Don & Nicole's Simply Inspiring Portland Rental

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Name: Don Rood, co-founder & principal, and Nicole Misiti, partner, at The Felt Hat in Portland, OR

Location: N Williams Ave, Portland, OR

Size: 1,800 sq ft

Years lived in: 6

Don and Nicole are two creative and inspiring individuals who both practice Design Thinking at The Felt Hat, a strategic design office in Portland, OR. This home serves as a rental property for Don and Nicole. While it is not their everyday residence, it contains all the elements of a comfortable and balanced space. As is typical throughout Portland, this 2 story, 2-3 bedroom, gable-front home is set on a somewhat narrow lot. With its efficient floor-plan and large light-filled windows, this inspiring rental has an airy flow, with plenty of space to make yourself at home. 

From the moment you step inside, you are enveloped into a warm and welcoming space.  Most of the objects and art in the home have a story behind them; these quiet narratives throughout the home provide a personal touch-- a tapestry from a trip to India, a Coca-Cola cooler from Don's grandparents. Don and Nicole are intentional in their view of design and creative problem solving and this home is a lovely example of the passion they share in that vision. 


Apartment Therapy Survey

Our style: Anything that inspires. Every maker sets an intention – whether handmade or manufactured. The object is the intention made manifest. Rather than a particular style, the objects in house represent a desire to honor intention. A place to read, tie flies and rest.

Inspiration: Eclectic collection of found, modern and made furnishings; Primarily Pacific Northwest art; A small list of suggestions by Sir Paul Smith, stuck to the fridge.

Favorite Element: Judy Cooke Mixed Media in living room. A tiny painting from Rajasthan. Art by my family members.

Biggest Challenge: This was always intended to be a rental property so always getting rid of what is not needed and being intentional with current pieces. 

What Friends Say: "Love the art and books!"

Biggest Embarrassment: Kitchen cabinets need to be replaced. The kitchen is serviceable, but not inspiring.

Proudest DIY: Reconfigurable, modular plywood bookshelf system-- 8 boxes that have been used in every imaginable configuration over the years. When it is time to move, simply pick up the boxes of books, carry them to the truck and go.

Biggest Indulgence: Eames writing desk (not currently in the home).

Best Advice: Only live with what inspires you.


Resources of Note:

Much of the art was purchased through Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.

Favorite source for books and oddball objects in Portland are Monograph Bookwerks on Alberta. And of course, Powell's Bookstore.

If we can't afford the crazy thing we really want, IKEA gets us through.

Living room: Chest was something I picked up 25 years ago from a flea market (two women used to buy old advertising and turned them into furniture). Pillows from Ink & Peat, Design Within Reach, IKEA and CB2. The lovely woven basket came from a farm on Sauvie Island.

Kitchen : The kitchen chairs came from a venerable, now long-gone, restaurant called Crepe Faire in Old Town. The entire restaurant was full of mismatched chairs. I bought them for about $10 each. Favorite flea market finds include the kitchen table and the Hires Root Beer sign from decades ago. The small sideboard is a Russian Antique we found in Sweden when working on a Russian tea brand. The Coca-Cola cooler belonged to my grandparents.  Every guest who stays is welcomed with a fresh baked Olive Baguette from Philippe's Bread just next door. If kids are coming, we also include macarons from Frice Pastry.

Bedroom 1: Calvin Klein bedding. Side tables from Visage. 

Bedroom 2: IKEA bed. Playing card side table by Jonathan Adler.

Bedroom 3 / Den: Versatile day bed that converts into either a queen or two twins from CB2. Pillows from Ink and Peat on Williams, Twist and various sources. Hanging wall sconce from Woonwinkle.

Entry / Stairs: Side table from Ink and Peat on Williams. Family pictures and art from Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Bathroom Upstairs: Shower curtain from IKEA.

Bathroom Downstairs: Most eccentric mirror ever purchased at FlutterIndian tapestry and art purchased on trip to India while doing research for a tea brand we were creating 15 years ago.

(Click through the images below to tour the home)