When you are a person who has moved 20 times in 16 years, staying in one house (even if it involved a six month stint in the US!) is like a Christmas miracle in July. But now it is time to explore a new city, begin another adventure, and… decorate another house. “YAAAYY!!” Everyone always teases me because I LOVE moving, which I have always considered to be very lucky given the number of moves we have made. I love the boxes, the sound of the tape dispenser (scriiiitch), and the thought of waking up somewhere completely different.
One of the first things I have always done when considering a new city, is investigate the housing. I LOVE seeing how people live all over the world, but this time looking for a Portland Home kiiiinda freaked me out. I was seeing loads of yellow toned wood, creepy colored carpet (WALL TO WALL), and the scariest basements that some crazy person thought actually counted as square footage. Add to that the ideas presented in Portlandia, and the “grungy” reputation that Portland has and I was pretty sure there was NO WAY I was moving there.
Then I started to hear about the biking culture, the restaurants, the local shops, the artisan everything…
and I was hooked. I needed to figure out if there was more to Portland Homes that the Friday Night Horror Film Showings… and now I’ve found two and cannot decide which I would rather live in… The first is located right on a beautiful park and is a serene, tudor style home with gorgeous rugs and that first room with the windows, painting, and plants that I’m pretty sure would induce me to daydream all day and never get an ounce of work done.
The second option is a converted library in Sellwood, an area that one of my friends described as ” a great family world, people biking, wagon-pulling, walking – to get around. Coffee shops, groceries and artsy stuff all over the place. Really close to the river, an old-time amusement park…all good stuff.” Scroll down to check out the dark, sleek, and inviting converted library that also features beautiful rugs and a tub that would make bathing a sheer delight…
THE MT TABOR TUDOR
THE SELLWOOD CONVERTED LIBRARY
Both homes designed by JH Interior Design
Which one was your favorite?
Both homes feature the most amaaazing rugs!
Anyone else suddenly crushing on modern blue velvet?
Both homes demand a copy of Haven, filled with stories of travels abroad and journeys home, the thrill of the open road and the innate longing for rest, solace and connection