Exquisite Elegance

Featuring Nifelle Design

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Perched in the secluded Greenhills neighborhood, Leslie and Devon Nevius’ remodeled 1923 Dutch Colonial exudes elegance. When the couple bought the home last year, they had been looking for a house that would serve the needs of their young, growing family. Fortunately, this home had the comfortable, open floor plan that they had envisioned, and had been meticulously remodeled and updated by previous owners, allowing Leslie and Devon to immediately focus their energies on decorating and imprinting the residence with their own exquisite style.

With the assistance of designer Jennifer Leonard, they put together a pleasing color palette that flows throughout the house. English wallpapers and sumptuous window coverings serve as the backdrop for an envi­able collection of furniture, art and rugs, including a mahogany dining table dating to 1810 and chairs from the 1890’s, a drop­leaf Pembroke side table in the living room, silk rugs from a family trip to China, and framed first edition Winnie-the-Pooh prints in the nursery. Hanging in a place of honor in the main hallway is a stunning handmade quilt from India. The formal yet comfort­able entry, dining room and living room are at the center of to the home’s original floor plan. Flanking these rooms are more recent additions: the classic 70’s era “Mad Men” den on one side of the house is a favorite gathering spot during parties (due in part to the pool table and well-stocked bar); during downtime, the family gravitates to the bright and welcoming family room addition (designed several years ago by architect Jeff Miller). The floor plan upstairs is equally bright and spacious, starting at the elegant master bedroom and sizable dress­ing room with generous built-ins. Three more bedrooms are decorated with the same impeccable taste, with added whimsy in the children’s rooms.

The family loves showcasing favorite heirlooms during the holidays, including collections of nutcrackers and angels. Their beautifully decorated Christmas tree features a glittery glass and metallic theme; last year’s similar version was featured in The Oregonian. Their toddler favors the second Christmas tree (in the family room) with its more colorful, playful ornaments. Magnolia leaves, holly sprigs, and fresh-cut evergreens bring the outdoors in and embrace the season in a natural yet decidedly elegant fashion.