Designers: Leela Brightenburg and Alissa Pulcrano, bright designlab
Goal: Betsy and Will, the husband-and-wife team behind Betsy & Iya, Portland’s popular jewelry line and boutique, were looking to expand their existing workspace. Their studio is located in the Northwest neighborhood in a historic building that used to be a theater, and then a photography studio for many years. The couple requested a new workshop, conference room, and office space, as well as an ADA restroom and kitchenette.
Inspiration: “First and foremost, function was crucial for their workspaces,” Brightenburg and Pulcrano note. “Our inspiration came from the amazing work that they do—the brass pieces you see on the wall are cutout negative spaces from the jewelry that Betsy designs. She created a canvas using spray paint, with the cutouts as stencils to create abstract art in the space.”
Breakdown: Working within historic building codes, the team preserved a vintage plaster wall, uncovered boarded up windows, and revealed some of the original brick. The juxtaposition of modern pattern, pops of color, and reclaimed metal and wood accents creates a creative and sophisticated vibe. A West Elm rug warms up the concrete floors, while a midcentury-inspired chair from onefortythree and poufs from CB2 make a seating area cozy. The custom-designed table (from a friend of Betsy and Will) serves as a conference space, while the set of yellow CB2 stools tucked beneath are a cheerful antidote to the PNW gray winters. When summer rolls around, the garage door can roll up to let in the sun.
Tips to Get the Look:
- Pull from your personal inspirations
- Reiterate pattern in different materials
- Use a mix of natural materials and color
Image courtesy of bright designlab.