Our Designers


OUR GOAL is to make your space one that you love. With some simple information, our designers make personalized selections from the EWF Modern Collections of furniture, rugs, lighting, art, and accessories. We encourage and value your participation and we’ll work together to create a dynamic design plan.

Renee Russo

Renee Russo

“I like to get to know my clients’ personalities and what is important to them about their project.”

Owner Renee Russo introduced her style agenda in 2002 with her first store East West Fusion, a mix of handcrafted Asian antiques and contemporary western accessories. The success of East West Fusion inspired the launch of EWF Modern in April 2007. Renee’s organic modern aesthetic became Portland’s signature style - a combination of contemporary design with warm, natural accents inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Oliver Decastro

Oliver Decastro

“My designs make my clients feel safe and confident in their everyday lives.”

Oliver is passionate about product knowledge and spatial design. Using his encyclopedic knowledge of EWF Modern’s collections, he’s known for finding design solutions that both surprise and delight his clients. Oliver completed his Interior Design degree in the Bay Area, where he worked with boutique design professionals and clients before becoming one of the lead designers at EWF Modern.

Tricia French


“Being a designer of space is secretly being a wizard of energy and flow and setting the tone of a home.”

Tricia’s designs are living sanctuaries, a testament to her ability to translate her client’s vision into cohesive spaces. Her experience as a somatic bodyworker and painter of large, atmospheric works gives her designs an emotional intuition - spaces that flow both internally and externally. Beyond a “right” or “wrong” style, her goal is to find the one that is right for her clients.

Erez Russo


“A space should feel easy to live in - that is, natural and functional and also uplifting.”

With over 23 years of experience, Erez brings valuable insight to design projects from his background in architecture. His firm, Erez Russo Architect PC, specializes in residential, commercial, and mixed use buildings with an emphasis on quality and sustainability. He finds inspiration from a deep respect for nature and extensive world travel, evident in projects through intentional sourcing of texture and organic elements.

Dixie Berger, French Bulldog


“...sheepskins make EVERYTHING better.”

Dixie is EWF Modern’s showroom mascot, greeter, and finder of all patches of sunlight. Want to know the most comfortable place to perch? She’s your girl. Win her heart with peanut butter pretzels and she’ll tell you all the design secrets like pssst, sheepskins really do make everything better.



Ready to start your project?