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Home Tour // A Polished Apartment (That’s Also Family Friendly)

A polished apartment may not seem like the most ideal home for a growing family – especially when the design skews towards modern and minimal. But this space, with its floor to ceiling windows and sleek details manages to be just that: entirely family-friendly without sacrificing any style.  

Located in the Pearl District of downtown Portland, Oregon, the building was constructed in 1923 as a commercial space, and later turned into residential units. Designer Courtney Nye was brought in to renovate a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment, but with a growing family and a need for more space, an additional 1 bedroom unit was purchased next door to serve as a guest suite and playroom.

Over the course of 4 years, the 2 apartments were transformed into one unified and functional space, with plenty of room for kids and adults. Along with clean lined and simple furniture, the color palette in the main living and dining space was kept to restrained, neutral tones which would allow for the views on the Portland skyline to take center stage. The kitchen, however got a dramatic treatment with dark stone countertops and rich grey-blue cabinets, with accents of wood to bring in warmth. The playroom and guest suite are bright and welcoming, with simple Scandinavian inspired details, while the bedrooms and bathrooms feel a bit more cozy and inviting, with soothing tones of grey, dusty rose and camel. But perhaps our favorite part of this apartment? The wraparound terrace complete with outdoor dining and lounge areas.

It’s definitely a home that’s comfortable enough for kids, while still feeling decidedly grown up. Keep scrolling to see all the spaces, and let us know what you love most about this amazing home. We’ve also included our picks for the pieces you need to bring this look to your own home.

Ready to check out some other super inspiring spaces? See our other home tours: Natural Escape In New Zealand, Singapore Modern PenthouseWarm Industrial Soho Loft, Cozy Eclectic Seattle HomeDunes House in AustraliaBaker’s Bay in The Bahamas and An All-White Airbnb in Norway.


  1. I love it! Especially the outdoors when the sun is shining in Portland. Would love to have a greenhouse roof inside for when it rains in Portland (which is all the time.)

    1. A greenhouse would be pretty amazing. Thanks for your comment. -B

  2. Where is this bed and bedside table from? Thanks!

  3. When can I move in? That top kitchen is just sublime!

    1. Right? Such a gorgeous space. Thanks for reading. -B