Albie Design’s Family Home

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Name: Kim, Jake, Collin and Alex Sly
Location: Lake Oswego — Portland, Oregon
Size: 1700 square feet
Years lived in: 3 — owned

Kim Sly of Albie Design, along with her husband Jake, have created a comfortable, well designed space to accommodate their family’s needs. Their strong DIY spirit is evident in the many reclaimed and custom built items throughout the house.

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Kim runs her company, Albie Design, out of her home. She screen-prints a line of children’s clothing, art prints and note cards in the same room her two little boys romp and play. Though I’m sure it gets tight at times, she has her work areas well organized and efficiently maintained. Albie Design has an emphasis on being design for all ages and Kim’s home is no exception to the rule. The house is a nice mash-up of grownup style meets kid play space. Her husband, Jake, and her father are woodworking enthusiasts and have built custom furniture for their home. Kim likes to find things on Craigslist and has a great eye for envisioning the potential of an old table, chair or lamp. Each room has some reclaimed element that blends nicely with the newer items in the home. In addition to her own website, Kim’s prints can be purchased at Design Public and Velocity.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: rustic & eclectic meets modern & graphic, anthropologie/flea market meets west elm/ikea, playful & warm meets practicality & compromise, and most days tonka truck & sticky juice meets vacuum & swiffer.

Inspiration: I am a big blog voyeur. I don’t normally contribute, but I do sponge off them frequently. I am a sucker for most design blogs. I had a slight love affair with Domino magazine (when it was around), as it was one of the few magazines with great but attainable design. My best friend gave me the Domino book as a gift a few years back, and we joked about it being our “bible”….today, top on my list are dwell magazine and design public.

Favorite Element: Most rooms in my house have something new and fancy that I splurged on, something old that I reclaimed, art, furniture that was hand made by either: my husband, his dad, or my dad (as they are all woodworkers). My entire house is filled with elements such as furniture, art, textiles, & photos that are meaningful to me. these items, combined with some thought & direction, generally produce good design. At the end of the day though, I think you should have something in every room that makes you happy

Biggest Challenge: Space!! too many functions not enough functionality. For example our “bonus room” currently functions as: my office, my studio, our laundry room, the guest room, and last but certainly not least my kid’s playroom.

What Friends Say: Of course your house has a lot of art….

Biggest Embarrassment: Our bathrooms, they are crazy tiny and really dark. I am not committed to remodeling them though.

Proudest DIY: The kitchen table, a team effort (as many of the DIY projects in my house are) my husband spotted the table at a construction site that was about to be demo’d. The table was originally a commercial butcher block, so he removed the legs and racks & sanded the top. together we designed legs to be made be a welder. I love the way it turned out!!! Rustic meets modern.

Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen, even though if I were to do it over again today I would do it in a totally different style I still love that it’s been updated and it is way more functional than before.

Best Advice: Re-purpose and DIY!! I love to give furniture/accessories/anything really a new life. Some people love finding stray cats and dogs and giving them new homes. I love finding old furniture and accessories and giving them a hew purpose. also don’t be afraid of change & failure. I can’t count the projects that I started that end up at the dump. I grew up in house that pretty much never changed from when the decorator came in and covered the walls and bedspreads in Laura Asheley. some would argue that it’s too expensive to redecorate but I disagree. I’ve changed an entire room in a day by rearranging the furniture and accessories, and changing out a few pillows (just ask my husband)

Dream Sources: Anything Jonathan Adler, Design Public, Anthropologie – I almost never go there to buy clothes, instead I go there for inspiration and to drool over all of the unique and playful furniture & accessory schemes.

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Resources of Note:


    • Dresser: Second hand store
    • Mirror: First DIY project by my husband and I (I design/paint he builds)
    • Pottery: Second hand store
    • Lamp: Pottery Barn


    • Sofa: Mitchell Gold
    • Coffee Table: Second hand store
    • Chair: Craigslist
    • Bookshelves: Ikea
    • Artwork: Mine


    • Table: Proudest DIY!
    • Light fixture: West Elm
    • Hutch: Made by my dad
    • Chairs: Ikea


    • Duvet Cover: West Elm
    • Curtains: Ikea Fabric
    • Artwork: Mine
    • Light Fixture: Ikea
    • Desk: Made by my dad
    • Dresser: Second hand store
    • Lamp: Second hand store


    • Desk: Craigslist
    • Lamp: Second hand store
    • Art Prints: My series available at Albie Design
    • Art/Craft table: Came with the house!
    • Coffee table: Craigslist
    • Couch: Cost Plus
    • Carpet: Flor


    • Crib: Lullaby Lane
    • Mobile: Converted Wind Chime from Ikea
    • Dresser: Antique store
    • Armoire: Husband made
    • Rug: Urban Outfitters
    • Hanging Lamp: Cost Plus
    • Animal cut outs: DIY Projet


    • Bed & Kid Table: Made by my dad
    • Bedding: Fabric from Ikea
    • Artwork: Mine, Albie Design
    • Dot rugs: Ikea
    • Bookshelves: Garage Sale

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Thanks, Sly Family!