Fearless DIYers in a “Flipped” Portland House

Name: Tim and Kelly Fischer
Location: SE Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,650 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 4 years

After making offers on six other houses in Portland’s competitive real estate market, Tim and Kelly and their nine-year-old twin daughters Isabelle and Olivia were thrilled to finally have a home to call their own. The house they bought had just been “flipped” in a style that wasn’t necessarily theirs, but the Fischers saw an opportunity to make the new space the perfect cozy home for their family.

Kelly has great style and is also a fearless DIY-er. She inherited these traits from her mom, who is a multi-talented designer, and the person Kelly calls “a constant inspiration.” The family got right to work removing a main wall of the home to create the open living area they desired. Kelly also took on electrical work in her new home, switching out unattractive light fixtures, and designed and constructed custom furniture and built-ins herself.

Kelly and Tim are avid world travelers, and mementos and photographs from their many trips are displayed throughout their home. “Seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space.” Their cozy Portland bungalow is filled with plants, vintage finds, Kelly’s handmade furniture, and souvenirs from their travels. It feels like a nice place to come home to after a long trip.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We try to fill our home with eclectic pieces. Keeping it simple and neutral, so it’s easier to mix it up with smaller accessories. When we travel we bring back unique things to give our home character and meaning. We like it better when there’s a memory behind something.

Inspiration: Traveling — seeing how the rest of the world lives helps us appreciate what we have, and gives us ideas on how to better utilize our space. My mom has been doing this for years — she is a constant inspiration.

Favorite Element: Our bungalow is pretty tiny so we tore down a wall to create a more open-concept space between the dining and living room.

Biggest Challenge: We have a lot of trouble with our low ceilings and organizing our home to make it interesting, but keeping it low on clutter.

What Friends Say: “There’s always something interesting to look at — unique surprises in every room.”

Biggest Embarrassment: Our house was a flip, and the previous owner installed cheap carpet everywhere.

Proudest DIY: I have two! Our headboard my mom and I made from reclaimed cedar that was originally milled from my parents’ property. The other is the built-in shelving in our living room — I assembled and installed it
myself.

Biggest Indulgence: I’ve spent the most on good lighting, which is, admittedly, an addiction.

Best Advice: Decorating a home doesn’t have to be costly. If you have the resources and time to dig, you will be rewarded.

Dream Sources: If Emily Henderson outfitted my house, I might die.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
When we moved in everything was beige- which was fine, but not quite our style. We went with a few light grey shades from Sherwin Williams to keep it neutral and reflect our taste.
“Silverplate” by Sherwin Williams

 

ENTRY/HALLWAY
Industrial bar — Camas Antiques
Bar sign – Letters from Far Away Hood
Reclaimed cabinet – Homegoods
Rustic mirror – Brought back from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
MCM lamp – Thrift store find
Aiden etagere – World Market
Wood gallery frames – Pottery Barn

 

LIVING ROOM
Ektorp sofa — Ikea
Built-in shelving — Ikea Billy series
Square bar hairpin legs — Modern Legs
Framed watercolor city maps — Summit Ridge
MCM Chairs – Craigslist
Vintage kilim rug – Family heirloom
Sheepskins- Ikea
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

 

DINING ROOM
Salt Chair — Design Within Reach
Walnut Dining Table- Craigslist
Faceted Lamp Base- Target
Wood Gallery Frames- Pottery Barn
Emery Linen/Cotton Drapes In Charcoal- Pottery Barn
Chandelier- Brought Back From Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Stereo Cabinet- Built By Me Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding And Vintage Peg Legs
Mcm Chair- Thrift Store Find

 

KITCHEN
Vintage Locker- Thrift Store Find
Butcher Block- Rescued From A Local Meat Market
Semi-Flushmount Lighting- The Rebuilding Center
Cloche Pendant- Restoration Hardware
Clock- Ikea

 

BEDROOM
Bentwood Pendant — West Elm
Bedside Lighting- Crate & Barrel
Mcm Walnut Dressers- Craigslist And Salvaged
Planter- Atelier Stella Ceramics
Geometric Shelves- My Mom Built Them Using Reclaimed Cedar Siding
Belgian Flax Linen Sheer Drapes In White- Pottery Barn
Mcm Table Lamp- Estate Sale Find
Crescent Mirror- Yard Sale Find
Throw Blanket- Seek & Swoon

 

BATHROOM
Framed Mirror- Ikea
Urban Barn Wall Sconce- Lamps Plus
Threshold Shower Curtain- Target
Stick Collection Painting- Riverluna

Thanks, Kelly and Tim!

 

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