2023 Master Design Awards: Residential Interior Less than $100,000 — SILVER

by Emily Blackburn

Christensen Design Studio

Spokane, Wash.

Location: Portland, Ore. | Project Cost: $100,000
Square Footage: 2,340

This 1922 craftsman bungalow was dark, dated and light devouring. An updated look with a lighter/brighter palette was needed while expressing an element of the family’s heritage, combining Asian and Latin/Texan culture. Inspired by the existing Longhorn painting, tones of blues, golds, soft grays, were paired with splashes of pink and a bit of gold. Lacking a true entryway, cabinets hide shoes which are ordinarily piled by the door, and brass hooks hang handbags and dog leashes. The cherry blossom wallpaper, a key element, adds color and pattern without mass. The small living room, a challenge for the owners to place furniture, incorporates four swivel chairs around an ottoman for a more dynamic layout without crowding the traffic flow. The new lounge-like feel encourages them to enjoy their favorite beverage by the fireplace.

With their love of hosting large family gatherings, the white oak table with rounded corners provides clear circulation when the table is fully extended. A conveniently placed brass bar cart can easily roll into the other room. The home office needed to be a workspace, TV room and guest room. A spacious console/media cabinet houses TV, office supplies & printer. The chair-and-a-half (a hide-a-bed),perfect for when grandma comes to stay. Tall white bookcases fit perfectly between the French doors to display the extensive cookbook and classic literature collection. A sit-to-stand desk and ergonomic task chair provide versatility and comfort to this mega-multitasking space. Kitchen was updated with minimal upset to the home, utilizing as much existing structures as possible, simplified the process.


Tile: Settecento, MSI
Kitchen Cabinetry: Parr Cabinet
Faucets: Grohe

Range: Viking
Exhaust Hood: Vent-A-Hood

Refrigerator: Frigidaire
Dishwasher: Viking

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