It’s fitting that when Casey Shagena decided to open her first business, a boutique housed in a beautifully refurbished Airstream Trailer, she chose to name it “Menagerie.” The term typically refers to a collection of unique specimens — wild animals usually — but for Casey, it acts almost as a guiding principle. The impulse to hunt, to find, and to collect beautiful things is something that extends well beyond the small-batch goods sold at Casey’s shop, all the way down to the Portland apartment that she shares with her boyfriend, graphic designer Lou Medel.
“Lou and I are collectors,” Casey says. “We’re both very sentimental people, so even though we wanted to get rid of a lot when we moved to Portland, the majority of our treasures came along.” Located in an old Victorian house, the couple’s apartment is a veritable menagerie of treasures, from thrifted curiosities to vintage textiles and mid-century furnishings. Different time periods and historic styles rub elbows with each other, creating a patchwork of memories and stories to be saved. With classic architectural details, great light, and views of downtown Portland, this charming home seems the perfect place to kick back, dream, and be inspired. —Max