Newlyweds Nest in a Fun & Quirky Portland Apartment

Newlyweds Nest in a Fun & Quirky Portland Apartment

Heather Keeling
May 12, 2017

Name: Holly Schnackenberg and Dylan Sylwester
Location: Sullivan's Gulch — NE Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, rented

Holly and Dylan live in what was originally the foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen of a 1907 home in Portland's Sullivan's Gulch neighborhood. They love the beautiful original features of the vintage apartment (like the 12-foot box beam ceilings), as well as the peculiarities: Their walk-in closet was formerly a butler's pantry with bins that "used to hold potatoes and now hold shoes."

The couple have thoroughly enjoyed living in the old home (which is currently divided into four separate apartments), despite its eccentricities. They've added simple curtains to give their bedroom (formerly the house's dining room) privacy from the rest of the space, and have played up a quirky bathroom by covering the walls with Wes Anderson-themed artwork.

Holly and Dylan are newlyweds and native Oregonians who knew early on that they wanted to make their life together in Portland. They both work in advertising (she's an art director, he's an editor) at agencies that are separated by just a few city blocks. When Holly and Dylan aren't at work, they love hosting gatherings in their home, and spending time together with their sweet corgi, Maddie. The couple are also avid travelers, collectors and creatives — he's into photography, and she has a side business creating "modern calligraphy."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Boho-modern? I love lots of colors and textures, but I also love clean lines and lack of clutter.

Inspiration: Anywhere and everywhere! I'm constantly taking in inspiration through blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, vintage shops in Portland, and through my job as an art director. Every so often, I just see a piece that I know will be perfect for a certain place in our home, and I become obsessed with getting it.

Favorite Element: 12 foot-tall box ceilings

Biggest Challenge: The constant battle against hair and fur from humans, dogs, and super fluffy rugs.

What Friends Say: "It's so open!"

Biggest Embarrassment: The only access to the bathroom is through the bedroom...through the closet.

Proudest DIY: Tree-slab coffee table.

Biggest Indulgence: King-sized bed.

Best Advice: Edit, edit edit! As I've gotten older, my style has definitely gotten more minimal and I'm constantly looking around the room to see what else I can nix.

Dream Sources: Anywhere vintage.


Desk — World Market
Wood Pyramid Arm Chair — Overstock
VITTSJÖ Bookshelf — Ikea
Rug — Rugs USA
Teal Occasional Chair — Urban Outfitters
Vegan Leather Love Seat — Urban Outfitters
White Resin Skull — Urban Outfitters
Black and White Photo — taken by Dylan
Coat rack — Amazon
Tree slab coffee table — DIY
Breakfast Cart — vintage
Plant Stand – vintage

Jute Rug — Rugs USA
Moroccan Shag Rug — Rugs USA
Coffee Table — DIY
Kivik Sofa — Ikea
Blue Velvet Sofa Cover — Comfort Works
Pendleton Glacier Park Throw — Pendleton
Loveseat — vintage
Side Table — vintage
Brass Lamp — vintage
Hoop Chair — Urban Outfitters
Planters and Pots — Portland Nursery

Bjursta Dining Table — Ikea
Ingolf Chairs — Ikea
Brass Lamp — vintage
Bookshelves — Ikea
Various Decanters — vintage

Clay Plates / Bowls — CB2
Gold Tray — West Elm
Spice Rack and Marble Slab— Crate and Barrel
Bar Stools — Ikea
Fruit Bowl — Heath Ceramics
Decorative Blue Plate — Handmade in Mexico
Kitchen Rug- Graphic Flat Woven Rug, Urban Outfitters (similar)

Standing Mirror – Amazon
Plant Stand — Vintage
Two-Tone Bedside Tables — Ikea (DIY)
White Lamp —Ikea
Silver Lamp — Ikea
Bed — Ikea
Bedding — Brooklinen
Wood and Copper Bench — DIY
Greek Flokati Rug — Rugs USA
Sling Chair — vintage / DIY
Red Cross Pillow — vintage
Copper / Rope Wall Hanging — DIY
Throw- Colorways Gallery, Etsy
What Would Beyonce Do- Holly Casto Design, Etsy

Various Picture Frames — Ikea, Amazon
Wes Anderson Fan Art — Etsy (various)
Shower Curtain — Amazon
Teal Cart —Ikea

Thanks, Dylan and Holly!

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