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Designer Spotlight: Erez Russo

Oregon’s natural beauty is hard to resist. Just ask architect Erez Russo. “I’ve been all around the world but wound up in Portland because I fell in love with how big nature is here,” Russo said.

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The Good Mod

As a kid in Indiana, Spencer Staley liked to tag along with his grandfather. “He would always take us to garage sales,” Staley recalled. “I really enjoyed it.” Staley kept up the practice when he moved to Portland in 1998, spending days off from his restaurant job cruising estate sales. On these outings, Staley was repeatedly drawn to Danish and Mid-century modern furniture. Over time, he taught himself to recognize key designers and restore damaged pieces, then selling his restored finds from his garage. By 2006, he opened his own storefront called The Good Mod. photo by Arthur Hitchcock Today, Staley’s shop has expanded to a 20,000-square-foot space downtown, complete with a showroom for his vintage furniture and a studio where he fabricates his own designs. “A lot of the things I make are not traditional,” Staley said. “I really like to experiment.” In 2013, this led to the creation of his first chair, called .001,…

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A Clean Slate

Whether you prefer old world details such as a freestanding tub or a more minimalist and modern palette, these two bathrooms take a fresh spin across the style spectrum. We’re stepping inside for inspiration.

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Red Pig Tools

“This is a dibble,” Bob Denman said on a recent tour through his store, Red Pig Garden Tools, housed in a 1,600-squarefoot barn in Boring. “It’s the oldest garden tool in the world.”

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Designer Spotlight: Jenny Baines

“POWDER ROOMS ARE an opportunity to do something a little more glam, a little more fun and just experiment,” said Jenny Baines, the principle interior designer at Jenny Baines Interiors in Portland. 

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Steel Life

In 2011, Shannon Lester was floating down the Rogue River when she hit upon the idea for her first outdoor planter. Lesterhad been working as a landscape designer in Bend, at the design/build firm that she started with her husband, Andrew.

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The Great Escape

Nothing says summer like serving meals hot off the grill and dining in the open air. To take full advantage of these seasonal delights, two Oregon homeowners transformed the blah, unused spaces outside their homes into destinations for al fresco living.

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Container Life

Belgian Peter Lynn met his wife, a Portlander, when the two were living in the South of France. Because they love the outdoors, the couple decided to raise their sons in the Rose City. A former beekeeper and commercial strawberry grower, Lynn wanted to stay in the garden business, but without taking on the physical labor of a full-service garden center.

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Oregon Cabins

Does anything HAVE MORE pull on the imagination than a snug winter cabin? Whether it’s in the woods, along the coast, or burrowed in the mountain snow—Oregon’s bounty proffers numerous opportunities for the perfect retreat. Here are three different cabin designs to jumpstart your daydreaming.