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Portland Remodel Ideas to Pay Tribute to the Rose City

Saturday, August 22, 2015

 

Photo credit: Lincoln Barbour

Roses that grow like weeds, fiercely loyal sports fans, microbreweries around every corner. Not to mention the gorgeous evergreens and the ever-present Mt. Hood marking our skyline on clear days. There’s no doubt about it, we Portlanders have it pretty good.

If you love the Rose City as much as I do, there’s no reason your home design can’t reflect it. This post will give you some tips for showing your Portlandia pride in your interior design and decor.

Sports

Portland sure loves its sports. TV rooms, rec rooms, and remodeled basements are all ideal places for your Trail Blazers shrine.

If you’re a Rip City fan, the possibilities are endless. Get the team’s logo painted on your TV room or rec room wall. Or take this opportunity to remodel the basement and make it into a sports room. Frame your old jerseys from seasons past. 

Want a little inspiration? Take a look at how we incorporated a local family’s love of the Trail Blazers into their basement remodel.

Prefer soccer to basketball? Frame that autograph you got from your favorite player. Or make a table out of a log slab, like the ones they give to players who score goals or get clean sheets at the end of the game.

Rain Patterns

Don’t walk around downtown with an umbrella unless you want people to think you’re from out of town. Portlanders aren’t afraid of a little rain. In fact, we welcome it after long, hot summers like this one.

If you want to incorporate the rain theme into your home, consider using small mosaic tile patterns -- sometimes called “rain patterns” -- in a bathroom remodel. They are popular in backsplash and shower designs. They look great, and they’re a subtle way to show your fondness for Portland’s weather.

Another option is rain-themed wallpaper -- great for kids’ rooms and reading nooks. It’ll make you want to grab some slippers and hot chocolate before you curl up with your favorite book and cup of tea.

Roses

Portland is the Rose City after all. Celebrate our most famous flower with a vase of fresh roses on the dinner or coffee table whenever they’re in season. Fresh flowers are one of the easiest ways to add life and beauty to a space.

Rose-patterned throw pillows are another alternative to fresh bouquets. They’re guaranteed to stay in bloom all year round.

Recycled Elements

Recycling is a big deal in Portland. If eco-friendliness is important to you, you can do your part by using recycled or reclaimed materials in your home decor. Reclaimed wood offers a rustic look that’s perfect for the Pacific Northwest but works well with a variety of design styles. It’s great for flooring, kitchen cabinets, and furniture.

For a fun and easy DIY project, grab some reclaimed wood boards of varying lengths and put together a one of a kind headboard for your bed or use one small board to create a wall hanging jewelry display.

Creative Bike Racks

If you’re one of more than 17,000 people who bike to and from work every day, you need a place to keep your bike. Don’t feel like you have to stow it in the garage or shed where it’s hard to get to.

There are many cool bike hangers that are both stylish and functional, enabling you to feature your favorite ride as part of your home décor. The added plus is if you live in a loft or apartment, it's a great space-saving solution.

Live With What You Love

If you’re a true Portlander at heart, chances are there are other things you love about Stumptown too. Are you a coffee expert? Invest in a fancy coffee machine for your kitchen. Are you an expert on Bridge City? Get some Portland bridge art from Etsy to hang on the wall.

The goal is to bring more of what you love into your home and, of course, show off your Portland pride.

Did I miss anything? What other famous Portland things would you love to have in your house?

Erin Davis is owner of Mosaik Design & Remodeling in Portland Oregon. For more information and tips visit http://mosaikdesign.com/ or contact her at [email protected]

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