Name: Greg Hennes
& Grey Helvey
South East — Portland, Oregon
approximately 1600 square feet
Years lived in:
6 months — rented
Greg and Grey moved into their studio loft in January of this year. The vibe they've created is one of serene calm, mixed with innovation and creativity. The space is astounding, full of open air and light — it's the ideal showcase for their Antler & Co. handmade goods.
Both Greg and Grey are from elsewhere originally but have made their home in Portland. Greg has been here for about 12 years and Grey is a relative new-comer, having spent the past few years in Minneapolis, Minnesota running a contemporary art gallery. Grey's own work dots the walls along with the work of friends and artist she used to represent in her gallery.
The woods and nature influence these two artist/designers greatly. Their place is at once minimalist, clean and simple in its design, but it's the design punctuation marks of all their travels and interest in nature that make their home come to life.
Greg and Grey co-own Antler & Co., a small business in which they source shed antlers from a variety of deer in the Midwest and turn them into beautiful, no frills, wall hangings. The antlers can be used for utilitarian purposes such as hanging sunglasses or keys or just become art in and of themselves, curving simply from any surface. The antlers are everywhere and are so graceful in their natural form. Colorful feathers from a pheasant have become splashes of beauty, while a bird's nest sits next to old pharmaceutical bottles and a gorgeous utilitarian bag, made by friend and local designer, Wooden Faulk. Grey's obsessive, scribbly, narrative works seduce and inspire viewers. I wanted to stay for hours and peer into this visual diary of hers.
I love this space for it's fearlessness. Friends said "How can you live in a place with no windows, no bathroom, no kitchen?" Greg and Grey took those challenges and flipped them on their head. They built a bathroom out of cedar planks, installed a quirky, fully-functional kitchen and enjoy a flood of natural light streaming in from a giant skylight over head. They knew they could make it work, and now those friends (myself included!) are envious of this unique live/work space. They've created an unconventional, gorgeous home with filled with personality, history and beauty.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Natural history scavenger cabin
Inspiration: Friends. Craftsmanship. Thoughtfulness. Wood. Simplicity.
Favorite Element: The flat file bed and the block and tackle swing.
Biggest Embarrassment: As relates to our studio? None to speak of. Maybe the way I look on the dance floor?
Proudest DIY: In life, the cabin. In the studio, probably the flat file bed or the cedar bathroom.
Biggest Indulgence: We actually haven't really indulged on this space. Maybe our little toaster oven, it was spendy for such a small dude.
Best Advice: Don't be scared, you can do it.
Dream Sources: Material:Goby Walnut, Furniture: Heartwood , Dave Seoane , BDDW
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Metro Paint: Arctic White.
• Couches: from grandparents
• Antlers: Antler & Co.
• Artwork: made by friends and Grey
• DIY kitchen: cedar panels
Thanks, Greg and Grey!
Images: Leela Cyd Ross
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