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Pacific Northwest Beach Condo, Oceanside, Oregon

Light and airy colors enhance a remodeled beach condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean

The sad, tired condominium offered a million-dollar view and the promise of peace and tranquility for its busy new owners who live in Portland, Oregon.   However, everything needed updating and remodeling before the weekend getaways could become a reality.

The owners had very specific ideas about what their proposed remodel would entail.  They wanted an upscale kitchen and  bathrooms with a new look, better lighting, and new furnishings, with the spectacular 180-degree view to be the most important element in the entire project.  They also requested a color palette that brought the exterior surroundings into their living spaces.  Additionally, they asked for an element of lighthearted fun in the project. They wanted to be able to use their collections of seashells, mermaids, and related art as  part of the interior design.

The designer worked with a general contractor to completely refurbish the condominium.  Exterior repairs were completed, the entire interior including all the cabinetry was repainted, new tile and granite were applied,  new appliances were purchased, and new furnishings were carefully selected.

Finding the perfect fabric with an underwater motif became the keystone for  the proposed design changes.  A Barbara Barry  print on a beautiful, luxe white cotton ground now covers the great room sofa.  The fabric is redolent in colors of the sea–soft lavenders, greens, and blues carry the ocean theme to every room in the condominium.  Barry’s print also came to life in the kitchen in hand painted scenes on the cabinet doors as well as the cooking island.

Philippe Starck clear acrylic dining chairs and bar stools, plus a glass top dining table allow uncluttered views of the ever-changing Pacific.   Bird watching  can sometimes be inches away from the outdoor bird feeders and nesting areas.

Additionally, two over-sized hand painted dolphins grace the sides of the great room fireplace, and a glass-topped coffee table houses an antique lobster trap that was purchased on a trip to New England.

Bathrooms  evolved into revitalized spaces with a Ralph Lauren wallpaper in the guest bath, and a hand painted mural in the master.   Fresh, lively towels and accessories, plus new nautical lighting and cabinet hardware add interest and value to the home’s private spaces.  An over-the-top ceiling mural sets the mood for the master bedroom.

A recent addition to the  master bedroom will be a hand sewn and quilted bedspread.  The designer purchased the silk for her clients  in Hoi An, Viet Nam.

Client Testimonial

Shirley was asked to completely re-do color schemes and furniture in a purchased townhouse on the Oregon Coast.Prior owners used very dark and deep colors, and I wished the soft beach colors replicating the grays and light turquoise and an extremely soft hint of lavender hues of what was out the window. Benjamin Moore colors selected throughout all rooms are easy and restful and do not compete with the amazing views out of each window. Textile selections for all furniture was subtle to the ocean theme and as I desired, not “kitschy”. They are elegant and in the same hues and add dimension and texture throughout. They also are washable and/or coated well for coming in from the beach and wet swimsuits plopping down on them.We own a Maine wooden lobster cage always desiring to use it “someday” in a great way, and Shirley had a table with wrought iron legs and bullnosed edges built for it with a glass top as our coffee table. It’s front-and-center and a true conversation piece.The *tricky* part of this townhouse was an impossible bathroom, now our pride and joy. It was dark, no windows, pocket doors out to a hall and also into a guest bedroom. Had been done in mustard and sage green (ugh), and Shirley re-created it with boat lighting, canned lighting, Ralph Lauren nautical maps wallpaper, bronze porthole scones on either side of a porthole very large mirror, and it came to life.We wanted a master bathroom in the soft pink that is on the inside of a conch shell, but didn’t want anything feminine. Shirley chose a pale pink and counterbalanced it with deep marine blue in towels, etc. for making it nongendered.Wainscoting was added upstairs and down and painted a rich white. Hardware from Chown Hardware in many marine life designs was found by Shirley and placed in the kitchen and in both bathrooms, also adding a textural and whimsical detail in dark pewter – sea urchins, sea horses, driftwood long cupboard pulls, star fish. It’s in the details, and eye candy. The most powerful pieces asked for and in place are two dauphins (old European versions of dolphins) she had faux painted by a colleague to match the tile of the fireplace. They reside on either side of the fire box. The result evokes a “Wow!” from everyone who steps into the beach house.”
– Connie Tyson