It’s a common conundrum: How best to update a vintage home for modern living without losing the old house character that attracted you in the first place?
For Amy Carnahan, interior designer and mother to three children under 8, the idea that family-friendly spaces can peacefully coexist with sophisticated design is nowhere more evident than in her own light-infused Portland ranch.
If you follow Portland design, you’ve probably heard of Schoolhouse Electric. From inside a century-old factory building in Northwest Portland, their local artisans create light fixtures, clocks, and other fabulous home goods with the belief that something worth owning is worth owning forever.
It’s not every day that one gets a chance to spend a morning with top home design experts. So, it was a treat when I recently gathered with my fellow luxury real estate brokers for breakfast and a talk with three of Portland’s finest: Holly Freres of JHL Design, Rachel Browning of Salvage Works, and Kathleen Bierma of Heirloom Homes as they shared the latest trends in home décor.