Jonya & Brad’s Modern A–Frame
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Jonya, Brad and their two–year–old son Julian live in one of the most thoughtfully decorated, wonderfully airy homes I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. An open floor plan and tall ceilings allow for a steady stream of unbelievable natural light to flood the entire space. The dazzle also stems from artwork made by friends, personal creations, unique furniture pieces and the love this cozy family shares.
Jonya and Brad, both San Diego natives, moved up to Portland by way of San Francisco about three years ago. They fell in love with this house in the hills, which was built in 1967 and renovated by previous owners. Luckily, the bones of the home were left mostly untouched and the spaces were opened up in a graceful way. This is an A–Frame unlike any other I’ve seen; with all the lofty windows but none of the shag carpeting!
It’s no surprise Jonya and Brad have impeccable and eclectic taste. Bradley is an artist who creates paintings and water gilded gold objects. Jonya is part of an elegant graphic design team as well as a photographer with an emphasis on interiors. This couple looks for the artisan and handmade whenever possible and often trade with friends for the major pieces that adorn their house. Everything in here is chic and kid friendly. It’s lovely to see a family really enjoy their space, both inside and out.
Brad is an artist working with water gilding as a primary medium, incorporating the buffed metallic into pieces that dot each room. In the living room a golden-horned ram stares you down and in the kitchen, a dessicated, somewhat petrified golden banana (an experiment from over three years ago) hangs out alongside fresh fruit. Brad’s work is heart-achingly beautiful, whimsical, and somehow simultaneously elegant while being totally over the top.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
We are inspired by our creative friends, and Portland in general.
Beautiful cedar ceilings and the great room
Heating and cooling. However, after replacing the doors and windows we’ve been nice and cozy.
What Friends Say:
Everyone seems to love the pivot door.
The projects we haven’t been able to do yet that are painfully obvious (the fence along the back of the property is falling over)
Landscaping. It’s been a slow process and we still have more to do, but learning about Pacific Northwest plants and keeping them alive has been a proud moment for us.
The Fleetwood pivot door
Trade! Having creative friends who make amazing things has given us a great collection of art and handmade items.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Sherwin Williams: Pearly White 7009
• Behr: Stealth Jet, flat
• Hudson Chalk Board Paint: So Stone
• atrium designed by
Risa Boyer Architecture
• couch: Room and Board
• chair: Hans Wegner
• side tables: Canoe
• antique teak coffee table: Look Modern
• triptych: Jeffrey Clancy
• large abstract painting: Richard Baker
• elk: Jennifer Muskopf
• silver antler: Gold & Bone
• family portrait: Erin Bigley
• stools: Bradley Streeper
• cabinetry custom built by previous owner of home:
• oven: Electrolux
• stove: Electrolux
• small rummer drawing: Maura Vazakas
• refrigerator: LG
• dishwasher: Asko
• red and brown vase: Heath
• gold banana: Bradley Streeper
• terrarium: Pistils
• copper gilded grapewood branch: Gold & Bone
• desk: Nelson desk
• ‘Gold’ painting: Bradley Streeper
• wall light: Purity
• watercolor: Alana Carso
Thanks, Jonya & Brad!
Images: Leela Cyd Ross
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