Who doesn’t love a good before and after image? Well, today you’re in luck as we’re excited to share one of our favorite transformations we’ve been a part of in the last few years.

Vida Design Travels

For those of you who may not know, our Portland-based interior design firm travels quite a bit, servicing multi-family and residential clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Washington (to name just a few). We enjoy travel and are honored to apart of so many amazing transformations from all around the United States.

Today we’re traveling up north to a beautiful property we had the privilege of working on, located in the heart of downtown Seattle.

The Centennial Tower, Seattle Washington

The Centennial Tower building was built in the late 1980s/early 1990s just a few blocks away from the iconic Pike Place Market. The original architecture featured Grecian inspired columns and fairly traditional fixtures, quite reminiscent of the mission style architecture.

So when the property owner was ready to renovate, it was important to integrate a few of the original features of the building, while incorporating updated and contemporary elements that reflected Seattle’s urban aesthetic and feel.

Before Images


The Centennial Tower – Before Renovation















The Centennial Tower – Before Renovation





















The Centennial Tower – Before Renovation






















Project Scope

Vida Design teamed up with Hewitt to tackle this project back in January of 2011. The property hadn’t been touched since it was built, so there were quite a few upgrades our design team hoped to incorporate into the overall design package. We wanted to highlight a few of the original features, such as the molding detail, in a more contemporary way that represented the city’s creative vibe. We also wanted to open the space up, creating a more airy environment and allowing the newly designed architecture to really shine.

Vida helped to completely renovate the property’s common spaces (lobby, leasing offices and mail room) through material selection and specifying all new FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment). Our goal, to open the spaces up, was achieved by the determining the location and overall design of the concierge desk, the sliding glass doors welcoming you into the leasing office as well as the material and color selections themselves.

We decided to place the concierge desk at the front of the lobby in order to create a more welcoming feel, much like is seen in hospitality and high-end hotels. The glass sliding doors into the leasing office is one of our favorite elements in the space. Not only are they streamlined and subtle, but they also act as practical room dividers allowing the leasing agents to open them up during the day, and close them down at night, or during meetings.

Elegant, Timeless & Sophisticated Interior Design

The vision for this project was elegant, timeless and sophisticated. Vida selected materials and furniture that we felt would stand the test of time, a mix from all genres really. We feel the end result encapsulates these adjectives incredibly well and we’re very pleased with how the project turned out!

The project completed in September of 2013, and the finished product is to die for, if we do say so ourselves. Take a look!

Contemporary Renovation






Before & After




Written by Nicole Copko

Nicole Copko