A 1960 Home Balances Mid-Century Modern & Vintage Styles

updated Sep 5, 2019

A 1960 Home Balances Mid-Century Modern & Vintage Styles

updated Sep 5, 2019
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Name: Rebekah and Larry Dortmund, and Oliver, age 8, plus cats Sonic and Marcus
Location: Vancouver, Washington
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, owned

Vancouver, Washington is literally right across the river from Portland, Oregon, but is a different world when it comes to the real estate market. So when Rebekah and Larry Dortmund were ready to move out of their tiny North Portland cottage, they knew that if they bought in Vancouver they were making the commitment to become Washington state residents.

Rebekah fell hard for this 1960 Vancouver home. It was the first home the family looked at, but Rebekah, who has an eye for aesthetics and interior styling, felt sure enough to make an offer. The walls of windows, charming mid-century details (hello, intercom!), and open floor plan, not to mention the FOUR fireplaces, won the couple over.

“We saw that there was an open house, and it had already ended, but the man let us in anyway, and I told my husband, ‘This is it! This is the house!'”

With Rebekah’s loves of vintage shopping, crafting and styling a layered home, and Larry‘s background as a real estate developer, the family was destined to live somewhere that looks gorgeous and lives well.

Less than a year after moving into their new home, the couple still has a long list of projects they’d like to accomplish — painting the exterior is at the top of the list — but their home feels comfortable and cohesive, and they are thrilled with the choice they made to move across the river into their light-filled home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I love both vintage and modern with a little bit of rustic and industrial thrown in.

Favorite Element: Natural light and open living area. Our previous home was boxy and did not get much natural light and now we are surrounded by big picture windows in an open space. It is wonderful!

Biggest Challenge: Being patient with all the projects that a new house brings. We would love to be able to do everything at once but that isn’t reality.

What Friends Say: Look at that view! Our house is set up from the street so when you look out, although you can see the neighborhood, we are not looking directly at another house. We can see the Columbia River from just the right angle on our deck and we see all the airplanes coming in out of Portland International Airport.

Biggest Embarrassment: Unfinished projects! We have about 16 different colored exterior paint samples painted all over the outside of our house, and the gutters and garage doors don’t match.

Proudest DIY: Being able to sew custom pillow covers. I also recently learned macramé so there are quite a bit of those wall hangings popping up all over our walls.

Biggest Indulgence: New furniture. We moved with all of our old furniture and the scale and style was completely off. We made the choice to invest in some new furniture that we really liked.

Best Advice: Decorate with what you love without worrying if it matches or goes because if you love it, there ends up being a natural cohesiveness.

Dream Sources: Being a lifelong thrifter and former vintage seller I still love the thrill of the hunt, so to be able to travel the world and visit flea markets and vintage fairs would be a dream come true.


Paint — Moth Gray from Miller Paint
Wooden peg racks — vintage
Basket — thrifted

Dekalb Sofa — West Elm
Austin Cacao Tweed Swivel Chair — West Elm
Mid-Century Show Wood Armchair — West Elm
Steven Alan Shag Rug — West Elm
Coffee table and natural tree stump side table – West Elm
Mid Century Console Table – House of Vintage
Overarching floor lamp – West Elm
Modern Globe Floor Lamp – Target
Medium Mid Century Table Lamp – Rejuvenation
Framed B&W abstract painting — vintage from Fabius Grange
Pillows — A mix of vintage Kilim and Rebakah’s designs
Paint — Moth Gray from Miller Paint
Solar Shade window coverings – The Shade Store

Jensen Dining Table – West Elm
Mid-Century Dining Chairs – West Elm
Stackable Dining Chairs – West Elm
Counter Stools – West Elm
Paint — Moth Gray from Miller Paint

Paint — Moth Gray from Miller Paint
Chalkboard Paint — Rustoleum
Dwell mid-century stool – Target

Paint — Super White from Benjamin Moore
Malm Bed – IKEA
Mid-Century six drawer Dresser — West Elm
Mid-Century Nightstands — West Elm
Mid-Century Show Wood Chair – West Elm
Rug and Ottoman – vintage
Bedside lamps – Target
Bedding – Pendleton and Restoration Hardware

Kivik Sofa – IKEA
Pendleton Throw Blanket
Pillows — Rebekah’s designs mixed with vintage Kilim
Bin Pull 4 drawer media console – West Elm
Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp – Target
Faux Fur Bean Bag – West Elm
Cubby Storage – IKEA
Art — Brigitte Dortmund
Paint — Super White from Benjamin Moore
Solar Shade window coverings – The Shade Store

Malm Bedframe – IKEA
Dresser and mirror – Vintage
Rocker – West Elm
Kilim Rug – West Elm
Linen Drapes – Pottery Barn
Macrame – Rebekah’s design
Art, vintage woven hats and pressed flowers — thrifted
Paint — Super White from Benjamin Moore

Mid-Century Desk – West Elm
Rocker – IKEA
Media Table – West Elm
Cubby Storage — Target
Rug — vintage
Paint — Super White from Benjamin Moore

Thanks, Rebekah and Larry!

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