House Tour: Perfect SE Portland Foursquare

Almost a year ago I went to a bridal shower for my friend at her sister’s house. The shower was just lovely and the setting was perfect. I went a little nuts snooping around the house. It was just the sweetest-perfectly-put-together vintage foursquare. I go wild for homes that are so obviously loved and thoroughly thoughtful in their homey-ness (yeah, you’re right – that’s not a word). Plus, I think this house is the hybrid between my mom’s style and my style: Perfectly vintage with plenty of visual interest but also impeccably orderly. I sent Oregon Home a few emails alerting them about this beauty right under their noses, but since they are evidently asleep at the wheel I asked the Gregg family if I could come take pictures of their home and show it off to my readers…And, as luck would have it, by the time I got around to it they had decided to move and they are about to put this house on the market. So, you are getting a super sneak peek at a house you can actually make your own. So, here it is:

Vintage Portland Foursquare

Vintage Portland Porch

White and blue living space

the loved home house tour

beautiful blue and white living room

{I literally just noticed while writing this that the mantle is faux. Pretty great fake in my opinion. I actually have a pet-peeve about “free-standing fireplaces” that plug-in or whatever, but this is in it’s own category. I sent Nicki – the homeowner – a quick message to ask about it and she said it was an ugly craigslist find that she gussied up with some carpentry help from her husband and that maybe she could do a whole post about the transformation…stay tuned for that!}

blue and yellow pillows

renovated vintage kitchen

renovated Portland kitchen

Vintage Stove

{Ahhhhh THE STOVE (the pictures DO NOT do it justice)! People that cherish a vintage stove are my kind of people. It is just so, so cute. I hope they get to take it with them to their new house, but then I hope the new owners find one just as cute so the kitchen can still be this adorable!}

Perfect Vintage Kitchen Redo

Marmoleum Counters

{how clever is this: Marmoleum counters! It is so perfect in this style/age of home. The color is just right too.}

Vintage Stove Close-up

Blue and Brown TV room

blue and brown family room

{love the pale blue/brown combo in this lounge space & get a load of all those organized toys, etc.}

craft box storage

{just had to include this close-up (in spite of the poor quality) because she has a box that is labelled duct tape, & below it knitting & weaving. I mean, really?  This is just too much cuteness in one house}

vintage pink guest bedroom

{pretty little guest room}

land of nod paper letters

turquoise girls room

sophisticated boys room

classy boys bedroom

George Perrou Art

{if you are lucky enough to have a super talented artist brother-in-law you too can have kitschy personalized art like the one in this picture. If you are not that lucky you can buy it from the talented George Perrou}

Vintage Pink Bedroom

vintage pink and green bedroom

sitting area

{Perfectly pink room. When I chose a lovely shade of pink called ‘ballet slipper’ for our family room I envisioned it looking something like this. It didn’t. It looked like flesh-tones. It’s since been painted gray. Pink is harder to get right than you might think, especially in a grown-ups bedroom. This room is just right}

craft room

craft supply storage

nooks and crannies

craft room

{If you are a crafter you would think you had died and gone to craft heaven when you walked into this attic-turned-perfect-craft-space. I especially love that there were 2 little craft spaces just right for the kiddos tucked into the dormer windows.}


Hope you enjoyed my first home tour post…And keep an eye out for future posts from Nicki Gregg. A woman that can put together this beauty (with plenty of help from her handy husband) surely has a few things to show us.

