A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland

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March 4, 2009
Originally published in Before & After
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  When Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt decided to move to Portland after five years in Los Angeles, a shared climate-based trepidation shaped their real estate search.
    When Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt decided to move to Portland after five years in Los Angeles, a shared climate-based trepidation shaped their real estate search.
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  Armed with abundant optimism and boundless patience, the couple turned a run-down ranch house into their modern ideal.
    Armed with abundant optimism and boundless patience, the couple turned a run-down ranch house into their modern ideal.
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  Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt’s home in southwest Portland, Oregon, presented a dismal picture upon initial inspection.
    Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt’s home in southwest Portland, Oregon, presented a dismal picture upon initial inspection.
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  “We’re trying to pretend this is our little ray of sunshine in the middle of Portland,” says Jennifer, with Mattias and Moa (right), of the couple’s Eichleresque abode. The sofa is by Florence Knoll for Knoll.
    “We’re trying to pretend this is our little ray of sunshine in the middle of Portland,” says Jennifer, with Mattias and Moa (right), of the couple’s Eichleresque abode. The sofa is by Florence Knoll for Knoll.
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  On those rare sunny days the Segerholts might even forsake their Doble dining table by Montis for their green backyard.
    On those rare sunny days the Segerholts might even forsake their Doble dining table by Montis for their green backyard.
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  A before shot of  the fireplace. Even though they changed every surface of the place, they "didn't alter the structure at all," Jennifer says.
    A before shot of the fireplace. Even though they changed every surface of the place, they "didn't alter the structure at all," Jennifer says.
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  Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt renovated a five-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot post-and-beam house in Portland, Oregon. Though the house's features were a complete mess upon purchase, its form was perfectly preserved, including the fireplace. Read the full article here.
    Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt renovated a five-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot post-and-beam house in Portland, Oregon. Though the house's features were a complete mess upon purchase, its form was perfectly preserved, including the fireplace. Read the full article here.
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  A shot of the side facade, circa 2006.
    A shot of the side facade, circa 2006.
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  A Dokstra table from Ikea is situated on the patio.
    A Dokstra table from Ikea is situated on the patio.
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  The literal and figurative centerpiece of the house is the atrium, through which light filters into the rest of the house year-round.
    The literal and figurative centerpiece of the house is the atrium, through which light filters into the rest of the house year-round.
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  Sitting in their living room, Jennifer and Mattias can watch Moa traverse obstacle courses of hula hoops and basketballs in the atrium when it rains.
    Sitting in their living room, Jennifer and Mattias can watch Moa traverse obstacle courses of hula hoops and basketballs in the atrium when it rains.
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  The wallpaper from Finland breaks up the clean white surface.
    The wallpaper from Finland breaks up the clean white surface.
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  A 2006 photograph shows the dated sliding glass doors.
    A 2006 photograph shows the dated sliding glass doors.
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  A deeply saturated blue hue colors the playroom wall.
    A deeply saturated blue hue colors the playroom wall.
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  The Heath tiles in the bathroom were hand-selected from boxes of factory seconds.
    The Heath tiles in the bathroom were hand-selected from boxes of factory seconds.
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