Denis and Heather's Scandinavian Treasure

Denis and Heather's Scandinavian Treasure

Ashley Sheping
Nov 19, 2009

Name: Heather, Denis and new pup, Addie
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: About 3000 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months

After living and renting in Portland for 3.5 years and being newly wed to one another, Denis and Heather decided it was time to purchase their very first home together. They proceeded to find an agent who took them all over the city looking for something, but in the end came up with nothing. They decided to take a house-hunting hiatus but soon after came the news that their two friends were packing up and moving back to Denmark.

Consequently, they needed to sell their freshly redesigned 3 bedroom house after spending so much time and effort making it match their clean, Scandinavian style. Although Heather and Denis were sad to loose such great friends, they realized that there was a silver lining for both couples: one wanted to sell a house and the other wanted to buy. As a skilled graphic designer, Denis was always attracted to the modern layout and the clean, crisp design. Heather, being a dedicated yoga instructor, was interested in having an entire bedroom to use for her practice. Since they are equally talented in the kitchen and share a love for entertaining, they felt the spacious kitchen/outdoor patio would be perfect for future dinner parties.
The deal worked out beautifully. They are currently the proud owners of a stunning home and they have a place to visit in Denmark. Perfect.

Apartment Therapy Survey

Our style: Timeless. Modern base with select antiques & family heirlooms.

Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright, Mid-Century modern architecture. Charles & Ray Eames.

Favorite Element: Our art collection. Most of the art on our wall has been created by our ultra talented friends & family. If we had to pick one favorite piece it would be the lamp my grandfather made in the 1920's. The lamp was entirely made via reclaimed wood from an old piano. All hardware was handmade. He was a career machinist / inventor.

Biggest Challenge: Walnut trees and keeping the dark floors clean!

What friends say: Please invite us over for summertime bbq's and crisp nights by the fire pit!

Biggest Embarrassment: Guest bedroom needs some love.

Proudest DIY: 9' wooden Grain surfboard.

Biggest Indulgence: Our 100" walnut & steel dining room table. Made by good friend
Dave Seoane. Seats 8 comfortably. We love to entertain.

Best advice: Less is more


Original artwork by: Craig LaRotonda, Denis Kegler, Randy Gaetano, Kevin Kegler, Derek Albeck, Alisha Wessler
Dining table by Dave Seoane
All other furniture and accessories by: Eames, Ikea, yard sales, hand-me-downs from friends, family and an old landlord.

Thanks, Heather & Denis!

(Images: Ashley Sheping)

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