House Crashing: Elegant And Fresh

We shared a smidge of Kirsten’s amazing house in last week’s Portland post just to get you excited, but here’s the whole House Crashing monty for ya. The exterior of her and her husband Kyle’s house is a rich gray color and the porch has the most amazing over-sized white corbels on either side of the door (note: house numbers have been changed to protect the innocent).

Here’s a shot o the outside of the house from further away (wish we had been able to see it in all of its spring/summer glory when more is in bloom).

When you walk inside, there’s a charming little entryway directly across from the door between the dining room and the living room. It’s such a sweet (and functional!) area that Kirsten squeezed into the room. They were actually made by a local woodworker (she said it saved her lots of money in comparison to some ready-made systems that she saw) and the awesome giant N is from Anthropologie.

Aside from immediately going crazy over everything from the awesome paint colors (this room’s Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray) to that genius oversized map (from Schoolhouse Electric, by the way), we just snapped our way around her house – oohing and aahing the whole way.

The wood-burning fireplace actually works (so cozy) and Kirsten mentioned that the patterned rug from Crate & Barrel has been an awesome choice since sometimes a bit of soot or ash can get on it down at the end there, but it blends right in. Oh and that mirror above the fireplace is a craigslist find.

This wood-chest turned side table (found on craigslist!) was such a fun pairing with the colorful ikat chair from Urban Outfitters.

Oh and the coffee table was a wedding gift that a number of relatives went in on from Crate & Barrel.

Directly across from the living room is the dining area, complete with a cool slightly arched doorway…

… and an awesome fixture from Ballard Design.

Everything from the thin black frames on that back wall to the table made from reclaimed wood that has special meaning to Kirsten and her hubby Kyle (it’s from a barn that was taken down in his hometown of Sweet Home, Oregon) had us threatening to move in on the spot. Oh and the paint color in here is Quill by Olympic.

For more on those frames and the art within them, you can check out Kristen’s blog here (the prints have a really interesting origin, and the frames were garage sale finds). Even the little console table behind the dining area was really sweetly accessorized. I remember telling Kirsten that she has a serious knack for decorating, as in: she should do it full time – and I meant it!

Check out their amazing kitchen! It used to be a narrow galley kitchen (where those hanging pendants are was once a wall). Kirsten and her husband got their wood counter handcrafted by a local woodworker for a steal (a serious steal- like a few hundred dollars for the entire thing, including the hole for the sunken cooktop).

She said they had repainted the walls quite a few times, just to get the perfect color – and this putty color (Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray) was the bee’s knees. I loved how rich it made the cabinets look without feeling dark at all.

Here’s the sweet eat-in area on the other side of the room. Is that yellow poster the or what? It’s from here (and the amazing yellow peppermill is from Anthropologie).

Oh and I had to share this shot of a small staircase right off of the kitchen that leads to an exterior door. Kirsten wanted to dress up the stairs without spending a ton, so she just used Benjamin Moore’s porch and floor paint (in White Dove and Van Cortland Blue) along with a stencil to give them a pick-me-up.

Here’s the guest room, complete with a charming metal bed and the coolest old wood dresser we’ve seen in a while.

It was totally something you’d see at Anthropologie for a cool grand, but it was actually a free hand-me-down that Kirsten inherited, painted, hated the paint, and then stripped and sanded. Isn’t that an amazing “accidental” effect that she ended up with? It’s so weathered and cool. Oh and the drawer pulls are from Anthropologie and the wall color is Behr’s Pebble Stone.

Here’s the backyard, which was so lush and green thanks to all that Portland rain. That little deck that you see is off of the kitchen, and there’s a fence and some pretty bushes behind where we stood to take this picture.

All in all: a super charming house, with a super charming owner. Thanks so much for inviting us to crash your house Kirsten!

For more on Kirsten’s paint colors, click here, and for more on her house/neighborhood, click here. And click here just to check out her awesome blog in general. Now let’s play the what’s-your-favorite part game. I am completely obsessed with the giant map in the living room, the dining room chandelier, and the wood trunk in the living room. And of course John wants to fight me for the map, and also loves the yellow sign in the kitchen along with the wood counter in there. Your turn.

Psst- Check out over thirty more House Crashing features right here.


  1. says

    Wowwwww…. Beautiful house! My ridiculous brain thought you guys crashed a house in Hawaii so I was all “Why do they need a fireplace?” Duh.

    Really awesome house Kirsten, and really cute outfit too!

  2. says

    The kitchen. The kitchen. The kitchen. I literally gasped! It’s gorgeous and not huge, which is so inspiring. I also love how the yellow curtains in the kitchen play so nice with the yellow curtains in the dining room. So thoughtful.

  3. says

    So beautiful! Can the whole thing just be my favorite??? I cannot wait to get out of my teeny apartment and into a space that I can really make my own! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!

  4. Christine says

    I like all the reclaimed wood textures in contrast to the crisp gray and white tones throughout… also, the little vignettes of accessories on dressers and sidetables, with lots of room to breath all around them.

  5. says

    I think painting the house gray is now being added to the list of “things we would do to our house if we actually owned it” along with painting our front door deep blue (like the doors we saw on our Scotland honeymoon).
    Also, crazy jealous of her dining room table!

  6. says

    Ah, I love a good house crash. And you know it’s a good one when you’re insanely jealous and keep looking at the pictures trying to figure out how you can do that to your home, haha. Hope I’m not the only one who does this :)

    • says

      Also, you can find all the prints in the dining room on I have 2 of the same ones in my dining room – and they were free! Just had to print and frame.

  7. Erin says

    Ohh – I love the pops of yellow in the kitchen and the painted steps.

    Can I put in a request for a future house crash? I would love to see a rental house/condo/apartment and see how a creative renter makes their house a home while working with the existing kitchen, fixtures, possible non painted space, etc.

  8. Karen says

    I love this house! Never thought I’d be saying that about a place with so much gray, but the bright yellow accents really make it. My favorite rooms are the dining room and the kitchen. I also like how the various shades of gray were used from room to room (especially the transition from living room to dining room.) I was wondering about the picture windows at the front of the house-are they original? I like how they are accented along the top.

  9. says

    When I first saw that top pic of Kirsten, I thought it was Sherry! And then the last pic at the bottom with both of you…y’all look like sisters!!

    Love their house! All the punchy details are my favorite, like the yellow peppermill and the guest room lamp base. So many fun colors everywhere.

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