Brad, Lis & Meade's Light-Filled Bungalow

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Name: Brad Trost, Elisabeth Charman & Meade
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,685 Square Feet
Years lived in: 6

The traditional Portland bungalow is a dark, cozy habitat that many in the area are familiar with. Not the case with this delightful home. It's got all the charming elements required of a bungalow, dark wood molding, nice built-ins, heaps of character... and it happens to have lots of windows to brighten up the mix. A perfect environment for this creative family.

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Brad is an Art Director at Wieden + Kennedy and Lis is a Professor in the Graphic Design Program at Portland State University. Together with their three-year-old daughter, Meade, they've created an inspiring place to call home. We stopped by just days after they had their floors restored and everything was looking great. Lis has created several little vignettes throughout the home to display their various collections of Scandinavian ceramics, artwork and vintage ephemera (which, I am assured, little Meade is quite good about keeping her hands off of!). Though there is lots of natural light, they have also added a lot of supplementary lighting with lamps at several levels to make the place look great in the evening. They have a lovely side yard brimming with hydrangeas and young bamboo. There is a shady spot in the back for Meade to play and a private hammock area not far off. They have plans to do some renovations in the near future and I'm sure it will make their home that much more inviting!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: I suppose it’s a mix of mostly modern furniture with a random assortment of eclectic odds and ends all housed under the roof of a 1914 house.

Inspiration: 1940’s still life photography.

Favorite Element: We bought the house because of its abundance of windows and natural light

Biggest Challenge: Probably only having one bathroom.

What Friends Say: A lot of people seem to like the colors in our living room space (which we can’t really take credit for. It was like that when we moved in)

Biggest Embarrassment: The lock on our bathroom door doesn’t work. We were having a dinner party one evening and ____________

Proudest DIY: We’re hardly DIY people. I can barely hang a towel rack. We did find a vintage Jenny Lind bed at a junk store which we had refurbished. Our Daughter loves it.

Biggest Indulgence: Yet to come. We have some remodeling planned for the future though.

Best advice: Layer your lighting.

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Resources: Chelsea Flea Market, NYC / thrift stores / Design Within Reach / CB2 /Crate and Barrell / West Elm / IKEA / Bernadette Breu/ Family portrait by Ashley G and Drew

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(Thanks, Brad, Lis & Meade!)

Images: Molly Anderson

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