), resulting in a playful and meaningful interior. The exterior was re-imagined to integrate with the surrounding forest, and lead into trails landscaped throughout the 50 acre property.

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Blue Kitchen

Our clients bought a home on a tree-lined street in North Portland’s Overlook neighborhood that had been comfortably lived in and not renovated since sometime in the 1940’s or maybe the 70’s… hard to discern, but you get the picture.

The young couple hired Bright Besignlab to help collaborate on a full home overhaul – kitchen planning and design, guest bath design and remodel, and designing the addition of a new master bath + closet suite, as well as overall color palette throughout.

The finished product is an exciting, playful yet sophisticated array of pattern, color and texture – juxtaposing modern finishes and old world techniques.  The kitchen design includes blue azure concrete tiles from Ann Sacks, Bright Designlab detailing on custom washed gray oak cabinets and waterfall of pentalquartz with warm, winding, walnut floating shelves. and glossy white upper European style cabinets.  Brass hardware and beat lights provide a sparkling warmth and light.

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White, Black, Pink: Part 1

A newlywed couple came to Bright Designlab having just purchased their home in NE Portland: a completely modernized traditional Portland home. The scope of the project was to fully furnish the spaces and make their new nest livable, functional, and reflecting the couples undeniable charismatic personality… with room to grow.

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White, Black, Pink: Part 2

The shingled home is three stories tall (now with renovated attic floor) and very light, bright, and open, with traditional moldings and details. Bright designlab pulled together a selection of classic pieces, along with handcrafted, vintage and custom furniture to complement.

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Japanese Minimalism Kitchen

Our client longed for a show-stopping whole-home remodel of his Mid-Century Modern house in the hills of NW Portland. We created a design based on the concept of Japanese minimalism and executed it throughout the home, keeping the aesthetic clean, modern, and masculine.

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Bohemian Modern Kitchen

Our clients bought a home in the Creston-Kenilworth area of SE Portland; a 1959 classic that was just sitting pretty, waiting for an artist’s touch.  A lovely Mid-Century blank slate to work with.

The young couple hired Bright Designlab to help collaborate on a full kitchen plan and design – one that would showcase Jeff Hulme’s original pottery and one that would keep the growing family together in the kitchen during mealtime.

The finished product has a bohemian, handcrafted look, with custom designed open shelving of steel and oak, cork floors, and navy cabinetry with cut out handles to show off the ApplePly. Every drawer has a purpose, and the rest, is truly an art display.

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Modern Plywood Treehouse: Part 1

Our client, a Creative Director for the skateboarding world, was looking for a kitchen and powder room filled with texture and life, and a showcase to exhibit a finely curated collection of art in all forms. What emerged from the collaboration is a kitchen that is a sculpture in itself, modern and masculine. The wall of plywood shelving which frames the forested site was designed by Bright Designlab – executed by the fine carpenters at Hammer & Hand.

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Modern Plywood Treehouse: Part 2

The kitchen cabinets are ebonized wood in which you can still see the texture of the woodgrain below the inky surface, accented by sleek brass pulls, open light wood shelving with brass brackets and a quartz top. The custom peninsula has a black Western walnut top and legs over a plywood base with a black pipe footrest. The Bertoia barstools were part of the client’s own collection.

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Bungalow Kitchen

This young couple came to Bright Designlab with a predicament: They love to entertain, however their existing kitchen was sorely lacking the function and flow needed to host friends and family. In addition, though the house is from the 1920’s, the kitchen had been remodeled in the 1950’s and just didn’t fit… it was time to make a change.

Bright Designlab  reimagined the kitchen to mingle the clients’ modern aesthetic with elements that speak to the sensibilities of the 1920’s structure.  The new plan embraces the adjacent dining room, adding a small wet-bar, and allowing guests to easily interact with their hosts. To gain functional space without adding square footage, deep counters, additional windows, concentrated work zones, and a pantry were designed in, to make the space feel open and work well for two cooks to work in tandem.

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Hewett House

The team of Green Gables and Bright Designlab were asked to completely reimagine the interior of this home built in 1954, which included a full architectural finish package. The first priority was to refine the layout taking advantage of the expansive views to the West Hills, which meant relocating a central staircase and a full reconfiguration of the Kitchen. The selected materials and muted palette were carefully considered to evoke an organic, modern aesthetic. In the Living Room, there were existing wood ceilings that we were able to repurpose in a contemporary way to complement the new design and preserve some original details in the home.

The clients requested a private Primary Bedroom with an en suite bath that would take advantage of the views. As part of the programming for four teenagers and frequent visits from parents, each of the additional five bedrooms now have en suite bathrooms as well. Every space throughout the house was designed with purpose, creating understated beauty and high-level function for this family of six.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Sherwood Place

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Photos: George Barberis
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Greenleaf Romantic

Privately located on the coveted street of Greenleaf Court, this gorgeous 1930’s home was full of architectural charm and waiting for a Bright refresh. The client originally tasked the Bright team to fully furnish their first home in Portland after relocating from Chicago. They explained that they never had investment pieces in their home and wanted us to find furniture and artwork that would resonate with them for years to come. The house also called for an overall refresh to elevate the space and complement the new furniture.

We developed a new paint palette for the interiors, highlighting the architectural moldings; integrated custom built-in shelving, seating areas, and fully reimagined the fireplace. The Powder Bath refresh was the final bonus update.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Highland House

A return client came to us after finding this 1935 Tudor gem on a quiet street in Portland SW Hills. While the house had classic architectural charm, it was layered in decades of miscellaneous updates, turning it into a bit of a diamond in the rough. In Bright Designlab’s renovation, we chose finishes and fixtures that nod to the original era of the home, while mixing in more dynamic design-forward materials. The result is a sophisticated space that was tailored to the client’s needs, and a reinvigorated Tudor beauty.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Modern Lodge

The Petes Mountain Lodge home is a beautiful country house perched on 7 acres of sprawling fields and trees. This home, built in 2001, created a unique challenge to blend a modern lodge vibe with the existing architectural style – strong rustic wood elements that the client wanted to preserve, and a many areas that were in great need of a design overhaul. With materials chosen for durability and longevity, we landed on a design that showcases the serene landscape and creates a symbiotic indoor/outdoor relationship.

On the interior, all of the existing pine doors and trim were preserved. The kitchen configuration was reimagined to introduce a more productive flow with an open layout. This also created room for more storage to meet the growing family’s needs. We also designed a full reconfiguration of the Primary Bath to gain both function and unobstructed views out to the property.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Nob Hill Goth

The Nob Hill Goth project is a beautiful historic Victorian in NW Portland. This home, rumored to be on on of the Portlandia episodes fell into our lap in mid 2021. What started as a collaborative furniture refresh to make the design language more cohesive, turned into a full addition for a dream Kitchen + Powder room for the clients. By merely extending the kitchen six feet in two directions, we were able to create a large kitchen with expansive counters in Calacatta Viola, a giant island and a full wall of doors that open entirely to the outdoor space. The design language was carried through in lush full-spectrum paint colors by Farrow & Ball, and an ecclectic furniture package with vintage finds, client’s own artwork and curated pieces made by artisans such as Brazilain Designer Juliana Vasconcelos and small Irish funiture maker Orior.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Ladds Addition

In this remarkable transformation of a historical 1912 Craftsman house in the Ladd’s Addition, the heart of the home was reimagined with the kitchen now occupying the space where the living room once stood. In order to gain the function and space that this modern family desired, this strategic relocation optimized the flow of the interior and infused the home with a new sense of purpose and grace. The kitchen, traditionally a place of gathering, now basks in the generous proportions featuring a 55″ range and a custom-designed island that seats the entire family.

A remodel for a home of this era requires a delicate balance between preserving historical integrity and introducing modern comforts. The client expressed interest in having a space that felt more delicate and design-forward to balance the stout architectural style of a craftsman home. Soft hues, floral motifs, and subtle arches were thoughtfully integrated into the design, elevating each space. Arched niches in the kitchen display an array of meaningful books, photographs, and collected items; a marbled vanity in the Primary evokes a romantic quality like that of a classic film while being so practical at the same time. While many of the original built-in cabinetry and leaded glass were preserved during the design development, every corner of the home was reimagined to create a contemporary design that respects the character of the home, adding function and value along with the general feeling that it may have always been that way.

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Photos: George Barberis
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Wilcox Estate

It’s always a good sign when previous clients return for multiple collaborations. This one was a dream project, the kind that we always hope for. An extensive down to the studs remodel of a home where the previous owner resided for 40 years, and in dire need of resussitation. There are nods to the time capsule of the midcentury ranch while pushing the boundaries of design. Satruated color and texture create a space that embraces you upon entry. Rich color next to warm woods. An active call to the local trades to fabricate and showcase brasswork (Boy Boy), cabinetry (Maple Key LLC, Master Furnituremakers) and the tried and true craftmanship of The Works general contractor.

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Photos: George Barberis

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