JoAnn & Dan's Creatively Collected Home

JoAnn & Dan's Creatively Collected Home

Holly Mueller
Nov 1, 2012

Name: JoAnn, Dan, and Papillons Daphne & Minerva
Location: Washington County, Oregon
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years lived in: 25 years; Owned

JoAnn and Dan made the trek from the flat lands of southern Wisconsin to the mountains and rivers of northwest Oregon over thirty years ago and have never looked back. After experiencing life in both Portland and the suburbs, they finally settled in the quiet and lush hills of Washington County on over an acre of land. Their love of travel and art has made its way into every nook and cranny of their home, making it a truly personal and one of a kind place.

When JoAnn and Dan first moved into their split-level home, they made a few immediate improvements such as adding a doorway between the kitchen and dining room, installing a built-in kitchen island and desk, and tearing out the shag carpet and linoleum floors and replacing them with hardwoods. Since then they have made a variety of cosmetic changes, the most recent being a kitchen remodel that they are both thrilled with. Dan is also equally thrilled that his drums have finally found a home in one of the spare bedrooms.

Both avid gardeners, Dan and JoAnn enjoy spending weekends in their yard maintaining a variety of plants, trees, and flowers and dining in their backyard pavilion or on the front porch when the weather permits. (Contrary to popular belief, Oregon gets its fair share of sunny days.) Their love of collecting can also be found outdoors in their front gate that they commissioned a local artist to construct for them, full of gadgets and curiosities from their childhoods . Their garden shed also holds a treasure trove of family heirlooms and antiques that JoAnn has carefully curated over the years.

While JoAnn is the first to admit that their style of decorating may not be for everyone, she is a strong believer in surrounding yourself with what you love, and never does a day go by that she isn't inspired by something special in their home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic Maximalist

Inspiration: Books (i.e. Living with Decorative Textiles, Living with Folk Art), travels, stores, magazines (Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful), JoAnn's mother's home.

Favorite Element: Interesting vignettes throughout the house.

Biggest Challenge: Dusting and vacuuming!

What Friends Say: "This is just like a museum — wow, where did you find all these cool things?"

Biggest Embarrassment: (Big) weeds in the yard, dirty windows, the mess in the upstairs work room before recently finally cleaning it out, the dirty kitchen floor.

Proudest DIY: Decorating style — the arrangements of objects & art.

Biggest Indulgence: Artwork and tribal rugs.

Best Advice: Buy what you like, not what you think you should like, and keep your eyes open everywhere you go for interesting objects.

Dream Sources: Art shows and art galleries (mainly Portland and Seattle), antique shows/flea markets and antique shops (Portland area: Stars, Monticello, Bernadette Breu, Cargo, Antiques and Oddities, and all Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove shops)

Resources of Note:


    • Miller Devine Sangria in living room, master bath, and family room. Rodda Copper Sky in dining room. Rodda Lariat Beige, Suntan, Thrushwing, and Cocoa Bean (all different gradations on one color card) in kitchen, halls, master bedroom and 3 bedrooms upstairs. Rodda Green Silence in upstairs bath. Rodda Herb Garden in hall bath.


    • Antique French carved wood sideboard: antique shop
    • Antique walnut veneer desk: Antique and Collectible Show
    • Turkish kilim: Oriental rug store
    • Ceramic and metalwork birds: John & Robin Gumaelius (carried at several area art galleries)
    • Framed artwork: antique shops, art galleries,directly from artists, eBay


    • Large display case modules: Techline
    • Mohair couch and wood coffee table: Consignment NW
    • Leather chairs: Scan Design
    • Tribal rugs and rug fragment pillows: Turkey, Oriental rug shops, Antique and Collectible Show
    • Textiles on chairs and couch: Portland Art Museum gift shop, Indonesia, antique shops, Apa-Ini (now just doing trunk shows)
    • Indonesian rod and shadow puppets: Apa-Ini, antique shops, Antique and Collectible Show
    • Framed artwork: antique shops and shows, art galleries, eBay, directly from artists
    • Lamps: Globe Lighting


    • Table, benches, chairs: Cost Plus World Market
    • Turkish kilim: Turkey
    • Tribal bag seat cushions: Oriental rug shops, Antique and Collectible Show
    • Framed artwork: collected on trips, eBay


    • Mexican mask: Milagros in Pike Market, Seattle
    • Pot rack: Enclume brand through Williams-Sonoma on-line
    • Island stools : Grandinroad catalog
    • Walnut butcher block island and live-edge desktop: Goby Walnut
    • Granite counters: found at Pental Granite & installed by Elite Granite & Marble
    • Fossils in travertine: fossils collected since childhood (found and rock and mineral shops and shows), travertine tiles from Oregon Tile & Marble and installed by Hawthorne Tile
    • Hardware: Chown
    • Faucet: KWC


    • Large surreal botanic painting: Micah Oftedall at Art in the Pearl
    • Tribal rugs: Oriental rug shops
    • Cherry and maple bed, dresser, bookcase: The Joinery
    • Leather bench: Grandinroad catalog
    • Peruvian carved and burned gourds: antique shops, folk art stores, eBay


    • Leather couch and chair: Scan Design
    • Pottery: Ceramic Showcase and other artist shows
    • African masks and art objects: folk art stores, African stores, ebay, Antiques & Oddities store
    • NW Coast Indian prints: art galleries


    • Butterflies and beetles: Ken Schmitt
    • Art papers for projects: art stores, paper stores


    • Antique bed, dresser, bed-side table: antique shops
    • Old bears: antique shops and shows
    • Kilim: Oriental rug shop


    • Drum set: DW macassar ebony drums from Guitar Center
    • Daybed: Lubi


    • Welded gate: metal objects from family and friends welded and designed by Ray Huston of Deezines
    • Cedar pavilion: built by The Gazebo Guys
    • Copper weather vane: Annapolis Weather Vanes

Thanks, JoAnn and Dan!

(Images: Holly Mueller)

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