Ideas + Advice

Baby + Kids

Home Transformation

A Young Family's Light + Open Home


A 1980s House In Portland, Oregon

The Team:

Shelby Towell, Designer

Michelle Gonzales, Installer


Sara Shepard, Homeowner

The Challenge:

Dark wood ceilings, beams and floors.
Plus, how to make it family friendly.

The Solution:

Lighten the room with a large rug, while also creating more space for baby to crawl around thanks to an easy–to–move coffee table.

How It Came Together

Sarah wanted the
space to feel light
+ open despite
the dark beams +

— Shelby Towell, Designer

Shelby added texture +
baby–friendly softness
as well as rounded coffee
+ side tables (no sharp

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