At Home With Abi Porter

At Home With Abi Porter via A Beautiful MessWe've really been enjoying this "At Home With…" series. Our next guest is Abi Porter. She is here to share a space in her lovely new home with us! Simple and sweet room"Just two months ago we moved from a tiny apartment to a larger 1912 craftsman home in northeast Portland. Trying to fill in the extra space has been a little challenging on a limited budget, but we're adding to it little by little and making it work! One of my favorite parts about the house is a little living room we have connected to our bedroom. It's awkwardly shaped but the perfect place to cozy up to read a book and drink tea. We're still working on some renovations (I can't wait to paint that trim white!), so the walls are still bare. But let's be honest. I'm pretty indecisive when it comes to wall decor, so they may be bare for quite some time." Love this- At Home With Abi Porter via A Beautiful MessAt Home With Abi Porter via A Beautiful Mess"My husband and I have very different styles. I'm a minimalist, and he would prefer to have the wall covered in movie posters. Oh my! The painted black skull was our compromise in this room. It's minimal enough for me and quirky enough for him." Love this table topAbi PorterSweet little nook"We've lived here just over two months, so it still feels brand new. And we're figuring what works and what doesn't. I'm a compulsive room re-arranger, so it's already been changed about ten different times. I'm really looking forward to adding some more comfy vintage pieces as budget allows. We're also working on painting all the trim white and giving all the walls a fresh coat too, it's amazing how much trim can change the look of a space."  Simple beautyThanks so much, Abi, for sharing your space with us!  You can stop by and say "hello" to Abi over on her blog, Vanilla and Lace. xo.

  • Super cute, simple and clean cut. My kinda style!
    xo Emily @

  • I love the “At Home With…” series, always full of inspiration!

    Juliette Laura

  • I love how she uses the space with what little furniture she has. It’s empty enough to look neat and clean while still having enough stuff to look lived in. The details really make the space. Like the little skull, or the camera or how the plants and patterned sweater/blanket (I’m not sure what it is) really add a pop of color to make it all interesting.
    This “At home with…” series is a cool idea. 🙂

  • Yayyyy Portland!

    I would keep the trim because I like keeping vintage details but congrats on the house! I’ve been looking into buying here in Portland as well.

  • Please please please don’t paint that beautiful trim! 🙁 That style is so unique to homes from that era… if you want white trim I’ll totally rip out all of our white moldings and do a switch with you! 😉

    But seriously, it does remind me of this gorgeous house:

  • Beautiful home – clean. classic. it’s awesome. I also love this is a work in progress, like my own new home. I’d love to know more about the pieces. Where did she find the chairs and dresser? Are they new or vintage pieces. I’ve been looking for something just like them. I actually like the brown trim. It seems perfect.

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  • Oh what a shame she’s planning on painting the trim… it’s beautiful! And just think how many year it’s lasted without someone else painting it:/

    Love her style though!

  • I love this space! So sparse but warm and relaxing. I like that you are not just cramming it full of cheap stuff but waiting and selecting perfect things as you find them. I think it will be very lovely with white trim. I love a minimalist look!

  • My husband and & I are opposites too! He would prefer to live in a white box and I want lots of color and texture. It keeps us balanced I guess but some days it gets frustrating when I want to paint the walls and he won’t allow me! 🙂

  • I love this series, I love looking into other people’s homes and seeing the different design aesthetics and such 🙂


  • She has such clean, modern style. So cute!

    xo Jennifer

  • I love minimalism!! This house would be the perfect one for me 🙂

  • so cool!
    i just found this blog, and actually i’m moving, so i’m pretty excited in all decor posts. can’t wait to share photos of my new home with you!

  • I’m sorry… but “this black skull was our compromise”?!?! One tiny little black skull? Coming from the ‘cluttered is homey’ school of design that your husband hails from, it doesn’t sound like much of a compromise to me! *laughs. But, it’s still a beautiful room, just don’t kid yourself that it is anything but completely minimalist. ;p

  • Such amazing interior design and décor, LOVE.


  • Love this! Simple and classy. I love these at home features.

  • Love this series!

    The house is so beautiful! Like the house in blach and such minimalist touches. Loved the decoration, when I’ll have my own house I’ll beep you 😛


  • Love the minimalism and of course the Eiffel chairs!!

  • Loving this ‘at home with’ series!

    All the best, looks lovely!

  • What a beautiful home! I love how simple and clean and minimalist everything is.

  • love the clean look to the place. my eyes bulged when i read “I’m a compulsive room re-arranger” — that is so me. I even did it to my office space and drove my co-workers nuts!

  • I have always been drawn to simplicity, the white scheme makes the home feel spacious and relaxing. Love it!

  • That home is gorgeous! I love those floors and i want that point blanket!

  • I love the houses you feature on your blog! I can’t wait until I have my own space to decorate (other than a dorm room). I’ll have so many ideas once I do!

  • Love this! And, Abi is just as sweet and lovely as her home– I had the privilege to meet her at a Portland blogger party last month.

  • So sweet . . . can I ask where that cute little fox sculpture is from? I love it!

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  • What a beautiful home. I’m also really enjoying this “At home with” series. Keep them coming! They give me a lot of inspiration for my own home.

  • “The painted black skull was our compromise in this room.” That gave me a laugh, reminds me of myself when decorating. I just found this blog a couple days ago and have been loving it!

  • Very nice pics. I like that style. Have a great day.

  • What a gorgeous space! I love the styling throughout 🙂
    Rachelle x

  • I love the chalkboard at the entry. Perfect for leaving notes for someone as they come in.
    Catherine Denton

  • I’m more into the more decorated places but this one’s nice too. Plus, I love Abi’s jumper. Nice post xo

  • Thank you for posting a Portland home! I am trying to figure out my sense of style in this new city and I love seeing what other Portlanders are doing 🙂

  • I actually like the trim the way it is, at least on the floor. I might just paint the window’s trim white.

    I would love to have an extra room attached to the bedroom- so many possibilities! I think I would turn it into my craft room.. or a giant closet ha!

  • Hard to read the model, but is that Minolta an SRT 202 (or 201)? I have the same one. It’s my baby. 🙂

  • Abi, while I’m normally with you about simplified, white trim, the brown trim actually gives this space a vintage-y vibe! The brown on the chairs and the chalkboard really make the brown wall trim look meant to be!

    Such a beautiful start!

  • I love it! I totally know how the trim can change everything, we have dark wood trim allll throughout our house just like that and painting it white (slowly) has made the BIGGEST difference. it truly is a breath of fresh air!

  • I love the chalk board in green…it’s actually quite rare to see a chalk board that isnt black now! Just beautiful!

    xx Ashleigh

  • Abi, come decorate my house please. 🙂
    Also I am really enjoying this series as well! Great idea!

  • The details makes this apartment so cute. I love that this “at home with” is a work in progress! (sometimes it’s depressing to see “perfect” homes…) And the way that she and her husband found such a fun compromise. Inspiring!

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