Mimi’s Luxe Urban Family Lodge
Name: Mimi Lettunich and her son Bennett Raymond
Location: Portland Heights — Portland, Oregon
Size: 6,000 square feet
Years lived in: 10 — owned
The 1954 modern ranch home owned by Mimi Lettunich is the ultimate urban family lodge. She shares her home with her son Bennett and (part-time) with boyfriend Kris Wigger and his son Jaxen. Nestled in the Southwest hills of the Portland Heights neighborhood, 10 minutes from downtown Portland, Mimi’s home is a chic (and still comfortably modern) space inspired by her love of the Northwest and her enthusiasm for entertaining her extended family and many friends year-round.
President and founder of design and marketing firm Twenty Four Seven, Mimi knows a thing or two about great design — and entertaining in style. Designed by architect Roscoe Hemenway, her 5 bedroom and 4½ bath house was House of the Year in 1954. However, Mimi has not been shy about undertaking significant remodeling projects, making additions to the home and yard and truly making the space her own. Her home offers year-round entertaining options: a gorgeous deck with cozy fire pits has been added, perfect for a cold night spent sipping Spanish coffees (note: the place seemed especially cozy during this photo shoot, which took place on the first snowy day of the year in Portland). During warmer months, there’s a glamorous little pool house perfect for a brief respite from summer sun and fun. Mimi’s favorite thing about her home? “The indoor/outdoor experience everywhere,” she says. “[My home] makes me feel like myself and all of the energies I want to encourage around me.”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Modern sensibility combined with a western upbringing (on a ranch in Idaho) blends my life interests and influences.
Inspiration: Creating a space that is designed to celebrate my favorite things: Entertaining, family time including child space and a place to encourage my parents to extend their stays, swimming, blurring indoor and outdoor experiences in the beautiful NW, places I’ve visited and family collectibles.
Favorite Element: Glass and outdoor living space.
Biggest Challenge: Managing temperature and light bulbs.
Biggest Embarrassment: The uncontrollable moles in the West hills that love/destroy my lawn.
Proudest DIY: The second floor and almost everything in the house is custom.
Biggest Indulgence: Outdoor living space.
Best Advice: Confirm your property line!
Dream Sources: There are great things literally everywhere. I’m always keeping my eyes open, checking out new spots and using my own style as a filter.
Resources of Note:
• Custom pearl leather and walnut sofas
• Custom chocolate mohair ottoman and bronze mirror coffee table
• Le Corbusier sling chairs
• Kymo silk area rug
• Custom dining table & chairs – solid white oak planks with steel wrapped legs
• Light Fixtures – original
• Custom steel framed floor mirrors
• Custom cabinetry
• Black granite counter tops
• Custom stainless counter with glass top
• Custom steel / chalkboard panels on wall
• Custom macassar bed platform, headboard and credenza
• Reupholstered chairs and ottomans – from grandparent’s home
• Mobile above bed – class project from preschool auction
• Taxidermy – mule deer mount, bobcat pelt, coyote pelt
• Wood table from Idaho artist – gift from parents
• Original grass cloth
• Original pink toilet
• Custom corian sink
• Custom cabinets
• Custom walnut credenza with corian top
• Custom walnut paneling and library shelving
• Custom bronze folding doors
•Leather sofa and ottomans – Pottery Barn
• Childhood piano
• Wicker chairs – West Elm
• Wood stump end table – West Elm
Images: Andrea Leoncavallo