Flea Market Décor

ADVENTURE IN ARTISTRY

A Portland artist gives new life to vintage pieces.

- By Sarah Yoon

A Portland artist gives new life to vintage pieces.

HOME IS YOUR PERSONAL SPACE TO RELISH LIFE’S RICHNESS, SO WHY CHASE AFTER TRENDS?

Trish Grantham, an artist and interior designer from Portland, Oregon, encourages her clients to “stay away from anything super trendy.” Instead, she advises them to “go for things that they love and see how they can bring it all together.”

Trish follows her own advice as she covers shelves and windowsill­s with figurines, many of which are gifts imbued with memories. “I’ve been collecting vintage finds and art for 15 years...i figure in another 15, I’ll have an over-the-top floorto-ceiling art collection and shelves full of trinkets!” Although Trish jokes about her propensity to overstuff, she understand­s that it’s an expression of her personalit­y. She is a collector, and she knows how your personal style grows over time. “My house is a reflection of my life; it always will be. I will never get rid of everything and start over,” Trish explains. The evolution of personal style parallels your growth from childhood into adulthood.

“It’s a lifelong project,” she says.

While the home is layered with textures and patterns, Trish also layers with different eras. Most of the furniture is from the 1950s and ’60s. The table in the dining room sports piano legs from the 1800s, adding a dose of antique charm. “Pieces from every decade really make things look more real and more comfortabl­e than if you have everything from one store,” Trish says. A rich sense of character is built piece by piece. Trish’s propensity for embracing art of all ages spreads from room to room. Paintings from the 1920s and ’30s appear in the aviary above the dining table. Even the Chinese checkerboa­rd on the kitchen wall is a vintage game set displayed as art. Vintage dishes, a hallmark of everyday Americana, are nostalgic remembranc­es.

Keeping with your personal style doesn’t have to feel static. Trish repaints the walls about once a year. The neutral-colored furniture allows her to play with dramatic paint colors.

“Usually it’s around blue and green, and there’s a splash of yellow because that pulls it all together,” she explains. Trish rearranges her displays often, moving them from wall to wall. Though this could make for very “holey” walls, she advises the use of removable hooks instead of nails. Refreshing the displays saves the home from stagnation and keeps clutter under control.

With great artistry, Trish turns her many collection­s into beautifull­y arranged vignettes, redefining the commonly negative view of clutter. “I’m not against clutter!” she says. If collection­s are arranged well, you can create the most meaningful and gorgeous displays—all it takes is an eye for compositio­n and a flair for the dramatic. Each display is an opportunit­y for an experience. “A lot of people say that I’m not an interior designer, but I build installati­ons. I create a set,” she says.

Each display has the opportunit­y to create a mood, so why not build a set? “I want you to feel like you’re in a movie,” Trish says.” Natural themes play out with Trish’s collectibl­es. Take a look at her collection of deer figurines or bird paintings and you’ll see a forest-like warmth to her home. Sometimes her fascinatio­ns are nautical; sailing ships are scattered from the living room to the bathroom. “There’s something about sailors and the ocean; it’s all romantic,” she says. Vignettes may set the mood, but every element plays a part in the atmosphere as a whole. “I tend to like it really dark in the living room,” Trish says. The paint has a deep, blue tone. The lamplight sends shadows across the walls. Spots of brighter light reflect back to classic film noir, where the hardboiled detective stands under the street lamp. “It’s very moody,” she says, giving the home a sense of alternate adventure.

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 ??  ?? MOSTLY COLLECTED FROM THE 1950S and ‘60s, the furniture has straight lines and neutral colors that allow other elements to take the stage. The brown and beige sit back, while the living room walls splash their own drama across the room.
MOSTLY COLLECTED FROM THE 1950S and ‘60s, the furniture has straight lines and neutral colors that allow other elements to take the stage. The brown and beige sit back, while the living room walls splash their own drama across the room.
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TRISH’S DISHES are all eclectic vintage pieces, bringing refreshing variety to everyday life. She muses over her mugs, “Which one of them am I going to choose today?” In a bold move that added a chic touch to the kitchen, Trish painted the bottom half of the walls black.
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 ??  ?? THOUGH MANY would limit their decorative touches to more visible spaces, Trish’s artful imaginatio­n draws her collection­s into the recesses of her home. She removed the doors of her closet to make the room feel bigger, and then simply decorated the inside to make it attractive.
THOUGH MANY would limit their decorative touches to more visible spaces, Trish’s artful imaginatio­n draws her collection­s into the recesses of her home. She removed the doors of her closet to make the room feel bigger, and then simply decorated the inside to make it attractive.
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THE RICHBROWN and soft white of the bathroom create a serene atmosphere, contrastin­g with the home’s dramatic color scheme. Despite the bathroom’s calm colors, trinkets are tucked everywhere, adding their own whimsical touches.

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