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Best of Oregon Homes

by Amy Azzarito

Design*Sponge | Leah Verwey Photo
Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore as much of Oregon as I’d like, I’m lucky enough to have a couple of Design*Sponge trips to Portland under my belt. The trips were short, but they were just enough to fall head over heels for the city (Portland seems to have that effect on people). The highlight of my last Portland trip was visiting the tiny house of designer Jessica Helgerson. Jessica has been a Design*Sponge favorite since almost the very beginning of the site. The way she is always able to bring the outdoors in – in a subtle, relaxed way – seems very like the state itself. And as a rule, Oregon homes seem to be as varied as the state itself. But “nature,” “relaxed” and “casual” are key words for all of these homes.  –Amy

(If you are planning a trip to Oregon, don’t miss our 24 Hours in Portland with Kinfolk Magazine and 24 Hours in Portland with Egg Press)

Image above: In this creative Portland home “comfort” is the key word.

Image above: This home in Salem, Oregon is surrounded by nature, but the inside was initially a bit of a cosmetic nightmare with mint green walls and blue shag carpet. But now that the renovation is finished, the inside is as bright and beautiful as the Pacific Northwest scenery right out the front door.

Click through for all 10 homes after the jump!

Image above: Our favorite Oregon designer, Jessica Helgerson, designed this Portland home for a family with a very modern aesthetic. Jessica says, “…the trick was to take their hundred-year-old Northwest Portland house and make it feel fresh and current while avoiding a remodel that would feel dated, trendy, or not work for somebody else if they were ever to move out.”

Image above: This living room has been a Design*Sponge favorite since 2008 and it started our demijohn obsession. This easy, breezy space was also designed by Jessica Helgerson.

Image above: The Portland home of high school sweethearts Andrew Call and Amy Livingston is filled with salvaged and found objects and everything in the home has a story.

Image above: Designer Caitlin Wilson designed this lakefront ranch in southern Oregon as a second home for a pair of fun grandparents from San Francisco who love to host get-togethers for their ever-growing family.


Image above: Another home from Portland-based designer Jessica Helgerson. This is a turn-of-the-century, South East Portland home that Jessica and her team remodeled from top to bottom. They gutted a small and dysfunctional kitchen, back pantry and mud room to create this large and airy kitchen space.

Image above: The Buckman neighborhood in Portland filled with large old trees and narrow avenues is the perfect respite from city life. Nearly everything in Julie Pointer’s home is from the side of the road or a second-hand shop and has been rescued from some other (generally sad) fate with just a little reworking on her part.

Image above: When Alissa Pulcrano purchased this 1916 home in Portland’s Williams Street Corridor, the entire neighborhood had fallen into a state of urban decay, with many of the commercial buildings boarded up and burned out. Initially, it was supposed to be an investment property, but as Alissa renovated the home, it grew on her and she decided to stay put.

Image above: This 1950s Portland home belongs to artist and toy designer Joel Henriques. Since Joel spends much of his time working with bright colors and patterns, the family likes to keep their home simple, functional and minimal.

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