library house

August 27, 2013

i have a tough time checking in on old friends…life gets in the way i guess.  besides my real-life friends, the friends i have been lucky enough to meet through this big beautiful world of blogging deserve to be checked in upon as well…jessica helgerson is definitely one of those blogging friends.  she should be looked in upon as often as possible.

i look in on her for purely selfish reasons.  she is my favorite you see…my very favorite interior designer.  i mentioned yesterday that the frenches are moving…we are moving to another temporary location, to hold us over until we decide where we want to end up when we grow up.  each time we make a move i can’t help but attempt to channel my inner jessica (giggle)…hoping that one day, when we finally quit bouncing from spot to spot, the real jessica helgerson will help me make it my forever home.

when i popped in this time i gasped out loud when i set eyes upon one of her latest endeavors: the library house; a former library-turned-residence in one of my very favorite portland neighborhoods.  

not my typical embrace-the-white interior right?  the richness, combined with jewel tones, with just enough white seems to be the perfect combination.  the furniture, textiles, lighting, cabinetry, ladders…etc seem to be just right as well.  

excuse me while i continue to admire…

xo mrs. french

photos by the ever talented lincoln barbour


  • Elizabeth

    Beautiful house, especially that amazing desk chair! It blows my mind with its beauty!

  • jessica

    this space is absolutely amazing + the fact that it's an old library is an added bonus. that desk chair is stunning. i love the lighting above the dining table; our designer at red has used similar lights in a clients home before, the copper lining is a nice touch. great space - thanks for sharing!

  • Anna

    Another mind meld, Traci! Just the other day I came across another one of her designs and after realizing that I always faint away when I see one I declared (to myself and in my own head, it's true) that Jessica Helgersen Is My Favorite Designer, too! I want to live in her own cottage and since that's not possible then it is the major inspiration for the house I want to build for Mom and Dad. I showed it to them (they should probably have at least approval, right?) and they fell in love with it. What an inspiring friend you have!

  • Melissa de la Fuente

    Uh….hello?! Love! That couch?! That bathroom tile?! The genius recessed headboard?! Gorgeous and I don't blame you ONE bit for admiring and admiring! 🙂

  • carole

    I can NOT get over the office chair. Or the tub. So lovely!!

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