Mikola’s “Trying to Be as Minimal as Possible” Portland Home

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Mikola Accuardi and her almost 3 year old son, Valentino
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 1700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 1/2 years; owned

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You may remember Mikola Accuardi and her adorable son, Valentino from their previous house tour with us. Since we last spoke with them over two years ago, they have purchased a gorgeous Tudor home in the shire-like Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland. The home has been outfitted with crisp white walls, and filled with pieces that are inspired by the local art and design scene, as well as Mikola’s own work in the fashion industry as a photographer. The result is a bright and inviting space that mixes modern textures and silhouettes with playful vintage touches.

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Though Mikola’s strong visual sensibilities are all her own, it is clear that she inherited some of her aesthetic instinct from her mother, Martie Kilmer, the legendary florist and stylist behind Space Design.

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

With Mikola’s love for greenery, pops of neon and just a touch of irony in the mix, the home is as warm and welcoming as she is!

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)
(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern + mid-century and always trying to be as minimal as possible.

Inspiration: I love reading through design blogs such as Fantastic Franks Blog, A Merry Mishap, Blog Milk Blog, Sight Unseen, The Inspiration Provider, So Soft Sunday, etc. And my mom is a rad designer, who continues to inspire me and can’t stop herself from bringing me cool plants and furniture.

Favorite Element: The light in the morning is my favorite. As well as the art and furniture I’ve collected from my friends; I love being surrounded and inspired by their creativity! Portland has such a vibrant creative community and I’m so lucky to call some of them my friends and clients.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to make the house look organized and not like a giant playroom with toys and Legos all over. I’m working on editing the toy selection constantly, and making it fun to put them back where they belong.

What Friends Say: The other day a friend said “it looks like a grown up lives here!”

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen countertops and cabinets, it’s definitely up next on the redo list.

Proudest DIY: The bathroom and kitchen floors were a horrible yellow linoleum when I first moved in, and after a year of complaining about it my best friend and I painted them grey; it was a nice quick DIY fix. And I made an oversized macrame plant hanger out of upholstery piping that’s in the dining room that looks animated; I like that one.

Biggest Indulgence: Furniture and art, because I’ll have it for a long time and it’s worth investing in. Also fancy cheese and champagne, it’s always worth it.

Best Advice: Get rid of stuff you don’t use, fill your house with plants, play loud music, eat yummy food, have friends over often.

Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, Young American, Haley Ann Robinson

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Floorplan courtesy of Mikola Accuardi. (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Miller paint: gallery white
(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Table: Studio Mo.
  • Coffee Table: Young American.
  • Couch: Lounge Lizard Vintage.
  • You & Me print: Corbin LaMont
  • Wall hanging: Sam LaMont.
  • Planters + Ceramics: Haley Ann Robinson.
  • Vase: Josh Herman.
  • Art: Emily Martin
  • (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Table: Heywood-Wakefield.
  • Plant stand: Young American.
  • Chairs: Knock off Eames.
  • Rope Art: Jason Rens.
  • Big macrame: Handmade.
  • (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


    • Wall hanging: Haley Ann
    • Light: Cedar and Moss.
    • Fruit Bowl #1: Pigeon Toe Ceramics.
    • Fruit bowl #2: Young American.
    • Favorite mugs: Mazama
    (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


    • Blanket + Pillows: Aurum Goods.
    • Bed: Ikea.
    • Lights: Cedar and Moss.
    • Chair: Knock off Eames.
    • Bed side table: Vintage from my mama.
    (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Shower curtain: Marimekko.
  • Paper bag: Uashmama.
  • (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Office Chair: Young American.
  • Marble base lamp: CB2.
  • Prints by friends including The Pressure, Young American, Draught Dry Goods.
  • Ceramic planter made by my BFF/Portland Supply Co. co-collaborator.
  • (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


  • Dresser: vintage.
  • Art: Trish Grantham

  • (Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)


    • Hanging diamond on stairway, diamond on shelves and print by Wendy Givens.
    • Plant stand on stairway – estate sale score.

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