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Let your imagination run wild at this years NW Natural Street of Dreams in West Linn


by: REVIEW, TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Calistoga: A Wine Country Retreat features natural stone and soft colors and was modeled after cozy retreats in California's Napa Valley, known for its world-class wines and casual atmosphere.Showing off the best and brightest in design, energy efficiency and indoor and outdoor living, this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams opens in The Vineyard in West Linn this weekend.

Seven dream homes were built for the tour, ranging from a classic Hamptons-style estate and a European manor exuding elegance to a fabulous ‘60s mod home suited for Donald Draper (of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men”) and an Oregon lodge.

Check out a “man cave” equipped with its own vodka bar; an industrial-grade basement home-brewing station; and a $125,000 solid bronze bathtub originally purchased by Brad Pitt for Jennifer Aniston, on this year’s tour, which runs from July 28 to Aug. 26 daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

And, Street of Dreams visitors are greeted with KINK FM Street Party concerts featuring local artists every Sunday, wine tastings and parties to keep them entertained.

The cost of admission is $15 for adults, and children younger than 10 years old can attend for free.

Before you head out, here’s a sneak peek inside this year’s homes:

Rivendell Manor

Like a romantic European chateau, sophistication and charm abound in the Rivendell Manor. The delight is in the architectural details, many of which were handcrafted by Oregon artists and designers to create an English country theme.

Surprises abound around every corner in the home brought to life by BC Custom Homes and under the design direction of Eric Schnell with Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc.

Diamond glass diagonal windows, wrought iron railings and hand-forged hardware are reminiscent of a home from a storybook classic — strong, yet with a sense of whimsy. But all of this beauty doesn’t forgo livability. The 4,142-square-foot home — already sold — features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in an open floor plan centered around a state-of-the-art kitchen, indoor/outdoor entertaining space and butler’s pantry.

Notice the dignified staircase that winds around a grand piano, leading to the second floor. Here, a library features a terrace open to the great room below and views of the large fireplace — a perfect spot to snuggle up and read a classic.

The generous outdoor living area, with a barbecue and 257-square-foot potting shed complete with a bathroom and fireplace, allows the home to live big and provide a comfortable space for guests and green thumbs.

Carin L. Atterbury with Surface chose interior design selections to feel comfortable, while still making classic design statements.

20/20

Builder Rick Bernard is known for his attention to detail and excellent client service, both during the construction of a home and beyond.

Bernard’s passion for seeing the full spectrum of function and finesse from design inception throughout the life of a home helped to inspire the name 20/20 for Bernard Custom Construction’s contribution to this year’s NW Natural Street of Dreams.

The name holds additional significance, as the home’s location is lot 20 and this is Bernard Custom Construction’s 20th anniversary with the Street of Dreams.

A fusion of classic and modern elements inspired by Asia, the $1.29 million, 4,300-square-foot home, designed by Mike Barclay with Barclay Home Designs, is a sophisticated example of how great design transcends generations and always feels fresh.

Inside, the home features smooth walls, Edinaw mahogany doors, cabinets and millwork with a stepped trim and a stunning 5-foot-wide, three-sided fireplace in the great room — the first of its kind on the West Coast.

Bathed in sunlight from multiple skylights and high-performance Marvin Windows, the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home glows with natural finishes chosen by interior designer Susan Green with Susan Green Interiors.

A state-of-the-art kitchen, with granite countertops, Sapele cabinets, two dishwashers and a prep island, is the heart of the home and beckons for an infusion of flavor.

Native Asian plants and interior features complete the feeling of a peaceful sanctuary.

Montauk

Montauk, the name of a hamlet in East Hampton, New York, inspired the relaxed yet refined style of this home by the same name. While the northern Long Island hot spot — like this home — is more casual than the Hamptons, its tranquil beauty brings a certain refinement commonly seen through its blend of rustic details — such as cedar shingles, brick exterior and substantial millwork.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom, 4,300-square-foot house, priced at $1.25 million, was dreamed up by Richard and Candace White and implemented by Todd Delahunt, Delahunt Homes. It’s finished for refinement but lives like a cozy beach house.

From the home’s grand foyer, enjoy all the essentials for entertaining in style — the kitchen with Viking appliances and a custom-built maple butcher block island countertop; adjoining dining room and wet bar; and great room with its barrel-vaulted ceiling, just steps from the covered terrace.

Notice the shower in the master bathroom — accessible from two doors and with a heated floor. It’s these details — such as the Kohler plumbing fixtures and Rejuvenation lighting fixtures throughout the home — that add polish to its pristine character. Selections from Paul Schatz Furniture are inviting in each room.

