Creating An Inviting Outdoor Space

 While you may not consider your patio or backyard to be a room all its own, in fact, as temperatures warm and trees start to blossom, your yard can easily become a retreat that welcomes you with natural beauty and fresh air at home.


Portland Garden Guide

For visitors and locals alike, it’s hard not to take notice of the flora and fauna that has made Oregon so iconic, and you don’t have to travel far to find some. Here’s our guide to help you take a little piece of Oregon home to your own backyard, with shops and landscape designers from Northeast to Southwest and everywhere in between, as well as on the outskirts of Portland.

A Painting Project Goes Bigger

“For a single woman to find a contractor who takes you seriously, that’s a big thing.”

Fresh Coat of Portland was one of the first firms Kati Smith contacted when she needed to repaint her 1905 Lents bungalow. As she chatted with the sales manager about exterior color and finish options, she mentioned that she was also hoping to remodel her bathroom.

A Farmhouse Goes Posh

Angela Todd of Angela Todd Designs describes her first visit to the home of Doug and Diana Boss as somewhat magical. “Daisy, their yellow Labrador retriever, came galloping toward me through the lush landscape and onto the blue stone pathway leading up the front of the house,” she recalls. “The springtime dew and aromatic budding shrubs and flowers were energizing. It is hard to explain in words, but all of my senses were aware this was a special place.”

How To: 3 Steps to an Easy-to-Clean, Multipurpose Kitchen

Pangaea, owner of Pangaea Interior Design, is well aware of how physical surroundings can impact the people who live in them. Since leaving her full-time job as an artist, she has established herself as an intuitive designer who partners with clients to create visually stunning rooms that are deeply satisfying to use.

Meet the Designer: Bathed in Love and Light

“I wanted it to be a space that is visually beautiful and nurturing on every level.”

This guest bathroom is too beautiful to be relegated to the status of “guests only.” In fact, interior designer Anita Sande worked hard to ensure that the spa-like bathroom would be irresistible even to the homeowner.

Meet the Designer: Eco-friendly Furniture Design

“We repurpose old things, and upcycling is a big part of what we do.”

Alyse Holzhausen and Joel Knudsen, owners of Branches Furniture, in Canby, OR, are relatively new to the furniture-making scene, but you wouldn’t know it from their diverse portfolio. From birch wood coffee and side tables, to reupholstered mid-century lounge chairs and floating wood shelves, the couple has amassed a varied collection of original home décor designs.

Joie de Vivre

Brian Schmidt and his team of subcontractors achieved what everyone thought was an impossible task: building “Joie de Vivre,” a complex, ultra-modern home for the 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams in six short months.

Celebrity Homes

Get a closer look at the homes of Tres Shannon, Hershel Yatovitz, Vitaley and Kimberly Paley,  and Gerry Lopez.

Oregon Style

More and more, Oregonians want to know who, where and with what their products are being made. So as we crept out of the darkness of an Oregon winter, we sought out handcrafted items that embodied our states, entrepreneurial spirit and welcomed a new spring.