Emily Henderson’s Portland Perfection

Updated: May 22, 2019


This crisp and breezy master bath expresses luxury without pretension in a contemporary interpretation of traditional design aesthetics.

Designing a home is a little like creating a magical mirror—one that reflects the styles and personalities of its owners. But what if there is no owner? Whose personality do you capture? That was the challenge designer Emily Henderson confronted when given the opportunity to update a vacant home waiting to be sold in an upscale Portland, Oregon, neighborhood. The goal: appeal to everyone without becoming so devoid of character that it appealed to no one. The results? We think potential buyers will have no trouble at all seeing themselves in this Rose City stunner. Photography by: Sarah Tramp for EHD

With her kitchen design, Emily Henderson convincingly challenges the notion that you can’t please everyone, successfully combining traditional with modern and playful with sophisticated. The rich dark greenof the cabinetry takes center stage, with a green-veined marble countertop adding texture and balance. She even pulls off mixing metal finishes with warm brass hardware and cool chrome/stainless steel faucets. Discover more of the home here.


Though set firmly within a traditional design aesthetic, the bold color scheme combines with an abundance of natural light and clean-lined, Vibrant®Polished Nickel hardware to give the master bath a fresh, invigorating sensibility. A selective use of rough-hewn wood softens the coolness ever so slightly to make the room at once comfortable and bracing. Discover more of the home here.


Emily Henderson designed the hall bathroom to showcase the elegant, sculptural lines and dramatic Vibrant® French Gold finish of the Finial® Traditional wall-mount faucet. She selected items with a clean simplicity and a monochromatic color scheme to avoid competing with the faucets. A matching towel ring adds a complementary accent. Discover more of the home here.


Laundry rooms are usually an afterthought or footnote when designing a home, but Emily Henderson approached this one with the idea that it can be just as much a selling point as the kitchen or bathroom. Light colors and thoughtful functionality make no one’s favorite chore a little more bearable. Discover more of the home here.