sneak peek: julie pointer


For the past three years, Julie Pointer has called this house in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland home. The neighborhood is filled with large old trees, narrow avenues (the curbs still have iron rings for tethering your horse) and huge historic homes. Julie works for Kinfolk Magazine, coordinating the dinner series and helping on the editorial team. (You can see all the dinners here.) Her job entails everything from making sure the dinners actually happen, scouting locations (online) and gathering local partners to choosing tableware, styling the tables and writing thank-you notes to everyone involved. With such a social job, it’s been important that her home is a quiet respite. Julie has an MFA in Applied Craft and Design, so her house has been the great beneficiary of all the things she made while in grad school. Nearly everything in her home is from the side of the road or a second-hand shop and has been rescued from some other (generally sad) fate with just a little reworking on her part. She’s particularly drawn to natural tones and textures, so her eye is constantly on the lookout for beautiful materials that will also last: wood, wool, linen, earthenware, glass, etc. Like many artists, Julie has a tendency to collect, and if she’s not careful, those collections can quickly overwhelm the house. Luckily, much of what she collects are objects from nature — driftwood, pinecones, stones, shells and plants — so if things become too cluttered, she simply releases her collections back into the wild. Thank you, Julie! And a big thank you to Laura Dart for the lovely photographs. — Amy Azzarito

Image above: This chair was my first real exploration in reupholstery, and it certainly proved to be a labor of love. The chair itself is probably at least 60 years old, which means it’s had a good long time to be broken in — it’s very cushy. A friend told me that it looks like a prairie woman inviting you into her arms, and the image has stuck for me. The cubbies behind hold a lot of my favorite treasures, reminding me of the places I’ve been and the people that have gifted certain items. The desk behind was part of a project I did in grad school.


Image above: This chair was another reupholstery project, but much more lazily done than the first! The piece of weathered wood behind it was taken out of a dumpster and has served me well as a mini-bookshelf.


See more of Julie’s Portland home after the jump . . .


Image above: I end up spending a lot of time at this table; it functions in many different ways! I love eating long breakfasts here, using it as a workspace, and it becomes the surface for a lot of photos since the top comes off the sawhorses. The giraffe print is one of my favorite pieces of art I have, done by my friend Sean Keeley. The photo below is, of course, Pablo Picasso. He makes an interesting addition to all of my meals!


Image above: This image shows most of the apartment! One of the best things about living in a corner studio is that I have light on two sides of the house, which makes all the difference. Every object, piece of furniture, and bit of art has a story to it, and it makes my house feel full of the people that are part of those stories, and the places I’ve been in my past, even when I’m home alone.


Image above: This little chair is still a work in progress! It has ended up staying in this temporary state for quite a while, ever since I found it on the side of the road. The books are a series of atlases, dictionaries, and a Joseph Cornell biography — one of my big influences. The photograph is by Will Adler, given to me by his brother, who is a dear friend.


Image above: The whole house has become a canvas for inspiration, and in some cases there are just more concentrated pockets of it. I love the impermanence of chalkboards — I can always change up my notes and thoughts on them. In this case, I’ve covered it with photos from a trip to the Oregon coast.


Image above: I absolutely love having a wood-burning fireplace, especially for all the dreary, rainy days we have in Portland. It makes everything instantly cozy!


Image above: I’m not sure why, but I’ve collected matches all over the house. You’ll see bunches of them everywhere.


Image above: I love this Le Creuset pot that I found at a second-hand shop, particularly since I make about five cups of tea a day.


Image above: The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms to collect things for. It’s a ridiculously small space (and probably my one big hang-up about the apartment), but I manage to enjoy cooking and baking in it despite that. I think because of how small it is, I tend to find small things to fit in it.


Image above: This is a very familiar scene in my house!


Image above: My bathroom is full of treasured pieces — the tin and the wooden box found at flea markets in Provence on a trip with my aunt; the ceramic cup made by my friend, Matt Williams; the matchstriker sent to me as my first housewarming gift when I moved to Portland. The collage is part of a project I did in college, when I made a collage every day for a year.


Image above: It’s always nice leaving and entering the house with a bit of green!

  1. Anna says:

    What a beautiful, relaxing, homely space you have created here- I just love it!

  2. Ocean Jewel says:

    I love the style of this home, so comfy, vintage touches, and romantic!! Gives me so many ideas for my future place! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  3. Karly says:

    This looks like a place I could get comfy with a book and coffee! Question for everyone: I want to get an indoor plant/plants are there any you recommend? something that takes little water and medium sunlight.

  4. Thea says:

    I could sit and look at this home for hours. I just want to be there in that prairie-woman couch right now!

  5. Chloe says:

    I absolutely love this apartment! BEAUTIFUL!

  6. dave says:

    hi, i really do love that giraffe print. Does Sean Keeley have a website or sell prints anywhere or do commission work?

  7. Lili says:

    I’1m always checking this home decoration to steal some ideias… What a beautiful cozy rustic place! Absolutely, my dream home!

  8. Brooke says:

    Julie, so fun to fall on this beginning with Pinterest and then following you home to
    see what an eye you have for the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Good
    Job. Brooke

  9. Christinw says:

    Lovely!
    Now, where can I get the print of the heart above the fireplace?

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