A Portland Home Is the Perfect Blend of Whimsical and Modern

A Portland Home Is the Perfect Blend of Whimsical and Modern

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Name: Amanda J Franz and pup Milo
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned

My name is Amanda Franz and I live in Portland, Oregon, with my Australian Labradoodle, Milo. I am a creative entrepreneur who owns the custom stationery company, Wide Eyes Paper Co. Wide Eyes specializes in hand-crafted wedding invitations and we ship all around the USA and internationally. I am an adventurous and curious 29-year-old surfer gal from sunny Southern California.

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My home is the perfect blend of whimsical and modern. A super charming cottage built in the 1930s with all original windows but upgraded appliances and fixtures. It is white, bright, and just has the best energy.

It features a classic white picket fence along the perimeter of the home and the cutest Dutch door you've ever seen (one of my favorite parts!) It even has an outdoor office that I am going to build out to be my studio space. I work from home so this is such a bonus to be able to design a space to create intentional work-life balance.

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One of my favorite features is the shiplap walls seen in the family room, kitchen nook, and the entirety of the master bedroom.

Describe your home's style in 5 words or less: Modern and Charming Portland Cottage.

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What is your favorite room and why? This is a tough one, but I would have to say my kitchen. It is on the smaller side, but it has so much whimsical charm. I love the open shelving filled with plants, cook books, and my favorite coffee mugs. However, my favorite part of the kitchen is the rounded kitchen nook. When I first moved in, the house almost felt too perfect. I wanted to add in quirky elements that felt like me in a subtle way. On the inside of the kitchen nook I added tropical wallpaper which was a subtle way to add in a little bit of So-Cal quirk to my house. I also utilized the wallpaper on the staircase up to my bedroom. Lastly, I had warm gray custom cushions made for the ultimate coffee or wine drinking experience. (Depending on the hour.)

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If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I love being outside, especially in the morning. In my perfect world, I would add French doors and create a terrace off my bedroom upstairs. Sounds cheesy, but it would be my dream to sip coffee and do my morning writing out there. A girl can dream, right?

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Be patient, create mood boards, and allow yourself time to dream of what you really want each room to be. Designing and curating a whole house is so much work (and money) so have fun with the process and make it your own.

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Lastly, design and buy furniture from your heart space. Think about the energy, emotion, and vibe you want in a room before buying or starting the design process. Think about how you want the people you love to feel when they enter into your home. As a visual artist with a creative spirit this is the most important thing to me.

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Thanks, Amanda!

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