The task of renovating an existing home is hard enough on most occasions. But to transform an old public library into a lovely house for a small family seems all the more challenging. Designed with a sense of warmth and openness by Jessica Helgerson Interiors Design, this beautiful residence in Sellwood, Portland is all about form and functionality coming together with a touch of traditional charm. The remodeled structure was originally a public library that was subsequently used as a meeting hall.
With a high ceiling, open interiors and ample room, the remodeling presented a few unique conundrums as well as design opportunities. An open floor plan was incorporated with the living, dining and kitchen areas coming together effortlessly. Large bookshelves were added wherever possible to remind those inside of the home’s heritage. Lovely wooden surfaces have been incorporated generously even as warm palette of jewel-toned colors enlivens the space.