NW Hills Condo October 16 2017

The Setting:
3 Bedroom Condo located in NW, Portland.

The Challenge:

This is a second home for our clients. Their main home is a bit more traditional, but for their “place in the city” they wanted to go with a more contemporary look that was still comfortable and inviting. Friends and extended family are always welcome, so the furnishings had to be hard-wearing as well as beautiful and functional. They love neutral palettes but also wanted to bring in bold hits of color to add drama. The views are one of the main attractions in this condo which we took into consideration as we selected furniture and layout.

The Solution:

We started by designing a custom leather sectional for the main living room and a custom sleeper sofa in the family/game room for additional sleeping. There was some minor reworking of built-in cabinets and bookcases which saw new life with glass shelves and lighting installed. While the palette is neutral, the space is anything but boring with the additional of colorful accessories and dramatic, oversized art. 

Downtown Portland Condo November 02 2015

Interior Design by Gregory Crowe 

The Setting:
2 Bedroom Condo located in SW Downtown, Portland.

The Challenge:
The clients are East Coast transplants who moved from a traditional, single-family home into much less square footage. They requested a space that would be sophisticated and stylish but comfortable and cozy enough to entertain the grandkids when they spent the night. With the exception of the master bedroom, all new furniture was specified as well as lighting and most of the accessories. 

The Solution:
A cherished piece of art purchased while traveling hangs above the narrow entry table as you enter. Runners with a bold graphic pattern lead the eye to the home office/guest bedroom and beyond to the main living area. 

In the office/guest bedroom, a sleeper sofa covered in kid-friendly fabric is the perfect place for a sleepover with the grandkids or an afternoon nap. 

The dining area is small in size, but big in style. A large pendant light creates drama above the table while four comfortable chairs upholstered in tone-on-tone fabric invite guests to linger after dinner. When there are more guests, two adjacent occasional chairs covered in a contemporary houndstooth pattern provide additional seating around the expandable table. 

The living area mixes neutral fabric and leather upholstered seating with glass, chrome and other silver finishes for sheen and sparkle. A custom painted chest tucks away in a niche--the perfect place for the TV. 

The accent wall behind the sofa is painted in a soft lavender color that ties in with the pop of brighter plum upholstery on the island counter stools. The area rug has a large-scaled pattern that takes center stage under the glass topped cocktail table. 



Lake Oswego Residence September 01 2015

Interior Design by Gregory Crowe  

The Setting:
Expansive two-story home featuring a wooded setting with spectacular lake views.

The Challenge:
The clients had several pieces of existing furniture and art, including two Chinese Horse Shoe chairs that they wanted to integrate with new contemporary furniture. The main areas of focus were the entry, living, dining and master bedroom. The clients were inspired by sleek, contemporary hotel lobbies and wanted to bring that feel into their home without it feeling stuffy or too formal.

The Solution:
A grand entry was the perfect spot to place the Horse Shoe chairs along with new art and an area rug. A cylinder side table finished in reclaimed wood and faux shagreen is situated between the chairs--the perfect spot for displaying the clients original porcelain sculpture.

The main living area features views looking towards the lake, so lower-profile seating was specified, and an overall palette of neutral grays and silvers was selected so as not to compete with the lake views. Selective splashes of color were carefully added, along with plenty of texture which keeps the overall feel lively.

The dining area is another great example of mixing existing, traditional furniture with pieces that are of-the-moment and clean-lined. An area rug with an oversized scaled pattern in subtle neutrals and bright orange lends drama.

Soft silvers and creams in the master bedroom create the perfect retreat for the home owners. Layers of tone-on-tone patterns and subtle textures weave throughout the room creating a space that's calming but not boring.

Pearl District Condo Renovation June 12 2015

Interior Design by Gregory Crowe and Jamie Bluhm    

Photography by Nick Grier

Setting:  Two Bedroom Twelfth Floor Condominium in NW Portland’s Pearl District

Designer's Challenge:  Transform a builder-appointed, non-descript space and delineate awkward areas with style and function. Perform a sizeable renovation while remaining conservative toward budget on a tight timeline. Design around existing hardwoods, carpet, and cabinetry to address budget concerns.  Scope of project includes renovation of kitchen countertops and walls, select new appliances, fixtures, and lighting. Update electrical and lighting throughout all areas.  Client was starting fresh with a newly purchased property and no furniture, so furniture for 2 bedrooms, living, dining, and accessories for all spaces needed to be addressed. Client works from home and needs meeting space for clients as well as personal work space.

