A Hum­ble Abode

Gather up ideas from a new Pa­cific North­west house made to look old thanks to a wealth of cozy, com­fort­able and col­or­ful el­e­ments.

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Gather in­spi­ra­tion from a new Pa­cific North­west house that was made to look old via a wealth of cozy, com­fort­able and col­or­ful fur­nish­ings.

Faye Dempsey dreams small. For her, the per­fect house isn’t a big be­he­moth; rather, it is the cozy lit­tle cot­tage she imag­ined and had built in Redmond, Ore­gon, in 2004. The sim­ple sin­gle-story house, deeper than it is wide, is com­pleted by a picket fence in front and shiplap sid­ing in­side.“Like an old farm­house—not fancy, just very com­fort­able!” Faye says.

She hired the same home de­signer she had used for a pre­vi­ous home, Bruce Rosen­quist of Rosen­quist Cus­tom De­sign, who rec­om­mended builder Scott Tan­ler of HCT Con­tract­ing, Inc. “Scott had never heard of shiplap be­fore, and when he asked what kind of wood, I told him the least ex­pen­sive he could find that wouldn’t warp,” Faye re­calls. She planned to paint all the walls and floors any­way, so she told him to use ir­reg­u­lar widths and lengths so it wouldn’t look per­fect. “I kept bring­ing these chal­lenges to the builder, like adding a pair of vin­tage arched leaded-glass win­dows to the liv­ing room and arched en­try­ways to the kitchen and liv­ing area, and he’d make it work,” she notes.

Her kitchen de­sign fea­tures only lower cabinets, a farm­house sink, a few vin­tage hang­ing cup­boards and a painted checker­board floor. A long­time col­lec­tor, Faye be­gan the hunt for iron­stone restau­rant ware and a col­or­ful cup­board to ground the open shelves. “I like to keep things handy,” she ex­plains.

She kept the dec­o­rat­ing in her own bed­room sim­ple, adorn­ing it with her DIY lace table­cloth cur­tains above the bed and a book­shelf with doors to hide her tele­vi­sion. The garage-sale crys­tal chan­de­lier is, as she and her sis­ter like to say, “just a ‘Juxta.’ ” That’s sib­ling code for a piece that jux­ta­poses plain and fancy.

In the guest bed­room, how­ever, Faye lay­ered loads of pink and white fem­i­nine touches: French valance and cur­tains, flow­ered bed li­nens with ruf­fled pil­lows, white dressers and a lace-draped bed­side table. “My own bed­room was so prac­ti­cal that I thought I’d go hog wild mak­ing the guest bed­room fem­i­nine,” Faye says with a chuckle. “I even painted the head­board that started out in my flower gar­den, us­ing a creamy color to give the room that dreamy look.”

Dreamy is right: From front door to guest bed­room, the hum­ble house Faye calls home is filled with invit­ing style mo­ments—and it’s also of­ten filled with vis­its from her six chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren. “I have had com­pany non­stop since I’ve been here,” she notes hap­pily. Con­sid­er­ing the wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment Faye has con­cocted, that’s no sur­prise at all.

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