In late 2011, Fred Albert, Editor in Chief, of Style 1900 magazine, contacted me to see if our bungalow would make a good “before and after” feature for a future issue. I sent some shots over and thought that was the end of it. After several months passesd, out of the blue I heard back from him that timing was going to work out. He was coming to Portland with a professional photographer to do a shoot of our living room and dining room for separate features. Although Fred is based in Seattle, he hadn’t done a formal shoot in Portland before.
I warned him that we don’t have all period furnishings. An overuse of yellow-tinged oak mission furniture just doesn’t quite mesh with the mahogany finish of our trim nor the more arts & crafts-style of our Douglas fir trim. Not to mention, the expense and impractical nature of traditional craftsman-style boxy couches with pointy corners. Plus, if we are ever to have kidlets, those would not be friendly to soft skulls. :) We also have a dreaded tv in our living room, because at the time our basement theater room wasn’t yet complete. Someday, if we find the perfect antique couch, we may consider switching it out, but for now we’ll survive. :)
Although our furnishings are more modern than what were found in the 1910s, I do enjoy antiquing and collecting art nouveau-inspired pieces, period inkwells, hand-painted landscapes, and rose-themed items that were a favorite motif of our house’s first owner, artist, Jessie Palmer Lucas. We’ve tried to balance the new with the old in a realistic way. During our restoration, our goal was optimize comfort and still surround ourselves with beautiful, period-appropriate objects. This must have come across in our submissions, so the shoot was scheduled for later that month.
Fred and acclaimed architectural photographer, William Wright, showed up on the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2012 for the shoot. They spent a few hours getting the lighting perfect and arranging some of my antiques to stage both rooms for optimal magazine-worthiness. During the shoot, Fred asked about other Portland homeowners that may have decor that may fit into the magazine. I mentioned my friend and neighbor, Denise, who has a beautiful foursquare in the Hollywood district. Turned out that was the shoot he was doing the next day and neither of us knew of the other when we set them up!
We were told our living room and dining room would be in separate issues. The dining room would be first, featured in the upcoming Winter 2012-13 issue. Jeremy and I also did a full phone interview so he could write the accompanying article. Unexpectedly, on Halloween, we got a few copies in the mail and were excited to take a look!
Go out and get a Style 1900 issue to read the full article, and keep an eye out for a future issue featuring our living room too!