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10 of Our Favorite Portland, OR Homes

by Rebekah Carey

Whether or not you believe Portlandia (which locals tend to love-to-hate) that Portland, OR is where young people go to retire, there’s no doubting that “the rose city” attracts creative types. Their homes tend to double as workspaces, be reflections of their creative outlets and otherwise boost that imaginative spirit. Having grown up in a small town in Oregon, south of Portland, it was always the “cool” big city where the best concerts were, where all the good shopping was, where fresh and innovative ideas were born — and it’s also one of the best big cities in Oregon for proximity to snow, surf, and mountains. Portland is also a town that’s all about comfort: in Portland you can find some of the best doughnuts (feel free to debate in the comments about whether you’re Pip’s, Voodoo, or Blue Star kind-of folk), restaurants famous for their biscuits or unique ice cream flavors, one of the biggest independent book stores in the country, and coffee. All the coffee.

So, slip on your favorite wooly socks and Berks, grab a ceramic mug filled with your favorite coffee and curl up to see 10 of our favorite Portland homes. —Rebekah

Perfect Spot For Lounging in Mira Eng-Goetz's Portland Condo
See what we mean about comfort? Mira Eng-Goetz is also a perfect example of the creativity that Portland tends to attract. She has studied all around the world and the topics range from egg and glass painting, sculpture, sushi, and interior architecture. She's currently an interior designer and she drew on all of her talents to turn her 370-square-foot condo from a seen-better-days space into the inviting and modern home you see here. With this perfect spot to lounge, study, or share meals, we can see how much her love of learning has paid off.
Jaclyn Campanaro Embraces A Stormy Hue In Her Portland Bungalow on Design*Sponge
Freelance photographer Jaclyn Campanaro embraces a moody hue reminiscent of many a Portland sky. Jaclyn uses this color to create a more cohesive line for a bedroom wall that shares two doors and previously felt awkward.
Lou And Casey's Portland Home Features Original Charm On Design*Sponge
Lou is a graphic designer and Casey operates a boutique out of an Airstream. Together they love to shop for special pieces for their various collections. Their Portland apartment is in a Victorian and features original architectural details that so many Portland homes are lucky enough to have.
Anna and Srijon's Portland A-Frame With Anna's Plant Collection On Design*Sponge
Can't you just imagine watching the rain fall while curled up in front of a fire in Anna and Srijon's A-frame? An A-frame structure naturally invites the outdoors in, and Anna's plant collection continues that organic extension from the outdoors.
Luke And Mallory's Portland Apartment Doubles As Their Photography Studio
Mallory and Luke are not only a creative duo (they're both professional photographers), but they also get creative with their space. They share a studio apartment with their businesses as well. A seamless photo backdrop hung above the doors to their bedroom creates a pull-down photo studio, and it doubles as a screen for projecting movies when they're off the clock.
Darcy And Josh's Portland Victorian Home With Modern Touches
Josh and Darcy are incredibly resourceful and their Victorian home is filled to the brim with unique finds and updated classics. They sourced their light fixture from local favorite Schoolhouse Electric Co., found their Viking range at an appliance liquidator and scored these beautiful vintage Mexican tiles online. While they managed to miraculously get their home move-in ready in a month-and-a-half, they've embraced that their home is a work in progress.
Casey's Love Of Art Extends To All Rooms Of Her Hotel Turned Portland Apartment
Casey loves to style art in every room of her Portland home-- even the bathroom. She likes to admire this piece while soaking in the tub in her previous-hotel-turned apartment.
Alea And Peter's Plant-Filled Portland Home On Design*Sponge
Alea and Peter's home is chockfull of plants, which only makes sense considering Alea is a floral designer and owner of Solabee Flowers and Botanicals. How nice it must be, when it's too wet to go outside, to have a veritable forest (or jungle) in your home? Peter built this beautiful table and benches himself to make sure that his large family always knew they had room in their home to visit.
Leah Verwey And Rob Simonsen's Portland Guest Bedroom Attic On Design*Sponge
This attic guest bedroom is certainly one we'd be happy to stay in! The vertical lines of the ceiling boards and flooring painted in all white help the petite space to feel bigger and brighter. For now, Leah and Rob are using it as a guest bedroom and reading nook, but hope one day to turn it into their master bedroom.
An oldie but a goodie! This classic Portland four-square was designed by Jessica Helgerson, and while it was hard to narrow down which part of the house was our favorite, this peaceful bedroom was the winner. The beautiful lighting, calming wall color, plants and vintage details make it an ideal space to curl up with a book or invite your guests to stay.

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  • “One of the biggest independent book stores in the country” doesn’t cover it–Powell’s claims to be the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world, and I haven’t seen anyone dispute that. (Sorry, perhaps I’ve had too much of our good coffee, but I can’t let you undersell Powell’s!)

    Thanks for this lovely list of local inspiration!

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