Bri did an amazing job renovating her super cool home in Portland, OR. Check the link for the full interview and photos:
  1. How Long Have You Lived Here?
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    This beautiful lady and I have been together for just over a year. I looked all over Portland for a Victorian that I could afford. It was love at first sight. My realtor begged me not to do it, as it had been vacant for years, the ceilings were falling in, and the plaster walls were held together by four layers of terrible wallpaper that dated back to 1902. I love her bones, and the majority of the built-ins and woodwork are still in tact. I wanted a home with history, and I certainly got one!
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    While digging out the sump pump in my basement I uncovered about 40 glass bottles that were hidden away during prohibition. I also found old top hats in the walls, and shoes in the floor boards of the attic. I learned that these items were left behind by carpenters that built the house, as this was common practice in the early 1900’s in an effort to ward of evil spirits and ghosts, and to protect the house. I couldn’t ask for more.
  3. Where do you like to find things for your home?
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    My roommates are well aware of my Ikea addiction… So are the workers at Ikea, Portland. I usually keep this information to myself when in the company of fellow designers. My style and needs change so often that the short life span of Ikea products serves as a positive rather than a negative. I also spend most of my evenings mindlessly scrolling through Craigslist listings looking for unique finds.
  4. Any upcoming projects?
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    There is an absolutely gorgeous attic in the top eave of my home that I wish to transform into my painting studio. The space is lofty, and is framed by brilliantly oversized red wood beams. When I first moved into the house, I planned on making this space my bedroom, as I loved the geometry of the French Curve roofline so very much.
  5. Favorite Room/Nook?
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    My bathroom, hands down. I know that this is a strange favorite, but I am the youngest of eleven children, and bathroom time has always been a sacred and cherished time. This is the first time that I have had a bathroom of my very own, and I am never going back. This is probably why I blew the majority of my remodel budget turning an old closet into this gorgeous space. And probably why it was totally worth it.
  6. What is one item that you scored on?
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    I really lucked out on my dining table. It is a Gus Dining table, which was about two thousand dollars over my dining table budget. I found it on Craigslist, and bought it from a disgruntled designer that had lost the hardware while moving to Portland. I purchased the table for $100 and spent a whopping $3 at Home Depot for nuts, bolts and washers. I smile every time I see it.