House Tour: Alicia's Romantic Portland House

House Tour: Alicia's Romantic Portland House

Feb 14, 2007

Name: Alicia Paulson
Location: Portland
Size: Almost 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: Almost 7

If you're one of the many fans of Posie: Rosy Little Things, Alicia's shop, you've already had glimpses of her home on her blog. If you're an AT reader, you've had a quick peek at her studio -- she was a contestant (and honorable mention!) in the Fall Colors Contest. Now she's showing us much more of the lovely 1927 house she shares with her husband, dog, and two cats.

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my/our Style: A little prissy, a little thrift, a little "grandma," a little knock-off Pottery Barn.

the Inspiration for my home: I'm inspired by a lot of the homes in my old neighborhood in River Forest, Illinois. They had a very old-fashioned sort of English-manor quality that I always loved.

Favorite element: The newly gravel-covered backyard, if I had to pick one. But actually I love it all, I must confess.

Biggest Challenge in designing my home: Trying not to spend any money or remodel anything because we are hopeless. Rewiring a light fixture requires prayers, crossed fingers, and wincing. Our improvements are all completely cosmetic, laid over what was here when we bought the place.

What friends Say about my home: "Too bad your dog assaults me every time I come over" and "It seems bigger/nicer/cleaner in the photos" and "Cute – how does your husband let you get away with all that pink?"

biggest Embarrassment in my home: The downstairs bathtub which has black caulking and a disgusting plastic shower-surround. Which I barely notice since I'm blind as a bat and normally not wearing my glasses when I'm in said tub. I try not to wear my glasses in the bathroom, actually (mirrors there, too).

Proudest DIY: The newly gravel-covered backyard.

biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: Very, very good sheets, always. And a monstrous TV with Tivo.

Best Advice given or received: Given: Just pick a color and paint it, baby. Received: Bring something with you to Goodwill every time to go out to get something new.

Dream Source for stuff: Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma.

Came with house

Came with house

Mostly secondhand

Lots of thrift and handmade
Crate and Barrel/CB2

Dining room light from West Elm
Stripey living room light from Anthropologie
Kitchen lantern from Urban Outfitters

All from Home Depot or Miller Paint (Portland)

Came with house

Rugs and Carpets:
Dining room from Meier and Frank (Portland)
A few Dash and Albert
Living room sisal rug from Kmart

Window Treatments:
All café curtains from Kmart
Others handmade


Eli Halpin (Baltimore, MD)
Other stuff just stuff I've made

Thanks, Alicia!

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