Whether or not you believe
Portlandia (which locals tend to love-to-hate) that Portland, OR is where young people go to retire, there’s no doubting that “the rose city” attracts creative types. Their homes tend to double as workspaces, be reflections of their creative outlets and otherwise boost that imaginative spirit. Having grown up in a small town in Oregon, south of Portland, it was always the “cool” big city where the best concerts were, where all the good shopping was, where fresh and innovative ideas were born — and it’s also one of the best big cities in Oregon for proximity to snow, surf, and mountains. Portland is also a town that’s all about comfort: in Portland you can find some of the best doughnuts (feel free to debate in the comments about whether you’re Pip’s, Voodoo, or Blue Star kind-of folk), restaurants famous for their biscuits or unique ice cream flavors, one of the biggest independent book stores in the country, and coffee. All the coffee.
So, slip on your favorite wooly socks and Berks, grab a ceramic mug filled with your favorite coffee and curl up to see
10 of our favorite Portland homes. —
See what we mean about comfort?
is also a perfect example of the creativity that Portland tends to attract. She has studied all around the world and the topics range from egg and glass painting, sculpture, sushi, and interior architecture. She's currently an interior designer and she drew on all of her talents to turn her 370-square-foot condo from a seen-better-days space into the inviting and modern home you see here. With this perfect spot to lounge, study, or share meals, we can see how much her love of learning has paid off.
embraces a moody hue reminiscent of many a Portland sky. Jaclyn uses this color to create a more cohesive line for a bedroom wall that shares two doors and previously felt awkward.
Lou is a graphic designer and Casey operates a boutique out of an Airstream. Together they love to shop for special pieces for their various collections.
Their Portland apartment
is in a Victorian and features original architectural details that so many Portland homes are lucky enough to have.
Can't you just imagine watching the rain fall while curled up in front of a fire in
Anna and Srijon's A-frame
? An A-frame structure naturally invites the outdoors in, and Anna's plant collection continues that organic extension from the outdoors.
Mallory and Luke
are not only a creative duo (they're both professional photographers), but they also get creative with their space. They share a studio apartment with their businesses as well. A seamless photo backdrop hung above the doors to their bedroom creates a pull-down photo studio, and it doubles as a screen for projecting movies when they're off the clock.
Josh and Darcy
are incredibly resourceful and their Victorian home is filled to the brim with unique finds and updated classics. They sourced their light fixture from local favorite Schoolhouse Electric Co., found their Viking range at an appliance liquidator and scored these beautiful vintage Mexican tiles online. While they managed to miraculously get their home move-in ready in a month-and-a-half, they've embraced that their home is a work in progress.
Casey loves to style art in every room of her
-- even the bathroom. She likes to admire this piece while soaking in the tub in her previous-hotel-turned apartment.
Alea and Peter
's home is chockfull of plants, which only makes sense considering Alea is a floral designer and owner of Solabee Flowers and Botanicals. How nice it must be, when it's too wet to go outside, to have a veritable forest (or jungle) in your home? Peter built this beautiful table and benches himself to make sure that his large family always knew they had room in their home to visit.
This attic guest bedroom is certainly one we'd be happy to stay in! The vertical lines of the ceiling boards and flooring painted in all white help the petite space to feel bigger and brighter. For now,
Leah and Rob
are using it as a guest bedroom and reading nook, but hope one day to turn it into their master bedroom.
An oldie but a goodie! This
classic Portland four-square
was designed by Jessica Helgerson, and while it was hard to narrow down which part of the house was our favorite, this peaceful bedroom was the winner. The beautiful lighting, calming wall color, plants and vintage details make it an ideal space to curl up with a book or invite your guests to stay.