Does your rec room need refreshing? Maybe the bedrooms feel blah or your mudroom is miserable? Don’t fret. No matter what your style or which of your rooms need attention, Junior Designer Amy Wigglesworth has six fabulous furnishing finds right here in town.
1. Canoe offers “simple, beautiful, & functional objects that can be used & enjoyed everyday”. As you wander through the showroom, it’s easy to see the essence of the Pacific Northwest in the most fundamental ways. Their selection of Oregon-designed housewares is a must for any contemporary living space. You’ll find them across from the Portland Art Museum, at 1233 SW 10th Ave.
2. You don’t have to be a historical furniture nerd like me to appreciate the work of designers such as Pierre Jeanneret, Mies van der Rohe & Ray & Charles Eames. Hive Modern, located at 820 NW Glisan, represents some of the most trusted & innovative furniture brands including Herman Miller, Cassina, & Knoll. So whether you are in the market for high end luxurious furniture or not, I highly recommend stopping by & immersing yourself into the Womb Lounge Chair, Wassily Lounge & the Barcelona Couch.
3. Just down the street from Hive is another fanciful showroom, EWF Modern. This furniture showroom explores the symbiotic relationship between modern & organic aesthetics. The playful combinations of form & texture support their philosophy that “design takes its cue from nature”. Check them out: 1122 NW Glisan St.
4. Looking for a more eclectic vibe? Cielo Home is a treasure trove of new & antique furniture & housewares. This classic Portland shop has everything from sophisticated Louis XVI chairs to enchanting light fixtures. I mean, what more could you ask for? Located at 528 NW 12th, this is a place to get lost in.
5. Another great shop for those with a more eclectic palate is Digs Inside & Out at 1829 NE Alberta St. This showroom is perfect for interior & garden design. Digs believes in lots of color & combining old with new. This is evident throughout their boutique, mixing contemporary hanging planters & light fixtures with vintage furniture & classic posters.
6. For those of you who hold sustainability close to your heart, look no further than Salvage Works. Lumber from deconstructed homes, warehouses & barns here in the Pacific Northwest are curated into selections of heritage lumber, wall cladding, & custom furniture here. If you are in the market for a reclaimed beam, live edge shelving or a custom made table, check out Salvage Works at 2024 N Argyle St.
This is just a little taste of remarkable showrooms here in the Portland area. Whether you’re due for a whole house overhaul or want a special piece to perk up your home, there is a showroom here for you. Let us know, in the comments, your favorite spots to shop, & keep an eye out for future posts on more great resources both here in town & online.
– by Amy Wigglesworth; edited by Stephyn Meiner