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Home tour! 1913 home with lots of new life and funky modern traditional neutrals

Hooray, another of my Instagram Home Tour series! I am particularly excited about this one because this is the home of a friend I've now met in real life, another Portland area home decor influencer, @ciarakenaston. Ciara and her husband moved from SE Portland to a small town south of the city a couple years ago and are raising their two little boys and doing some beautiful improvements to their 100+ year old home. Ciara's style is similar to mine, with a mix of modern neutrals and antiques with patina and character!

This home is so cute, it just belongs on the Internet in a more permanent place than Instagram. I'm excited to share!

1913 Updated Modern Traditional Home Tour

Some words from Ciara!

This house moved us out of the city. I’ve always been drawn to historic homes and this was in the perfect setting. Close to parks, close enough to the city, and close to family.

The house was built in 1913 and was luckily remodeled to fit its era. Swapping out lighting, painting, counters and adding tile have been some of the things we’ve done to make it ours.

I’m thankful we’ve gotten to avoid demo and continue to add layers of moulding and hard finishes. Some of the most charming aspects of the home are the original doors and floors.

My favorite project has been the scullery, which is our combined laundry room and butler's pantry. The cabinets are a pretty sage green, and the room feels so warm and welcoming. My husband and I added wall paneling, wooden pegs and antique decor. It really feels whimsical while still being functional.

I never imagined I’d live in this tiny town outside the city, but am very glad we landed here!

Thanks, Ciara!! 

Here's that utility space... you can see all the reveal photos in Ciara's One Room Challenge reveal post here. So much good storage! What an upgrade!

Ciara's living room features a cool vintage rug, dyed green curtains (she did hers not long before I dyed mine, she gave me tips!), carefully selected vintage art download prints, and some really great pillow combinations!

The dining room is between the living room and kitchen, and you can see where a wall used to be before the remodel a previous owner did in the early 2000s. Ciara is also excellent at Facebook Marketplace thrifting... isn't that table cool??!

She painted her kitchen cabinets herself recently, upgrading them from the white they were before from that earlier remodel. And there's the counters and tile she mentioned. Really beautiful kitchen, with just a few customizations!

She improved this powder bath with wall treatment, peel and stick tile, and decor!

I love the floral, ruffles, and colors she's added to her bedroom. What a cool space!

She painted the trim and cabinets in her bathroom this very cheerful, fun yellow color that reminds me of some quirky British designer rooms I've seen. I love a unique bathroom!!

Here's the One Room Challenge reveal post she did for this cute room for her youngest. I love that blue color, the peg rail, the plaid curtains...!

Her 4-year-old's room is so cute, too. Great use of that wall treatment, and love the classic bed!

This family room is in a converted garage space so has high ceilings--lots of room for art, and that pendant light is so cool.

Photos by Mindy Rose Photo and Ciara.

Check out @ciarakenaston on Instagram if you have any questions about any of these lovely projects, and for more inspiration as she continues to have fun making this home their own! Thanks so much for sharing, Ciara!

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