Interior Ideas: A DIY Resource Guide

The Pearl’s many furniture and home-accessory retailers specialize in everything from colorful Iranian Karakul wool tribal carpets (which you’ll find at Kush Handmade Rugs) to gleaming polished-nickel Marco floor lamps (available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams). Here’s a look at some of our favorite neighborhood home shops and interior design firms.


Refreshing a home or office starts from the ground up. The Pearl has several superb rug dealers. Atelier Lapchi Handwoven Rugs (shown above, 809 NW Flanders St, 503-719-6589) and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets (515 NW 10th Ave, 503-222-3428) each stock stunning custom rugs that could easily work as a room’s centerpiece. Cheryl Strayed’s designer recently purchased a rug from Lapchi for the Wild author’s Portland home. Kush Handmade Rugs (205 NW 10th Ave, 503-231-0700) is another incredible resource for modern, traditional, tribal, or custom rugs, individually handcrafted by experienced artisans. Modular, durable carpet squares cut for any space—that’s the concept behind FLOR (718 NW 11th Ave, 503-224-3050). You can mix from a seemingly endless variety of colors and textures.

Whether remodeling or starting fresh, look to California Closets (1236 W Burnside St, 503-885-8211), whose custom storage systems are great for mudrooms, TV consoles, wine bars, and even Murphy beds that tuck seamlessly behind discreet panels. Portland Closets (1120 NW 14th Ave, 503-274-0942) also offers elegant yet clever solutions to every imaginable organization challenge. And Storables (105 NW 13th Ave, 503-221-4500)—where the organizing principle is “everything in its place, and a place for every thing”—sells an imaginative array of containers for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even dorm rooms.


The door and hardware experts at Chown Hardware (shown above, 333 NW 16th Ave, 800-452-7634) did a bit of their own remodeling when they expanded into an adjacent building they purchased in January. They’ve also recently added the Waterworks faucets line. “For foodies who love to cook side by side, they sell a very exciting product—a dual faucet with shared spray that can be worked from either side,” says manager Kaye Powell. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (824 NW 18th Ave, 503-222-1144) enjoys a dedicated following among contractors, designers, and remodelers working on bathrooms and kitchens. “We’re offering the new black obsidian interior Jenn-Air refrigerator this spring,” says manager Greg Malone. “It’s the only black interior fridge on the market.” Pearl Hardware (1621 NW Glisan St, 503- 228-5135), with its immense inventory of everything from Zip-Ties to birdfeeders, has just what you need to make a quick change in the house.


The sleep specialists at French Quarter Linens (530 NW 11th Ave, 503-282-8200) can help you find the cushy down-filled pillow or duvet cover that makes the everyday experience of going to bed feel like spending a night at the Four Seasons. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (chair-below, 1106 W Burnside St, 503-972- 5000) has long been revered for classically modern lighting, coffee tables, end tables, and side tables, and for their line of upholstery produced entirely in the United States. The dazzling furniture showroom at Bella Casa (above, 223 NW 9th Ave, 503-222-5337), which also offers full design services, specializes in luxurious pieces, large and small.


Check out the affordable, handcrafted solid-wood furniture at Nadeau Furniture With a Soul (1122 NW Everett St, 503-278-5500). Think mirrors, painted wooden dressers, and tables. The hip sofas sold at Perch Furniture (featured image, 923 NW 10th Ave, 503-208-5128) are unusual in that each is constructed exactly according to your specs. Choose from among 18 different sofa styles, which range from midcentury modern to Old World elegant, then specify the size, color, and fabric.

“Comfort means different things to different people,” says Renee Russo, owner of EWF Modern (1122 NW Glisan St, 503- 295-7336), the respected furniture and design firm. “The first questions we ask clients are, ‘Why are you making the change? What do you need to feel comfortable in the space?’ We’re always looking to add a component of texture— wood, leather, hide, a little bit of bling.”

Seven designers and two general contractors make up the team behind Urban I.D. Interior Design Studio (319 NW 9th Ave, 971-255-1886), which can ably handle any project, big or small. Designer Lori Brock just finished up a condo in the Henry. “We replaced the black-granite countertops with white quartz, redid the floors, and refaced the cabinets,” she says. Maison Inc. (1611 NW Northrup St, 503-295-0151) specializes in creating contemporary yet classic residential interiors, and Christopher David (lamp – above, 901 NW 10th Ave, 503-206-8226)—a fine home-accessories shop, floral boutique, and café— offers design services. See our article here—Michaela Bancud

Feature photo and additional photos by Amy Ouellette, lamp photo: Anne Reeser, Atelier Lapchi Showroom courtesy Lapchi