Before & After: A Serene Renovation Saves a Portland Midcentury From Shag Carpet and Pink Linoleum

Architect Risa Boyer collaborates with a design-minded couple to revive a 1950s home with colorful plaster and rift-sawn white oak.

When Brooke and Tobi Probst’s wedding was cancelled because of the pandemic in 2020, the couple decided to elope and buy their first house together instead. They wanted something historical that hadn’t already been remodeled, so they jumped at the chance to purchase a 1956 midcentury designed by architect Victor Greb in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. "It was the only midcentury we looked at, because they were selling pretty quick," says Tobi.

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