A kitchen to love

As I mentioned a few posts ago, we bought another house and are embarking on another renovation. We are giving ourselves about 6 weeks prior to moving in to do the following, gut and renovate the kitchen, add hardwood floors to kitchen and then refinish all floors on top level, paint everything, add HVAC system, reconfigure framing in downstairs and re-sheetrock, remodel 2 bathrooms, re-carpet, put up new light fixtures…It’s completely unrealistic that we will get it all done. We already know it – but you can follow along and see how far we actually get during that time frame. Since the kitchen is the most important room in the house & I am going to start from scratch, it has most of my attention these days. Since this is going to be a home we live in for awhile and then turn into a rental we aren’t going to go crazy (that being said, we have a really hard time not going crazy). Here’s what has been decided already. A wall is coming down to open things up, White shaker style cabs are going up, grey quartz counters, some sort of a free standing island, some open shelving over the windows, stainless appliances and some sort of subway tile back splash. Here is some of my inspiration (keep in mind it’s a tiny kitchen on a under 10k budget):

{Originally found on}

I love the white cabinets, but what really inspired me is putting the shelves right over the window. In order to make the most of our space we will be doing this in our place.

Love the open, airy feel this has despite it’s small size. Also the counter top is very similar to what we chose.

{originally found at ShootFactory}

love, love, love how functional this looks with all your pots, pans, oil and such within reach}

{originally found at Breakfast in the Morning Tram}

This takes the cake for form & function. Our kitchen won’t look like this, simply because I think a renter would have a hard time seeing the charm in no closed shelving, they would just think we were just being cheap. Maybe in my next home though.

{originally found at You Are My Fave}

Such a nice combination of traditional looks with the surprise color. I think we will insert something fun with our back splash tile or our island, whatever it is, I am inspired to have something besides just the safe white/neutrals with this lovely kitchen as inspiration.


The Kitchen Island

I have a pet-peeve about homes with tiles counter-tops, all that grout, all the cleaning. I realize solid surfaces are more expensive than tile, but they are also much, much more practical for the person who actually uses their kitchen to cook. Since we can’t all afford to rip out that awful tile and replace it right away, why not at least consider a kitchen Island {one with a solid surface of course}. There are so many options and almost every kitchen can find space to tuck one away. Rolling out pizza dough will become an enjoyable task once again, when all you have to do is grab your pastry scraper, pull up the trash, whisk all the post-dough rolling junk away & give it a quick wipe-down. No more wasting time cleaning out all the flour goo from the grout. Here are some beautiful & functional options:

2 carts from the thrifty Ikea Stenstorp line. One is a smaller sized cart {a mere 31×20 inches & only $199} and the other a more substantial full-sized Island {50×31 inches & $379}.

Smaller sized cart {with wheels to easily move around}

Full-sized Kitchen Island

They both have solid oak tops and have nice straight, simple lines that would work with a variety of kitchen styles {plus, you could always paint over the white if you wanted a bit of color in your kitchen, or if you wanted to match them to your cabinets}. I like that they both have open shelving on the bottom where you can store your prettiest {& most used} pots & pans, or you could get some baskets in there for kitchen linens & odds & ends.


For the DIY lover, or if you just like something a little more unique {i do}, I think this island is completely fabulous, with one obvious exception. It needs a solid surface on the top. You could get a few pieces of nice wood & glue them together, or splurge and find one solid piece for the top, or possibly carrera marble, or quartz, or anything that would fit your style. The possibilities are endless.

Kitchen Island made from Pallets [originally found on jennyshus]


For the ultra modern home I think this Island by Shulte Design is pretty hard to beat:

It’s huge, it’s gorgeous & underneath that little plexi-glass looking thing there is a plug-in station for all your goodies, so you can listen to the splendid table, while cooking up a feast & have your laptop open to your recipe {& then hide it away when things get messy}.

Plus it is available in a variety of wood options, so you can choose what works with your space. {I personally love this walnut one in the photos, just gorgeous!}. Unfortunately, I can’t find where you can actually purchase it in the US, and on their website there is no price, which generally indicates high price – – so for now I will just have to look at it longingly.


My absolute favorite find during my hunt for functional island options were the many re-purposed furniture items that made there way into the kitchen as an Island. Really you could use anything, so long as you put it at the right height {which depends on how tall or short you are, but generally around 36 inches} & put a solid surface on top. Some of what I saw was a little kitschy for my taste, but I would LOVE to have this one in my next kitchen:

{originally found on bh&g}