I have always had a soft spot for intricate, bold patterns. The more offbeat the color combination and the wackier the style, the better. Lately, though, I’ve found myself in the minority as art directors, fashion designers and interior decorators alike continue to scale back on the bigness and detail of the patterns they use. These forward thinkers seem to be favoring more streamlined looks based in simple squares, rectangles, and what I call “squiggles.” Their more basic designs not only stand out when compared to overly-saturated looks, but they creep up and surprise you with how impactful – yet simple – they are.
The stunning paint jobs in the Portland, OR home of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.’s Marketing Project Manager Summer Wick and her husband Brandon are a perfect example of how simple shapes can leave a lasting impression. Their bedrooms’ walls are decked out in basic triangles, and bold-and-black stripes add drama to the dining nook. The crisp shapes they’ve used in the patterns look easy enough to create. But as with most fundamental designs, there was more to it than meets the eye. It was a tedious, tiring and careful process. Using a stencil and a steady brush, the couple carefully spaced out each element and hand-painted every single one themselves.
These pretty wall treatments truly are the house’s pièce de résistance, but look past them and you’ll find a mid-century modern fan’s dream home. It didn’t land in Summer and Brandon’s lap this way, though. Left untouched for 60 years, the home had avocado walls, shag carpeting and pink tile when they moved in. Swapping out all of these outdated quirks may seem daunting to some, but not for this DIY pair. Huge fans of modern design themselves, the couple saw this as an opportunity to fully express their affinity for the era. Each tweak they’ve made to the space, from new appliances to lighting, has been carefully considered in order to fit seamlessly with the home’s original details. Click through to see just how Summer and Brandon have merged today and yesterday into one cohesive, memorable and gorgeous home. Enjoy! —Garrett