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.