Large double-sided fireplace connects living room, library

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - A double-sided fireplace is the new focal point in this Wilsonville ranch-style home. It acts as a natural, yet open, divider between the living room and the library.A 1969 ranch-style home’s living room in Wilsonville went from a dated and sparse room to the entertainment hub of the home.

Keeping the original wood paneling on the walls, everything else got a revamp. From all new custom-made furniture to new area rugs and a handcrafted coffee table, the room can now comfortably seat 12 but handle up to 20 people. However, the real star of the room is the new fireplace.

Spanning from floor to ceiling, the fireplace acts as a divider between the living rom and the library, but because it is double-sided with a see-through firebox, the rooms feel open and connected.

Designer Tina Barclay, of Barclay Interior Design Group in Lake Oswego, calls the redesign more traditional than modern, with a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright.

The old fireplace was also big, but it featured large masonry and thick joints. “It was very heavy,” Barclay said. “We really wanted to make it more comfortable.”by:  JOSH KULLA -

The new fireplace looks much cleaner and sleeker but still holds visual interest. The almost black tiles are called V-tile Cladding, which is a slate. They are 2 inches by 12 inches and 4 inches by 16 inches and were placed randomly to give it texture. A 50-inch TV is housed in the top half of the fireplace, facing the living room.

The raised hearth, which also acts as additional seating for entertaining, is made out of a granite called Titanium. Barclay also used that granite to top a custom iron and stone console table that sits against the back wall of the living room.

“It’s traditional but has a modern twist to it,” Barclay said.

The coffee table is made of Bastagne Walnut and forged iron. The iron sides that hug the wood top are rugged and resemble the rough terrain of a mountain range.

“The sides have movement. It’s an ode to the Northwest,” Barclay said.

Replacing the old carpet, new quarter-sawn oak floors were installed. And two Tibetan area rugs from Tufenkian add accent and warmth to both the living room and the library.

The large sofa, which can seat up to eight people, and chairs are all upholstered in linen for a natural and relaxed feel. The fabric on some of the pillows resemble the patterns found on horse blankets, reflecting the homeowners’ daughter, who is a champion horse rider. by: JOSH KULLA -

“It has a Western flair without being hokey-pokey Western,” Barclay said.

Before the remodel, the living room had just a loveseat and a club chair.

Walking around the fireplace to the library, the room transitions from comfortable to cozy. There are two similarly upholstered chairs to sit by the fire and read good books.

“We just wanted to keep everything organic,” Barclay said. “We wanted all really natural fabrics.”

For more information about Barclay Interior Design Group, call 503-635-1278 or visit

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