Name: Melissa and Ryan Gallagher Location: SE Portland, Oregon Size: 1692 sq. ft. Years lived in: 2 This brightly colored home belongs to Oregonians, Melissa and Ryan, a couple whose talents go way beyond picking colors for their walls. Melissa, a color designer for Nike and Ryan a multi-accomplished artist had no problem adding personal touches to their decorating scheme.
stuffed animals with individual organs inside that you can access after opening the velcro back (a cute idea for teaching anatomy at a young age). Although both have fully enjoyed making this home reflect their personal style, they are hoping to sell this house soon and start the decorating process all over again. Hopefully Melissa and Ryan will be happy to share the new one with us as well.
Apartment Therapy SurveyOur style: We have a painting hanging above our television that was the first piece of artwork that my husband and I had ever done together. His side is very symmetrical, and mine very organic. In our home you will see a mixture of old and new, symmetrical and asymmetrical, but together they are cohesive. This cohesiveness is done by color, design, wood, or the pure era of the items in a room. We find this makes our home a very cozy, fun, and a welcoming place. Inspiration: I love everything old. I have a corner cabinet with all the things from my childhood. The contrast of this very old, brown, wood cabinet, to all the bright shiny toys inside, became the inspiration of the color for the whole home. Favorite Element: The tiny kitchen. This is where the original wood floors are. At first it was too small for me, but now its our favorite place to be with one another, cooking and talking. We also will take time out of our day to color on the chalkboard walls in the kitchen. Biggest Challenge: The yard is our biggest challenge. We are thankful for such a huge and beautiful lot, but it is a lot of work at times to keep up. What friends say: They say it is cozy, that they feel at home, that it is fun and creative. Biggest Embarrassment: Probably when one of our cats has left a horrible smell in the catbox when company arrives. Proudest DIY: The chalkboard walls were so much fun for the both of us. Also, we turned one of our closets into a little office, to give us a place to work when we need to. Biggest Indulgence: The musical equipment that fills the home. Best advice: There are places in my home that are very simple, and areas that are very complicated. I really love taking a lot of my "clutter" and putting it in glass cabinets on display. I like to call it organized clutter. This makes a home interesting and full, but clean and simple. Dream Source: Old homes. Cabins. Nature.
ResourcesHardware: Vintage or standard stuff from Home Depot. Furniture: Couch is from Macy's. Cabinets Vintage or Ikea. Entertainment area is Target. Vintage pieces everywhere. Lighting: pre-existing Paint: Miller Flooring: Kitchen and Nook are original Pine, which is very old. Rest of the house is Pergo. Rugs and Carpets: Ikea, no carpet Tiles and Stone: pre-existing Beds: ZGallerie