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The Portland House

Playing Catchup: A Quick Roundup of All the Posts About The Portland Project

If there is anything I want to do all day every day, it’s to show sneak peeks of the Portland house. We are pulling together all the posts and really dialing it in with lessons and takeaways to help you guys, especially on the stuff that I needed help with. Stay tuned for all the reveals starting in September, but in case you missed what this project is, here goes:

My brother and sister-in-law bought a junker house in probably the oldest and most beautiful neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, where I’m from. We struck a deal that I’d design it and decorate it (and market it) and when it’s done, we’d sell it. It’s a true family collaboration and working with them has been a DREAM, honestly.

So here’s a trip down memory lane, where we started and updates throughout on where we are.

Introducing Our Portland Fixer Upper

I didn’t come into the project for a couple months because I was slammed, so the first time I went up to Portland to see the home, it was already demo’d. We worked with an architect, Annie, to add on a third story and completely demo’d and renovated the entire house.

Portland Fixer Upper Construction Update and Artist/maker Call Out

My brother, seen above, is one of my favorite people in the world. I can honestly say we are the same person with absolutely nothing in common. Think about that for a sec. We both have no shame or embarassement, say too much, externally process, challenge all ideas, are super enthusiastic for fun, and need realness, frankness and honesty at all times. We are generous with our laughter and lord knows we laugh easily. WE are both led by our ‘need for fun and challenge’ and not our brains and commit to crazy big projects because they sound like fun. And we value being happy. 🙂

But due to the demand of actually renovating, we didn’t have too much time to blog about the process (YET) so there are way less posts about this house than the mountain house. I didn’t do the I Design, You Decide process here because I learned quickly that it was slowing down the mountain project exponentially (and we just didn’t have the time for that here because it needed to go on the market).

Portland Fixer Upper: Inspirations for Front Door Colors

So we worked behind the scenes and I guess I only blogged about the front door color before we actually finished it?? That’s crazy. We did a full plumbing fixture, lighting, millwork, electrical and plumbing plan at this point but just did not have the time to blog about it all. It’s all coming, we promise. (For the record, you guys REALLY liked this door color post and had A LOT to say…600 comments worth of “say” to be exact).

Portland House Sale Announcement & Event!

You saw some sneak peeks here and we put it on the market.

Portland Fixer Upper: Master Bathroom Update, Design + Sneak Peek

The house was on the market at about the point when we started revealing bathroom plan posts, beginning with the master bath. That Anne Sacks tile in the featured shot above is SO GOOD (and if you haven’t seen the plan yet, make sure to click through to see more).

The Portland House Is for Sale (listing, Sneak Peeks + Party Details)

Then the party and open house snuck up on us before we had time to even plan it. WHOOPS. This was around the same time that I tried, again, to find a director of communications, this time looking more for high level. I realized that I was just not properly telling people or the press about the projects that we were doing. The party was HUGE and I met some of the nicest people in the world. (And yes we are still hiring and haven’t started interviewing yet but we have TONS of good candidates).

Portland Project: Powder Bath Design & Update

It’s kind of nuts that we were rolling out the design plans and process for the bathrooms after they were basically under construction/already built, but it was the best we could do with our schedule for this project. This post showed a sneak peek of the powder bath and all the details about its design.

Portland Open House, Party & Thank You!!!

And then it was done! This post was mostly to thank all of you AMAZING readers and partners who showed up to this party. There were literally hundreds of you who patiently waited around to chat with me and snap photos for Instagram and OMG was it fun. Thank you thank you thank you again for taking time out of your personal lives to come by and see this baby in person and talk to me and my team who was also there.

Portland Project: Second Floor Hall Bath Design & Update

The hall bath has quickly become my favorite. I LOVE IT. This shot above is from the actual “reveal” shoot we started a few weeks back (it’s hilarious that you can see the camera in the mirror…we were so in a hurry to get those out to you guys that we overlooked that little Photoshop detail…whoops again).

We have so much to reveal to you guys. It’s like 19 rooms. And I know you are wondering if it’s still on the market and the answer is yes, for now, but some VERY serious folks circling. A new update is that I am offering to design the secret room to whatever the buyer wants it to be since we haven’t really designed that space and it has so much potential (and I want to shoot it, duh). And if the right family comes along with kids, I’ll even help design the upstairs guests rooms (currently designed more for grownups) because I selfishly want the whole house to be ‘my work’ and then we can reshoot them with a kids theme (because kids rooms are the most fun to design).

Thank you so much to the design team, the styling team, the editorial team for creating such a beautiful home. I can’t believe it’s done and I’m so excited to teach you what I learned in the process, and most importantly, show you how beautifully it turned out. Stay tuned…

Also, if you missed the big recap of all the mountain fixer’s posts, check that out here.

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Julie S
5 years ago

Yeah, I think we could definitely tell the Portland house posts were suffering due to crazy busyness and higher priority work needs (on it and the Mountain House). But, I’m looking forward to reveal posts loaded with Useful Information as that’s what I value about home blogging! Not merely pretty “ain’t it gorgeous” shots one after another but the hows, whys, and why nots! If we can’t have process posts then that’s the next best thing.

Paige Cassandra Flamm
5 years ago

All the details of this house are amazing! I would totally LOVE to live in Portland!


Deborah M
5 years ago

This makes me want to move to Portland….

We have a 60’s ranch house that’s similar – walkout basement with the three different rooflines from the front. I’ve been dying to expand the master so I can have a decent closet and had always thought about adding on to the back but this design really speaks to me. I would love to hear about the design for the second floor, architecturally speaking — structural concern/problems, deciding how big and where to locate, does it extend over the first floor primarily for structural support, etc….

5 years ago
Reply to  Deborah M

I liked the original house much better.

5 years ago
Reply to  linda

I don’t think she was talking to you but thanks for your concern.

5 years ago

Will there be a post with links to the furnishings? I know in your stories you had tagged some vendors, but would love one place that we could see shots of the rooms and tags for furniture pieces and decor.

5 years ago

The Portland house is so gorgeous, can’t wait to see more stories on the process.

5 years ago

kids room?? please remember the linen times table chart if it works with your design 🙂 🙂 🙂

5 years ago

Its so beautiful. Where can I found details the outfit Emily’s wore for the reveal party? Please?

5 years ago
Reply to  Lil

I am pretty sure the skirt is from Sezane, if that helps

5 years ago

Love all your posts on the Portland house! Please please do a post on the kitchen! I’m dying over here for the kitchen cabinet color ?

Dotty Lee
5 years ago

You write great posts that actually teach those of us not in a position to higher a designer. Thank you
Dotty Lee

5 years ago

I notice the Portland house has been on the market now 42 days. Are you worried it hasn’t sold or do houses in that price range take a while to sell there?

5 years ago

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Cosmo Floor
5 years ago
Reply to  Heinrich

“Wow this seems to be like a very big project and it involves a lot of work to be carried out in order to complete the project successfully. I have really fallen in love with this project especially with the bath design and it was simply outstanding.

Cosmo Floor
5 years ago

Wow this seems to be like a very big project and it involves a lot of work to be carried out in order to complete the project successfully. I have really fallen in love with this project especially with the bath design and it was simply outstanding.