June's Quaint 1910 Farmhouse

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Name: June
Location: Sellwood — Portland, Oregon

I recently moved to Portland from Los Angeles. My boyfriend and I picked a quiet quaint part of Portland called Sellwood. We settled in a 1910s farm house, where I'm envious of our neighbors chickens, bunnies, and cats.

I love the look of mid century furniture and Anthroplogie bedrooms, but can't afford it. I'm inspired by my friends, travels, and adventures. I love DIY/refinishing furniture, and spending lots of time scavenging thrift stores to find that diamond in the rough. I also love meeting the people at yard sales and flea markets and hearing the stories behind each object I've acquired.

Almost everything in our house was acquired through thrift stores, yard sales, estate sales, and hardware salvage stores with the exception my bedding. I HAD to splurged!
My boyfriend assembled the dining room table from some thrift-ed legs and an old door from the local hardware salvage shop. He also made our coffee table (which opens for extra storage) from an old medicine cabinet and the legs were from a free chair off Craigslist. The mid century looking credenza was disguised in all white paint at the Goodwill. After huffing lots of paint stripper and scraping for a few days I stained it with results that impressed myself. The Danish style chair was a LA flea market find. I sanded it, stained it, reupholstered it and hauled it all the way to Portland. I have a habit of "collecting things" or you can say buying more than is necessary (ie: my collection of vintage cameras and old bottles).

Thanks, June!

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