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Step inside 8 Eastmoreland homes dressed for the holidays (photos)
Textured wallpaper like grass-cloth and fish-print Acquario were installed as well as nods to the past: A wooden chair that dates back to 1852 was brought to Oregon from Michigan by the owner's ancestors.
Gallery: 2017 Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique
By Janet Eastman
Do you need inventive ways to decorate for the holidays or maybe remodeling ideas for the new year? The 39th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique on Friday, Dec1, is your chance to see inside eight private residences, newly improved and decked out with Christmas trees, ornaments and other festive decor.
The Southeast Portland houses range in age and styles, and their owners are eager to showcase updated kitchens, luxury master suites and clever conversions, such as making an attic a master suite and a daylight basement a guest retreat and home theater with heated travertine floor tiles arranged in a Byzantine pattern.
Ticket holders ($35, or $30 in advance at duniwayhometour.org) can take a trolley to visit a rare post-WWI French eclectic-style house to a midcentury contemporary and a two-year-old Craftsman described as exhibiting a "more is more" approach to interior design.
Thinking about adding bold, modern wallpaper to you home? You'll see plenty of examples on the tour.
The self-paced tour, held in two sessions from 10 a.m.-3 p.mand 4 p.m.-9 p.m., supports art and technology programs, classroom grants, library books, cultural arts and other academic enrichments for Duniway Elementary School students.
The tour begins at Duniway Elementary School, 7700 SE Reed College PlaceAttendees can pick up their tour booklet at the Holiday Boutique in the Duniway gymThe boutique, from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., is free and open to everyone.
Here are highlights of the houses on the 2017 Duniway Holiday Home Tour:
1924 Prairie-style house: Original features blend with modern touches inside this flat-roof, linear house designed by architect J.CVanderpool and resting on a raised corner lotThe new front entry leads to an archway and decades-old wood flooring with inlays.
The remodeled kitchen has quartz counters and a small alcove with an arch openingAbove the dining room is a midcentury George Nelson light fixtureA half bath displays an original medicine cabinet and hexagonal tilesRestored hand-crank windows encased the art studio.
The finished basement includes a children's activity station under the stairwell plus storage, a guest room and bath with heated textured linen tile floors.
Don't miss stepping outside: The landscaping includes a flagstone patio, fountain and fire pit.
1924 English/French cottage: Thoughtful updates, family heirlooms and art are visible inside this ochre house fronted by a semi-circular walkwayVintage handmade German ornaments and mementos collected on the family's travels adorn the Christmas treeThroughout the home are displays of Christmas figurines and decades-old German objets d'art.
The formal dining room has a vintage Baroque-style chandelier over an antique French tableAlso visible: Art by Millard SheetsA hand-carved antique partner's desk sits on top of the stained, stencil inlay hardwood floor in the home office.
The original galley kitchen has been updated and storage was added, including in the mudroom near the secondary staircase.
The master suite's bath has been renovated with marble hexagon tilesA top floor loft is a play and study space and the basement has been fully finished as an entertainment center, craft room and wine cellar.
1930 English cottage: A tear-down was saved and turned into a stunning, remodeled house with a storybook pitched roofInside, the updated galley kitchen has granite counters and white woodwork plus a small seating nookDoors off the family room lead to a landscaped backyard with a metal sculpture of a life-size horse.
The attic was converted into a master suite and built-in desks were installed at the top of the staircase, which is typically an underused spaceThe basement was redesigned as a family room and guest suite with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry.
1930 French eclectic-style house: European-inspired architecture like Tudor, English cottage and Renaissance Revival are easy to spot in Portland, but French eclectic, a design also popular in the first half of the 1900s, is more exotic.
This asymmetrical example, built by H.RKibler for client George Hoch, who founded the Hoch & Selby Wholesale Furniture Co., and his wife, Edith, has the design's hallmarks: An extremely tall roof, rounded front door and small-pane casement windows.
Inside, there are top-nailed Siberian red-oak floors, mahogany trim, built-in cabinetry, French doors and iron railingsThe house was on the 1992 Duniway home tour and featured in Better Homes and Gardens the following year.
French, English and American antiques pair well with paintings by Pacific Northwest artists C.CMcKim, Helen Savier Dumond, Edward Espey, Grafton Tyler Brown, Clara Jane Stephens and Clyde Keller.
The living room has windows on three sides and the dining room opens to a terrace overlooking gardens framed by boxwood and laurel hedges.
The renovated kitchen has quarter-sawn red oak floors, green granite counters and a banquette seating areaTwo small bedrooms were made into a spacious master suite and the finished daylight basement includes a guest bedroom and bath, office, kitchenette and theater area with a fireplace.
1941 American Colonial Revival: Vintage and traditional design take center stage in this classic white house on a corner lotAlmost everything inside is meaningful to the owners, and much has been gifted or repurposed from other sources.
The living room piano, resting on butterscotch parquet floors, has been passed down through the generationsRare photos of the Hollywood Bowl hang in the master suite and walls in the main floor bathroom are papered in music memorabiliaPortraits of the house in the 1940s are outside the great room in the basement.
The kitchen was remodeled with vintage-style features while an upstairs bath has classic tiles and vanities, and a resurfaced tub.
1951 Colonial Revival house: Respected and prolific Portland architect Roscoe De Leur Hemenway was commissioned to design this family house for Morris Platt of Platt Electric Supply Co., and his wife, Esther.
The stately dwelling, with a curved staircase, recently received a top-to-bottom renovation while original, salvaged and restored millwork and other architectural details remain.
The foyer has a rebuilt antique crystal chandelierThe living room frames views through glass-pane French doorsThe formal dining room has original built-in corner pieces and wainscotingThe updated kitchen has a quartz-top eating bar and nearby is a mudroom and pantry.
The second level's master suite has two walk-in closets and the finished basement has an additional bedroom plus two bonus rooms with a wet bar, wine cellar and game room space.
Outside, there's a cozy fire pit and covered dining patioThe quarter-acre property at 6835 SE 29th Aveis listed for sale at $1.8 million by Declan O'Connor of the Hasson Co.
Midcentury contemporary: Coordinated plans by an architect, interior designer and landscape architect make this property flow, inside and outThe remodel retained the open interior layoutAs the owner says, "We wanted you to feel like whether you were in the kitchen or the living room, you were still part of the same experience."
A bedroom was sacrificed to expand the kitchen and family room that leads to the outdoor living areaThe master bath has quality finishes and the basement benefits from a raised ceilingArt is by Portland artists.
2015 Craftsman-inspired houseThe owners of this traditional house wanted an eclectic, colorful interior with an emphasis on funThere's a playful display of Piero Fornasetti wall plates in the entryThe kitchen, family room and dining room form the main entertaining area, with a blue-gray beaded chandelier over the tableThe master suite's deep blue, green and yellow color palette is tied together by a bold, custom Layla Fanucci print.
Textured wallpaper like grass-cloth and fish-print Acquario were installed as well as nods to the past: A wooden chair that dates back to 1852 was brought to Oregon from Michigan by the owner's ancestors
-- Homes & Gardens of the Northwest staff
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