The Barclay: Midcentury gets new life
The Barclay, a Street of Dreams home designed by architect Michael Barclay, is a quiet stunner.
The one-story, fully accessible home is composed and confident: it sits back a restful distance from the street. An inviting walkway leads visitors by a water feature to the front door.
Portland Interior designer Carin Atterbury with the Central Eastside design firm, Surface, lead a design team to layer the colors, textures and materials inside the home, creating a scene of cool glamour.
"NW Natural Street of Dreams projects are a terrific platform for a design team," she says, as well as a way to share new products and applications. The end goal is to make an inspirational home for the market, builder and homeowner.
The tight deadlines that come with decorating a large home in a matter of months "stirs up positive energy," she says. "Everyone is motivated to work together for the common goal of a beautiful venue to showcase their work."
Oregon architects Robert Rummer and John Yeon are honored in the Barclay. Aspects of midcentury modern design are at play, as are elements of Northwest regional style, which can be spotted in the Barclay's tall ceilings, clean lines and open spaces. "Low roof lines, atriums, floor-to-ceiling windows and an open, expansive relationship to the outdoors are design elements found in Rummer-style homes in the Pacific Northwest," Atterbury notes.
The Barclay has an updated Pullman-style kitchen. Long and narrow, it's open to guests who can lounge at the glass bar that floats over a stone countertop.
Don't miss the use of mixed metal finishes at play in the home, the designer says. "The focus here is on livability: low up-keep in the finishes with porcelain tile throughout and protected natural stone to honor the organic vibe intended for the home."
The powder room's natural stone slab counter is one of a kind, it looks as if it emerged from a magic fossil bed.
"That's a piece of exotic blue agate onyx stone," says Atterbury. "It displays all the colors of nature with marine blue, toast, onyx and gold."
Retractable windows and doors make for living spaces flexible. Light streams in from high windows, energizing the living room room, which leads to a large patio that extends the living space. The 3,670 square-foot house has three bedrooms, three baths and one half-bath.
If you who want to borrow a bit of this look for your home, Atterbury suggests using thin profile wood planking for walls and ceilings. "Manufacturers are making natural prefinished wood plank product that is beautiful and simple to install. Literally peel and stick."
An even easier way to bring some of the Barclay into your home is by adding houseplants. "Large leaf plantings such as banana leaf, fiddly-leaf fig, and bamboo," are on trend now, Atterbury says. "Even if your thumb is purple, there are plants out there happy to make you a proud plant parent."