Da Vinci at the Vineyard

With its distressed beams, stone exterior and the dining room’s elegant stone walls, experience the Old World’s romantic charm but with every modern convenience.

In true Renaissance fashion, hands-on homebuilder Terry Hutchinson with Hutchinson Home Builders teamed up with signature home designer Mark Stewart to deliver details so authentic with Da Vinci at the Vineyard one might expect to see the Mona Lisa on display above the mantle.

A double-sided stone gas fireplace is a focal point upon entering the $1.3 million, 4,092-square-foot home and shares its warmth with the great room. The master suite on the main floor is luxurious with its bronze bathtub and private balcony overlooking lush green space.

For a home displaying the Vatican Collection of bronze sculptures and a hidden entrance to the food pantry, it lives casually to afford impromptu barbecues on the veranda just off the kitchen. An 18-foot LaCantina bi-folding door opens the great room to the outdoor living space — doubling the space to entertain.

With its bold, animated exterior, strong detailing and sensitive use of color and materials inside, the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house reveals brilliance at every turn like the Renaissance master it is named for.

Mystic Ridge

With its Northwest, modern design, Mystic Ridge merges the calming effects of nature — fire, water, glass and stone — with luxurious conveniences for today’s modern family.

The $1.3 million, 4,536-square-foot home built by J.T. Smith Companies opens to a see-through fireplace, setting the laid-back vibe upon entering the foyer.

This main level — with its two-story great room and 12-foot wall of folding glass doors opening to an outdoor lounge and full kitchen — makes entertaining a breeze.

A fully operational elevator between the main and lower level offers a universal design for multigenerational families.

And the downstairs is complete with a kitchen, entertainment area, sleeping quarters and a bathroom all overlooking the patio, so guests will feel rejuvenated on their getaway.

The area also makes a comfortable in-law suite or spot for a pool table in close proximity to the microbrewery located in the mechanical room.

The upper floor is complete with two spacious bedrooms, a shared bathroom and vaulted bonus room, plus a secondary laundry area.

Throughout the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home, retro furnishings and light fixtures chosen by Tammy Lefever and Christina Ingham with Interior Motives create a mood reminiscent of cocktail parties during the Sinatra days. Also jazzing up get-togethers is the home’s complete technology system, which controls sounds and lights — and more — all with the push of a button.

The Calistoga: A Wine Country Retreat

Calistoga, a city located in California’s Napa Valley, is known for its hot springs, cool world-class wines and warm welcome.

And this Wine Country Retreat home built and designed by Pahlisch Homes, while in a different state, was built with the same state of mind: Relax, have fun and enjoy the surprises.

The $985,000, 4,432-square-foot home’s exterior — with gray shingle siding and crisp, white trim — is welcoming.

Upon entering the foyer, notice the curved walls and railings that create smooth transitions between the kitchen and indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

A morning room off the kitchen is a cozy spot to read the newspaper and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Enjoy calming views of nature from three large windows. The kitchen features separate beverage and prep centers and floor-to-ceiling cabinets. And, once a meal is ready, the large dining area with its ambiance from a see-through fireplace is enchanting and just steps from a large, outdoor entertaining space with skylights and another fireplace.

Selections from Ronda Divers Interiors give each room in this four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home purpose and personality.

The Oregon Dream

Built with high standards for sustainability — it’s Earth Advantage Platinum Certified — and a strong connection to the environment, this 4,776-square-foot home by Stone Bridge Homes NW, priced at $1.1 million, is an Oregonian’s idea of dream living.

Its open floorplan is accentuated with high ceilings, large windows and a blend of stone, wood and tile surfaces. The home’s connection to the outdoors is also apparent from its indoor and outdoor double-sided fireplaces and unique outdoor water feature.

With its industrial feel and contemporary lines, the five-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home features reclaimed, recycled and natural materials throughout — notice the 100-year-old flooring, water feature and eco pavement — as well as notable technological innovations.

And its photovoltaic system allows solar panels to turn sunlight into energy.

Oregon craftsmen and artists take center stage indoors with work on display and furnishings purchased from Oregon-based businesses. The home feels warm, light and livable through its down-to-earth, adjustable design from Troy Fowler.

For more information about the 2012 NW Natural Street of Dreams, visit streetofdreamspdx.com.

Nicole DeCosta, associate editor with Pamplin Media Group’s Central Design Desk, and Reporter Claire Oliver compiled this story.




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