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A Jewelry Designer’s Serene Bungalow in Portland, OR

by Garrett Fleming

When you work from home, you have to make sure your space sets you up for success. The perfect color scheme, just the right amount of light and an overall vibe that promotes focus are all must-haves. In order to make sure she was working on her made-from-home jewelry line in the best environment possible, designer Kiersten Crowley did all this and more. It took some work, but she and her husband Mike slowly transformed their bungalow in Portland, OR into a calming space perfect for the craftswoman.

As Kiersten and Mike put their home together, the colors they worked with were always of the utmost importance. Pieces in eggshell and black, warm wood tones and a soft palette were chosen in order to keep the space from buzzing too much. They also opted to keep the family’s TV and media in the basement and away from the main floor. This simple move has eliminated way more white noise than either of them thought possible. No longer do doors have to be shut for some quiet time in this home. Nowadays, Kiersten can sit in the living room around the newly-installed, wood-burning fireplace concepting pieces for her latest collection with only the background noise of a loving family in her ear. Finally, in order to keep her eyes and mind from getting distracted as she works, minimal accessories are peppered throughout the house. The Crowleys have pared down their stuff to only include meaningful items and stellar finds. A mid-century sofa and unique floor lamp here, a few one-of-a-kind cuts of wood there — that’s all they need.

Even though she’s built a business inside its walls, Kiersten says her favorite memories living in the home have been those she’s shared with her husband and children. It holds over a decade’s worth of growing pains, laughs, tears and love. Overall, this sure is one cozy home perfect for family and the family business. Click through to soak it all in. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Anna Harris & Jolie Goodson

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The moment they heard this bungalow was about to hit the market, Kiersten and her husband Mike drove past it to take a look. Its charm and curb appeal had them instantly hooked, so they made it theirs. Most mornings, you can find Kiersten here on the porch with her tea, soaking up the sun.
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Kiersten and her family have lived in this 2,300-square-foot home since 2004. Over the past seven years, they've redone the floors, installed a wood-burning stove and flipped the attic into a stellar at-home headquarters for Kiersten's jewelry brand.
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The family's TV, video game consoles and music have been plopped down in the basement in order to keep the main living floor serene and the perfect place for reading, relaxing and connecting with one another. Kiersten added legs to a slab of wood to create the coffee table, and the sofa and side table are vintage pieces she found on Craigslist.
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The living room's wood-burning stove was a labor of love. "We almost had a catastrophe when, the day before the workers were scheduled to come install (it), we had a horrible wind storm. It was so bad that it knocked down one of the giant cedar trees that line our driveway. The tree hit our chimney and knocked it right out. We had to have our chimney rebuilt. I call that luck. It would have been a major bummer if it happened the day after our wood stove was installed!" Kiersten explains.
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A piece of wood found at a garage sale and a lamp found on the side of the road in one of the living room's nooks.
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The Crowley family has hosted many Thanksgivings and get-togethers right here. On these occasions, the built-in cabinets have proven to be a stellar buffet. They're also great for keeping food out of greedy puppy paws and can hold all the dishware anyone could ask for.
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The windows above this original built-in cabinetry were one of the reasons Kiersten and her husband jumped at the opportunity to own this bungalow. The built-in itself holds the growing collection of dishware Kiersten's found at thrift shops and inherited from family members.
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When the kitchen's rocking and the 1930s-era stove is cooking, the entire home is warmed by the smell of a home-cooked meal.
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Kiersten and Mike designed the kitchen to be "rustic and homey." Eventually, since they do use it so often, they'd like to expand this space into the dining room. For now though, it's working for the family of four.
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Four years ago, Kiersten and her husband renovated the unused attic space so she wouldn't have to run her jewelry business out of the basement anymore. "I love working up here not only because of all the light from the skylights, but also [because of] how close I feel to nature. In the spring and summer I hear the birds chirping. In the winter I hear the rain pelting down or the wind in the trees. It's a lovely feeling," Kiersten tells us.
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The guest bedroom is decorated in African textiles Kiersten got at a flea market in Santa Fe, NM over twenty years ago.
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"What I love most about my home is cozy family time in front of the fire." -- Kiersten Crowley
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Kiersten and Mike's home was built in 1911 and is a craftsman-style bungalow. They called on Sohaila Adela to help them put together this floor plan for us.

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