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An Urban/Nature Fusion: The Christy Eugenis House

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

Christy Eugenis stands at her front door, carved by artist Tom Cramer, with its handle from a 1954 Chevy Bel Air hood ornament she found in a local salvage shop. The door’s design was inspired by the shapes and forms of both natural and urban landscapes.

We surprised Christy Eugenis on Thursday. Arriving a bit early for our scheduled meeting to discuss Design Week, photographer Mitch Hose and I wanted to get a few shots for a blog piece as well. But Christy, a former photo stylist, videographer and fashion show producer, took it in stride.

"I would have picked up a bit more had I known there were going to be photos! Ah well, let's do it," she says with a smile.

The midcentury home is truly a masterpiece. Christy will open her doors for ARCIFORM's Design Week Open House on Thursday, April 19th from 4-7pm.

"Portland sculptor Alisa Looney will be here to tell us about her metal window screen, and Christiane Millinger will join us to share about the rugs she sells in town," Christy tells me.

Christy shares with Anne and I how she met her husband, Stan, "I did a video biography on his mother. Here's a photo of us at our wedding."

Christy's latest endeavors include the remodeling of her home and operating several extended-stay vacation rentals.

"I’ve enjoyed coaching some of my single friends on how to increase their income by investing in real estate and creating interesting environments for guests."

Christy will also be speaking at ARCIFORM's Home Design Workshop about ADUs and Short-Term Rentals on Wednesday, April 18th from 5-8pm.

I take in the expansive, bright and calming space. The ceiling, clad in fir tongue & groove paneling, is perhaps the most impressive element on the main floor. The roofline, angled slightly upward, gives the space an airy, urban-nature feel.

The custom window screen by Alisa Looney and hand-carved door by Tom Cramer make the home stand out as a midcentury masterpiece that showcases art.

"The first concept for the new roofline had the original gable slope on the east side, and the west side lifted up," Christy explains as she holds her fingers together showing this angle.

But instead ARCIFORM removed the entire roof, a giant wood beam was craned into place at the center of the structure, and the roof rebuilt around this, making it the most significant part of the house remodel.

The next thing I note is the blue textured wall with curved lines. It looks like an ocean.

A custom mahogany cabinet by Versatile Wood Products curves into the wall sheathed in panels by Textures-3D  

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