Name: Eva & Jason Hume
Location: Mt. Tabor; Portland, Oregon
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years; Owned
It's been four years since Eva, Jason and their French bulldog Santo settled into this perfect little nest in the heart of southeast Portland, Oregon. The neighborhood is made up of an array of eateries, jam-packed coffeehouses, vegan bars, offbeat clothing stores, and vintage oddity shops. Completely unfazed by the commotion, the couple seek the best of all worlds on their street with comfort and quietness, friendly neighbors, and their warm and welcoming vintage sanctuary.
Eva was once a vendor at an amazing vintage shop, so it's no surprise that she has a keen eye for acquiring unique thrift-store finds, which crop up throughout her home. Nowadays, Eva works for the stylish snow/swim/street clothing brand Nikita, which makes the art on her walls quite appropriate. Painting of oceans and snowy mountaintops are a testament to the couple's affinity for the great outdoors and love for adventure. Their bedspread not only represents Eva's obsession with colorful southwestern textiles, but also symbolizes her Mexican-American heritage. In their living room, Eva tastefully mixes shades of browns and yellows with pops of turquoise, and boldly matches patterns and textures to create a harmonious abode.
One sunny afternoon, I met with Eva to listen to some records as I watched Santo playfully nibble on her ears. We chatted about her beautiful home and how adding a second story may give them enough room to fit a nursery. Yes, there's a baby Hume on the way!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Vintage.
Inspiration: I am inspired by things of the past. The the classic feeling of vintage pieces really creates a timeless environment for me.
Favorite Element: The first thing I bought for the house was the vintage teal lamps from Lounge Lizard. We had just bought the house, nearly draining our bank accounts, and I went out and bought the set for $280. And that’s without the shades. After scouring the internet, I bought the shades at $50 a piece, putting us at $380 for the lamps. Looking at it now, I can think that’s not too much, right? But I remember feeling quite guilty at the time! I must say, I loved them so much, and the wall colors and the whole vibe of the house began with those lamps!
Biggest Challenge: Budget.
What Friends Say: Its like a house out of Portlandia!
Biggest Embarrassment: People saying “its like a house out of Portlandia”
Proudest DIY: The terrariums we made with a local florist. Fieldwork Flowers helped us put together the terrariums for the centerpieces at our wedding. Together with our friends, we gathered driftwood and other magical pieces by the sea and were able to make beautiful terrariums on a budget.
Biggest Indulgence: We really wanted a nice sofa. We ended up finding one for under $1000 that had a vintage style to it and was brand new.
Best Advice: Pick one thing you love to build your room around! Don’t be afraid to buy used or vintage. Give your space a unique feel by mixing new and old and save yourself some money!
Dream Sources: I find the best pieces at vintage stores, junk stores, thrift stores, antique malls, Craigslist, and garage/estate sales. My dream shopping experience would be walking into an antique mall where all of the magical and unique pieces were already found for you, but priced at junk store prices. I love getting inspiration from these great vintage stores and antique malls all around Portland, and then heading off to thrift stores and "the bins" to find my own treasures. Most of the time though, those great pieces stick in my head, and I turn right back and splurge! I used to be a vendor at House of Vintage, which is a great mix between a carefully curated vintage store and a total crazy lady’s junk store where you can outfit your house without breaking the bank. If you live in or travel to Portland or the Northwest, take a day to visit House of Vintage with a friend. You will definitely load up your whole car full of wonderful pieces for your home without spending your life savings!
Resources of Note:
- Floral Couch: wedding present – House of Vintage
- Coffee Table: Lane Acclaim – Hawthorne Vintage
- 2 End Tables: Lane Acclaim – Vintage shop in Oregon City, OR
- Yellow Ottoman: House of Vintage
- 2 Teal Vintage lamps: Lounge Lizard
- Drum Lamp Shades: Destination Lighting
- 2 Yellow Herman Miller Vintage Chairs: Vintage Shop in Oregon City
- Circular wooden table: Dealer from House of Vintage’s home stash
- Clare Sofa in Granite: Macys
- 2 pinwheel pillows: House of Vintage
- Record Table Stand: Craigslist
- White Bookshelf: Hemnes – Ikea
- Curtain Fixtures: Homemade with wooden dowels from Home Depot
- Terrarium: Homemade, centerpieces from wedding
- Terrarium holders: Portland Nursery
- Refurbished Antique Dresser: Lounge Lizard
- Vintage Wooden Lamp: The Goodwill Bins
- Vintage golden jewelry box – The Goodwill Bins
- Vintage Mirror:Really Good Stuff, Portland, OR
- Sheepskin Rug: Ikea – Craigslist
- Sea Painting: The Goodwill Bins
- White Pillows: Wedding Present
- Black Trunk: Really Good Stuff, Portland, OR
- Ship Painting: House of Vintage
- File Cabinet: Portland Recycled Office Furniture
Thanks, Eva and Jason!
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