Location: Portland, Oregon
Our home is actually the main floor of a beautiful old Portland home (built in 1908) that's since been divided into four apartments — one for each floor plus the basement. Because of its wonderful history, it definitely has a few quirks. The apartment is about 1,400 square feet, but is only a one bedroom (a converted dining room). Our closet is a converted butler's pantry, so we store our shoes in drawers made for holding potatoes.
We love to fill our home with lots of plants, textures, and colors, which help make the space feel cozy, even with 12-foot ceilings.
The weirdest thing about our home is probably the bathroom. We wanted to do something different in the space, so we decided to turn the whole thing into a gallery wall devoted to Wes Anderson films. His movies are so beautiful and well composed and whimsical, they have great appeal to both me, as an art director, and my fiancé (a filmmaker and editor).
We do a lot of entertaining because the space is so open and inviting, something our Corgi, Maddie, absolutely loves. When we moved into the space two years ago, we got a long IKEA table that expands to fit up to 12 people around it. One day soon, we hope to upgrade to a nice vintage table, but it was more important for us to have a big enough place to gather with friends and family rather than breaking the bank right after moving.
What we love most about our home is how calming it is. We both work in advertising, which can be a very stressful industry, so it's great to have such a relaxing space to come home to and just spend time together.
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