Sara and Shepherd’s home in North East Portland tells a beautiful story of modernist design. The young couple enlisted the help of designer Ericka Violett of Bright Designlab to turn their first home into the calm, layered sanctuary that they hoped for. The only real caveat was no bold color or pattern and to bring in pieces with modern and high quality craftsmanship.
Beginning with design classics, Ericka included pieces from both American and Scandinavian mid-century design. An Eero Saarinen dining table, an Eames Lounger and a Hans Wegner black rocking chair serve as items that have withstood the test of time and create an stylish starting point for the more contemporary pieces. Every choice, whether it is the sideboard from Egg Collective, or the chandelier from Apparatus, or the mirror by Ben & Aja Blanc, shows a focus on American handmade furnishings that support rising talent across the country. It’s a beautiful example of how even the most cutting edge design feel right at home with the modern classics.
But, great pieces, no matter how attractive on their own need to be put together in a way that feels organic. Ericka, smartly, focused on texture to bring in warmth to their home. Sara and Shepherd needed a little convincing to invest in a vintage Moroccan rug from Kat + Maouche, a local shop in Portland. “We presented some risky, ‘funkier’ options in the spaces before landing on the final selection,” Ericka shares. “By embracing the trial and error process, Sara and Shepherd ended up with unique rugs that pull together the design.” Moroccan wedding blanket poufs, were another great way to add texture to the space while also providing the flexible seating that the couple wanted for their entertaining needs. That along with the couple’s own collection of artwork–Sara’s father is an artist–bring together a home that shows both the polish of working with a designer and the personality of the homeowners.