For 37 years, Portland area interior designers, builders and home designers have put together a collection of dream homes called The Street of Dreams (www.streetofdreamspdx.com). This year is no exception to the "dream" part of the event's title. Seven homes, all with beautiful exteriors and even more amazing interior designs. The JBi team spent a few hours last week walking through each of the homes looking for our favorite moments. Compared to previous years, I noticed a move back toward larger homes with lots of "extras" - an elevator, a glass room for wine storage, walk-in showers big enough to hold a square dance and entire walls that open up to the outdoors. While there were many great moments throughout each home, these are our absolute favorite ones - the ones we wish we had designed. We're already looking forward to next year's street. The Rivendell Manor by BC Custom Homes is a beautifully appointed European manor. One of our favorite moments seems so simple, yet has huge impact. Glass tile was used as the ceiling treatment in the powder bathroom on the main floor. This type of treatments provides texture and color that would not be possible otherwise. A genius moment.
Mystic Ridge by JT Smith Companies is a combination of natural elements and modern technology for easy living and entertaining. Two favorite features in this house are worth noting. Off to the left from the front entrance is an amazing wine tasting room, a completely glass-walled room complete with extensive wine storage, tasting table and lots of style. Our other favorite moment came on the upstairs deck where another water feature anchors the living space, providing stimulating sound and visuals.
I don't know what it was about powder baths this year, but there really were some stunners. In the Da Vinci at the Vineyard by Hutchinson Home Builders, the extra mile details were certainly noticed. The ceiling contained Da Vinci-like sketches, obviously to work with the name of the home. The other feature (and one I wish I had come up with), was a window panel created with transparent stones all held together with some type of epoxy or other material. Besides providing privacy, the treatment cast a warm and inviting glow in the room. Another pure genius moment.
Now for our two favorite homes. The Montauk by Delahunt Homes and The Oregon Dream by Stone Bridge Homes NW. The Montauk is a study in soft grays and taupes and other accent colors throughout the home. The soft palette immediately puts visitors at ease, welcoming them into a beautifully appointed interior. Barrel ceilings in the great room and dining room create grandeur without being grotesque - a feat worth noting and often not accomplished with such skill. The interior design, furniture and accessories are rich and artistic, having a curated feel. It's like a collection of special objects, not just things borrowed from a store. The dining room is especially of note for it's combination of luxurious wall covering and upholstered dining chairs. I envision many a gathering until the early morning hours spent around that table.
For the JBi team, The Oregon Dream home really took our breath away. Not that the other homes didn't have beautiful details and solid interior design, but this home felt like something that would come out of JASON BALL interiors. It matched our aesthetic perfectly and represents how I personally would want to live (if I could afford a home like this). The main floor was really about the connection to the outside. On both sides of the home, NanaWalls opened up to two outside living areas ~ a private courtyard on one side and an open living room with outdoor kitchen on the other side. Even the stair case had a level of openness about it, with floating wood treads and steel railings, ensuring that it doesn't get in the way of the views. The last room that took our breath away was the master bathroom, a study in luxury through simplicity. An open shower, large jetted tub (in front of an expansive window) and simple double vanity created a master bathroom in which I'd want to start and end every day.
All in all, this years Street of Dreams met all the requirements ~ good design (inside and out), special moments in each home and keeping the dream alive. Can't wait to see what happens next year.
About JASON BALL interiors. We are a team of interior designers based in Portland, Oregon serving residential clients throughout Oregon and Washington and beyond. To see our full portfolio, click here. For an evaluation of your upcoming projects, contact Jason Ball at (503) 267-2352 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being your interior design team.