Rosie & Torry’s Serene Portland Oasis

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Rosie Acosta and Torry Pendergrass
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 2,300 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; owned

Rosie and Torry found their 1946 Cape Cod style home during a very arduous search for a home to buy. Everything in Portland was getting snagged right from under them and they’d already put in at least two offers on other homes before they found this one. The minute they walked in and felt the energy of the space—with the view of the trees from the panoramic windows—and they were sold.
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The first thing they did was paint. The color of the walls were a pale yellowish tone that made Torry mad. He said that “yellow makes people fight” and while Rosie isn’t sure if that’s true or not, she didn’t care to test it out. It took a few months of using the furniture they had until they were able to complete each room. There is a mixture of vintage pieces that Torry brought up from L.A. and some newer Danish style pieces that really gives the house a bit more personality. Rosie loves having a cozy, warm home without too much color, so they stuck to a more neutral palate—her only request was a comfy couch and a badass wallpaper wall. “It is a very serene home, it feels like we are living in a tree house,” says Rosie.

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Rosie is a yoga and meditation teacher, and a certified Holistic Health Life Coach. She is building a yoga and health + wellness empire and hosts a wellness podcast called Radically Loved Radio. She leads workshops and international yoga meditation retreats alongside teaching regular classes in Los Angeles and Portland. Torry is a designer and rock photographer. As the owner of Red Monkey Designs, he has also been hand crafting high-end leather accessories that “embody the spirit of rock n’ roll” for the last 21 years.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We both like really clean lines, and different textures mixing like faux leather with fabric.

Inspiration: Torry is mostly inspired by a piece; he can create an entire landscape with just one piece. The gold-plated vase we have in the living room was really what inspired the entire vibe of that space. I am mostly inspired by the “feeling” or creating a sanctuary with my space without it feeling too much like a shrine. I feel that we are able to make both of our visions work really well and we are both really happy with the result.

Favorite Element: Being surrounded by the green. We look out our windows in the main level of the home and take in the beauty of the trees; a massive magnolia tree that lets us know when spring has arrived. Our home backs up to a city park so our home feels really private, and the fact that we don’t need curtains is pretty awesome.

Biggest Challenge: Our differing styles. Torry is more inspired by a piece or a certain aesthetic; I enjoy the functionality of a space.

What Friends Say: People LOVE the way the house feels. We get a lot of sunlight (when the sun is out) and it’s very inviting. I am a life/health coach and I see clients in my home so having it feel inviting is important. People usually just want to get cozy on the couch and grab a throw blanket, have some tea and just lounge… that’s typically what Torry and I do when we are not working.

Biggest Embarrassment: The basement. And now… the world knows that we have one. And it’s a mess.

Proudest DIY: Torry re-tiled the fireplace. When we moved in it was this reddish maroon color with gold framed doors and it just looked really sad and neglected. I had asked if he thought it would look good if we put white tile around instead, and the following weekend I came home and it was already done. He’s crafty…

Biggest Indulgence: Torry’s is a dining room set by Thayer Coggin that has the original tags from 1971. Rosie’s is the Fog Colored Chesterfield style couch, which took six months to get.

Best Advice: Torry: Choose things that you love, don’t base your decisions on catalogs or other people’s opinions, do what you want.
Rosie: Surround yourself with items that you love; you should feel good when you sit on your couch or write at your desk or sit to eat at your table. You should absolutely LOVE everything you are surrounded by, if you don’t… get rid of it.


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  • Rhinestone on the walls by Sherwin Williams Cashmere Brand
  • Peppercorn in the Dining Room by Sherwin Williams Cashmere Brand
  • Wallpaper Sherwin Williams
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  • MacKenzie Leather Pouf in Brown
  • Fog Chesterfield style couch
  • Brooklyn Creme Leather Gold Lounger
  • Lily French Inspired Grey Velvet And Calico Upholstered Loveseat
  • Barcelona Table by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1929
  • Candles Jonathan Adler
  • Brown leather pillow made by Torry
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  • Vintage dining room set by Thayer Coggin Circa 1971
  • Square Drum Shade Crystal Chandelier Pendant Light
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  • Kitchen cabinet: imported from Bali
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  • Chair and Side Table: IKEA
  • Decor: Home Goods
  • Hanging Lantern: Torry custom built this out of Glass Lanterns that he imported from Turkey. He imported the globes and then wired them up as lights. They were then mounted to a copper shade that he found in a junk shop.
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  • Wall decor: Home Goods
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  • Herman Miller Aeron Chair
  • Lidded red clay box in the form of a frog from the Ray Bradbury estate
  • Traditional Turkish Lamp DIY by Torry
  • Brimnes Ikea Day Bed

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