Six blocks from Makelike, the graphic design collective he founded with business partner Mary Kysar, stands Topher Sinkinson’s Portland, OR condo. The space is a mid-century gem filled with throwback finds and situated within lush surroundings. On most days, Topher and his partner Jeremy, a carpenter, gaze out from their second-floor “treehouse” over the greenery below. Even better than these enviable views is the story behind how the place came to be. For Topher, it’s a tale about community, knowing his neighbors and truly feeling connected to where he lives.
In 2013, Topher started splitting his time between New Orleans and Portland. In an effort to keep costs down, he began looking for properties that wouldn’t require much work, had manageable green space and a smaller overall footprint. Luckily, just as this home hunt kicked off, a condo in one of Portland’s southeastern neighborhoods came on the market. Boasting updates like fresh countertops, a new skylight and a pristine balcony, the 1950s-era space happened to be the perfect fit. What ended up tipping the scales wasn’t furnishings or updates, however, but the people connected to the unit. One of Topher’s close friends happened to be the one who was looking to sell, and Topher’s best friend from college lived next door.
Convinced he’d never find a more perfect fit, Topher signed and swiftly moved in. Since doing so he’s further amplified the home’s connection to the community by turning it into a showcase of his and Jeremy’s work, as well as that of their friends and neighbors. The seller’s artwork hangs in the living room, bookshelves built by friends decorate the den, and wallpaper from Makelike graces the dining room. And that’s not all. Scroll down to check out even more personal touches. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Olivia Ashton
Image above: Topher and Jeremy’s home sits on the second floor of their apartment complex and looks out over the tree canopy below. During certain times of year, the views make it feel more like a treehouse than a home.
Plants – Portland Nursery, Xera Plants, Cistus Nursery
Art – Storm Tharp
Bathmat – Nate Berkus for Target
Couch, books, tchotchkes – thrift store
Artist books & catalogs – Printed Matter
Art – Topher Sinkinson, Swallow Press and Kristan Kennedy
Wallpaper – “Range” by Makelike
Furniture, lighting, artwork – thrift store
Art – Alex Felton
Blanket – Cargo, Inc.
Sentimental rocks – rivers, deserts, beaches of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California, and Ed’s House of Gems