The Solution:  Eliminate the “vanilla” and balance client’s minimalist aesthetic with high-impact design elements. Provide client with a clean, sleek, warm atmosphere that both functions as work space and satisfies the comforts of a residence. Focus on materials and pieces that are one-of-a-kind and unique.

As the main living space is long and narrow, we drew the eye up by running wall surfaces from floor to ceiling. The fireplace was clad from top to bottom with exotic zebra wood crafted in a herringbone pattern with custom built-ins and glass inserts to let the beauty of the wood shine. Client’s need for light control and privacy inspired a one-of-a-kind folding maneuverable panel system to draw over the west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows as needed. When fully drawn, the panel becomes a “second wall” that completely transforms the living room to a sharp, sophisticated wood-clad den. Custom upholstered and moulded panels were installed in the adjacent walls to serve as an enduring art piece, to offset the hard surfaces, and to provide sound dampening.

In the kitchen, the badly placed, massive hood was replaced with a modern and artistic Italian workhorse including a custom chimney crafted from zebra wood which harmonizes with the adjacent space. Limestone backsplash was removed and all kitchen walls were clad in a dimensional porcelain tile with new lighting to dramatize the new architectural  texture and pattern. New quartz countertops in a metallic abstract zebra pattern in the kitchen were installed. Quartz was also selected to clad window sills, to top built-in nightstands in guest bedroom, and to complete the custom oval-shaped dining table.

New furniture was specified throughout all rooms in grays, creams, taupes, and metallics with attention to artful and sophisticated patterns and texture. In the guest room, a custom built wall bed with built-ins was designed. In both bedrooms, work spaces were provided. Ongoing phases of the project include a custom desk and built-ins in the master bedroom as well as completion of the dining area.

Before photo Fireplace Bella Casa Design opportunity      




Portland Pearl District Penthouse II April 29 2015

Interior Design by Richard Codanti  


Idaho Lakeside Custom Home March 25 2015

Interior Design by Richard Codanti and Gregory Crowe    

The Setting:   A picturesque lakeside mountain view homesite.

The Designer’s Challenge:  Maximize views of the lake and mountains in this architect designed home with massive concrete and wood beam elements, 7 fireplaces and elevator.  Create a warm and inviting home for family and guests.

The Solution:  Work closely with architect, contractor and owner through all design and construction phases to optimize impact of design options which included use of large scale furnishings, varied textures and colors, and unobstructed views through the grand spaces to the magnificent view.

Read the article from Portrait of Portland Magazine about this project, "Looking West"


Portland Pearl District Penthouse March 25 2015

Interior Design by Richard Codanti  

The Setting:  Two-story corner penthouse in the Pearl District with high ceilings and sweeping 270 degree views.

The Designer’s Challenge:  To create grand yet comfortable and intimate spaces for family and friends to gather.

The Solution:  Fine fabrics and leathers were used in large scale yet very comfortable furniture to provide multiple and varied seating options for conversation, dining and watching the view.

Portland Waterfront Condo March 24 2015

Interior Design by Richard Codanti  

The Setting:  Luxury condominium in downtown Portland on the Willamette River with views of the Marquam Bridge, the new pedestrian bridge, Tillicum Crossing, to the South and all the Portland bridges to the North.

The Designer's Challenge:  So much glass...achieved optimal comfort and privacy while keeping the view.

The Solution:  Invisible blinds, low profile, warm colored comfortable seating includes swivel chairs to turn toward multiple focal points--the exterior views, audio/video entertainment, fireplace, grand piano and the chef's kitchen.

West Linn, Oregon Country Estate March 23 2015

Interior Design by Richard Codanti  

The Setting: New construction estate with Pacific Coastal Range view.

The Designer’s Challenge:  High ceilings and large open spaces, massive floor to ceiling fireplace.  

The Solution: Create functional spaces within a large open area with distinct yet flexible seating using large scale furnishings, swivel chairs and coordinated fabrics and leathers.




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