Helen Marien's DIY & Earth-Friendly Home

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Name: Helen Marien Lee
Location: Pearl District, Portland, Oregon

I'm a full-time artist/metalsmith/writer as well as a minimalist at heart…so that makes my home very DIY and earth-friendly. My wood platform bed, my "couches", my processes in creating art and jewelry are simple and fun.

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When my previous lease ended, I put all my belongings, furniture, and 14-year-old cat into a borrowed car and drove 5,600 miles to Portland. I wasn't sure where I was going to live, but I was on a two-year wait list for a rent-controlled apartment in the Pearl District.

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Things worked out and I'm still here. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be here, but I love the space. The bathroom walls could be painted a better color (brown), but in the meanwhile I've covered it with bright artwork.

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Thanks, Helen Marien!

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(Image credits: Submitted by Helen Marien lee)

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