In an idyllic southwest Portland neighborhood sits a row of midcentury homes, unofficially known as the “Wall Houses.” Each residence is a shared display of a unique style, consisting of a gated courtyard that creates a tranquil barrier between the street and the veiled bungalow inside. Nestled on this street is the home of renowned local foodie Jami Curl. We were able to get an inside look at Curl’s playful, midcentury modern style and see just how much she loves life in her little oasis.
The way she tells it, Tara Verotsky was almost destined for a career in landscaping. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania with surrounding creeks and forest as her playground. “I was outside as much as possible and ‘played nursery’ by tagging plants in the yard,” she recalls.
While some would consider the removal of an older home unfortunate, there can be a silver lining—Habitat for Humanity ReStores “de- construct” properties, salvaging high-quality materials—cupboards, vanities, kitchenettes, trim, solid wood doors, and modern light fixtures--that would otherwise have gone straight to the landfill.
For the last six years, Salvage Works’ sibling owners Rachel Browning and Preston Browning have dealt in repurposing lumber from old barns and houses found all across Oregon and Southern Washington. In addition to selling the wood itself, they also build custom furniture, tables, shelves, mantelpieces, accent walls and a variety of other unique pieces.
Brittainy Tiffany has taken a rather unusual path to success in the Portland-area interior design world. Today Tiffany Home Design, based in Wilsonville, stages hundreds of homes a year throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Shandell's Susan Schneider, a self-proclaimed "mad collector" of vintage goods, designs her trademark lampshades using vintage wallpaper, old prints and books.