A Portland Victorian (aka Miss Vicky) Gets an Update, Inside & Out

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(Image credit: Angela Medlin)

Project by: Angela
Location: Portland, Oregon

I’m a professional apparel / product designer who loves the idea of dabbling with spaces that could use a little TLC. I enjoy bringing new life to pre-loved spaces and things.

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In 2015, I purchased a small (semi fixer upper), 1906 Victorian, in Portland, OR. My neighborhood is a neighborhood that prides itself on not selling out to the modern condo developers that are changing the landscape of the city. I personally appreciate a little bit of both so my fun challenge was to keep the character of the 110-year-old house (aka “Miss Vicky”), while giving it a slightly modern facelift.

(Image credit: Angela Medlin)

Miss Vicky needed a bold new dress! The ketchup and mustard exterior was no longer ‘all the rage’! So, I dove into a sea of black paints from every paint store in Portland to find the perfect shade. On the interior, the previous owners chose a very traditional neutral color theme. Lots of beige and green. I needed a blank canvas so finding the perfect soft white, also, became my new daily mission. Black and white….#notsosimpleafterall

(Image credit: Angela Medlin)

What started out as a 3 month partial renovation and paint job, turned into 8 months (you know the drill). Gutting the kitchen, expanding a bedroom, building bookshelves, giving her a fresh coat of paint, and finally adding my (not so fancy / wabi sabi- esque) furnishings made this feel more like the simple, creative, happy space I envisioned living / working in every day.

Miss Vicky is now the new belle of the ball, a new kinda painted lady now resides in my neighborhood!

Thanks, Angela!

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