Before & After: A Riverside Cabin in Oregon Gets a Blindingly Bright Renovation

Armed with white primer and an eye for stylish accessories, a Portland-based creative couple revitalize a midcentury retreat on the Wilson River.

Karie Higgins and Lee Gibson had been searching for a cabin within easy driving distance of Portland, Oregon for about two years, spending most weekends driving out to the coast and Mount Hood in their quest. Their efforts were becoming a list of near-misses; they had put down offers on a place in Manzanita and an A-Frame in the Mount Hood forest, but neither option panned out. 

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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