A Cute Portland Cottage Gets a Classic Renovation — House Call


Name: Gimi and Steve
Location: Portland, Oregon
The basics: 2 years, owned — 672 square feet

Wanting to give small space living a go, but not quite tiny house ready, Gimi and Steve decided to give this cute little cottage a try. After extensive renovations to bring the space back to its original glory, the space is adorable, functional and full of vintage vibes.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We bought the tiny house two years ago to downsize from a much bigger suburban home. We wanted to try tiny living but did not want to do the mobile version, so this tiny cottage two blocks from the Columbia River worked. The house was completely trashed as a long term rental and our goal was to bring it back to a 1928 cottage we would be proud to call home. We painted the interior and exterior with Behr white paint and proceeded to install new flooring, cabinets, bathroom, shiplap, walk-in closet and a compete renovation of the yard to include an organic container garden.

What is your favorite room and why? Favorite room by far is the kitchen! The kitchen came with the original 1928 bead board ceiling and wainscoting – but not much else. We saw the potential when we bought the house to turn it into an amazing bright and white space with retro appliances, open shelving made of reclaimed Doug fir and subway tile backsplash. We used black grout, black lower cabinets and black blinds from IKEA to make the white painted wood work pop. We love the kitchen because it is the jewel in the middle of the house that just makes us smile whenever we walk in!

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? We would move this tiny house to a lake with meadows of flowers rather than in the city.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A leather club chair to make a tiny reading nook.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Kate Winslet’s character from “The Holiday”

Gimi’s words of wisdom: Yes! Find a color palette that you love and stick with it. Do not deviate – especially in a small house everything needs to flow from one room to the next, one area to the next. Even though our house is only 672 square feet, we have a workstation, library, media area, breakfast nook and a walk in closet. Planning each piece you bring into the house is crucial as well as EDIT, EDIT, EDIT!

Thanks, Gimi!

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