I wasn’t surprised in the least when I found out that Darcy and Josh White’s Victorian farmhouse in Portland, OR was our #9 home tour of all time. It featured Mid-Century-style decorations both old and new and housed one of the most memorable spaces in our 15-year history: a dreamy bathroom decked out in Mexican tiles that the couple came across on eBay. Overall, it was a stunner.
Since we last caught up with Darcy, Pastor Josh and their children Hattie and Henry, the family of four has left their neighborhood and old Victorian farmhouse for another Victorian farmhouse in southeast Portland. With the change came a great school district and a better quality of life: “Each of [the kids’] schools are less than half a mile out of our front door. And even Josh’s work, our church building, is only one and a half miles from our front door. It is truly ideal for the stage of life we are in.” Darcy says.
In order to afford a place in the neighborhood, the foursome had to downsize. Luckily, solving design challenges — like fitting their family into 1,600 square feet — comes naturally to Darcy and Josh. Darcy tells us, “Designing a new space is really one of the most fun things we do together. We barely even have to speak. It’s pretty cool. [Josh] is a total free spirit, and I am very methodical… yet our heart for a space is always the same.”
To make their home feel larger, Darcy and Josh focused on not over-designing each room. Instead they pared back on patterned accessories, kept their walls and larger furniture white, and removed a wall here and there to help each room flow into another. The duo also cleverly optimized their back and side yards by installing a hot tub, deck and fire pit. This move has extended their living space beyond the home’s walls and turned the house into their block’s go-to hangout spot. Scroll down to check out this family’s new nest, and enjoy! —Garrett
Image above: Some of the home’s more unique accents are its stained-glass windows. Josh found them at an antique shop and later installed one here in his and Darcy’s bedroom and one in the living room. “We love [these] special touches that make the space feel like ours,” the pair says.
Paint – Sherwin-Williams “Mediterranean Blue”
Front door – Benjamin Moore custom yellow