Trish’s North Portland Nest

published Mar 23, 2010
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Name: Trish Grantham (along with Pablo the dog and Georgia & Arlo the cats)
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 900 Sq Ft
Years lived in: One Month (yep, ONE MONTH!)

Portland artist, Trish Grantham lives on the ground floor of a pretty amazing house in North Portland. Inside her living space, collections abound. Outside is a large fenced backyard that makes the house feel removed from the tightly packed neighborhood it is set in. She has an outdoor studio here that seems like a perfect place to create. It is charming to say the least.

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I was surprised to learn that Trish has only been living in her home for one month and that she was ready to have it photographed for AT. It must have been one busy month because it looks like she has been here for years. Thoughtful collections of artwork and vintage finds grace her walls. Her furniture looks right at home in its new space. Though there is a lot to take in, her house doesn’t feel cluttered at all. It is VERY organized.

One object of particular interest is her grand dining room table. Its impressive legs date back to the 1800s. She traded artwork in exchange for the table, which was whitewashed and had a smaller table top. When she moved, she decided to turn it into a dining room table. She had her frame builder make a new larger wooden top and stain the whole thing ebony black. It fills the dining room well and looks great with her collection of mismatched dining room chairs.

The house was built in the early 1900s and it has several built-ins on which to display her various collections. There seems to be a good ebb and flow to her interior design methodology. She has a great eye for pairing her miscellaneous finds together and the space changes as she finds new treasures. Trish spends a lot of time working on her paintings by the large windows in the kitchen. In the warmer months ahead she looks forward to working in the outdoor studio that houses all of her materials. Check out some of her paintings at her Etsy shop, Trish Grantham Likes You. You can also visit her website,, to see more!

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AT Survey:

My style: “the Collector”

Inspiration: Museum of Natural History

Favorite Element: The growing collections! I can’t wait till there is No wall space!….Not even down at your toes!

Biggest Challenge: What I will collect next.

What Friends Say: Wow, it looks so grown up.

Biggest Embarrassment: All the holes I made hanging paintings… It’s usually always the third time i get it right.

Proudest DIY: The Vintage german Butterfly sheet I have had for ever and always wanted to do something with…and now I Have! (but I need about 100 more!)

Biggest Indulgence: Artwork, There are a few pieces I have spent a lot on!

Best advice: Don’t plan! Find things you like over time. It always makes for the best homes.

Dream source: If you mean a source I will one day use… Factory 20

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Resources: Great Friends! My three Friends Greg Klaus, Rachael Donaldson, and Giovanna Parolari have found me my most treasured things, they know me and know what I love! They always get it right. (although I have have wonderful things from many great friends! 🙂

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(Thanks, Trish!)

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