A 1920s house in Portland boasts a stylish and timeless transformation


Jessica Helgerson Interior Design is responsible for this stunning and timeless transformation of a 1920’s house located in Portland’s Northwest Hills. Designed for a young family of four, this project entailed relocating the kitchen to the sunnier side of the house, adding a second canning and project kitchen to the basement as well as a sauna and wine cellar, and an upstairs laundry.

The design team strove to create a new character for the house that felt in keeping with the vintage, and to furnish it comfortably and welcomingly for the owners. The front door is painted in Fine Paints of Europe — recommended by the designer if you are looking for a gorgeous, smooth, perfect, glossy finish.


The owners desired a bright and airy home for this timeless transformation. Since most decorative lighting is more about visual eye candy and less about function, the designer selected discreet, trimless can lights throughout. This allowed for the freedom to select fixtures for their form and glow than for their capacity to flood spaces with light. Above: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball, Ammonite. The entry table is the Bristol Console by Dunn.


What We Love: This fabulous home showcases a timeless transformation where every detail has been well thought out. Reconfiguring the living spaces helps to make this family home more functional and meet their lifestyle needs. Beginning with the front door, one feels welcomed inside this stunning home, which now feels bright and airy thanks to the many updates. The wall colors in each space add character and warmth, adding to the overall inspired feel that this home exudes.

Tell Us: What do you think, do you find this home to be warm and inviting. Would this be your idea of the ultimate family home? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments!

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Above: The walls in the dining room are painted in Inchyra Blue – Farrow & Ball. The design of this space has an underwater garden feel.



Above: Before the renovation, the kitchen was an undefined, multi-purpose room. The owners desired their kitchen design to be spacious, light, bright, easy to clean, uncluttered and welcoming. They wanted an island with seating and simple access to the outdoors. The pendant over the island is a vintage Florian Schulz Double Posa fixture from the 1970’s. The island stools are from Thomas Hayes Studio. Kitchen dimensions: 15’-8” x 24’-5”.


Above: The cabinet hardware is from House of Antique Hardware. The sofa is from Jardan Furniture, while the side table is vintage from the 1950’s, sourced from 1stdibs. The ceiling height in this space is 8’-6”. Since the owners love to cook, the designer integrated plenty of built-ins to store cookbooks.


Above: The countertops are quartz slabs from Pental Surfaces. The backsplash tile is handmade in Portland, in three lovely shades of off white, by Pratt and Larson. The walnut island was custom designed by JHID and sourced from Portland-based Goby Walnut. Cabinetry paint color is Old White – Farrow & Ball. The encaustic hex tile on the floor is from Cle Tile.


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Above: An exterior garden shed was annexed to make way for this butler’s pantry. A leaded glass window was made to match the original ones, a timeless transformation.



Above: The music room is painted in Hague Blue – Farrow & Ball.


Above: The family room used to be the kitchen, one of several major changes in this timeless transformation. The owners love to cook and entertain, so the designers created an easy flow from the indoor kitchen to the extensive outdoor kitchen. This lovely family room connects to the pool area. A sectional sofa is the M.A.S.S.A.S. sofa by Patricia Urquiola. The corner chair is the Savannah Lounge Chair by Monica Forster Design Studio, while the ottoman was custom designed to match.


Above: The paint color in the powder bathroom is Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster. The magnolias were painted by Lonesome Pictopia. The light fixture is the Branching Pendant by Lindsey Adelman, while the custom mirror has a walnut frame.


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Above: In the girl’s bedroom, the walls are painted in Bronzed Beige 2151-50 | Benjamin Moore. The pretty magnolias, columbines and butterflies were hand-painted by Lonesome Pictopia. The light fixture is from Horne. The bed is from Land of Nod, while the Embrace Chair from Hive Modern. Grounding the space, the rug is Hella Jongerius for Danskina Rugs.


