By Nancy Ranchel
My egg / yellow / closet room is finished — and there's no better feeling than a project completed! (Maybe if a remodeling project wrapped up while I was sunbathing and Idris Elba was massaging my feet...) In this thing called real life, however, finishing a project is pretty much the pinnacle of accomplishments.
Oregonians are pioneers. And our state's eclectic architectural style reflects an adventurous spirit, with everything from majestic Victorians to Craftsman Foursquares gracing our cities.
Tucked against a hillside in the Rogue Valley, a unique guesthouse inspires the kind of tranquil activities you might expect from a rural getaway — watching a deer bound over a nearby ridge, observing the sunset on vineyards from an outdoor hot tub, picking wild blackberries or listening to cows bay.
The kitchen is the hub of a home. It's where our mornings begin and our workdays end. It's where we cook, eat and spend time with our families over dinner. But a kitchen is much more than just a place to prepare a meal; it's the social pulse of a household.
When is it time to bring in professional designers? The Prewetts, who own a cozy home in Southwest Portland, were not initially convinced they should take such action when tasked with remodeling their living and dining rooms. But after considering taking on the project themselves, they quickly realized they could use professional help.
When Beverly Vogt moved into her 50s Ranch home in the southwest Portland Raleigh Hills neighbor- hood in 1972, she wanted to renovate the original galley kitchen that featured fluorescent tube lights and darkly stained, plywood cabinets, as soon as possible. Still, for well over the next three decades, Vogt cooked in the dim, cramped space.