In the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, a young couple purchased a midcentury house in the cedar-ceilinged, Pacific Northwest style. It was in great shape, but the interiors were dark and in need of an overhaul. The clients, both creative professionals, made a few attempts, “but were never able to finish it and just kept getting stuck,” says interior designer Courtney Nye.
Nye was tasked with illuminating the dark space and blending her clients’ personal styles. “The wife’s style is a little Anthropologie, and the husband’s is a bit more modern,” she says. The midcentury architecture of the house dictated the direction of the interiors, but to avoid re-creating a period house, Nye mixed in modern elements with artwork and artifacts her clients had collected over time. Join us for a tour.
Photography by Luke and Mallory Photography, courtesy of Courtney Nye Design.
Cost-wise, Nye cites the project as mid-range: “There are some investment pieces infilled with vintage pieces and items from Etsy and other low-cost sources.”
Nye sourced a great deal of furnishings from local Portland makers. “There’s so much good design happening in Portland, it’s a shame not to utilize it,” she says.
The house was originally outfitted with fluorescent uplighting, so adding new light fixtures was the single most transformative update, Nye says.
A top-floor deck wraps around the living spaces. A staircase leads to a lower level outdoor dining patio, fire pit, and hot tub, all surrounded by forest.
In the bedroom, Nye retained the original brick fireplace. “We had some back-and-forth about whether to paint it, but finally decided to just embrace the darker, woodsier feel down there,” she says.
Nye mocked up the graphic print on the back wall as a placeholder while she was searching for the right art piece. “I made something in the style I was searching for, and ended up liking it,” she said. “It’s now hanging in my own bedroom.”