If you ask the locals, they’ll tell you that St. Johns is known for a lot more than just its namesake bridge. This quaint North Portland neighborhood has its own distinct identity; it’s one steeped in its welcoming and friendly small-town feel (where you can’t help but run into people you know!) but with the draws of the city life, which makes it a distinctly worthwhile weekend venture. Here are some of our favorite local offerings.
When the Jetton family decided to undertake a series of remodels that would better accommodate their closeknit family and increase the beauty and workability of their 1950s ranch home in Portland Heights, they chose to collaborate with Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, a firm renowned for innovative, purposeful spaces, both commercial and residential.
When Robert and Heather Wood started Mountainwood Homes, a residential design/build firm, in 2008, their goal was an ambitious one: to establish client relationships that endured.
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.