Enjoy a little breathing space while you virtually walk through this Portland home by Emerick Architects situated in a completely unassuming building on Division St.
The clean, open floor plan and lofty ceiling are juxtaposed with a central box of concrete which envelopes the refrigerator and fireplace, strongly joins the living area with the kitchen and ostensibly serves as sexy storage for firewood, china, and more.
What looks like a simple black and white palette upon a closer look unfolds into a range of matte charcoal and gunmetal paired with eggshell, cream and cloudy hints of gray. Use of these off-white materials- the brightness of the floor and walls, dishes, draperies and upholstered armchair- offer an unexpected and welcome balance.
The result is sophisticated but understated and while some of the decor motifs are nods to the age of the building, overall the aged elements seem to fearlessly and easily merge into the sleek stainless and aluminum expanses.
The combination of the hex subway tile and simple wall clock cue rosy images of boys running through the halls of an elementary schoolhouse or around public pools in ’50s movies.
Every detail has been perfectly attended to in this home as you can see again in the bedroom. The fan is barely noticeable until you start to admire it’s sharp modern shape and all lighting takes a back seat until those beautiful Edison-style bulbs catch your eye. The unique mirror makes a big statement while the canvas laundry cart adds another little dash of old-fashioned flavor.