simply color: portland four-square

Jessica Helgerson’s Portland-based interior design firm is truly amazing. I’m with Grace—if I could hire an interior designer, Jessica Helgerson would be at the top of my list! The room above is from an enchanting Portland four-square that Jessica and her team remodeled in 2009. I absolutely love the idea of a garden-inspired room! The soft wall color (Gray Wisp, Benjamin Moore) feels refreshing with the turquoise and green hues. I adore the Santos cage woman—she ties the room together quite nicely. The entire sneak peak is incredible, click here to take a look. —Lauren

A. Aged Pine (Valspar), PMS 5535; B. Nordic Forest (Valspar), PMS 341; C. Swim (Valspar), PMS 630; D. Sycamore (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 573; E. Pearl White (Pratt & Lambert), PMS Cool Gray 1

1. Santos Cage Doll, $130; 2. Flowering Oregano, $58; 3. Oxidized Filigree Sphere, $498; 4. Terracotta Clay Pot Planter, $4; 5. Glass House Cloche, $98; 6. Folding Garden Chair, $198+; 7. Lily of the Valley Print, $220; 8. Tall Beach Bottle, $18; 8. Verdigris Watering Can, $16;

  1. Bernie says:

    This home has been my absolute favorite “sneak peak” of all time. Funny choice for someone who usually likes a lot more color. Its just stunning! (still)

  2. Ebru says:

    I love the color palette – I am looking at the Bosphorus straight on this summy day here in Istanbul and see the exact same colors (which you can also check out at my lates blog post). But what I love more is the fact that I have the exact same sphere lamp in two sizes hanging in my living room right now. Thanks for sharing…

  3. Kitchens says:

    I really like the blue vases, but if I’m being honest the Santos Cage Doll scares me a bit. I’d feel like I was being watched!!

  4. grace says:


    clicked on what link? we ran a recent virus check on the site and there’s nothing on our end…

    to leave a comment you’ll never be asked to subscribe to anything. are you talking about an outside page we’re linking to?


  5. Megan says:

    Love the color palette!

  6. love the color palette. lovely mix!

  7. sara says:

    Kitchens I feel the same! Those wooden arms reaching for you… good thing the lush color scheme is pretty calming…

  8. Jillian says:

    Gorgeous. I’m off to check out her website.

  9. I am also with you, Jessica Helgerson’s work is so inspiring. It seems a lot of her rooms incorporate glass and plants, resulting in such a nice feel to her designs. They feel so natural and comfortable.

  10. That light fixture makes the room!

  11. Candi says:

    I love rooms that feel like there is bit of the outdoors on the inside. Love those corner windows too…lots of light for happy plants!

  12. jillian says:

    ooo LOVE the glass vases. so pretty :) i am going to portland this weekend! xoxo jcd :: stop by to enter a custom jhill design print cornflake dreams

  13. A_Flama says:

    Wow, the cage doll is amazing!!!

  14. This sneak peek has been in my top 3 favorites of all time! I love the use of black and white and pops of green throughout the home.

    Amazing find on the cage doll! I did a double take, it looks almost exactly the same

  15. Oh I absolutely love everything, every single piece and color here. I’m having the same vision for my spring sun room!

  16. Jenna Lee says:

    I am absolutely in love with the palette she used! I will definitely be using it for inspiration :)

  17. Yeah Jessica, Jesse and Emily ! You’re front and center again…. because you’re awesome. So proud : )

  18. JennyGra says:

    We really love this corner: such a shabby-french style! For our bedroom we choosed a greening palette to obtain a decò effect. The Orix trophy is handmade by ourselves with tissue paper and wire.

  19. Mshs1948 says:

    I came across this site by accident, I’m glad I did because I found the mixes very interesting and quite humerous.

  20. The flowering oregano plant (#2) is from the nursery that my grandfather founded (and that his son now runs). YAY! It’s great to see it on D*S.


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