for anyone who has picked up a copy of the new handmade nation book you may recognize some of the spaces from today’s first sneak peek: jill bliss. artist, designer, crafter, jill is just one of the many talents showcased in the new documentary, also titled handmade nation, due out early this year. today we’re excited to show off her portland, oregon home. i love that the colors in her home feel like something straight out of one of her illustrations. click here for more, full-sized images, and here for more of jill’s work. as always, you can find all of our wonderful sneak peeks right here. [thanks, jill!] –anne
originally from northern california [the bay area and a farm in the central valley near chico], i’ve also lived in nyc, and currently call lovely and amazing portland oregon home. i love rainy days, overcast weather, moss, and trees; so this is the perfect place for me!
i’m currently living in a huge old four square arts and crafts house with roommates. the house is the biggest one on the street so i suspect it was the original farm house for the area back when it was built in 1912. the last owner spent several years restoring it somewhat, there’s evidence that it had been a boarding house at some point. as a result of all the recent upgrades, most of my decorating has been limited to repainting all the rooms which, because of the sheer size of the house, actually took about 6 full months [and counting].
i’ve also had to buy or make some furniture since this place is much bigger than the one bedroom apartment situation i was previously accustomed to! that being said, my roommates and i prefer zen-calm places without a lot of clutter so i try to keep the visual craziness to a minimum, or at least tucked away.