A Modern Family Sanctuary by Vanillawood

For this installment of Designer Home Tours, the team shines a spotlight on design firm Vanillawood's latest remodel project in Portland, Oregon. Read through the origin of this project and a few bonus questions from Vanillawood co-founder, Kricken Yaker.


There is nothing better than a repeat customer. This Southwest Portland project began years after Yaker collaborated with this family on their initial remodel. When the family decided it was time to expand the footprint of their existing space, it was no question they would reach out to Yaker and her trusted team.

The trust and creative connection was already established so all that was left was the details. Yaker's brief? Build a sanctuary for a family of four with young kids by incorporating modern, fresh, and organic aesthetics centered around spaces that everyone can enjoy together. 

Due to the clients' incredible taste, the decision-making process was seamless. Yaker believes having that trust from her clients is where the magic really happens because it allows her team to push boundaries and introduce new, outside-of-the-box ideas.


Watch the entire tour here.


Describe your style in five words or fewer?

Modern, organic, textural, thoughtful, personal, sanctuary.

Firma 3" x 6" field in Dark (shower); Calacatta Gold 16" x 16" field (floor)


What’s the best advice you’ve received as a designer?

That perfection doesn’t exist so don’t be afraid to take risks.

Paccha ZigZag field


To you, what does tile do for a home?

It adds depth, character, texture and uniqueness to any space. It can add drama or bring tranquility.

MADE Modern Peaked Diamond Curve field in White Shimmer; MADE Elements 3" x 9" field in White Shimmer


What’s your dream project?

A villa in Italy….or a coastal retreat with ocean views.


What’s an Ann Sacks tile you have been dying to use that you haven’t used yet?

Oh so many! But two we are really loving are the Catia Black marble electron finish and the Geode Creme Andy Fleishman tile.

Catia Black 10" x 20" field in Electron finish (left); Geode by Andy Fleishman Merge field in Creme (right)


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