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GRAY AWARDS 2020 Editors’ Picks

See the entries that caught our editors’ eyes.


Each week through January 2021, we will be rolling out two of our Editors’ Picks from GRAY Awards 2020.

Editors’ Pick: Kenton Midcentury Suite

Dyer Studio Inc.

By GRAY Editors

A bathroom suite remodel by Portland's Dyer Studio Inc. using color sparingly but effectively. Image by Meagan Larsen.

In order to transform a standard, uninspiring bathroom into this relaxing midcentury-inspired suite, Portland’s Dyer Studio, Inc. thought inside the box, opting to shift the room’s layout, then use a minimal yet spirited décor scheme to make the most of the space.

“This project was an exercise in freeing ourselves from the confines of square walls,” writes firm founder and lead designer Stephanie Dyer. “In rethinking the organization of space into a diagonal format, we were able to achieve maximum use and discover unexpected opportunities. What once was a three-piece bathroom encased by underutilized closets has been transformed into a dynamic suite.”

Dyer reconfigured the bathroom on a diagonal plane to get extra inches for the bathtub. Image by Meagan Larsen .

Dyer mocked up several design schemes; the winner pulled inspiration from the home’s centrally angled fireplace. This allowed them to devote square footage where it was needed (for the tub) and hold back where it was less critical (at the shower). “Additionally, it enabled us to incorporate a mud space at the foyer,” Dyer writes, “creating an area for loose shoes and hanging items close in, though tucked out of sight, from the front door.”

Our editors loved the subtle energy brought in by color scheme and the terrazzo tile used for the floor. White wall tiles, countertops, and casework help retain a sense of calm and buffer the colorful elements so that they don’t feel overwhelming. The palette, Dyer notes, was inspired by the Kast concrete basin (a wonderful terra cotta orange) and the terrazzo followed. “The natural element of white oak brings a warm presence to the otherwise crisp, hard surfaces,” she continues. “The black fixtures, simple in form and function, complete the modern aesthetic.”

This concrete sink by Kast was the jumping-off point for the room's color scheme. Image by Meagan Larsen.

CATEGORY: Interior Design: Residential

PROJECT: Kenton Midcentury Suite

FIRM: Dyer Studio, Inc.


LOCATION: Portland, Oregon, United States



Stephanie Dyer

Veronica McCoy


Durham Construction

Big Branch Woodworking

Design & Direct Source

Kast Concrete Basins


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