House Guest: Seaside Serenity
June 10, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINCOLN BARBOUR
The dreamlike hues of the Oregon coast have special powers to soothe the soul, making it an ideal getaway locale. So when one couple set out to decorate their beachfront vacation home, they called for its interiors to be just as engaging as the coastal surroundings. They employed the help of Jessica Helgerson and her design team to give each room of this three-story house its own distinct style and feeling.
To complement the vistas, this sitting area has been kept light and airy, with a whisper-soft palette and elegant furnishings. “We wanted people to come right in and see through the room and out to the ocean, so the furniture is thin and delicate,” says Helgerson.
For casual group gatherings, the family convenes in the colorful mid-level living room which doubles as a library. A midcentury rocker from Portland Modern invites reading or ocean gazing. In the center, Kittinger Furniture Company chairs covered with cowhide from Ashbury Hides surround a vintage Paul McCobb table.
The playful living area on the lower floor is a testament to the team’s talent for repurposing salvaged materials. In one sunny corner, a refurbished boat swings from the ceiling, offering a tempting spot to curl up with a book. Artist Heather Levine crafted the ceramic light fixtures in the bar area.
Found on the top floor is the dining room, featuring a long wooden plank table for large family gatherings—an antique from Bo Tree Source in Los Angeles. A generous Ochre chandelier hangs overhead, dripping hand-blown glass teardrops.
With enchanting views from nearly every room and a gently lived-in feeling afforded by a mixture of custom-made and vintage treasures, the home has become an idyllic haven for unwinding and reconnecting with family. “It’s really a pleasant place to be,” Helgerson says. “It’s comfortable and approachable—not too fancy—and everyone feels welcome here.”
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