Two Sweet & Unique Eating Spots for a Portland Family

Two Sweet & Unique Eating Spots for a Portland Family

Janel Laban
Jan 3, 2015
Our breakfast nook was a blank shell, Kevin made the whole thing. The walls are old barn wood.
(Image credit: Ruth Shively)

My home includes, myself, husband, Kevin, 15-year-old son, Emmett and 12-year-old daughter Ruby, and black lab, Jack, cat, Chester and parakeet, Edith.

Kevin and I wallpapered the cove with old book pages, my dad made the walnut shelves from a tree in our yard, years ago.
(Image credit: Ruth Shively)

We live in a busy, restaurant hub of Southeast Portland, on a bike route street in a little bungalow. We bought the house from a 92-year-old woman who lived in the home for 50 years so it has needed a lot of updates. Luckily my husband and I are both artists, he currently works as a freelance carpenter so we have lots of ideas and with his skills can do a lot on our own. Or should I say HE can do a lot of the work.

We both LOVE to collect, Kevin especially, his passion dates back to the 80s when he lived in NYC and attended the School of Visual Arts. Dumpster diving was one of his pastimes. In Portland all you have to do is drive down the street and see what treasures you'll find that someone has discarded; Kevin has the eye and luck for this.

It's hard to pick a favorite as I love so much of our home but I love our living/dining/TV room. It has a cozy, homey feeling as so many people comment that come into our house. I'm proud that we've taken this home, with all its "old lady" outdates and have slowly made it our own. We are in no hurry, so when a little cash comes our way and we can work on the house, it feels so satisfying.

Thanks for sharing your family's style, Ruth!

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