Jaclyn Campanaro and her cat Cece moved into this 1920s-era home less than a year ago, but their style already touches every nook and cranny of the Portland, OR 2-bedroom. Having been all too familiar with the tradeoffs that come with studio living, Jaclyn was eager to use her new, larger house as a backdrop to indulge her vintage-loving side. She relied heavily on Craigslist, family heirlooms and a few favorite local shops to bring her vision of a “relaxed, uncluttered space,” to life. A 1,500-square-foot bungalow that “supports the natural flow of daily activity by being organized and having a place for everything,” was another guiding principle behind all of her design decisions. To prevent her vision from being compromised, Jaclyn even took things into her own hands when it came to a few of her home’s pieces. An IKEA-hacked dining table and a DIY TV stand are just a couple of the one-of-a-kind solves she’s concocted.
Her home’s robin’s-egg-blue paint job, storied accents, and sense of zen are all worthwhile in their own way, but Jaclyn’s humble gratitude for being able to simply
own a home is what sticks with me about this tour. It’s what she loves most about her space. Sometimes I find myself slipping into a bigger, better, brighter mentality and forget to be grateful for what I have. I’ll be sure to remind myself of Jaclyn’s point of view whenever I am feeling a bit perturbed about the quirks of my own space, and I hope it inspires you all to do the same. Enjoy! — Garrett
Photography by Jaclyn Campanaro
"The living room is the first room you see when entering the house. I've been using this blue [
Miller Paint "Egg Blue"
] so long, it's become somewhat of a signature." The room's accessories and furniture were acquired from various vintage shops. The cowhide rug is from
"The large Paul McCobb shelving unit collects books, records and displays my grandfather's old 8mm projector on which I can still play his film reels of my mom's family from the 1950s."
Most of Jaclyn's plants come from
in Portland where she "can find interesting varieties that are in great health." In 1966, at the age of 19, her father bought himself the reel-to-reel that now calls the fireplace "home."
"The living room windows face west and north, which lets in tons of nice afternoon light, perfect for reading. The large, ceramic vessel sculpture on the bookshelf was made by
As a photographer, Jaclyn is "a sucker for big publications with strong photography."
Jaclyn's roommate Cece is always waiting at the door for Jaclyn to return home. "She also happens to coordinate with everything in the house."
This wall hanging is a thrift store find and "reminded [her] of water flowing through a landscape."
"This room is by far the brightest in the house for most of the day, so even finicky plants like the lovely, dark-leaved Jewel Orchid thrive in here." The large Baluch rug was a total bargain because it needed a good cleaning. Jaclyn was up for the task, however, and the results speak for themselves. The room is doused in
Miller Paint "Manhattan Mist,"
and the light fixture is original to the home.
"The previous owners knocked out the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room, turning the range into an island and opening up this whole side of the house from front to back." Jaclyn made the dining table from salvaged barn wood and IKEA trestle legs and found the Breuer chairs on Craigslist.
All of Jaclyn's kitchenware was collected from secondhand shops. In order to curate a cohesive collection, she stuck to two rules: all of the dishes had to be white, and the glasses had to be clear so that "even if everything (was) mismatched, they would look like a set." She may not have gone with this granite color and hickory cabinets if given the choice, but she is "making the best of them for now." Jaclyn felt it would have been wasteful to rip out all of the tile and cabinetry when they are both in great working order.
"I like to keep things basic, but a few fun pieces like the big-dot mugs and striped accent plate by ceramicist
add a stroke of playfulness." The kitchen is painted in
Miller Paint "Fondant."
Jaclyn loves "cramming a bunch of friends (into the breakfast nook) for an after-dinner card game." The nook gets fantastic sun rays from the east every morning.
"The master bedroom is my deep cocoon... and feels like my own calm corner of the chaotic universe. The gloriosum philodendron [seen on her dresser] will eventually have a 4-foot span."
"Woven baskets and trays [like these on her bedroom dresser] are an inexpensive way to keep a stack of items from looking cluttered."
This Lane side table "is a perfect nod to the mix of woods in the room and collects nightstand items."
Jacyln created a cozy spot in her bedroom to watch movies with this "low-profile lounger and wool shag rug," from IKEA.
"The TV shelf is just inside the entrance to the room where it can gather the odds and ends from my pockets." All it took was a few IKEA brackets and a simple wooden shelf to make this visually-recessive wall unit.
At the top of Jaclyn's staircase is her home office. She faced her desk outward so as not to be staring at a wall all day. With just a solid oak countertop and 4 legs from IKEA, Jaclyn was able to make a totally customized desk for herself. The rest of this room's furniture is vintage, and the painting is by
"I love this little gallery in the corner of my office. Most of these pieces were given to me by friends, but the poster on the floor is an original illustrated promo for the Mothers of Invention album 'Over-Nite Sensation.'" She had to have it. Jaclyn's a huge Frank Zappa fan.
The office's plant stand "was a lucky, junk-store find and brings together some of my prized memorabilia: the Red Sox cap from my first game at Fenway with my brother, my grandfather's Super 8 Brownie movie camera, my dad's old SX-70 that I've shot countless Polaroids with, a letterpress poster from my first Portland show in 2005, and a crumbling copy of Lenny Bruce's autobiography..." The "Killing It" towel was a gift from her sister because she is so proud of what Jaclyn has accomplished.
"The guest room, located downstairs off the living room, is only starting to come together. I found this beautiful, mid-century, deco-inspired headboard and footboard set on Craigslist that will become the base pieces. The wall hanging is a silk scarf made by a friend under the name
," and the side table is vintage. Jaclyn found the Pottery Barn hanging lamp in a Texas flea market and spruced it up herself.
"There was something 'busy' about two doors on the same wall in the guest room, but painting everything as an accent wall helped unify it visually." Here Jaclyn used
Miller Paint "Nova."
"The guest room has the dubious distinction of being where everything ends up that doesn't belong anywhere else. I'm refining as I go."
Jaclyn built the guest room's desk herself with salvaged wood and some IKEA trestle legs. The painting is by
Cari Vander Yacht