Kitchen of the Week: A Pearl-Like Cook Space in Portland, OR

When we first posted on this soft-colored loft in Portland’s Pearl District, the comments poured in: “Great feeling.” “Lovely, simple cabinets.” “Beautiful overall, and the cat box bathroom solution is genius!” (a detail admired by a few readers).

Today we’re taking a closer look at the kitchen, redone, in addition to the rest of the space, by Portland-based interior designer Jessica Helgerson. Join us:

Photography by Aaron Leitz, courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.

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Above: Homeowner Pam Williams thought about vacating her worn-down loft apartment—until she saw another unit in the building that Helgerson had redone. Changing tack, she sold all of her furniture and hired Helgerson who, with her team, including lead designer Mira Eng-Goetz, stripped the loft back to a shell of itself, leaving its red-brick walls and original windows. Then, they re-fitted the interiors largely with space-saving built-ins.

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Above: The kitchen, shown here, mixes a custom all-in-one concrete countertop and sink by Cement Elegance, Japanese-tiled backsplashes, and simple pale-wood cabinetry.
the palette? pearly pinks and greys, and the original beams above got a wash of 11
Above: The palette? Pearly pinks and greys, and the original beams above got a wash of white. The sculptural mobile is by GamFratesi.
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Above: The so-called “rainy day room” just opposite is raised slightly off the floor, with a built-in sofa-slash-guest bed and desk—multiple functions in one petite space. (Note the kitchen and the GamFratesi mobile reflected in the mirror.)

For a full look at the loft (and the aforementioned cat box solution), see What’s Old Is New: A Pearl District Loft in Portland Gets a New Shell.

And for more kitchens we love, see: