A Maker's Home that Celebrates Craftsmanship & Culture

A Maker's Home that Celebrates Craftsmanship & Culture

Heather Keeling
Jan 27, 2017

Name: Rachael Donaldson
Location: St. John's — Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years, owned

Rachael makes jewelry that transcends time and place. Her delicate pieces look like they could be worn by Cleopatra or a modern woman, and her home is equally inspiring. She is an avid collector of vintage furniture and objects — and has bought and sold both as a pastime and a profession. Rachael's Portland shop Demimonde carries her designs and is filled with many vintage and antique finds.

Rachael's appreciation of craftsmanship and culture is evident in the way she has designed her environment. Much like her shop, her home has beautiful objects throughout its open floor plan. Antiques, textiles, natural elements and modern art harmonize.

But there is also a practicality to the space. The dogs comfortably share the home, and Rachael has plenty of room to work. Or she can find solace in her spacious bedroom if her roommate is home.

Following her own advice to "buy quality, and buy what you love," has helped Rachael craft a home that feels authentic and personal.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Vintage, eclectic, global, bohemian, refined, modern

Inspiration: Vintage shopping and curating

Favorite Element: The big open living room/dining space and vintage glass windows.

Biggest Challenge: Finding enough wall space for all the art I own, or would like to own!

What Friends Say: That I love old things with history and character and that I have a really good eye.

Biggest Embarrassment: My original fir wood floors need refinishing.

Proudest DIY: I refinished all the wood trim and drywall-finished all the walls and ceilings in the house by myself.

Biggest Indulgence: Art, rugs, pottery and baskets.

Best Advice: Don't buy what's fashionable or trendy — buy quality — and buy what you love and speaks to your heart. I think that's why I buy so much vintage.

Mass-produced new pieces are expensive, poorly made and without heart
or character. Vintage pieces are made with unsurpassed craftsmanship
and materials you can't find on a budget today. If you can afford it, invest in locally made artisan pieces. Don't be afraid to splurge every now and then. My mom always said, "buy the things you would want to pass on to your children." Timeless. Not Tasteless.

Dream Source: Estate Sales


Living Room: Gladden — "Fossil Grey" for walls and Miller Acro Pure - "Deep River" for trim and doors
Bathroom and tiny hall — Miller Acro Pure "Deep River"
Kitchen — Ralph Lauren paint - not sure of name
Bed Room — Miller - "Charisma White"

Art — Large painting above sofa - Clara Seasholtz, additional pieces by Betsy Walton, Gabriella Ramos, Trish Grantham, vintage finds and my own work
Sofa - Dania
Coffee Table — vintage from Sit Babe… Stay - vintage store that closed years ago
Chair — Vintage with Pendleton upholstery done by Revive Upholstery and Design
Bench under window — vintage farm bench
Basket — Antique basket from Alaska - early 1900's - possibly from Hooper Bay
Cactus — 15 year old Column Cactus
Vintage Pillows — Repurposed indigo rugs from Pakistan
Practice Mortar Rounds — I think they are WWII practice artillery rounds for tanks. I bought them at a yard sale.
Bird Art — one of my BFFs Gabriella Ramos - Portland
Little Whale Sculptures — gift from a friend - etsy purchase

MCM hutch — Craigslist
Ceramics — a collection of thrifting finds. Mostly Mid Century studio pieces. My favorite is the collection of old Japanese Chawan tea bowls.
Chair — Vintage Danish Modern- don't know the actual designer
Dining Room Table — Antique Drop leaf table I inherited from my Mom
Sculptures — random finds from yard sales! I think the Bronze one is Chinese and the Ivory looking one might be Thai?

Table — Folk art piece found at a yard sale
Pottery on Table — Vintage Nemadji
Gallery Wall — Collection of pieces found thrifting. The Glass Still Life is from my Mom — one I inherited. The other still life was painted by my grandfather. Bench — Cargo in Portland
Long Red Rug — vintage
Tile — Ann Sacks

Rugs, Chairs and tables — Vintage
Art by Clay Witt, Esque Glass, Trish Grantham
Tapestry — vintage Kuba cloth from the the Congo in Africa
Trunk — old Japanese shipping trunk that my mom covered in Paper
Dresser — Vintage Danish Modern piece - From Sit Babe… Stay - vintage store that closed years ago.
Gold Cloud — stepankaceramics.com
Triangle Mobile — from Sword and Fern Shop designer is Kim Baise, I think

Art by Trish Grantham, Marne Lucas, and Tom Anderson

Thanks, Rachael!

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