Above: This is a shared bathroom between the girl’s bedrooms and was once the master bathroom. The vanity was built by Earthbound Industries. The pendant lights are by Michael Anastassiades, while the floor tile is from Cle Tile. On the walls, the paint is Moonshine 2140-60 | Benjamin Moore.


Above: In the girl’s bedroom, the hand-painted wall mural of plum blossoms is by Lonesome Pictopia



Above: The bedroom walls are painted in Lamp Room Grey – Farrow & Ball, paired with a warm grey linen bed — creating a timeless aesthetic.



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Above: The bathroom walls are painted in Cornforth White – Farrow & Ball, paired with a cooler marble tile and sink cabinet. The herringbone oak floors add warmth to this space. The wall sconces are the Betty sconce from Lightmaker Studio.


Above: The walnut makeup table in the bathroom was custom designed.


Above: In the laundry room, the paint is Ammonite -Farrow & Ball. Floors are Cle Tile cement hex tiles. The hardware is from House of Antique Hardware – the Federal Style Pierced Backplate + Oval Cabinet Knob. Above the washer/dryer, the drying rack is the Train Rack from Ann-Morris in NY.


Above: This space is the basement and access into the home from the garage. The two arches on the right leads into the mudroom. The floors are integral color concrete. On the ceiling, the lights are vintage (early 1900’s) milk glass pendants from Rewire. On the floor, the rug is Vintage Plain from The Future Perfect. On the walls, the paint is Ammonite – Farrow & Ball.


Above: The mudroom is over the garage so it needed to be up a couple steps to accommodate for the ceiling height. On the floors is a concrete hex tile.


Above: The basement bathroom features wall paint in Hidden Falls 714 | Benjamin Moore, while the tile is from Pratt and Larson. The lights are the Large Ball Light from Michael Anastassiades. The sink is the Agape Bathrooms washbasin. 


Above: In the basement is a kitchen / canning kitchen / prep kitchen. This space gets plenty of use, as the owner undertakes plenty of projects in here, including experimental farming, canning and baking. Simple clean up was a must, so the countertops are stainless steel and the walls are glazed brick, while the flooring is concrete. Low ceilings create a cozy and intimate feel in this space. The ceiling lights are from Urban Electric Co., while the sconces are from Allied Maker. The paint is Dimpse – Farrow & Ball.


Above: The wine cellar features a simple palette, focusing entirely on the wine. The floors are a dark charcoal colored concrete, while the walls are a glazed tile, and the ceiling is a painted wood.

Photos: Aaron Leitz



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1 month ago

every room in this home is perfection!! I stopped dead for every room and THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing the floorplan, i can’t believe that you included that detail, it’s so helpful. Just gorgeous

1 year ago

Yes, please, where is the open shelving in the kitchen and pantry with brass rails sourced from?

Mary Jayne
1 year ago


Thank you for sharing this beautiful home! I will love to know the color of the living room with the fireplace and yellow couch if you have the information.

Thank You!

2 years ago

AGREED! Please advise as to the source of the kitchen open shelving as well as the butler’s pantry open shelving! It is gorgeous!

2 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

Yes please give the info for the open shelving and the railings for them. They are jewelry in the kitchen and laundry of this beautiful home. Love the tiles and paint colors throughout the home!

Karen Lewis
1 year ago
Reply to  Antoinette

I would also like to know where the brass shelving in the 1920’s kitchen is from. Everything you do is so beautiful!

Julia Wilde
2 years ago

Hello! I would like to fourth the question about the brass rails for the open shelving in the kitchen! Any chance you can share the source? Thank you – what a lovely piece and incredibly well-designed and well-executed vision for this home.

Last edited 2 years ago by Julia Wilde
Laurel Miller
3 years ago

Can you tell me where the kitchen open shelving is from? It’s old world but modern! Stunning

Anne Evans
3 years ago
Reply to  Laurel Miller

I would also love to know where the brass gallery rail is from! Beautiful!

3 years ago
Reply to  Anne Evans

Same question! Gorgeous home and design