Penthouse in the Pearl

When the new owners of this penthouse condo at Tanner Place contacted Emery & Associates, they told me that their taste was very contemporary, but they had fallen in love with this rather traditional space because of the high ceilings and large walls where they would be able to showcase their collection of art.  They weren’t sure how to integrate their contemporary taste with the dark, traditional millwork that is such a dominant feature of this condominium.  Standing in the empty condo, looking at photos of their artwork, I probed them about how they wanted the space to feel when we were all finished.  “Happy, welcoming, comfortable.”  That is how we began our collaboration, and here are photos of the finished spaces.

View of living room from entry hall

(above) This sun-filled living room reflects the homeowners' collection of art: Georgia Gerber bronze bear scupture (left), Andy Warhol "Mickey" in dining room, with custom-sized silver-leafed mirror in niche above fireplace.

View from dining room to living room

(above) This view of the living room displays the homeowners' love of whimsical art work. "Hero", oil on canvas by Robert Bissell, hand-knotted Tibetan carpet by Tufenkian, bronze bear sculpture by Georgia Gerber make the space uniquely the client's, while Emery & Associates Interior Design pulled it all together with color, furnishings and accessories.

Dining Room Tanner Place

The scarlet walls in this penthouse condo dining room set off the Andy Warhol "Mickey," while the recessed lighting illuminates the ethereal glass sculpture by Anna Skibska. The hand-knotted Tibetan rug from Tufenkian adds warmth and texture. Tabletop items from Please Be Seated.

Den/Media Room

Detail shot of the media room/library shows how the cowhide chairs add an interesting pop of texture and casual elegance to an other formal, traditional space.

The only remodeling we did on this project was the guest powder room, which was a dark, Asian-themed space when the current owners purchased it.  They wanted something completely different, so we came up with the light, bright palette, cabinetry, finishes, fixtures and accessories to give them a whole new look.  Remodeling construction by Neil Kelly Company.

Guest powder room Tanner Place  Condo

In this windowless space, hand-painted wallcoverings and a round Deco style mirror reflect light from a pair of Ruhlman sconces.

The master bedroom has spectacular views of the Portland West Hills.  We needed to use very large-scale furnishings to make this space feel warm and inviting.

Master Bedroom Tanner Place Condo

(above) Calvin Klein fabric drapes the windows and covers two upholstered chairs. The same pale grey/blue/green palette covers the upholstered bed. Large scale mirrors reflect the views of downtown and the West Hills of Portland.

Detail shot of Master Bedroom with Bear painting

Sweet dreams! Detail shot of the master bedroom features oil on canvas by artist Robert Bissell titled "AM."

The guest bedroom in this spacious condo (below) features three small paintings by Robert Bissell (above bed), and a Native American sculpture.  Ralph Lauren plaid drapery fabric, a tufted headboard, and linens from the French Quarter makes this room a cozy spot for guests.

Tanner Place Guest Bedroom

Call or email Emery & Associates today for a complimentary one-hour consultation, and let us help you create the home of your dreams.

There are 9 Comments to "Penthouse in the Pearl"

  • Lynn Mayer says:

    I loved what I saw of the penthouse in the Pearl. The combination of contemporary art and imaginative and vibrant colors is wonderful. What you have done makes
    an austere setting come alive.
    Lynn Mayer

  • Dinah Adkins says:

    Kathia, I LOVE this project. Everything about it. It’s my favorite of all that you have featured in your blog. Everything is so lovely, welcoming and wonderful. And the art is so interesting.

    Terrific work!


  • Barbara Shettler says:

    I love your use of color, pattern, and texture to create a homey, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

  • Shari House says:

    Hi Kathia, Each room rouses a distinctive feel before one starts noticing details. I really like this. You know the room’s character right off.
    Then you see details such as Mickey’s scarlet mouth and the scarlet walls! Great work! Shari

  • Oh, Kathia! What a thrill to see the remarkable artwork so perfectly complemented. Your clients must be beyond happy with the results. Thanks for sharing this – it was a joy to behold!

  • That color behind Mickey is fantastic!!

  • Shari House says:

    Such satisfying transformations! The red couch seemed to shout, “I don’t belong here!”

  • Margaret Retz says:

    Wow! The warmth of the red in the area rug and the redone fireplace really caught my eye. What a lovely transformation from just a living space into a room that welcomes and draws you in.

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