Building A Timeless Home In Portland - Front + Main

Uprooting from your hometown to a new city can be a scary endeavor, but it can also be a wonderful opportunity to start fresh. This is the mindset that Farah and Thomas, two former Texans, had when they packed up and moved from Austin to Portland. Both are design enthusiasts with Modernist sensibilities, so they began their home search and decorating process with functionality and timelessness in mind. “Both of us decided that we wanted our home to be efficient, inviting and cozy,” Farah says. First, the couple decided on a new-construction LEED-certified home that would decrease their need for water, gas, and electricity. From there, they worked to judiciously select furnishings that would hold up against changing trends and constant use. Farah and Thomas incorporated Modernist forms that complemented their new home’s clean lines and brought in natural materials to add warmth and coziness. The final touch? 71 houseplants! Take a peek at this beautiful Portland home below!

LIVING ROOM

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

“We don’t believe in buying extra and wasting so thinking of timeless design and durability was very important to us,” Farah says. “I have furniture from West Elm that I bought in college and medical school that is still in great condition! And survived about 8 moves and is currently surviving two pets. I can’t say enough of how well West Elm furniture, kitchen goods, fabrics, etc have lasted!”

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

DINING/KITCHEN

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

READING NOOK

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

MASTER BEDROOM

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

GUEST BEDROOM

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

west elm - A Functional, Timeless Home In Portland

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Chris

September 3, 2017

I really liked all of the plants in the rooms. I have always stayed away from decorating with plants due to my lack of a green thumb, but the plants you had in these pictures were all pretty small and I am guessing easy to maintain. The plants added a lot of color to the spaces.

Gloria

September 13, 2017

It’s beautifully fresh looking! Can you tell me please what are the curtains (white) used in the windows, the kitchen one appears different than the bedroom? I love them. Can you see through them, we are trying to compromise as my husband wants privacy and I would like light in. We have a sliding glass door to the outside and a 9 glass old 60’s style curved window over looking our organic garden in our long kitchen trying to soften the windows.
I love those curtains.

Farah

September 16, 2017

Chris- prior to living in Portland, we didn’t have any plants (none we kept alive anyway). We the help of our local nursery staff, we learned pretty quickly. In the summer time- most plants need weekly watering, some with misting too and the winter is even easier. Thanks for the kind words.

Gloria- both of the curtains are from West Elm. The dining area curtains and the bedroom curtains are not the same; however, they are both slightly see through. They are enough for privacy but aren’t good for blocking out all of the light. We also have black out shades which we use when it’s bright in the summer time (behind the curtains). Regarding the curtains- I can’t recall the names of them but both are still available at the West Elm store (and probably online too). Hope that helps.

Susan

September 17, 2017

Love the bookcase in the reading nook!

Monique

September 17, 2017

Wow! A very clean, streamlined, well-designed home! And the pets add to the look! 🙂

Nena Martin

September 17, 2017

I really like the dark blue accent color used behind the bed in the master bedroom. Can you provide the color?
Thank you!

Farah

September 20, 2017

Susan- thank you! It was hard to find one that fit there exactly. I was so excited when I found this one.

Monique- thank you! My pets are my favorite part of our home.

Nena- thank you! The color is called ‘Cracked Pepper’ by Behr.

Niddrie

January 27, 2018

Love love love this!! What paint did you use in the living room? And what fabric did you choose for the sofa?

Alice

January 27, 2018

You guys are my spirit family – efficient, inviting and cosy is exactly what I want our house to be when we build it! And modernist tendencies with plants – the dream! Plus your dog is everything. What breed is it?

Annie

January 28, 2018

Love what you did with your home! This bed the Nash bed from West Elm?

Laura

January 28, 2018

What color paint did you use in the bedroom? I love the dark wall and hope to acimplish the same! This was great inspo for me because I can see how the lighter furniture works with the dark floors in the master! In love!!!

Farah

March 16, 2018

Niddrie- Thank you! I don’t know the wall color, I’ll ask my husband. The couch fabric is chenille tweed, in slate.

Alice- Thank you! We went the neutral minimalist approach inspired by our trip to Iceland followed with farmhouse inspired by our obsession with Joanna Gaines’ added with our love for ecofriendly, green living inspired by PDX living (ATX too). Our dog is a medium multigenerational Australian labradoodle from Mountain Park Labradoodles (I had to put in a plug, Debi is the absolute best).

Annie- Thank you! The master bedroom bedframe is actually from CB2, it’s great! Our guest bedroom has the Morocco West Elm headboard and bedframe from awhile back.

Laura- Thank you! My husband wasn’t sold on a dark wall until we painted it. We love it! The color is Cracked Pepper by Behr.

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