sneak peek: jill bliss


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.

  1. Anna @ D16 says:

    I’m still kicking myself for not buying any of that IKEA fabric. LOVE it as a duvet!

  2. Laura. says:

    this is gorgeous! i love the colors.

  3. Katherine says:

    Wow–what a beautiful home. Jill was one of the very first independent artists who I discovered, and her work was love at first sight. I love seeing bits of it pop up throughout the space. Welcome back!

  4. julie. says:

    great house! I’ve been a fan of Jill Bliss since Shelflife Record days!

  5. Kat says:

    Love this home :) Ahhhh, to have a studio like that

  6. rebecca says:

    Love the sofa; where’s it from?

  7. makool says:

    hey Jill!
    i live in Portland too, and i have the same dutch door windmill print!
    just sayin’
    also your work is amazing!

  8. oksana says:

    lovely! where is that great sectional from?

  9. joy says:

    the house looks great! lots of new stuff & colored walls since we were there last year!

  10. carlene says:

    It’s lovely, but where is her workspace? Kat, are you seeing a studio that I’m not seeing?

  11. Stephanie says:

    I’d also love to know where the sectional came from! Thanks!

  12. Marieke says:

    i love it! i am totally inspired by the wooden shoe hanging in the 1st pic… i have tons of old dutch clogs in my attic that i’m now going to tack to the wall! beautiful home!

  13. jacklyn says:

    love that little breakfast nook!

  14. jill bliss says:

    thanks for the positive comments everyone! the sectional is from zinc details in san francisco. unfortunately i no longer remember the manufacturer, but it was made in l.a. there are a few pics of my studio in the handmade nation book. i’ll post more on my flickr site tonight!

  15. Kristan says:

    I love the green dining area and the bench by the stairwell!

  16. rhaya says:

    I am a huge fan of Jill’s work and loved this sneak peek! The Christmas tree made me smile.

  17. Caroline says:

    jill! your beloved xmas tree!!! i’m glad i got to see it!

  18. Kristin says:

    I love the concept of having a picture shelf! What a perfect idea for someone with tons of art! I’d love to do this in my basement! What height would be the best? It looks about halfway up a door’s height.

  19. Mobila says:

    Wonderful designs. i like your news at this blog!)

  20. pigeon.toed says:

    loving the living room, especially that hanging lamp!

  21. Rose L. says:

    Hi Jill-

    Beautiful house! Can you please tell me the name of the green color you used by the staircase? It’s gorgeous!

  22. amy says:

    it’s great looking. love the consistency of the white frames. what material/color/type frame is it?

  23. jill bliss says:

    more questions answered!
    rhaya – the tree is by kuno prey from
    kristin – the picture shelf is 38″ from the floor.
    rose – i had the green paint custom mixed, which you can have done with any kind of paint these days in smaller shops. it’s pantone 454.
    amy – the white frames are all from ikea!

  24. Annika says:

    I love that Christmas tree!! It looks vintage, but is there a way to find one like it?

  25. kate Endle says:

    Super impressed with your space. It really reflects your fab work in such a wonderful way. That just makes it all the more impressive considering you have roommates. Do you struggle to keep the aesthetic or do you live with like minded people? Some of both?

  26. anh-minh says:

    Wow. Jill – I love how you’ve transformed the place! Awesome wall colors. Forget the Ace Hotel; the next time I’m in Portland, I want a room at Chez Jill.

  27. jacks says:

    Love all the colors and especially the necklace nook! What farm did you live on in the Chico area? I live in Chico off the esplanade…

  28. Sharene says:

    Oh I love this, the little bench in what I’m guessing is the entryway is great. I just adore the idea of the art shelf. And the colours ooooooh :)

  29. Jade says:

    I love the necklace storage! Genius!

  30. beth says:

    I love those paper stars in the last picture. Are those something Julia made?

  31. Emily says:

    Really beautiful. I also love the wall color in the kitchen/breakfast nook – what color did you use there? Also custom?

  32. rachel says:

    i need that print of houses in your jewelry nook. is it one of yours? if not, where is it from?

  33. jill bliss says:

    hello again everyone! more answers to your questions:
    jacks – the farm was our family’s, located between vina and corning
    beth – i got the paper stars in buenos aires but if someone stateside makes them i’d love to know!
    emily – the kitchen wall color is a standard yolo paints color, can’t remember the name
    rachel – the print is mine, available here:

  34. danielle says:

    Love the 2 tables in the kitchen. They are exactly what I’m looking for! Jill: Did you make them or buy them?

  35. ashley says:

    i love the closet/library. assuming it was a closet once, did you convert it to a library yourself? this inspired me to convert the closet in my office for more book space. not sure how to start that project though. any advice you could give would be great!

  36. D says:

    I love the couch. The fabric, the color everything. Where is it from?

  37. chelsea says:

    i love your house jill! so calm and handmade, just like your work!
    i love all your jewelry- where do you get the chunky geometric necklaces, like the blue one on the left side of your jewelry nook?

  38. Kim says:

    Although both my daughters are up in Portland, I, unfortunately am firmly esconced in the Bay Area (near SF). Without divulging the actual location of the house, is it anywhere near the University of Portland? I ask because every time I am up there I see stunning old homes everywhere and would be willing to live in a run down old victorian if I could just HAVE ONE! : D

  39. Cyndi says:

    Awesome and so clean and colorful, I love the wall photo molding also. I tried that in my bathroom but it isn’t deep enough.
    I adore the wall shadow boxes and the house print above the jewelry chest.
    What fabulous ideas!
    Smiles, cyndi

  40. Katy Kristin says:

    I, too, love how you designed your home, very cozy and charming. I giggled when you said you try to keep the visual craziness tucked away. I have the same problem, but I don’t think I’m as successful “tucking” it away.

  41. jill bliss says:

    oops, here are some belated answers to your questions!
    danielle: i did make the tables. well, i bought the bases at ikea and cut 3/4″ plywood and painted it for the tops.
    ashley: it was a walk-in closet. i just put bookcases in it!
    d: the couch was made in l.a. and i bought it at s.f.’s zinc details!
    chelsea: the chunky necklace is from anthro, but most of the pieces i get at craft/design fairs as trades!
    kim: nope! there are many amazing houses here though!
    katy: it’s all about storage with doors!!!

  42. linz says:

    I am in love with the tree on the right as well as the rest of your home. Where is that tree from? Thanks!

  43. j says:

    fantastic house.
    where did you get your bed?

  44. Peggy says:

    I also am interested in where the christmas tree came from.

  45. Faith says:


    the paper house on top of the cupboard are so pretty, where did you get time from ? =)

  46. Emily says:

    Woot Woot! I graduated from PSU in graphic design in 2002.


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